February 17, 2022

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We hope you had a good Valentine’s Day and enjoyed your Super Bowl Sunday! This week, The Michigan Daily has your back with coverage of all the latest news, including University Provost Susan Collins’s transition to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the ins and outs of the University’s carbon neutrality plan, Washtenaw County’s removal of their mask mandate for schools and more.

Outgoing University Provost Susan Collins named president of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

University Provost Susan Collins has been named the next president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, effective July 1. Collins replaced former University Provost Martin Philbert in January 2020 following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Collins is now set to step down on May 15, leaving Interim University President Mary Sue Coleman to appoint an interim provost who will serve through the end of the presidential transition. 

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Curious about the University’s carbon neutrality plan? Here’s what you need to know.

The University is taking an active role in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions with a plan to become completely carbon neutral by 2040. Read more about how University spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen answered The Daily’s questions regarding the implementation of the carbon neutrality plan and why some student and faculty groups believe that the University hasn’t taken enough action to implement it: “We could create the greatest plans anytime the University of Michigan puts its mind to it, but it’s not real until they act on it. And the problem is they haven’t acted on it.”

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Washtenaw County to no longer require masks in K-12 schools starting Feb. 28, updates Q&I guidelines

The Washtenaw County Health Department announced last Friday that COVID-19 health orders related to mask and quarantine guidelines will be lifted effective Feb. 28 for all K-12 schools. While masking will remain strongly recommended in schools and will be required on public transportation, AAPS administrators say that high vaccination rates and fewer COVID cases among school-age children allow them to “offer more flexibility” in local schools. 

COVID-19 cases on campus continue to decline as the situation on campus improves, the University’s COVID-19 Dashboard said in their update on Wednesday. The positivity rate was down to 1.3% last week, and occupancy in the Quarantine and Isolation Housing was down to 2.5%.

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