November 4, 2021

Good morning,

Welcome to the Nov. 4 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you have recovered from the football team’s loss to Michigan State last weekend and are looking forward to the first parents’ weekend since 2019.

This week, we explore two campus Instagram microcelebrities @UMichAffirmations and @UMichFits, a Michigan in Color columnist compiles a list of Ann Arbor restaurants for the cultural foodie, and 700 faculty and students sign a petition calling for SMTD professor Bright Sheng to be reinstated.

From outfits to affirmations: the Instagram accounts taking UMich by storm

From outfit praise on campus to satirical, shareable meme accounts, Instagram has propelled UMichAffirmations and UMichFits to campus fame.

What about these accounts is drawing thousands of followers? Affirmations found on @UMichAffirmations such as “I Am IMMUNE To The Go Blue Flu,” use common sentiments to remind us we are not alone and provide some “uncomplicated joy.” 

@UMichFits, a street-style photography account that captures student fashion on the Diag, celebrates the individuality of U-M students and their outfits, captured in a single candid moment. 

A list for the cultural foodie

Do you consider yourself a foodie? MiC Columnist Kayla Thomas writes about how connecting with her own culture through food taught her how we can explore other cultures through food. With many local businesses steps away from campus, Ann Arbor is a great place for that. 

Read her list of Ann Arbor restaurants for the foodie looking to explore other cultures, without leaving the confines of our town.

Nearly 700 UMich faculty, 60 students petition for SMTD Professor Bright Sheng to be reinstated

A month after professor Bright Sheng stepped back from teaching an undergraduate composition seminar, nearly 700 University of Michigan faculty members have signed an open letter asking the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to reinstate him as a professor and calling for the University to issue a public apology on his behalf. In addition to the faculty letter, 59 SMTD students have written a second open letter saying “the University failed to act in an appropriate manner in response to the blackface complaints and caused reputational damage” and include the same demands as the faculty letter. 

Sheng has faced controversy on a national scale after showing students a 1965 version of the film “Othello” in which the lead actor appears in blackface without warning students beforehand. The faculty’s open letter says the incident has hurt the University’s reputation and Sheng’s career, leading to extensive media coverage that portrayed the University in a negative light.

Michigan Medicine announced University of Michigan health patients can now show a virtual copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record or recent test results on their MyUofMHealth patient portal and mobile application. Those who received their COVID-19 vaccine outside the U-M health care system can add their vaccination record through the Michigan Care Improvement Registry. This announcement comes after several Ann Arbor businesses have begun to require proof of vaccination.

Beginning Nov. 9, 5-11 year olds in Washtenaw County are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ​​Starting Nov. 5, registration for appointments will be available here. The approval of the vaccine for younger children makes 800,000 more Michigan residents eligible for vaccination.

The biggest news, Tweets, events of interest (and maybe some jokes) captured from Twitter.

The Michigan Daily’s guide to changes in the UMich bus system

The Opinion section has space in The Michigan Daily for first-person accounts of sexual misconduct and its various implications. In this series, submissions underpinned by the experience of survivors will be published, aiming to highlight their essential perspectives.

To be considered for publication, please submit pieces to Editorial Page Editors Liz Cook ( and Joel Weiner ( by Nov. 14, 2021 at midnight. Read more about submission requirements here

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