Council Member Annie Somerville and social equity activist Chris Jackson hosted the City of Ypsilanti’s first town hall about recreational marijuana use and corresponding social equity plan on August 8, 2019. Residents filed into City Hall at 6 pm to participate in the discussion around the designation of Ypsilanti as a disproportionately impacted community based on previous marijuana convictions and poverty rate. The purpose of the conversation, according to Somerville, was to create an agenda for the city council’s first conversation regarding recreational marijuana regulations.
The annual Thunder Over Michigan air show took place at Willow Run airport on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. Patrons were treated to exciting aerial displays, activities for all ages, and a variety of community vendors. The air show will return next year on August 29-30, 2020.
Booksilanti celebrated its inauguration this past Saturday. Hosted by the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse as well as various other local organizations, Booksilanti boasted 25 local vendors and authors. Hailed as a celebration of reading, Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse Events and Non-Profit Manager, Krista Jacob, said the community response to this celebration has been overwhelming. They plan to make Booksilanti an annual event.
Students arriving for fall semester can expect full access to the parking structure off of Oakwood Ave with no significant changes to the flow of traffic. With an increase in parking ticket fees since entering the privatized parking contract, students will no doubt expect major improvements in the parking experience in the future.
The theater department at EMU celebrated their opening night production of She Kills Monsters on Friday, May 31 at the Quirk-Sponberg Theater. She Kills Monsters is a heartwarming adventure through the geek culture of the 1990’s. With surprisingly professional audio and visual effects and a cast that brings the characters to life, She Kills Monsters is a must-see. This show will run through June 9, with 2 pm showings on June 2 and 9 and 7 pm showings on June 7 and 8. Tickets can be purchased at the Quirk box office or online at emutix.com. There will also be a special second run of the show the first weekend of the fall semester, starting September 5.
The first phase of renovations to the REC/IM will be completed by the fall of 2019. The renovations include a basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, a meeting space and a fitness area.
Carla Harryman, professor of literature at EMU, performed her original spoken piece Hannah Cut In at the opening reception for Glyph: The Diversity, Complexity, and Aesthetics of Language art exhibit at the Riverside Arts Center. Professor Harryman utilized an ensemble of performance artists and typewriters to create this symphony of sounds. Inspired by her experiences as a child and the political influences of Hannah Arendt, Hannah Cut In waltzes the lines connecting language and music.
The 106th Senate convened for the first time Tuesday to hold an organizational meeting. During this meeting, they performed necessary procedural steps required before becoming a governing body. This included the swearing in of new senators as well as nominating and voting on the elected positions. Taylor Lawrence secured the position of Speaker of the Senate while Jack Swartzinski was elected to Parliamentarian. The senate will break for the summer and hold their first official meeting on Sept. 3, 2019.
Women in Philanthropy and the Creative Science Inquiry Experience program (CSIE) hosted the first SolvEMU -- a critical thinking competition in the Student Center on Friday, April 5.
Vee Kennedy and the English Graduate Students Association organized the third annual EGSA Conference on Friday, April 5.