Ann Arbor Area Community News
Arbor Update was officially launched on 2 June 2004, meaning that it’s just about time for a birthday party. All are invited:
ArborUpdate First Birthday Party
2 June 2005
7pm, Leopold Bros.
It won’t be anything fancy; we just plan to take over a nice long table and converse face-to-face for a change. You can RSVP over at Upcoming.org, or just show up. Masks and cloaks are welcome, if you enjoy anonymity and want to keep it that way.
Update: Fixed rsvp link to the current upcoming posting (as opposed to the historic one).
LOCAL BLOGGERS LAUNCH NEWS WEBSITE
ANN ARBOR – A group of leading local bloggers will soon launch what could become the area’s premiere news website.
The site, located at ArborUpdate.com, will be launched June 2 with a party at the Arbor Brewing Company.
“Most local news organizations have poorly designed websites with little, infrequently updated content,” said Rob Goodspeed, co-founder of ArborUpdate. “We hope to use the web to connect people with the information they need to be better citizens.”
The site’s team includes a variety of Ann Arbor residents, University of Michigan employees, graduate and undergraduate students. The website will be operated by a core group, however community members are encouraged to contribute.
“Given the ineptitude and elitism of the local media, this website will be the first real outlet for Ann Arbor’s progressive and social minded citizens,” said co-founder Ari Paul.
Here are brief profiles of some of the people involved, and links to their personal sites:
+ Ari Paul is a 2004 graduate of the University and former columnist for the Michigan Daily. He has written for High Times, Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, and the now-defunct Baghdad Bulletin, and is now a political columnist for Citizen Culture.
+ Brian Kerr is an analyst at the University of Michigan, and a co-founder of the Ann Arbor Worker Center, a group dedicated to “growing communities among workers and their supporters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” The Ann Arbor Worker Center operated a blog in support of Borders employees during their strike Fall 2003.
+ Jenny Nathan is the vice president of the Michigan Student Assembly and former chair of the U-M chapter of the College Democrats.
+ Kyle Murphy is a U-M sophomore concentrating in Anthropology and Political science interested in progressive politics.
+ Mark Dilley is a labor activist who has used innovative technology to empower local workers. He is also a co-founder of the Ann Arbor Workers Center.
+ Matthew Hollerbach is a U-M junior, and an elected member of the Michigan Student Assembly. He has appeared in over a dozen student-produced plays, organized anti-war activities, managed the website for three student groups, and written for the Michigan Daily’s editorial board.
+ R. L’Heureux Lewis, also known as Dumi Eyi di yiye, is enrolled in the University’s doctoral program in Sociology and Public Policy. Historically involved with Michigan’s Black community, he hopes to be one black voice among many.
+ Rob Goodspeed is a 2004 graduate of the University. He created and edited goodspeedupdate.com, this year voted “Best Blog” by the Michigan Daily and runner-up “Best Blog in Washtenaw County” by Current magazine. As an undergraduate, he was involved in a variety of campus activities.
+ Samantha Woll is a U-M senior interested in political organizing, Israel, and New Urbanism, and a current elected representative on the Michigan Student Assembly.
+ Scott Trudeau is a University employee, technologist, 2000 U-M graduate, and Ann Arbor resident.
Contact the group: arborupdate at umich.edu
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