Stateside: Clerks on absentee ballot rule changes; UM musical pioneer; Big 10 football back on

Sep 16, 2020
Originally published on September 28, 2020 9:51 pm

On Stateside, the state Senate passed a bill this week that allows local and county clerks to begin preparing absentee ballots a day ahead of the election. We check in with two clerks on whether the state's election system is ready for a potential wave of absentee ballots as November approaches. Also, a Detroit Free Press reporter updates on the Big Ten’s decision to resume football this fall. Plus, a look at the legacy of the first Black faculty member at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

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Clerks say state Senate absentee ballot bill a “good start” but counting votes still be a heavy lift

  • Justin Roebuck is the Ottawa County Clerk.
  • Jan Roncelli is the Bloomfield Township Clerk.

The legacy of artist and performer Willis Patterson, first Black faculty member at UM School of Music

  • Dr. Louise Toppin is a professor of voice at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

MTU students’ mathematical model shows why COVID-19 spreads so rapidly on college campuses

  • Cécile Piret is an associate professor of mathematical sciences at Michigan Technological University. Students in her class created a mathematical model depicting COVID-19's spread on university campuses.

With improved testing to ensure safety, Big Ten reverses decision and moves forward with fall football

  • David Jesse reports on higher education for the Detroit Free Press.
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