The State – 11/20/20

Lacie Hudson, Case deKoning

As COVID-19 numbers skyrocket across the state, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press conference Thursday that bipartisan and congressional support is needed to help those continuing to be impacted by the coronavirus.

With new COVID-19 restrictions in effect Wednesday, closing indoor dining at bars and restaurants, in-person learning for high schools, colleges and universities and other recreational activities, Whitmer called on the federal government to provide the necessary support to protect vulnerable families, frontline workers and small businesses.

These actions, she said, are both targeted and intended to be temporary, following the steps public health experts say are needed to avoid overwhelming hospitals and reaching death counts like we saw in the Spring. Compliance also protects essential medical workers and first responders.


Five advanced undergraduate students will be presenting their independent research projects in front of a virtual crowd today, Friday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The title for this year’s 2020 Art History and Visual Culture Undergraduate Symposium is “Refracting Histories of Art and Community.” All of the student projects present similar topics of artistic expression interacting with societal issues.

These projects are from students of associate professor of Art History Lily Woodruff, who teaches a professional development seminar about public presentation and gives feedback on research.


Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a statewide audit of recent election votes after all state counties voted to certify the Nov. 3 election results Wednesday; however, Wayne County canvassers have rescinded their votes, according to statements from each.

The risk-limiting audit ensures elections are accurate and is accompanied by local election performance audits. The audit was announced Thursday morning and meant to start after the Board of State Canvassers certified the election.