Ypsilanti, MI – Graduation fees at Eastern Michigan University are increasing for the first time since 1988. EMU's Board of Regents approved the increase yesterday, from 30 dollars for undergraduates and 35 dollars for graduate students, to a flat fee of 90 dollars. University officials say the annual cost of commencement ceremonies and diplomas alone is around 100-thousand dollars, with total costs connected to graduations of 440-thousand dollars, making the increase necessary in the face of continued state budget cuts.
Ann Arbor, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear Bob Eccles' report on rule changes approved last night for citizens wishing to address Ann Arbor's city council during the public comment period at council meetings.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents has again elected Phil Incarnati as its chair. It will be Incarnati's ninth term at the head of the board. Incarnati says financial matters remain the biggest challenge facing the university, and says working out a new contract with EMU professors will also be an important issue this year. The board elected Karen Valvo of Ypsilanti as the Regents new Vice-chair.
Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU will broadcast the keynote address of the EMU President's luncheon on MLK Day, January 19th, at 1pm, live from the Ypsilanti Marriott. The keynote speaker is the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Suzan Lori-Parks. Parks won the Pulitzer in 2002 for her play "Topdog/Underdog". Parks currently directs the Dramatic Writing program at the California Institute of Arts.
The top 25 jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian CDs played on WEMU the week of January 4-10, 2004
Following are the 25 most-played new and reissued jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian CDs on 89.1 from January 4th through the 10th. The number in parentheses indicates how many times a disc was played.