Officials at Eastern Michigan University are discussing the next course of action after learning of the racist history tied to one of the namesakes for the Quirk-Sponberg Theatre, Daniel L. Quirk Jr. Quirk. Quirk frequently directed and performed minstrel shows.
The Ypsilanti Board of Trustees voted against buying additional absentee ballot scanners for the General Election, and Ypsilanti City Council discusses marijuana, police training, and city water and sewage bill. Also, EMU professors host a virtual webinar to give insight to students on how they can survive this semester.
Ypsilanti City Council voted on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to allow recreational marijuana businesses in the city. The ordinance passed 5-2, with Mayor Pro-Tem Lois Richardson and Councilman Anthony Morgan voting against it.
Eastern Michigan University’s first ever accessibility crew will take action this winter during the EMU Theatre’s presentation of “Still Life with Iris.” Under the guidance of Elena SV Flys, EMU assistant professor of arts administration, the accessibility crew is responsible for designing the access services that will be available for three of the six performances that will take place in Quirk Theatre in Dec.
After 46 years of business, the Rutherford Pool bathhouse will undergo a major renovation at the end of the year that will include plumbing and electrical upgrades as well as adding gender neutral and family changing rooms.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday, Sept. 24 that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. EMU Political Science Professors Edward Sidlow and Jeffery Bernstein discuss the likelihood of Trump being impeached and what the next steps are.
The music festival was created by two former EMU students in honor of their friend, Jayquon Tillman, who was murdered at a party in 2017.
Several parking improvements, including new pay-by-phone technology, could debut in the city of Ypsilanti within the next year. At the Sept. 10 City Council Meeting, the Downtown Development Authority presented a plan that included several parking changes in Depot Town and Downtown Ypsilanti.
City council members vote to remove gay pride, transgender pride, Black Lives Matter flags from council chambers
Members of the Ypsilanti City Council voted to remove gay pride, transgender pride and Black Lives Matter flags from the council chambers during the Aug. 27 meeting. The resolution, which passed 5-2, states that City Council does not want to become a forum to advertise or promote any particular ideology. As a result, it was agreed upon that the only flags allowed in the council chambers are the United States of America, the state of Michigan and the city of Ypsilanti flags.
One hundred forty-two Eastern Michigan University employees are set to retire from the university within the next year. In May, the university announced a Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Plan that gave full-time faculty and staff the opportunity to accept a payout and retire. More than 600 employees were eligible for the offer.