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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.

EMU Celebrates 'Giving Tuesday' Success

Dec 9, 2013

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.

EMU Business Grad Earns Awards

Dec 4, 2013
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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. 

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.

EMU Faculty Protest EAA Association

Dec 3, 2013

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.

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.

Suspects Arraigned in Demarius Reed Death

Nov 25, 2013

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. 

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. 

Ransomware a Threat on EMU Campus and Beyond

Nov 20, 2013

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.

EMU Adding Four Full-time Police Officers

Nov 15, 2013
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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.

EMU and Food Gatherers Team Up to Help the Hungry

Nov 14, 2013

Food Gatherers and Eastern Michigan University Athletics are working together to help feed Washtenaw County's needy this winter.  

Non-perishable food items are being collected at Monday's men's basketball game against Cleveland State, and at men's and women's games November 23rd and 30th. 

Items can also be dropped off in canisters at the EMU Convocation Center any time during the month of November.

Food Gatherers helps 150 local agencies and programs provide hot meals, nutritious snacks and other food assistance to low-income adults, seniors and children.

Visit foodgatherers.org for more information.Upcoming Donation Game Schedule
Nov. 13 - Women's Basketball vs. Butler - 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 - Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State - 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 - Men's Basketball vs. Texas Arlington - 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 - Women's Basketball vs. Marygrove - 2 p.m.

Veterans Day Activities

Nov 11, 2013

Today is Veterans Day. We take occasion to remember those who have served to ensure our freedom and liberty. Locally, there are a couple of events scheduled today.

The V-A Ann Arbor Healthcare System on Fuller road will host its annual Veterans Day Event today. It gets underway at 9:30 this morning and is free and open to the public.

EMU Football Coach Ron English Fired

Nov 8, 2013
Eastern Michigan University Athletics

Eastern Michigan University has relieved head football coach Ron English of his duties. 

"At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary", EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke said in a statement.

English's record in 57 games at the helm of the Eagles football program was 11-46.  The team is 1-8 this season.

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This press release comes from Eastern Michigan University:

Eastern Michigan University to host Graduate Open House for prospective students on Nov. 16 Great chance to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities for advancement at Eastern

 

Eastern Michigan University Athletics

Eastern Michigan University's E-Club Alumni Chapter says seven former school athletes are being added to its Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Men's basketball stars Earl Boykins and Derrick Dial are being honored, along with women's basketball stand-out Wondella Devers, women's track and field star JoyAnn Clark, swimmer Dennis Betts, football and basketball player Donald Stewart, and former EMU Athletic Director Gene Smith, who currently serves in the same capacity at Ohio State. 

Teacher Preparation Summit Friday at EMU

Oct 31, 2013

Eastern Michigan University is hosting a day-long summit in the EMU Student Center ballroom Friday on the state of teacher preparation in Michigan.

The event is called, "Educator Preparation: A Call to Action in Michigan", and will include keynote speaker Marilyn Cochran-Smith, a Boston College Professor. 

Regina George is Director of Urban Community and International Outreach at EMU's School of Education.  She says the conference is for K-12 educators, students of education, instructors, and administrators.

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A flash mob at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center re-enatcted Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video at lunchtime today.  

Dinah Nasari is Director of Student Relations for EMU's Student Government, and also participated in the spur-of-the-moment performance.  She says the idea came from members of student government:

Nasari says part of the reason for organizing the flash mob was to help take students' minds off recent serious events, including the death of an EMU student-athlete.

Eastern Michigan University has launched a new website with information about off-campus housing as part of its ongoing efforts to improve safety on and around campus. 

The website includes neighborhood crime stats and questions students should ask when apartment hunting. 

EMU Vice President of Communication Walter Kraft says it's very important that the university provide the information and resources to help students make good, wise and informed choices on where to live.

Police offer Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 30, 2013

Local police want you and your kids to be safe if you'll be out trick-or-treating Thursday night.

With low visibility, awareness of your surroundings is key.  Choosing a costume that doesn't inhibit your vision, and using a flashlight are two tips from Ann Arbor police.

Officer Candace Dorsey of the Eastern Michigan University police department says being visible to drivers is important.

And officer Dorsey says monitoring your intake of alcohol is critical to having a safe Halloween.

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Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus. 

The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area. 

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts. 

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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. 

The Washtenaw County Education Association has called for a boycott of Eastern Michigan University student teachers, citing EMU's affiliation with the state's Education Achievement Authority. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.


EMU President Addresses Safety with Students

Oct 23, 2013
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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.

Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police says at least six people heard gunshots the night Demarius Reed was killed, but didn't call police. 

Tony DiGiusti's comments came at a community forum in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center ballroom Tuesday afternoon. 

Chief DiGiusti says at least one person walked by Reed lying on the ground and did nothing, thinking he was drunk. 

'Back to Bowen' Moving To Convocation Center

Oct 22, 2013
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Eastern Michigan University's planned "Back to Bowen" basketball games are being moved back to the Convocation Center. 

The university cites "unanticipated issues" with Bowen Fieldhouse as the reason for the venue change. 

Game dates and times are unchanged.  Ticket prices for the men's game are also unchanged, while women's game tickets will cost eight dollars. 

Apparel pre-orders will be automatically refunded, and those who bought tickets in advance for the November contests will be contacted by the ticket office about exchanging their tickets.

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