Ypsilanti's Corner Brewery is now Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.
Arbor Brewing Company co-owner Renee Greff says the name change came about out of concerns raised by the former Corner Brewery's general manager that the business wasn't getting the benefit of the Arbor Brewing Company brand.
Greff says not everyone knows that Arbor Brewing Company's beer is made at the Ypsilanti location.
She says new logos were designed, and word of the name change was spread through the Arbor Brewing Company blog and Facebook page.
The Ann Arbor School Board hopes to find alternative options to make the district's high schools even better for a broader range of students. A group of high school leaders have studied more than a half dozen programs including magnet schools, blended classes, new technology programs, and others. They plan on presenting the school board with two or three concrete program ideas in January or February.
School Board president Deb Mexicotte says they hope the upcoming election year could help make some additional high school options possible thanks to additional funding.
Superintendent Jeanice Swift says there are some common themes of more personalized learning approaches and choices in all of the programs reviewed. She says the goal will be to find options that balance increased costs with attracting additional students.
Mittenfest, a massive three-day music festival featuring 40 state and local bands, benefits 826Michigan. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with 826Michigan Executive Director Amanda Uhle about her organization and what the December 27th-31st event means to it.
The Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan wants the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to adopt a pledge to use student suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort.
The "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge asks the state to roll back its discipline code so that it's in line with the federal Gun Free Schools Act. It also asks districts to prioritize keeping kids in school and investing in preventative efforts.
Peri Stone-Palmquist is Executive Director of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan. She says the pledge also asks districts not to allow non-mandatory expulsions.
Stone-Plamquist brought the pledge before the board on the same night the board expelled a student for weapons violations.
Ypsilanti Community Schools trustees seemed to embrace the idea of the pledge. The Board of Education is expected to consider adopting the "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge next month.
In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Susan Pollay about development in downtown Ann Arbor and how it fits into a more sustainable future for the city. Susan Pollay is Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.