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The University of Michigan withdrew from hosting the Presidential Debate in October between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Detroit Free Press reported on Monday.

The debate was scheduled to be held at the Crisler Center on Oct. 15, and the University had planned for a semester enriched with classroom topics related to the debate. According to the Detroit Free Press, the University is concerned with inviting members of both campaigns, media and supporters to campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The University of Michigan announced on Monday some in-person classes will resume on all three campuses this fall. However, all classes will be delivered remotely after Nov. 20 and fall break is canceled.

The University launched a Campus Maize and Blueprint website that contains information and updates regarding reopening for all three campuses and Michigan Medicine. In addition to other scheduling changes such as the elimination of spring break, students will be expected to wear face coverings in public spaces and indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Protesters at Ypsilanti's Black Lives Matter protest on June 6.

During a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert made what she later called racist comments before casting a city council vote. As a result, community members have begun calling for Bashert to resign from her role as mayor, according to the Detroit Free Press.

While Bashert posted an apology the following day, Ypsilanti community members are calling for Bashert to step down from office, and many will be attending a protest next Monday to show support for the city’s Black community.

Included as part of phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan, Michigan K-12 schools can begin in-person learning while adhering to strict guidelines, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press conference Wednesday. She also announced the future release of “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap,” a document detailing the recommended guidelines for schools.

The Roadmap is expected to follow closely by evaluating the eight regions to determine where in-person instruction is feasible. According to a press release, schools must remain flexible and prepare to move online should the virus spread once again.


In an effort to practice social distancing, the Ross School of Business announced that all Business School clubs must conduct all club activities virtually for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in an email sent out to all Business Club presidents Tuesday afternoon.


Starting this week, the University of Michigan will begin reaching out to former students who were present during the late Robert E.

Student housing contract updated to include COVID-19 precautions.

The Community Living at Michigan contract has been modified to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic and accommodations for state-mandated regulations for housing at the Univer


After launching the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality in February of 2019, the commission released its second interim report, summarizing the research and analysis tasked to a number of specialized teams in the second phase of its work this Thursday.

After the planning stage, internal and external teams consisting of faculty, staff, students and consulting firms analyzed emissions associated with University-sponsored travel and formulated new building codes aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The report also featured the teams’

Michigan get $130 million for drug discovery.

On Wednesday, the University of Michigan and Deerfield, a healthcare consulting firm, launched the Great Lakes Discoveries LLC, a company lo

Former Michigan House Rep. Jeff Irwin speaks to the College Democrats in October of 2015.

State Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, introduced a bill Thursday to strengthen community-police relations and reduce the excessive use of force by police officers.