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Eastern Michigan University
7:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

'Gamers for Giving' Charity Gaming Tournament comes to EMU

Between 600 and 800 video game enthusiasts will take over the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom this weekend for "Gamers for Giving", a charity gaming tournament. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with event founder Zach Wigal about the event. 

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WEMU News
3:25 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

EMU Graduate Students Help with Historic Preservation

Eastern Michigan University is partnering with the Michigan Historical Center to help preserve some of the state's history. Five EMU grad students will perform research and catalog artifacts at three historic sites around the state. Faculty Coordinator Nancy Bryk says this is part of a larger effort by the university to help students gain real-life experience. Bryk says EMU's students have done outstanding work with the MHC in the past, and she's proud of the university's entire program. Among the locations the EMU students will be working is the Mann House, in Concord, MI.

Sports
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

EMU Announces 2014 Football Recruiting Class

Eastern Michigan University's 2014 recruiting class features 17 student athletes, including nine from the state of Michigan.  

Head football coach Chris Creighton says the class is full of talented players, but he's "even more excited about their quality of character."  

The class includes a wide receiver, two running backs, four defensive backs, three linebackers and a number of offensive and defensive linemen.  

As for players from nearby communities, Jeremiah Harris is a 6'5", 235 pound defensive lineman who comes to EMU from Monroe county's Bedford High School. 

Eastern Michigan University is hosting a National Signing Day Celebration to welcome the recruits and introduce the new football coaching staff. The event begins at 6p.m. Wednesday in the Convocation Center Atrium, with Eagles fans treated to food and beverages.

Follow the link below for the complete release, including biographies of each student athlete:

http://emueagles.com/news/2014/2/5/FB_0205144311.aspx

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Eastern Michigan University
3:08 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Geoffrey Canada Gives Eastern Michigan University's MLK Day Keynote Address

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Educator and Activist Geoffrey Canada says the US has a national problem with educational issues which is clear through the high percentage of high school graduates that can't qualify to enter the military. Canada gave the keynote address for Eastern Michigan University's Martin Luther King Junior Celebration on Monday.

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MLK Day
7:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

EMU Events to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eastern Michigan University has many events planned to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Keith Jason is coordinator of student services for EMU's College of Technology.  He says Friday's events include a community service event and a screening of the film, "Finally Got the News". 

That'll be followed by a student talent show at 7pm Friday at Pease Auditorium. 

Jason says the show is called H2E, short for "Hip Hop Explosion", in which students will compete for scholarship money with performances that pay tribute to Dr. King.

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Community
6:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Law Enforcement Wants Community Help In Addressing Leforge Road Area Crime

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While representatives from several apartment complexes to the north of Eastern Michigan University attended a neighborhood watch meeting only a handful of residents were present.  

Law enforcement officials from EMU, Ypsilanti, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department say it will take participation from the residents to reduce crime in the Leforge Road area. 

Jess Spike is the Ypsilanti Township Neighborhood Watch Liaison for the sheriff's department.  Spike says they have received more assistance since the homicide of EMU football player Demarius Reed.

A new community action team including law enforcement officers from Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department will work on narcotics and other crimes across the city and surrounding neighborhoods.  The new team is a result of the greater collaboration between law enforcement in the Leforge Road area after Reed's death.

Ypsilanti Township has had a similar program in place for several years and township officials say it has been successful. 

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Eastern Michigan University
2:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

EMU Endowment Grows to Largest In School History

Eastern Michigan University's Endowment has grown from about $36 million in 2009 to about $64 million  currently, the largest endowment in the school's history. 

Last year's return on investment was over 15-percent and they have averaged annual returns of over eight percent over the last 20 years. 

Laura Wilbanks is the Chief Financial Officer of the EMU foundation.  Wilbanks says in the last few years they've limited the costs and percentage of endowment spent annually on scholarships and other gifts.  She says the actual dollars spent from the endowment however can increase as the endowment grows. 

Wilbanks says the strong investment return is a result of aggressive investments in the stock market, limited exposure to alternative investments and being dilligent on rebalancing the portfolio.

EMU also successfully completed the Invest, Inspire Fundraising campaign a few years ago.

 — Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him aCluley@emich.edu.

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Commencement
8:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

EMU Winter Commencement Saturday at Convocation Center

Eastern Michigan University's winter Commencement ceremony takes place Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

EMU's Director of Media Relations, Geoff Larcom  tells WEMU News that EMU's graduation numbers are up slightly from last year, when 1,715 students made the trek across the stage. More than 1,800 students are expected to graduate Saturday.

Larcom adds that the percentage of students graduating from Eastern has been in the high 30% range over the past ten years or so and that EMU has a graduation and retention program in place to help bring those numbers up.

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Local News
6:02 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Teachers Union Joins Boycott of EMU Student Teachers

The Ann Arbor teachers union is refusing to hire any student teachers from Eastern Michigan University due to the college's involvement with with Michigan's Education Achievement Authority. 

The EAA is a state school system tasked with improving consistently under-performing school districts. It currently runs 15 schools in Detroit and receives student teachers from EMU. 

EAA opponents say it removes too much control from local government. 

EMU's Head of Media Relations, Geoff Larcom  says EMU has no intention of terminating its contract with the EAA.

EMU
11:30 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

EMU Welcomes New Football Coach Chris Creighton [photos]

Eastern Michigan University's new football coach says he's excited to be here and passionate to work with the players.  

Chris Creighton was introduced to the EMU community at a press conference Thursday that included a pep talk by the new coach. Creighton says his goal at EMU is to win a MAC championship as soon as possible, but also to make sure they are getting everything out of the program's potential, adding that he will work his offense around what the players are most capable of doing, but wants to have a balanced attack.

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EMU Eagles
8:30 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Eastern Michigan University Names Creighton as Head Football Coach

Chris Creighton
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Eastern Michigan University has named Chris Creighton as its head football coach. Creighton comes from Des Moines, Iowa's Drake University, where he led the Bulldogs as their head coach for the past six years. He becomes the 37th full-time head coach in EMU's 122-year history.

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Local News
6:12 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Report Suggests Lawmakers Consider Economic Impact of Colleges and Universities

A new report suggests Michigan lawmakers would be wise to consider the economic impact of colleges and universities in the state. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Education
5:56 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Concerns About EMU's Link to EAA Grow

Hundreds of educators and others have signed a petition asking Eastern Michigan University to sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  Some of these people spoke against the partnership at Tuesday's board of regents meeting.  

Chair of the board of regents Francine Parker says administration needs to listen to the concerns and work to ensure all E-M-U students can find student teaching positions.

Steve Camron is a special education professor and chair of the College of Education Council.  Camron says the E-A-A connection is hurting E-M-U education students beyond the student teacher boycott.  He says the E-A-A's use of Teach for America Candidates with less training makes EMU grads unable to compete for teaching positions.

President Susan Martin says she is closely listening to faculty and student concerns and trying to get more information.  She says it's unfortunate E-M-U students are being punished and great educators are struggling to find student teaching positions.  Martin says the E-A-A however is one of many creative efforts to address under performing schools and it makes sense for E-M-U to be part of the effort.

The regents approved Provost Kim Schatzel's appointment to the E-A-A board.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

EMU to hire 10 new Full-Time Police Officers

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University will hire an additional 10 full-time police officers to help patrol the neighborhoods immediately next to campus. 

Police Chief Bob Heighes says the new hires will "provide a crucial new dimension to our policing efforts." 

The university is currently working to hire an additional four officers announced last month. 

Chief Heighes says four more officers will be brought on board in May, and another two late next summer. 

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Dream Act
11:17 am
Tue December 10, 2013

EMU Student Government Pushes for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Clerk Eden Zimak watches as Student Body President Desmond Miller signs Senate Resolution 100-09 to formally state that the student body of Eastern Michigan University supports our Board of Regents in the decision to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students.
Credit Courtesy photo / EMU Student Government

Eastern Michigan University's Student Government wants undocumented students living in Michigan to qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

Under the current system they must pay out-of-state rates that cost $15,500 more per year.

EMU Student Body President Desmond Miller says that's not fair.

The University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College have already changed their policies to allow qualified undocumented students to pay in-state rates. 

EMU's Board of Regents plans to discuss loosening the qualifications for in-state tuition at tomorrow's meeting.

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Community
8:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Vigil Marks Anniversary of Julia Niswender's Death

Julia Niswender's twin sister, Jennifer (l), and mother, Kim Turnquist, speak to reporters at Monday night's vigil.
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Click here to hear a report from WEMU's Bob Eccles

About 50 people took part in a candle light vigil last night to remember Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment one year ago. 

Niswender's death was ruled a homicide, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain unknown. Julia's mother, Kim Turnquist, urges anyone with information to come forward.

Vigil participants walked to the northern edge of the EMU campus and lined the street across from the Peninsular Point apartments where Julia lived. There they lit candles. 

Anyone with information in the case can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.  A $15-thousand reward is offered.

Local News
3:07 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

EMU Celebrates 'Giving Tuesday' Success

Eastern Michigan University says its Giving Tuesday fundraising effort was a resounding success. 

Tom Stevick is EMU's Vice-President for Advancement, and Executive Director of the EMU Foundation.  He says the university's first one-day fundraising event exceeded expectations.

Stevick says they were expecting to raise around $50,000 or $60,000, but ended up with more than $138,000. 

Money raised by EMU on Giving Tuesday will go to various scholarships and campus programs, plus the school's new Student Emergency Fund.

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Local News
2:54 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

EMU Business Grad Earns Awards

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An area businessman who graduated from Eastern Michigan University and who continues to be involved with the school has been recognized with prestigious awards for customer service, sales and financial performance. 

Steve Futrell is founder and CEO of Technology Solutions in Livonia, a company that works with businesses to develop voice and data solutions. 

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Local News
4:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Police Investigating Off-Campus Shooting that left EMU Student Wounded

Police are looking for a car observed leaving the scene of a shooting early this morning that left an Eastern Michigan University student with a non-life threatening bullet wound to the arm. 

Investigators say a blue Ford Mustang was seen speeding away from Peninsular Place Apartments after the incident around 1:40 this morning.

Destinee Leapheart was wounded when an apparent random gunshot sent a bullet through the wall and into her apartment. 

Leapheart's roommate, Tammy Flowers, says Leapheart seems to be doing OK now.

Local News
2:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

EMU Faculty Protest EAA Association

Eastern Michigan University faculty members held multiple protests today urging the school to end its involvement with Michigan's Education Achievement Authority. 

The EAA is a state school system tasked with improving consistently under-performing schools. 

Critics say the EAA removes too much control from local government. 

Steve Camron is a professor at EMU and one of the protest's organizers. He says involvement with the EAA will negatively impact enrollment in EMU's teacher education program.

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Local News
3:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Second Suspect in Demarius Reed Killing Appears in Court

The second suspect in the killing of EMU student athlete Demarius Reed has appeared in court. 

Kristopher Pratt is charged with murder and robbery, and like co-defendant Ed Jemeal Thomas, is being held without bond. 

Reed was found dead at his off-campus apartment complex October 18th, and investigators turned almost immediately to robbery as a motive for his killing. 

Reed had been shot several times.

Local News
1:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Suspects Arraigned in Demarius Reed Death

Ypsilanti Police have two suspects in custody in the death of Demarius Reed, the Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead at his off-campus apartment complex October 18th.

The 21 year-old Reed had suffered several gunshot wounds, and investigators believe he may have been shot during a robbery attempt.

Interim Ypsilanti police Chief Tony DiGiusti says Ed Jameal Thomas and a second suspect are facing murder and robbery charges 

Thomas was arraigned Sunday, while the second suspect had not yet appeared in court.  Both men are in custody. 

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Local News
4:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

EMU Settles with Students for Life, the Alliance Defending Freedom

Eastern Michigan University has settled a lawsuit brought by an organization upset that EMU Student Government hadn't helped pay for it to bring its "Genocide Awareness Project" exhibit to campus. 

University spokesperson Geoff Larcom says student government originally said "no" to a request for funding from Students for Life, which had asked for about $5,000 for the exhibit that was on campus April 11th and 12th. 

Student Government declined, but later approved funding and changed its fund allocation policy. 

Technology
4:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Ransomware a Threat on EMU Campus and Beyond

A computer attack that's been observed on the Eastern Michigan University campus may also pose a threat to your computer.  

The university is warning of so-called "ransomware" called CryptoLocker, which EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom says poses a serious threat.

Lacom says the attackers can grab your files, encrypt them and lock them away. The owner is then forced to pay a ransom to have their files unencrypted and returned.

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Community
4:47 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

EMU Adding Four Full-time Police Officers

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University plans to hire four additional full-time police officers, with an eye toward having them on duty by mid-January. 

  

The officers will be assigned to off-campus patrols, which are currently conducted by two officers. The increase to six officers around Leforge road, just north of campus, will bring additional resources to the area. 

The hiring of new officers is a part of an overall campus safety effort implemented this year.

Other safety measures include expanding the hours of the SEEUS campus escort service, as well as seeking an increase in private security efforts around off-campus apartments.

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