Ferris State University professor placed on leave after racist remarks
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – A science professor at a Michigan university has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated after denying the severity of the coronavirus and using racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter. David Eisler, president of Ferris State University, said Monday in a statement that Thomas Brennan was placed on leave Thursday for his “offensive" remarks. According to the newspaper's screenshots, Brennan tweeted anti-Semitic language and racist and homophobic slurs. Following the newspaper's report, Brennan said in a statement that he is not racist, anti-Sematic or a science denier. John Smith, a university spokesman, declined to say whether Brennan was placed on administrative leave in response to the professor’s tweets, his comments about COVID-19, or both.
Ann Arbor’s Operation Face Shield surpasses 50K donations
ANN ARBOR – At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan in March, local residents launched Operation Face Shield in response to the shortage of personal protective equipment. Operation Face Shield organizer Kevin Leeser said the group just surpassed 50,000 donations -- about enough to fill the stands in the old Tigers stadium. Operation Face Shield teamed up with medical relief Global Links to send the PPE to Nicaragua and Honduras. Ricardo mass-produced thousands of films, and combined with the invention of an injection mold at Ferris State University which could churn out six frames a minute, Operation Face Shield went from small at-home effort to large-scale operation. Leeser said that Operation Face Shield currently has 2,000 shields ready to donate.
Man arrested for making online threats toward Michigan university, hospitals
Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty ImagesREED CITY, Mich. - A 33-year-old Michigan man has been arrested after he allegedly posted videos in which he expressed "potential threatening feelings" toward Ferris State University, area hospitals and others. In a news release, the Michigan State Police announced that the Reed City man was arrested at his home Sunday night on felony counts of posting terroristic threats and other charges. The man whose name is not being released until he's arraigned is being he's being held in the Osceola County Jail on $1 million bond. The release says that because of the quick response by the state police, Ferris State University's Department of Public Safety and the Reed City Police Department, none of the organizations and individuals allegedly threatened were ever in danger. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.