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  Professor and author, Christine Tracy, sat down with Patrick Campion to talk about the current state of news.  She teaches Journalism at Eastern Michigan University and authored the book The Newsphere: Understanding the News and Information Environment.  


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Next month Eastern Michigan University's Regents will review the school's connection to the Education Achievement Authority created to turn around the state's worst schools.  Student government wants the university to cut ties with the EAA.


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Eastern Michigan University is being recognized for its continuing efforts to prevent suicide and promote mental health.

 

The recognition comes in the form of a federal grant.

EMU is getting a three year, $300-thousand grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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About a half-million people come to Washtenaw County every summer to check out the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Some of the people behind that successful event are hoping to create a new tradition bringing together art and the holidays.


Eastern Michigan University Honors Veterans

Nov 10, 2014
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Tuesday is Veterans Day, and Eastern Michigan University is honoring those who served with an open house at the school's new Military and Veterans Resource Center.

The center will offer guidance, counseling and veterans services to those who qualify, as well as a lounge area, a meeting room and several computers.

Mike Wise is EMU's Assistant Director of Veterans Services. He says the school has a significant number of students affiliated with the military.

EMU Won't Renew Inkster School's Charter In 2015

Nov 5, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University won't renew its charter with an academy in Inkster when it expires in June.  The university says the decision not to renew Gaudior Academy's charter stems from concerns about the school's effectiveness as a public school academy.

Malverne Winborne directs EMU's Charter Schools Office

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Bats are in double trouble:  Bat species that migrate long distances are being killed in wind turbines, while White-nose syndrome is devastating bat species that migrate shorter distances.  Meanwhile, homeowners routinely kill bats when they find them in their houses.  But we need bats (just not in our attics!), so safe and humane removal can be done via a “bat exclusion.” That's the focus of the Halloween installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room".   

EMU Senior Sees Democracy In Action In Ferguson

Oct 24, 2014
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An Eastern Michigan University social work major recently found herself on stage in Ferguson, Missouri.  She ended up speaking to 3,000 people at an interfaith convention.

 

Adrienne Ayers is a senior from Detroit, where she is also a community activist.  She says she went to Ferguson recently to find out what was going on, and to offer her support. 

Ayers and two companions walked into the convention, and were shocked to find a panel of celebrities and activists simply re-hashing what had happened. 

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The federal government is investigating nearly 80 colleges across the country for the way they handled reports of sexual assaults.  

Eastern Michigan University hasn't been targeted but the school's student body president recently discussed the issue with 89.1 WEMU.

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Attending college is always a challenge, but doing so as a single parent makes it even more difficult.  Over 50 percent of single parents attending college in the U-S don't graduate within six years.  A pilot program starting next semester at Eastern Michigan University looks to boost those graduation numbers.


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Eastern Michigan faculty, students and alumni continue to call for the university to cut ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  A 2011 inter-local agreement with EMU allowed the creation of the district designed to take over struggling schools. There are continuing concerns and some of those are now coming from members of the board of regents.


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Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin will remain the school's leader through at least the end of the 2015-16 school year.  The board of regents Tuesday approved a one year extension to her contract.


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The media landscape is changing.   Tomorrow's journalists will need to know how to write and how to prepare dynamic content like audio, video and graphics.  A new major at Eastern Michigan University will prepare students for this new reality.

Media Studies and Journalism combines aspects of Journalism and Electronic Media with Film Studies. Carol Schlagheck is coordinator of the journalism program.  She says this combination is already proving successful.  "Like Vinnie Goodwill who is covering the Detroit Pistons for the Detroit News is often on television granting interviews and he was a double major in electronic media and in journalism, which has worked for him, but this would make it so you don't have to double major, you can do this for your main track," Schlagheck says.
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If you'll be up around 5:15 Wednesday morning, be sure to step outside and look into the western sky.  You'll see the beginning of a lunar eclipse, which will cast an organge-ish glow on the moon as the earth moves between it and the sun.

The so-called "Blood Moon," or "Pumpkin Moon," if you prefer, is something that we've seen fairly often this year. 

EMU College Of Business Offers Graduate Programs

Sep 29, 2014
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Graduate business programs are the focus of an Eastern Michigan University open house Tuesday in Livonia.

EMU-Livonia and the EMU College of Business will host a free open house for prospective students interested in graduate business programs Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Livonia.

EMU-Livonia is conveniently located at 38777 W. Six Mile, Suite 400, just west of I-275 in Livonia.

Parents want their children to do well in school and get into college. But almost 40 percent of parents in an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson poll say their high school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school. The impact of academic stress on student mental health is a growing concern.


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As the Obama administration lines up international support in the effort to dismantle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the local Muslim community may find itself caught in the middle.

 

Eastern  Michigan University political science professor Edward Sidlow says prejudice ands bigotry are a reality in the U.S., but we can work to sensitize those around us.

EMU Part-Time Lecturers Protest Pay Delay

Sep 16, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers Wednesday have been gathering petition signatures again in the Pray-Harrold building to present to university administration.  They were there Tuesday, saying they're having trouble paying bills and putting food on the table because the school isn't paying them on time.

Part-time lecturers set up a table outside of the Eagle Cafe' in Pray-Harrold, asking people passing by to take a marker and sign an oversized petition sheet on an easel. 

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An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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Eastern Michigan University has been in contact with students, faculty and staff known to have recently traveled to areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.  No-one's been identified as being at high risk of coming down with the disease, but the university hopes anyone they may have missed will call for a phone screening.       Dr. Kimberly Keller is Chief of Medical Staff for EMU's University Health Services.

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Eastern Michigan University's student body president says the improvement in safety on and off campus from a year ago is "100 percent."  Desmond Miller and his fellow students return to class Wednesday.

Miller says EMU and the city of Ypsilanti have made safety a priority in the wake of the off-campus murder of student-athlete Demarius Reed last October and the un-solved homicide of student Julia Niswender in her off-campus apartment in December of 2012. 

Slater To Attend Weekend Transportation Conference At EMU

Aug 28, 2014
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On Saturday, August 30, 2014, The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), together with former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Eastern Michigan graduate Rodney Slater, and Eastern Michigan University, will hold a Transportation Leadership Forum.

Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and an EMU alumnus.

EMU Resident Assistants Get Fire Safety Training

Aug 28, 2014
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Most college students will be back in the classroom next week, and many have been moving into their dorm rooms over the last few days.  Even before that, the Resident Assistants who'll be watching over students in  Eastern Michigan University's dorms were on campus, getting ready.  Part of the preparation involved fire safety training, and the Ypsilanti Fire Department was on campus Thursday to help with that.

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As students return to Eastern Michigan University, they may notice some of the safety enhancements the school has put in place.  Other enhancements won't be so obvious.

 

EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom says one of the more visible items is improved lighting in the campus perimeter area.

EMU President Susan Martin, EMU coaches and staff make a big splash in accepting the ALS #IceBucketChallenge at Rynearson Stadium

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