The State – 9/15/20

Caroline Miller and Case deKoning


Both Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump hosted their campaign events last week in Michigan for the upcoming election this year.

Former Vice President Biden announced his ‘Made in America’ plans and denounced Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak during his speech Wednesday in Warren, Michigan.

Trump’s speech, which spanned for almost two hours, had everything from calling Democratic presidential candidate “Sleepy Joe,” touting his impact on the state’s auto manufacturing industry and imploring Governor Gretchen Whitmer to let the Big Ten play football this fall.

The East Lansing Police Department is hiring two full-time police social workers to work in the department. It’s part of a realignment plan submitted by the City Manager that is helping the department better understand its goals.

The positions were created with the intent of providing crisis intervention, conflict resolution, short-term counseling and community outreach to the East Lansing community.

This past week, graduate employees and others at the University of Michigan have been on strike in response to the university’s decision to continue some in-person instruction this fall.

Similar concerns stretched to other universities including Michigan State, where graduate students called for MSU to go fully online for lack of consideration or consultation of graduate employees in the reopening decisions, prior to the university’s official shift to a remote fall semester.

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