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The trial date for two Detroit men accused of killing EMU football player Demarius Reed last fall has been pushed back a month.

The trial of Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt had been set to start June 23rd, but it's been re-scheduled for July 21st. 

Since Reed's death at his off-campus apartment complex, EMU has been working to improve safety in near-campus areas. 

The university is hiring 10 new police officers, has expanded patrols into neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and has worked with local apartment complexes to boost security.


Eastern Michigan University's student athletes recorded the second-highest average grade point average in school history during the winter 2014 semester.

With a 3.145 GPA, the Eagles also topped the 3.0 mark for the ninth straight semester. 

Of EMU's 21 athletic teams, 15 had average GPA's of 3.0 or better, and 36 student athletes scored 4.0 GPA's.

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Early College Alliance students are ranked sixth out of more than 800 high schools on Michigan Merit Exam math and reading test scores.

The rankings for the program at Eastern Michigan University are from the website schooldigger.com, which last year ranked the ECA 41st in the state. 

Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Director Dave Dugger says the jump was due to a focus on improving literacy education, and spending one day a week understanding and practicing writing for the ACT. 


Eastern Michigan University students and faculty have been high-fiving people all over campus to raise awareness for the "High Five Challenge."

The challenge's goal is to raise donations of $5 or more for the EMU Foundation.

Foundation Director of Annual Giving Jackie Richardson says its too early to count the results, but the campaign has gotten a very positive public response on social media.

The High Five Challenge runs through Saturday.

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A new fellowship brings Eastern Michigan University and The Historic Ford Estates together in the name of historic preservation.

One student will have the chance beginning this fall to study at the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. 

The fellowship comes with a $6,000 stipend from the estates, and another $6,000 from the university.

Find more on EMU's Historic Preservation program online:


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Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking.  Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals.  

Pancake Fly-In Spotlights Eagle Flight Centre

May 15, 2014

Eastern Michigan University's Eagle Flight Centre holds its annual pancake breakfast fly-in Saturday, and there'll be more than just airplanes flying at Willow Run Airport.

The event begins with a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes of Michigan, known around the world for his ability to toss pancakes 10, 20 or even 30 feet right to your plate. 

The event is also a chance to find out more about EMU's flight training program. 

The pancake fly-in starts at eight Saturday morning at the Eagle Flight Centre at Willow Run Airport.


Eastern Michigan University's Special Education program  has been helping to educate teachers and assisting children with disabilities for 100 years, and to mark the occasion, it's celebrating.

Over the next three days EMU will host lectures, offer tours and a display of historical archives on campus.

Nancy Halmhuber and Lynne Rockledge are both College of Education Special Education Emeritus faculty.


Eastern Michigan University has a new Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

Eastern Michigan University will kick off a celebration of Pease Auditorium’s 100th anniversary tomorrow.  


An Eastern Michigan University student who's been growing his beard for about 20 months is holding a charity "save it or shave it" contest to benefit the American Heart Association.

Ryan Huntington is collecting donations for the May 10th Heart Walk at EMU.  Donors vote on whether he should keep or shave his fourteen-and-a-half inch long beard.  He'll be accepting donations until midnight Wednesday.

"And then we'll be closing donations," Huntington says, "and we'll be contacting people after that, and the reveal is on the 10th."

EMU Holds Spring Commencement This Weekend

Apr 25, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University holds spring commencement ceremonies at the Convocation Center this weekend, with close to 3,000 students eligible to participate.

Sarah Kersey Otto is EMU's Director of Career Development and Outreach.  She says these grads face a "modestly good" job market, with the business fields doing more hiring lately.

Kersey Otto says information technology grads are in high demand.


More than 500 middle and high school girls are coming to Eastern Michigan University for Friday's Digital Diva conference.

Students will have the opportunity to attend sessions on computer repair, computer assisted design software, online security and a variety of other technology based topics.

Digital Diva Chairperson Susan Gregory says they started doing the conference four years ago to encourage women to go into non-traditional jobs.

"Hopefully it then inspires them to pursue a technology degree," Gregory says, "and pursue a career in technology."  

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Eastern Michigan University students got some help during final exams week from some four-legged friends Tuesday.

A "puppy room" was established on campus by the college's Pre-Vet Club. The room allowed students to take a few minutes out of their day to play with or pet several puppies brought to EMU by a Grand Rapids-based non-profit animal rescue.

Pre-Vet Club President Elisa Meier says getting students to take a break and play with a puppy is a valuable stress reliever for those struggling with finals.

EMU Holding Transfer Student Open House

Apr 21, 2014

Eastern Michigan University is holding an open house for potential transfer students Tuesday at its Livonia Center.

Participants will be able to apply to EMU for free and tour the Livonia Center.  Financial aid advisors, transfer admission advisors and faculty members will also be on hand to answer questions.

The transfer student open house takes place from 4-6:30 p.m. at the EMU Livonia Center, 38777 West Six Mile Road (near I-275) in Livonia.  Click the link below to register, or call 877-8181-4368.

Clouds Likely To Block View Of Lunar Eclipse

Apr 14, 2014
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There's going to be a total lunar eclipse tonight, but with our cloudy weather forecast you probably don't have to worry about getting up or staying up to see it.

Professor Norbert Vance is Director of Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory. 

He says the deepest part of the eclipse will happen just before three Tuesday morning, and the event will be over by 4:30 a.m. or so.

Professor Vance says the media is calling this a "blood moon", but he doesn't think the moon will be as red as some have predicted.

White-Nose Syndrome Seen In Michigan Bats

Apr 10, 2014
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White-nose syndrome is deadly for bats, and the disease has now been reported in bats that hibernate in Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University biology professor Dr. Allen Kurta is a nationally-respected bat expert.  He says Michigan is populated by nine species of bats, five of which spend their winters in caves or abandoned mines here.


Eastern Michigan University students are eligible to enter an art competition with a climate change theme and a $750 prize. 

EMU's AMP! student organization is sponsoring the contest, called "The Elapsing City".

Graduate student Mei Mei four phenomenon of climate change are offered as themes: Desertification, Loss of Arctic Sea Ice, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.

"The artwork must reflect at least two of the four phenomenon," she says.


Eastern Michigan University hosted one of the state's largest teacher job fairs Wednesday.

Representatives from dozens of schools were on hand to interview the hundreds of prospective teachers searching for a job.

Joshua Kay is looking for his first teaching job. He says coming to the job fair was very helpful.

"Todays job fair is a good opportunity for some experience," Kay says, and to meet representatives from different school districts looking to hire teachers.

EMU Lights Student Center For Autism Awareness

Apr 2, 2014
Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's Student Center was bathed in blue light Wednesday night as part of the annual Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign.

The lighting of the Student Center also spotlighted the university's non-profit Autism Collaborative Center, a resource for families across southeast Michigan dealing with autism.

Autism affects one in 68 children, and is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Details on Autism Speaks can be found online: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Eastern Michigan University has chosen NEPC to manage the school's $58 million endowment fund. The firm was chosen from nine companies that responded to a request for proposals in November. 

EMU Hosting EcoJustice and Activism Conference

Mar 26, 2014

Thursday marks the start of the third annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference.

The three-day event is being held at Eastern Michigan University and will address concerns such as animal rights, water and air quality issues, and social justice.

Rebecca Martusewicz an EMU professor says, "The focus of this year's conference is belonging", Martusewicz said, "learning together to value human and more than human communities."

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Some Students and faculty at Eastern Michigan University continue to speak out against the university’s contract with the Education Achievement Authority. 

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Eastern Michigan University is raising room and board rates by 4 percent for next school year.  The Board of Regents approved the hike Tuesday in efforts to cover increased maintenance and food costs.

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The U.S. Airforce band will present a free concert at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium  on April 9th.  Along with the band, 18 professional vocalists called the Singing Sargeants will also perform.