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Week of July 8, 2013

Supreme proposal

“Jeanine, Marry Me?” Jackie Simpson, director of the Spectrum Center, spelled these words in yellow and red rose petals at the Michigan Union fountain and posed for a picture June 26. She was inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark action that day to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The message was posted on Twitter and Facebook, for Simpson’s long-time partner Jeanine Bessette to see. “Yes,” she replied. Photo by Ariana Bostian-Kentes.

Spectrum director celebrates Supreme Court ruling with proposal

Upon learning of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark action to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Jackie Simpson, director of the Spectrum Center, proposed to her long-time partner Jeanine Bessette. She said yes.

Art Fair returns July 17-20

More than 1,000 artists and a half million art lovers are expected to converge on campus and downtown streets for the 54th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Two new cafés coming to Michigan Union

University Unions has announced that two new cafés will come to the Michigan Union this fall, further expanding the variety of food offerings in the heart of U-M’s central campus.

Record resumes mailing print edition to U-M retirees

Starting this week, university retirees are once again receiving mailed copies of The University Record.

Updated U-M website will emphasize improved functionality and design

The main U-M website — — will get a significant makeover later this summer to give the university a modern look with best-in-class navigation on a platform that adjusts automatically for any type of digital device.

University hosts office supply reuse event

Staff, faculty and local nonprofits are invited to browse gently used office supplies for free at an event hosted by U-M Waste Management Services, July 17-18.

U-M again improves rankings on college affordability lists

A newly released federal college affordability ranking shows U-M has — for the third straight year — one of the nation’s slowest rates of growth in net costs among the nation’s four-year public universities.



Stephen Stefanac, associate dean for patient services at the School of Dentistry, on what inspires him: "I am genuinely inspired by our students. They are extraordinary people — talented, motivated and eager to learn."


Noam Chomsky: “Language Use and Design: conflicts and their significance,” 7 p.m. July 11, Rackham Auditorium, part of the 2013 Linguistics Institute.

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School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.


Old school: U-M in History

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