All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The 17th season of Shakespeare in the Arb begins June 8 with weekly performances of “The Tempest,” directed by Kate Mendeloff of the University of Michigan Residential College and performed by students and local actors. Shakespeare in the Arb came into existence in the summer of 2001, when Residential […]

Legislation in Five States, Including Michigan, Calls for an End to Campus “Safe Spaces” and “Free Speech Zones”

Legislation in Five States, Including Michigan, Calls for an End to Campus “Safe Spaces” and “Free Speech Zones”

by Starlee Coleman If Bernie Sanders and Ann Coulter being on the same side isn’t enough to signal the campus protests of conservative speakers have gone too far, perhaps the fact that lawmakers in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin have introduced legislation to put an end to them is? The New York Times published […]

Local Students Win Over $43,000 in 2017 U-M Hopwood Contest

Local Students Win Over $43,000 in 2017 U-M Hopwood Contest

by Jared Wadley On April 20, the University of Michigan announced the winners of the Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards during the 2017 Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards Ceremony at Rackham Auditorium. The awards are funded by a bequest from Avery Hopwood, a 1905 graduate and successful Broadway playwright, and Jule Hopwood, his mother. Past winners […]

Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) announced today that Jennifer Meng, a 13-year-old student at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor had captured 2nd prize in the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest. All national winners receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork. Meng competed in Category II (Intermediate), open to artists aged […]

Trump Administration’s Recent Quiet Crackdown on H-1B Visas Could Hobble U-M Hiring

Trump Administration’s Recent Quiet Crackdown on H-1B Visas Could Hobble U-M Hiring

by Harper Neidig The Hill is reporting that the Trump administration has quietly issued new policy guidance that would make it harder for employers to use the H-1B visa program to bring foreign computer programmers into the U.S. A policy memo from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services changes the way the agency will process visa […]

AAPS BOE Member Who Voted Against Schools of Choice Says the Program Encourages “White Flight”

AAPS BOE Member Who Voted Against Schools of Choice Says the Program Encourages “White Flight”

by Patricia Lesko The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) met on March 29 to discuss, among other proposals, whether the District should designate certain schools as “Schools of Choice” and accept students who reside outside the city into those schools. In the end, the vote was 6-1 in favor of accepting 750 […]

The 250 Highest Paid Ann Arbor Public School District Employees

The 250 Highest Paid Ann Arbor Public School District Employees

by Patricia Lesko Public school employee compensation is often a topic of scrutiny when school officials ask cash-strapped voters for additional money—in essence permission to go deeper in debt in order to pay the bills. In Ann Arbor, as of 2016, the Board of Education had received permission from voters to float $188.5 million worth of general obligation bonds. According to […]

U-M Students4Justice Group Demands Designated Space for Students of Color

U-M Students4Justice Group Demands Designated Space for Students of Color

by Mason Clark A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.” The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus […]

UM Being Sued for Allegedly Ignoring State FOIA Response Rules

UM Being Sued for Allegedly Ignoring State FOIA Response Rules

by Patricia Lesko The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan over its delay in providing public records requested under the state’s open records laws. More than 100 days have passed since Derek Draplin, a reporter for the Mackinac Center’s Michigan Capitol Confidential news service, filed a Freedom […]

Feds: WCC IGNITE Job Training Program Spent $788K and Issued No Certifications

Feds: WCC IGNITE Job Training Program Spent $788K and Issued No Certifications

by P.D. Lesko In 2012, WCC was awarded a federal grant totalling $2.99 million to implement a program under the auspices of which the college would recruit and train students for IT careers. A Dept. of Labor review dated Feb. 2015 cited the program for incomplete documentation and underreported cost expenses. THE $2.99 MILLION Trade […]

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