About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon.
Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members. Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery.
Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago.
In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.
Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!
The Ann Arbor School board considered several options on how to roll-out enhanced security at the front doors of schools presented by district administrators. While it was just an informational item so no formal vote was taken, board members appeared to agree on a plan to have the buzzer doors added at 12 schools by next fall, and then go district ride the following year.
Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the board has been balancing several competing issues, adding that the 12 schools chosen to go first all have offices that don't have direct line of site with the front door.
She remarked that rolling out the enhanced security measures will include communication and education with families as well as the front office staff. Additionally, the district will also work on signs to help visitors know where to go and how to use the cameras and buzzers.
This two phase approach will cost about $85,000 in the first year, and $105,000 the following year.
The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement. The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs.
Author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. is a frequent guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "A Prairie Home Companion." His one-man show at the American Place Theatre was described by the New Yorker as "the most humorous and engaging 50 minutes in town."
Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed.
To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday.
EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today.
Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday. She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".
EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things. He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well.
Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.
The "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" is already in 36 states and in the District of Columbia. So far, it has made its way to 12-counties in the State of Michigan.
In 2010, in the Mid-Atlantic Region the bugs caused some 40-million dollars worth of crop and economic damage. And, be rest assured, you don't want these bugs to invade your home. It's name should tell you all you need to know about that! What can be done?
Listen to WEMU's David Fair explore the issues with Dr. Jamin Eisenbach. He is an Entomologist and Professor in Eastern Michigan University's Department of Biology.
Eastern Michigan University has held a second community forum to discuss the death of wide receiver Demarius Reed and other violence against Eastern students.
The Demarius Reed homicide, three other attacks of Eastern Michigan University students off campus, and two reports of on-campus criminal sexual conduct with individuals that knew each other all in the last week led E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials to holding a community forum to talk about efforts to improve safety. E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials met to talk about safety and then were on hand for the community forum.
Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of eight new communities to be evaluated.
The Eastern Michigan University community came together this afternoon for an update on the death of football player Demarius Reed. Reed's body was found this morning in the hallway of an off-campus apartment complex and law enforcement say it's an apparent homicide.