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In an effort to help the community during these trying times due to COVID-19, Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti Community Schools have teamed up on YPSI LIVE, a project that strives to increase internet access to upwards of 400 students and families in the Ypsilanti school district.
EMU president James Smith released a report on Thursday, May 7, announcing the university's plans to begin preparing for the 2020 fall semester. In the statement it was announced that EMU will begin to turn its attention to planning for the fall semester being in-person "in what can best be described as a 'new normal.'" According to Smith, the main priority for reopening is the "health, safety and well being of" of both students and staff.
Imagine waiting to present your hard work put into your undergraduate senior thesis, with only a month until your presentation. That was Kaitlyn Eby position, who was one of the many EMU students who planned to present in the EMU Undergraduate Winter Symposium. Her plans, however were cut short by the COVID-19 global pandemic, and EMU’s decision to suspended in-person classes. Her presentation, along with all of her peers, were cancelled along with the whole of the 40th EMU Undergraduate Symposium.
Kennedy Dixon, a junior and public health major at EMU, was chosen to participate in the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 contact tracing. The goal is to slow the community spread of infectious pathogens, specifically COVID-19.
The Kapamilya Club, EMU’s Filipino cultural association, has been raising funds through an online campaign for underprivileged communities in the Philippines.
The Washtenaw County Health Department announced plans to expand COVID-19 testing in the 48197 and 48198 areas of Ypsilanti.
Ypsilanti-area farmers are collaborating with The Ypsi Area Online Market. Already included on the list are Growing Hope, The Farm at St. Joe’s and Zilke Farm Kitchen. This online market comes to the community during the challenging and unfamiliar time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the economy and job market, GameAbove announced its Alumni Pay-it-Forward fund for EMU April 2020 graduates and Fall 2020 incoming freshmen.
A shooting occurred outside of Maria’s Liquor and Fine Wine (3344 S Grove St) at the corners of Grove St. and Rawsonville Road in Ypsilanti Charter Township. The shooting took-place around 2:20 p.m. Sunday, April 26.
While courses for the Summer A session of the Summer 2020 semester are fully online, the plan for Summer B courses remains undecided.
With about 300 students still living on campus due to various circumstances, EMU must work with students to assess the need for campus housing in the Summer 2020 semester.
In an email addressed to EMU students, faculty, and staff, the Office of the President announced the sale of the Owen Building, currently home to EMU's College of Business, to a a private party. The sale is expected to be finalized April 23, 2020 during the university's Board of Regents meeting.
A hooded female has been recorded on numerous security cameras throughout the Prospect Park neighborhood of Ypsilanti following multiple car break-ins in the area. These break-ins, that resulted in thefts, occurred in the early morning of April 21. The break-ins occurred at around 1:30 a.m.
The need for medical supplies is apparent across the country. EMU’s College of Engineering and Technology has various teams producing medical supplies for local hospitals. One of these initiatives includes the production of intubation boxes led by John Earl, EMU laboratory manager and support engineer.
EMU is in its fifth week of all-online classes and students and professors alike continue to adjust to this new educational setting.
In an email on April 9, 2020 to Eastern Michigan University students, faculty and staff university president James Smith announced the death of EMU instructor and advisor Marilyn Horace-Moore. Horace-Moore passed away due to complications from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
As the spread of COVID-19 increasingly alters daily life, EMU students face the transition to online classes, moving in with family, financial struggles, and a never-ending list of other potential problems.
EMU has created a new grant for students taking classes during the summer semester to help assist with the disruptions students face amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the pandemic, Swoop's Pantry, EMU's on-campus food pantry, is continuing to serve students in need of groceries, hygiene items, clothes, and other basic goods. Joelle Summers, the graduate assistant at Swoop's Pantry, discusses the changes that were made to accommodate this emergency situation.
The EMU Psychology Department is conducting a new study to test an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that aims to deliver “evidence-based emotional wellness and coping strategies” to patients.