Eastern Michigan University is testing wastewater from residential buildings for COVID-19 genetic fragments. This is a science-based and cost-efficient alternative to randomly testing student residents.
Housing insecurity has only worsened across the US in the wake of the pandemic. With Michigan's eviction moratorium behind, and the end of federal unemployment benefits imminently ahead, some Washtenaw County tenants are at risk of housing insecurity. The Echo spoke with housing experts and leaders in Washtenaw County about housing insecurity throughout the pandemic.
TheRide has suggested guidelines for businesses, institutions, and community members to help “flatten the rush-hour curve” to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “Park and Ride” bus service will resume on June 15, and regular bus service, more similar to pre-pandemic services, will return in August.
The EMU Kapamilya Club launched an online fundraiser for impoverished families in the Philippines. The fundraiser provides groceries for 200 families in the San Mateo, Rizal areas in the Philippines.
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority closes Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor terminals, cancels fare collection in light of coronavirus pandemic
Both the Ypsilanti Transit Center and the Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor will be closed beginning March 18. Passenger fare will no longer be collected by drivers in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The AAATA has, in addition, suspended AirRide service to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport from the Blake Transit Center.
The EMU University Advising & Career Development Center hosted an internship fair for students. 53 internship-providing organizations and four resource providing organizations were available for students to explore.
Ypsilanti’s parking is being updated with paid and time-limited parking as well as updated meters. These updates may be costly but according to Mayor Beth Bashert, revenue will be generated from the project that will make up for the cost.
Eastern Michigan University Student Government approved Black Student Union Secretary Kiera Osborne to be the BSU delegate to Student Government. Osborne stated in an interview that she hoped to help, primarily black students and those in the BSU with “any problems or concerns that they have on-campus: whether that be faculty, each other, with students, [or] with housing.”
The Business and Finance Committee allocated the full 7% of the budget to organizations with Model UN allocated $1,780, Club Hockey with $2,050 and with Club Baseball allocated $2,050. The Southeast Asian Student association requested $500 and was allocated $250.