Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has been ranked one of the top "Military Friendly" schools in the nation for 2017. 


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The Presidents of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are standing with international students amid President Trump's Executive Order on immigration.  


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This week on Art & Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me along with Guy Sanville from the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and playwright Brian Letscher about the performing arts in our  area.


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They're rare on college campuses around Michigan, but a couple of Eastern Michigan University students are traveling around the Ypsilanti campus on a "Moto Uni."  It's a one-wheeled, Segway-like machine that costs up to $1700 and takes several days to learn to ride.  I spoke with EMU seniors Daniel Larson and Kyle Wickham about their experiences riding them on campus and around town. 

  

An early morning fire at University Green Apartments in Ypsilanti appears to have been caused by candles that were left lit after residents went to sleep.  Eastern Michigan University officials confirm that students have been affected by this fire; two were injured, a few were treated for smoke inhalation, and a handful have been displaced as the buildings have been evacuated.  

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Eastern Michigan University and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have formed a new collaborative initiative in an effort to take STEM education into the community:


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As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


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Eastern Michigan University students released a video through social media to express how they feel about how the administration addresses race relations issues on campus. 


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African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.


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The Eastern Michigan football team is winning this season, both on and off the field.


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With Christmas just a few days away, local college campuses become a lot quieter as most students head home to be with their families.  But not every student has that opportunity.


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In response to several incidents of racist grafitti found on the Eastern Michigan University campus in recent months, a "President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion" has been named by Dr. James Smith.

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The holidays are meant to be a happy time, but that is not always the case for many people living in our area.


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It's Thanksgiving week, and while many families gather for large dinners and celebrations, not everyone is as fortunate.  For some college students, it's an even bigger struggle including in Washtenaw County.  

I was on hand when students and staff gathered to put together Thanksgiving dinner food baskets at Eastern Michigan University's "Swoop Food Pantry."


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Race and diversity are issues on college campuses across the country. Eastern Michigan University is no exception. We address a variety of related topics with EMU President, Dr. James Smith. 


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With six months under his belt as the new president of Eastern Michigan University, Dr. James Smith gave an update on where the University stands Monday at an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti regional chamber luncheon.

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Between several instances of racist graffiti on campus and student and community protests, it's been a tumultuous start for the new president of Eastern Michigan University.  James Smith plans to connect with the community moving forward.


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In light of the recent unrest being felt at college campuses all over the country, Eastern Michigan University is having an event featuring several speakers to address the current campus climate.  The goal is to create a culture that embraces diversity and social justice. I spoke to Dr. Heather Neff, director of the McNair scholars program and EMU professor of English, about what her message will be. 

There will be a day-long event today on the Eastern Michigan University campus to bring the community together in light of several recent racist graffiti incidents on the campus.


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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Three students who protested after racist graffiti was found on buildings at Eastern Michigan University are now facing discipline for continuing a peaceful sit-in at a student center after it closed for the evening.

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Some members of the Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are being harassed after participating in a rally last week to protest racist graffiti found on campus.


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In an effort to improve community relations between the City of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University a special event is taking place later today. 30 people, half from the University, the other half from the city will go for a walk later today and then share a meal in hopes of improving communication and perceptions they may have of one another.

I spoke with the event's organizer, Eastern's Director of Academic Engagement Programs and Professor of Applied Theatre, Jessica "Decky" Alexander.


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A protest was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University as a result of the racist graffiti that was found on campus Monday. 

 

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A five hour sit-in demonstration on the Eastern Michigan University Campus ended early this morning.  Some 70 students gathered at the Student Center at the 1AM closing time.  When the Student Center re-opened at 6am, the sit-in ended and the students dispersed.  WEMU's David Fair spoke to EMU media relations director Geoff Larcom about the protest.


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In light of another incident of racist graffiti found on the Eastern Michigan University campus, University officials are planning several public events to deal with the incidents. 


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