Washtenaw County reported fifty-nine lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19, fifteen probable cases, one hospitalization, and no deaths in the 24 hours ending today at 10 a.m. Case numbers are up significantly from a week ago, while hospitalizations and deaths are down. The county weekly test positivity rate slid again to 2.6 percent. On Monday, U-M implemented its new, less strict, mask policy.
A man found dead in EMU’s Pease Park last week died accidentally after a fall, the Eastern Echo reports. The sixty-three-year-old Ypsilanti resident was found in the early morning hours last Monday.
Anderson survivor Jon Vaughn chained himself to a tree in protest last Saturday, the Michigan Daily reports. The former football player turned activist camped more than 150 days in front of the president’s house protesting U-M’s sexual misconduct policies before the university disassembled his campsite last week. He vowed to remain chained for 17.5 hours, one minute for each of the known survivors of Robert Anderson.
U-M announced Tuesday it’s pulling investments from Russia, the Detroit Free Press reports. The university will disinvest as “quickly as is practical” and halt future investments, citing “increasing financial risks” in the country. U-M invested about $40 million with an investment manager called Russia Partners between 2009 and 2012, a tiny fraction of its now $17 billion endowment. Burton Tower is lit in maize and blue—approximately the colors of the Ukrainian flag—all week in solidarity.
City council voted Monday to contract Bailey Excavating for a new water main project, the Daily reports. The job was initially set to go to E.T. Mackenzie, but council members preferred Bailey for its participation in registered apprenticeship programs. Dissenters raised concerns about whether Bailey was being honest about OSHA violations.
TheRide is seeking public input on its 2045 long-range plan at virtual and in-person meetings between now and April 15, MLive reports. The AAATA board meets tonight to consider asking voters to more than triple its millage. In “What’s Next for AAATA?,” James Leonard reports on how the system has dealt with a sharp drop in ridership and pandemic staff shortages.
Jessica Nelson has gone through boot camp twice: first in the Marine Corps, then an “academic boot camp” to prepare to return to college. In the March Observer, Eve Silberman traces the Smith grad’s uncommon path to the U-M law school.
Mark Wiseman’s high school internet sportscast took off during the pandemic, Shelley Daily writes for the Observer. The all-volunteer webcasts feature Wiseman’s play-by-play commentary on local school sports, including hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. Grandparents across the country are some of its biggest fans.
U-M women’s basketball is the number three seed in the NCAA regional tournament for the first time, the Daily reports. They play American University at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday. Despite a dismal performance against Indiana last week in the Big Ten Tournament, the men managed to slip into the tournament as well. Seeded 11th in the regionals, they won their first game against Colorado State today 75-63, and will advance to the round of thirty-two.
Michigan Hockey is heading to the Big Ten Championship Game after defeating Notre Dame on Saturday, the Daily reports. The Wolverines had struggled against the Fighting Irish all season, but a third-period goal on Saturday gave them a 2-1 victory. They face off against Minnesota for the title this Saturday.