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Racially Charged Incidents Continue at US Universities

Student suspended over racist group chat targeting black college freshmen

(Newser) - A student at the University of Oklahoma has been temporarily suspended and police are investigating a threat against a Muslim student near the University of Michigan amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump's presidential election, the AP reports. University of Oklahoma president... More »

Restaurant's Wager Costs It 50% Off Customer Tabs

Ruth's Chris offers percent off based on Michigan game's point differential—which was 78 points

(Newser) - No one expected the University of Michigan to blow out Rutgers so utterly and completely during Saturday night's football game—least of all the Ann Arbor location of one of the country's most high-end restaurants. Now in its Monday morning quarterback role, Ruth's Chris Steak House is... More »

College Student Expelled Over Sexual Misconduct Sues

He says University of Michigan needed to define 'intoxicated' vs. 'incapacitated'

(Newser) - An unnamed University of Michigan student expelled in June for violating the school's sexual misconduct policy is suing, Courthouse News Service reports. The student says he was only 13.5 credits shy of his degree when a University of Michigan appeals board ousted him based on an "unconstitutionally... More »

Frat Boy Filmed Abusing Uber Driver

Notorious landlord's son swore at 'minimum wage' driver

(Newser) - Move over, mac and cheese kid , there may be a new contender for America's Most Obnoxious Student: University of Michigan student Jake Croman is being investigated by the university and his fraternity for an expletive-filled rant against a Uber driver last week, reports the Detroit Free Press . In a... More »

Michigan Athletic Director: No More Death Threats Against Punter

Blake O'Neill is vilified online after botched play

(Newser) - The athletic director at the University of Michigan had to take the unusual step Sunday of writing an open letter to fans asking them to stop the "vicious" online attacks on the school's punter. The move follows a stunning botched punt by Blake O'Neill on the final... More »

Student's Tiny Digs: 170 Square-Foot House He Built

Christopher Cerk living off the grid for his last 2 years at University of Michigan

(Newser) - A University of Michigan computer science junior has moved into a 170-square-foot home he built himself. Christopher Cerk, 21, loaded the tiny house on a trailer and hauled it with him for the start of fall classes, the Ann Arbor News reported yesterday. "Around freshman year I didn't... More »

College to Show American Sniper After All

University of Michigan says cancellation was 'mistake'

(Newser) - The University of Michigan bowed to pressure and canceled an upcoming screening of American Sniper , replaced the movie with Paddington, and took some flak for caving. So the college announced last night it's going back to its original plan to air the controversial Bradley Cooper movie, with the VP... More »

Frat Trashed Resort to Tune of $75K: Manager

Other U-M Greek orgs blamed for $20K more in damages at 2nd resort

(Newser) - Members of six University of Michigan fraternities and sororities who may have watched Animal House one too many times are accused of causing nearly $100,000 in damage at two ski resorts last weekend, the Detroit Free Press reports. Smashed ceiling tiles, broken windows and furniture, filthy rooms, and ruined... More »

The Elderly Are Falling More Often

Study sees 8% increase, but reasons remain murky

(Newser) - Elderly Americans are apparently falling more often, but researchers don't know why. A new study says adults aged 65 and up self-reported a noticeable increase in falls between 1998 and 2010, reports Eureka Alert . Queried every two years, the percentage of seniors who said they'd fallen at least... More »

What the Court Got Right, Wrong, in Michigan Case

Editorial boards weigh in on affirmative action ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court yesterday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action, but the debate continues outside the court. A sampling:
  • Wrong decision: The court's majority ruled that state voters were within their rights to decide that colleges can ban affirmative action policies in their admissions. But the New York
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Oldest Roman Temple Unearthed ... for 3 Days

Likely dedicated to goddess Fortuna

(Newser) - Archaeologists digging in the heart of Rome unearthed what may be the oldest temple to be built in the Eternal City, but don't get your hopes up about visiting the ancient structure. Its foundation sits well below the water line and was only visible for three days. Archaeologists from... More »

Boy Sells $3.4K of Lemonade for Struggling Detroit

Joshua Smith wins scholarship, local celeb visits

(Newser) - When life gives you lemons, make lemonade—then sell it to help save your crumbling city. That's what 9-year-old Joshua Smith has been doing in Detroit, reports the Free Press . Last Monday, he set up a lemonade stand near his house, hoping to raise $1,000 to help the... More »

Cash-Strapped Detroit Outsources Autopsies

Move will save Wayne County $1.5M over three years

(Newser) - With bodies piling up and funding disappearing, Detroit has decided to save some money by outsourcing its morgue operations to the University of Michigan, Bloomberg reports. Detroit’s morgue is unusually busy, with five pathologists performing autopsies on 2,400 corpses a year. Earlier this year, it had 185 bodies... More »

Crust Eaters, Squirrel Fans Among Weird College Clubs

There's a society for every taste

(Newser) - Looking to meet like-minded people as the new school year begins? Never fear—these days, there’s a club for everybody, the Detroit Free Press reports. A few of the oddest:
  • Squirrel clubs. Both the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University offer societies aimed at interacting with our bushy-tailed
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Court Rejects Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Colleges can't ignore race in admissions, say judges

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the Constitution. The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change admission policies. The... More »

Asst. AG Targets Gay Student in Odd Hate Campaign

Andrew Shirvell calls Chris Armstrong 'Satan's representative'

(Newser) - Andrew Shirvell is a “concerned alumnus” of the University of Michigan, and oh—he also happens to be the assistant attorney general of Michigan, which makes his extracurricular hobby even more disturbing. For almost six months, Shirvell has been running “ Chris Armstrong Watch ,” a blog campaigning against... More »

Obama's Commencement Request: Civility

Like Glenn Beck? Try Huffington Post, too, he says

(Newser) - President Obama tried to play peacemaker today in his commencement address at the University of Michigan, criticizing the angry politics of our age and urging both sides to tone it down. "Throwing around phrases like 'socialists' and 'Soviet-style takeover,' 'fascists' and 'right-wing nut'—that may grab headlines,"... More »

HIV Hides in Bone Marrow: Researchers

Finding may pave way for new AIDS treatments

(Newser) - The virus that causes AIDS can hide in the bone marrow, avoiding drugs and later awakening to cause illness, according to new research that could point the way toward better treatments for the disease. Finding that hideout is a first step, but years of research lie ahead. Dr. Kathleen Collins... More »

Job Loss Anxiety Hurts More Than No Job at All

Smoking, hypertension worse than unemployment fear

(Newser) - Worried about your job? It may be better for your health if you just quit, new research suggests. Looking at studies of nearly 2,000 adults, scientists at the University of Michigan have found job loss anxiety can be more harmful to your health than unemployment, hypertension, or even smoking,... More »

Here Comes Kid Rock Beer

(Newser) - The auto industry may be tanking, but Michigan has a new small-scale savior: Kid Rock Beer. A Michigan brewery has landed a tax credit to produce a line of beer with the rocker's name and image, the Detroit Free Press reports. It's expected to create about 400 new jobs in... More »

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