The state house appropriations committee wants to cut funding for the U-M’s Ann Arbor campus by $40 million. Instead of allocating funds based on performance metrics, the Republican-led proposal would fund Michigan’s fifteen public universities based on enrollment. The U-M’s Flint and Dearborn campuses would each receive an additional $2.5 million under the proposal. Overall funding would remain flat. Michigan Daily
More than 1,000 U-M instructors call for a campus-wide Covid vaccine mandate. The petition asks that the university require all employees and students attending in-person classes to be vaccinated, citing the 341 colleges and universities that have mandated vaccines for the upcoming school year. Michigan Daily
Roughly half of the electricity purchased by U-M’s Ann Arbor campus will soon come from Michigan-sourced renewable resources, thanks to three new DTE wind-energy parks. U-M will purchase 200 million kilowatt hours per year from the parks, allowing it to meet its 2011 goal of reducing emissions by 25 percent four years early. University Record
U-M’s women’s softball team takes the title. The Wolverines, No. 19 (32-6), went to Minnesota over the weekend to beat the Golden Gophers, No. 23 (26-10) and take home the Big Ten women’s softball championship. This is their third conference title in a row, which is a “great accomplishment in a season that was difficult,” says coach Carol Hutchins. Michigan Daily
Rally in Wheeler Park to advance voting rights. The day of action gathered support for the For the People Act and the Voting Rights Advancement Act, bills which would expand voting access across the country. Bills to limit voting access and reduce rare instances of fraud have been moving through Michigan’s Republican-led legislature. Michigan Daily
EMU’s School of Art and Design plans to build a 3D Arts Complex. A $2.2 million matching grant from the Windgate Foundation kicked off the project, which goes before the regents in June. The 13,000-sq.-ft. facility will house programs in sculpture, ceramics, furniture design, digital fabrication, 3D design, and metalsmithing, as well as offices for faculty. EMU Today
A musician who parked illegally in an empty church lot was in for a nasty surprise. He got barnacled! AirGarage is working with lot owners across the country to monetize their parking, and has a devilishly ingenious enforcement tool. The Observer’s James Leonard has our story.
It’s turtle nesting season, which means a free buffet for the city’s many raccoons. Ann Arbor’s Natural Areas Preservation staff will be installing wood and wire cages to protect the eggs while they incubate. Local turtle enthusiasts can help protect these ancient reptiles by calling NAP at (734) 794-6627 with the location of wild nests. The Observer’s Tim Athan has our story.