Michigan State University holding virtual ceremonies for fall 2020 graduates

EAST LANSING, MI — All commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University for fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually, the university announced Thursday.

More than 2,600 graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at commencement ceremonies that will be streamed on the MSU commencement website, according to a university release. The names of graduates will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud of these students for not only completing their degrees but doing so under such difficult circumstances,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is fitting to have three highly accomplished alumni serving as our keynote speakers. They remind us of the impact we can have on the world as Spartans.”

Scheduling for spring 2021 commencement is currently being developed, according to the commencement website. Details will be posted in late January, according to the website.

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Some Ann Arbor hotels offering winter semester rates to University of Michigan students

ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan has canceled housing contracts for the winter semester for all but a certain number of undergraduate students to limit the number of students on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there is another option students affected by this action will have.

Some hotels, such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North, the Graduate Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel, are offering student rates for the winter semester.

All three are offering single- and double-occupancy rooms. Tyler Glombowski, a sales manager at the DoubleTree, said single rooms start at $1,500 plus tax per month, and double occupancy rooms are $2,000 per month plus tax.

Those rates tend to be a little bit more expensive than UM’s housing contracts because of housekeeping and extra amenities that students wouldn’t get in dorms, Glombowski said. It’s also a month-to-month contract, so if

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Giving Tuesday fundraising nets Eastern Michigan University $1.2M

YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University raised approximately $1.2 million during its Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, officials announced Wednesday.

More than 1,300 supporters donated to a variety of scholarships, programs and services as part of EMU’s #GIVINGTRUEDAY campaign, according to a university news release. The university surpassed last year’s donations by about $400,000, the release states.

“We are a welcoming and caring campus, and that was profoundly evident on this remarkable and record-setting day,” said EMU President James Smith. “I am proud of how our faculty, staff, alumni and supporters responded to the challenge of helping fund many scholarships, programs, student organizations, and special initiatives at Eastern. It is truly inspiring.”

The campaign included several matching gift challenges, including a one-to-one match for gifts to the EMU Student Emergency Fund up to $20,000. EMU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors contributed $20,000 to double the matching gift challenge,

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Join a discussion about education in Michigan during COVID-19

What does the 2020 election mean for the future of Michigan schools? 

a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden chair: A classroom sits empty at the Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit last March after the pandemic hit.

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A classroom sits empty at the Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit last March after the pandemic hit.

Chalkbeat Detroit, the Education Trust-Midwest, and the Detroit Free Press are teaming up to host a conversation about the significance of the 2020 election at a time when the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus will increase inequities in schools across the state. 


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“As our policymakers look toward the new year amid an unprecedented crisis that has exacerbated long-standing inequities, it’s critical that they maintain a focus on working toward equity and fairness in education,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for the Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education research and advocacy organization.

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College roundup: Michigan football on pause, game against Maryland canceled

Michigan’s football game this weekend against Maryland has been canceled, and the Wolverines are pausing practice until Monday.

Michigan says the decision to pause in-person football activities was made in consultation with medical professionals. The team did not meet in person the previous two days after Coach Jim Harbaugh said there had been an increased number of presumptive positive COVID-19 tests.

“The decision by our medical professionals to stop practices and cancel this Saturday’s game against Maryland was made with the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and staff as our utmost priority,” Athletic Director Warde Manuel said. “We have seen an increase in the number of student-athletes unavailable to compete due to positive tests and associated contact tracing due to our most recent antigen and PCR testing results.”

Michigan is 0-3 at home this season, and the Maryland game was the last scheduled home game. The Wolverines

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College football picks, predictions, odds for Week 14: Ohio State vs. Michigan State among the best bets


This season is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Computer simulations — if that’s your thing — mean nothing with only a smattering of nonconference games between FBS schools scheduled and four of the leagues not playing any at all. Nevertheless, we’ve been working with our resources.

Each week, I use this space to tell you what I think are a few of the best bets heading into the weekend. I also throw in an upset of the week, which will feature a team that is at least a touchdown underdog that I am picking to win outright. I also give you picks on other games involving teams in College Football Playoff contention.

Last week I was 3-0 on the picks, and the upset special covered as well but lost outright. The picks are 13-13 for the season. The upset missed, so those picks are now 4-5 outright and 6-3

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Is Michigan really gearing up to take a dive so Ohio State can’t make the College Football Playoff? | This is the Loop

Something fishy is brewing over in the Big Ten. On Tuesday night, during ESPN’s weekly College Football Playoff rankings show, former Ohio State Buckeyes signal caller Kirk Herbstreit casually floated this little theory mid-conversation . . .

Nothing in the world of COVID and college football is casual, however, and soon the statement spread like wildfire. Herbie, being the pro’s pro that he is, quickly took to Twitter to douse the flames, but the seed was planted.

Then Wednesday afternoon, right on schedule, Michigan announced it would be pausing football activities due to COVID-19 “concerns” ahead of Saturday’s game against Maryland. Suddenly Herbie’s words came rushing back. Does he know something we don’t? Michigan wouldn’t really . . . would they?

What we’re talking about here would be unprecedented. Taking a dive. Throwing the game. Waving the white flag. The Buckeyes, who have already had games against Maryland and Illinois

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Michigan State University to require students to live 2 years on campus

EAST LANSING — Undergraduates at Michigan State University will be required to live on campus a second year as part of efforts to help students toward graduating.

A two-year living requirement waived since the 1980s will be reinstated next fall, according to the school.

An analysis by Michigan State’s Office of Institutional Research shows undergraduates who live on the East Lansing campus their first two years have graduation rates about 2.5 percentage points higher than those who live on campus only their first year.

The difference is nearly 10 percentage points for some underserved student groups, the school said.

“Reinstating the second-year live-on requirement will help us better equip our students with the tools they need, while in a supportive and safe environment, to help them succeed,” Vennie Gore, senior vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises at Michigan State, said in a release.

The change is also a response to rental

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2-year, on-campus living requirement back at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI — Michigan State University has reinstated a two-year, on-campus living requirement that has been waived since the 1980s.

Currently, first-year students are required to live on campus for their first academic year, but beginning with students who start at MSU in fall 2021, they will be required to live on campus for two years, according to a university news release.

Students who transfer to MSU will continue to be required to live on campus unless they meet the exception criteria, officials said.

During the last several years, university administrators have examined success outcomes of undergraduate students living on and off campus, the release states. Undergraduates who live on campus for their first two years at MSU have a 2.5% better chance of graduating than those who live on campus only in their first year, according to an analysis by MSU’s Office of Institutional Research.

“We continue to

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Free education for essential workers in Michigan is expanding into a pathway toward a four-year degree

The opportunity for essential workers in Michigan to earn a tuition-free degree during the coronavirus pandemic has just expanded.

a bridge over a body of water: A partnership with Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College offers a pathway for essential workers in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic to earn a degree tuition-free.

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A partnership with Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College offers a pathway for essential workers in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic to earn a degree tuition-free.

Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College announced a partnership on Wednesday that provides an affordable path toward a four-year degree to frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release.

Through the partnership, frontline workers who complete an associate degree at HFC and pursue a bachelor’s degree at EMU will be offered a scholarship at the university.

“Our frontline workers put themselves at risk to serve Michigan citizens during a pandemic. Now we are putting them at the forefront by supporting their futures,” said HFC President Russ Kavalhuna. “This new partnership between Henry

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