January 27, 2022

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Welcome to the Jan. 28 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you’re finding a way to stay warm during this frigid Michigan winter.

This week, The Michigan Daily looked into safety concerns for University Housing employees, interviewed students about their thoughts on representation in local government, gathered reviews on the new pizza vending machine installed on South University Avenue and more.

Daily investigation finds University Housing lacked concern and protocols for ResStaff safety

After the University struck a deal with striking residence hall workers in Fall 2020, University Housing made a commitment to protecting the safety of employees amid the pandemic. Now, a Michigan Daily investigation has found that the University reneged on its commitment to ensure residential staff members’ safety after the Fall 2020 strike, failing to schedule meetings for employees to voice concerns or respond to safety issues. 

“It was a constant feeling of being a pawn in their system … We were no longer a student, we were just an RA,” according to former residential staff member Isra Elshafei. Read additional accounts from University Housing employees and the rest of The Daily’s findings here.

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No matter how you slice it, UMich students perceive a lack of representation in local government

“Whether intentionally or not, the current ward structure has the effect of basically gerrymandering student votes,” according to Kenichi Lobbezoo, Ann Arbor Student Advisory Council chair.

Despite a record 78.1% of UMich students casting a ballot in the 2020 presidential election, student voters have a comparatively low turnout in local elections. Whether that be because Ann Arbor holds its local primaries in August (before most students are back on campus) or historic obstacles for students trying to register to vote, student voices are currently going unheard on a local level. Read more about the tension between the Ann Arbor City Council and student voices here.

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Pizza Time! 24/7 pizza vending machine pops up on South U

Find out the facts and read student reviews of Ann Arbor’s first pizza vending machine! Located between South University Avenue’s Starbucks and Pancheros, The PizzaForno “24/7 automated pizzeria” offers items between $10-13 and is aiming to “provide a solution for University students who have difficulties finding food to eat late at night,” according to PizzaForno Co-founder Tim Ekpo.

According to the University COVID-19 dashboard, cases on campus are down slightly from last week, with a positivity rate of 4.2% and a total of 768 positive cases. Quarantine and Isolation housing currently stands at 26.2% occupancy.

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