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University of Michigan student named 2021 Rhodes Scholar

ANN ARBOR, MI – Amytess Girgis was overpowered with intense, competing emotions when she received word she had been named a Rhodes Scholar.

Girgis, a senior at the University of Michigan, was one of 32 Americans to be awarded as a prestigious Rhodes Scholar, becoming part of a diverse class that includes 22 students of color – the most ever elected in one year in the United States.

That fact wasn’t lost on Girgis, who is Iranian and Egyptian, causing her to consider the weight of the implications of the scholarship.

“I am both celebrating and mourning the fact that Cecil Rhodes would be turning over in his grave if he knew that an Iranian-Egyptian American woman had won this scholarship,” Girgis told MLive. “The Rhodes Trust recognizes this. It’s both a sad and beautiful thing that we can work toward the reconciliation that needs to happen to undo these

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Suspect in University of Michigan North Campus armed robbery arrested

ANN ARBOR, MI – Police have arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery of a gaming console that occurred on the University of Michigan’s North Campus last weekend.

The suspect was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 17, two days after the incident where a man robbed another during the casual in-person sale of a gaming console, according to UM’s Department of Public Safety Services.

Armed robber snatches gaming console on UM’s North Campus

The male victim met the male suspect at 11:35 a.m., Nov. 15 at a parking lot near the Northwood V student housing building, 2500 Stone Road in Ann Arbor, police said.

The meeting was supposed to be a sale for a gaming console made public on the internet, police said. The victim approached a vehicle when the suspect brandished his gun and demanded the console, police said.

The victim was not harmed in the robbery.

Students selling

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University of Michigan epidemiologist leads FDA COVID vaccine advisory committee

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their COVID-19 vaccine to the FDA to be considered for an emergency-use authorization Friday.

The massive amount of data that has been collected through the clinical trials will be scrutinized by the scientists of the FDA and a critical committee of advisors.

Nov. 20, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 295,177; Death toll now at 8,377

“For total transparency, it is going to be on YouTube and we are going to hear the data presented by the company,” said Dr. Arnold Monto. “The FDA is going to give us their interpretation of the data all out in public.”

Monto is a world-renown expert in infectious disease prevention and vaccine effectiveness. In 2018, he showed Local 4 his “Flu Lab” at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Monto will lead the committee that will advise the FDA on whether or not

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Fighting the virus, the University of Michigan battens down the hatches.

The University of Michigan’s flagship campus in Ann Arbor opened the fall semester with great expectations. Thousands of students were welcomed back to the dorms in August.

Pessimists were asked to reserve judgment. Parents worried that students would not be safe.

Sure enough, by midsemester, coronavirus clusters were erupting on and off campus. In October, county health authorities ordered the whole campus to shelter in place, citing “social gatherings” on or near campus as a major source of infections.

Now, after more than 2,540 Covid-19 cases among students and staff, the university is shifting course drastically. It has asked students not to come back to campus in January unless they have to. Instruction will be remote in 90 percent of classes. Students who violate certain health rules will face tougher sanctions, including automatic probation, and coronavirus tests will be mandatory for anyone coming to campus.

In many ways, the school’s

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After a ‘Covid Semester,’ the University of Michigan Gets Tougher on the Virus

Dr. Schlissel still talks about testing as just one key tool in a combination of actions necessary to control the virus, but he has come around, he said, to seeing its importance in “reassuring” the community. When classes resume in 2021, the university will de-densify the dorms and ramp up testing. Only about 3,000 students will be allowed back into university housing, and anyone who comes onto campus, symptomatic or not, will have to be cleared via a saliva-based test processed by a faculty-founded start-up in Ann Arbor.

“If they don’t,” Dr. Schlissel said, “we’ll inactivate their ID cards.”

The retrenchment has pleased faculty but upset undergraduates and their parents. More than 1,500 angry parents have signed a petition protesting the short notice with which the university canceled spring housing contracts. If the university doesn’t “reverse its drastic decision to close the dorms,” it says, the parents want a discount.

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University of Michigan reaches settlement with women who reported sexual harassment by former provost

The University of Michigan reached a $9.25 million settlement Wednesday with eight women who reported they were emotionally and sexually abused by the school’s former provost, according to the school and an attorney for the women.



a man wearing a hat: Former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2019. (Max Ortiz/AP)


Former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2019. (Max Ortiz/AP)

The case comes at a time when multiple universities are being confronted by claims that they long overlooked damaging behavior by employees and, in some cases, paying out massive settlements.


USC reaches $240 million proposed settlement with former patients of gynecologist

Martin Philbert, the chief academic officer at the school until his dismissal earlier this year, had been at the University of Michigan since 1995, when he was hired as an assistant professor of toxicology.

An investigation found that Philbert had sexually harassed multiple women, including colleagues and graduate students over many years,

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Michigan auto worker in ‘The Voice’ Battle Round hopes to one day leave Chrysler for a music career

He loves his day job, but says he would give it up in a heartbeat for his dream career in music. Detroit auto assembly line worker, Rio Souma, is one step closer to making his dreams a reality as he’s about to give the biggest performance of his life as he sings a Motown duet with his opponent. UPDATE: Watch Souma’s Motown duet with Casme and see who advanced.

Souma will perform against New Orleans native Casme as “The Voice” Battle Round concludes tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You can also watch via livestream at fuboTV. Both are on Team John Legend. The coach will determine which singer will continue their journey and which will go home.

We first met the 28-year old Chrysler worker during the hit reality singing competition’s Blind Audition a couple weeks ago when he got John Legend off of his feet performing

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University of Michigan will pay $9.25million to eight women who allege abuse by school’s ex-provost

The University of Michigan said Wednesday it will pay $9.25million to eight women who reported emotional or sexual abuse by a man who became the school’s chief academic officer.

‘We thank them for their courage and we apologize to each one of them and to all survivors,’ the university said.

The university did not name any of the eight women who made the allegations against the former provost, Martin Philbert. 

The settlement was agreed to by the university and the women, who could still file separate lawsuits against Philbert should they choose to do so in the future. 

University of Michigan then-Provost Martin Philbert (seen above in May of last year) speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The school has agreed to pay more than $9million to eight women who allege they were sexually abused by Philbert

Philbert spent 25 years at the university, rising from toxicology professor

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National Digest: University of Michigan settles with 8 women over abuse

University settles with 8 women over abuse

The University of Michigan reached a $9.25 million settlement Wednesday with eight women who reported they were emotionally and sexually abused by the school’s former provost, according to the school and an attorney for the women.

The case comes at a time when multiple universities are being confronted by claims that they long overlooked damaging behavior by employees, and in some cases are paying out massive settlements.

Martin Philbert, the chief academic officer at the school until his dismissal this year, had been at the University of Michigan since 1995, when he was hired as an assistant professor of toxicology.

An investigation found that Philbert had sexually harassed multiple women, including colleagues and graduate students, over many years, according to a report released by the law firm WilmerHale this summer.

Philbert did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

“The sexual misconduct

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Settlement reached in sexual harassment case against Martin Philbert the former provost of the University of Michigan

Martin Philbert, the chief academic officer at the school until his dismissal earlier this year, had been at the University of Michigan since 1995, when he was hired as an assistant professor of toxicology.

An investigation found that Philbert had sexually harassed multiple women, including colleagues and graduate students over many years, according to a report released by the law firm WilmerHale this summer.

Philbert did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

“The sexual misconduct of the former university provost that has been detailed in a report from the WilmerHale law firm is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement. “The University of Michigan failed on many levels as this individual advanced through the administrative ranks.”

WilmerHale is also investigating numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by another former University of Michigan employee, the late Robert E. Anderson, who was a doctor

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