September 3, 2020

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This week

Street closures caused chaos over move-in weekend, but U-M students and faculty are back on campus. With fewer in-person classes taking place, there is more energy for activism. Student athletes with time on their hands are using their fame to address systemic racism and social justice issues, drawing large crowds to a campus demonstration. Faculty and grad student activists are focused on putting a stop to in-person classes, staging protests across campus. With over half of new Covid cases in the county occurring in people 30 years old and younger, it’s hard to dismiss safety concerns, but shops and restaurants are glad student customers have returned. 

Citizens coming out of prison are finding the world completely changed, and getting a job is tougher than ever. Luckily, Washtenaw County has many public and private programs to help them find their feet and local businesses that are willing to hire. 

Trilby MacDonald, editor 

In the News

Two U-M students test positive for Covid-19. According to an August 26 notice from the U-M Environment, Health, and Safety Department, two residents of the West Quad dormitory who also visited the South Quad Dining Hall tested positive for the virus. Both students returned home on August 25 to quarantine. All students scheduled to move into dormitories were provided with a testing kit by the university and were instructed to wait for test results before coming to campus. Michigan Daily. According to the Campus Blueprint Dashboard, which tracks Covid-19 at U-M, there have been 48 positive cases of both students and nonstudents on the Ann Arbor campus in the last 14 days. 

Anxious parents weigh back-to-school options. It’s “preparation week” for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, as schools and families gear up for the virtual start of classes on Tuesday. But with any return to the classroom depending on progress controlling the pandemic, some parents are considering creative ways to balance their work schedules with their children’s education this fall. The Observer’s Trilby MacDonald has our story. 

Michigan Medicine announces a Phase 3 clinical trial to test a vaccine to prevent Covid-19. Michigan Medicine, in partnership with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, will recruit hundreds of volunteers for the trial and will follow them for over two years. The trial is one of several being funded through a public/private partnership under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called Operation Warp Speed.  Michigan Medicine. 

As part of its transition back to regular service, TheRide introduced a temporary service plan on Sunday, August 30. The plan temporarily suspends 17 fixed-route buses to focus on  essential destinations and busy corredors. The FlexRide on-demand service that connects riders to TheRide’s fixed-routes has been expanded in many areas. Routes operate 6  a.m.–9:15 p.m. Monday–Friday, and 7 a.m.–8:15 p.m. Saturday–Sunday.

A crowd of 500 gathered on the Diag Saturday to hear black athletes talk about their experiences and the need to end racism in America. Speeches U-M and EMU athletes as well as sheriff Jerry Clayton were followed by a march through several downtown blocks. MLive.

Until recently, people released from Michigan’s prisons had about a 50/50 chance of being convicted of a new crime or committing a major parole violation within three years. Fortunately, both incarceration and recidivism rates are now declining thanks to MDOC and volunteer initiatives to help returning citizens become self-sufficient. Nonprofits such as A Brighter Way that provide mentorships, and local businesses such as Zingerman’s that provide jobs, help former prisoners build stable lives. The Observer’s Larry Eller has our story. 


In October, the former Lunch Room in Kerrytown will become a second location for Eat—which, like the Lunch Room and its Kerrytown neighbor, Miss Kim, started out as a food cart at Mark’s Carts. The Observer’s Micheline Maynard has our story

Wild Poke is now Wolverine Sushi. Saline resident Brian Kung and two partners hoped to be first in town with Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, but build-out delays meant their restaurant in the Foundry Lofts ended up late to the party. Now they’ve reconfigured as Wolverine Sushi, with a locally unique all-you-can-eat option.The Observer’s Micheline Maynard has our story. 


Thursday: Watch Serpentarius, an experimental film featured in this year’s Ann Arbor Film Festival (free online anytime until Tues.). Listen to U-M Zell Visiting Writer poet Kaveh Akbar read from Calling a Wolf a Wolf, his 2017 debut collection about craving, control, and the constant battle between alcoholism and sobriety (5 p.m.). 

Friday: Watch U-M music professors Geoff and Chelsea Packard perform their Broadway favorites at the Encore Musical Theatre Company’s outdoor concert summer series (8 p.m.). 

Saturday: Go “locavore” at morning farmers markets in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Saline, or Ypsilanti

See the Observer’s online calendar for more information about local events.

The Pivot

By Maggie McMillin

High school football players try their hand at tennis. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association postponed fall football, eight Dexter High School players took up tennis instead. “They just want to be active, and they brought a good spirit,” says tennis coach Rob Smothers. The Observer’s Maggie McMillin has our story.
Dexter High School’s tennis team gained eight new athletes when the fall football season was called off mid-August. Photo: Rob Smothers
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