October 7th, 2021

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Welcome to the Oct. 7 edition of the Weekly Roundup. This has been an. . . eventful week for the University of Michigan community, from a mitigated shooting threat that targeted women, news of University President Mark Schlissel’s early resignation and reports of sexual misconduct inside the U-M chapter of Young Life, an international Christian youth organization. The Roundup is here to help you make sense of all the big stories on campus this week and share some other important ones that you may have missed. 

This week, The Michigan Daily dissects Schlissel’s resignation agreement, compares  the attitude and success of the 2020 and 2021 Michigan Football teams, and one Statement writer even tries to use The Daily to get herself excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Inside the contract: UMich President Schlissel to be paid full presidential salary two years after resignation

Schlissel announced Tuesday that he will resign in June 2023, a year earlier than originally planned. On Sept. 23, Schlissel signed a contract with the Board of Regents guaranteeing that he will be paid his same salary of $927,000 for two years after his resignation in June 2023. 

According to the contract, after he steps down as president, Schlissel will still be involved in the University in three ways. 1. As President Emeritus in perpetuity, for which he’ll receive $36,000 per fiscal year, an office space on Central Campus, a parking spot and an office assistant. 2. As Special Advisor for one year after he resigns, for which he’ll receive his current presidential salary and $5,000 per month as a housing allowance. 3. As a tenured faculty member — after a year leave paid at his current presidential salary — for which he’ll receive $2 million to establish a laboratory and be paid at least 50% of his current presidential salary.  

The Daily is interviewing Schlissel this Friday, and we’ll be asking him about the decision to step down early. Send us your questions here and check back at www.michigandaily.com to read the story.

Sports Column: Michigan is a contender, just like it thought it would be

The prevailing image of Saturday’s demolition occurred when “Jump Around,” Wisconsin’s adopted anthem, blared through the stadium. The Michigan sideline spilled onto the field, thrusting their arms into the air and waving towels. Across the way, Wisconsin, trailing 20-10, stood stoic.

It’s a scene that seemed inconceivable just a few weeks ago. And yet, in spite of the celebration, the Wolverines continue to maintain the mentality that has carried them this far. “We have big goals,” junior edge rusher David Ojabo said. “You can’t come in all complacent. It’s just day-by-day, week-by-week. Can’t be high-fiving each other thinking we won a championship. We haven’t done anything yet.”

How a summer of church burnings ignited a new understanding of my religious identity

This summer, a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children was found on the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada. The school was sponsored by the Canadian government and administered by the Catholic Church. 

These horrific discoveries led Statement Correspondent Mary Rolfes to reckon with something she hasn’t thought about in years: her former Catholic identity and the inability to officially leave it behind. 

Ultimately, she resorts to notorious defection in her attempt to be excommunicated: “Writing it in The Michigan Daily must qualify it as publicly known. As such, consider all of the above as my notorious rejection of the faith.”

COVID-19 spread has decreased among U-M students compared to last week, and positivity rates for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals also declined. The University has reported 145 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days. Quarantine housing is at 3.8% occupancy, significantly less than its peak of almost 40% at the beginning of the semester. 

Michigan Medicine has administered 151,463 total vaccine doses as of Sunday evening. Further, 96% of students, 87% of staff and 96% of faculty have reported they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Immunocompromised individuals can receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine through Michigan Medicine. You can sign up using the MyUofMHealth patient portal.

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