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Arts and Entertainment
4:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Marching Band teaches Football Team the School Fight Song

EMU football players and marching band members come together at Rynearson Stadium.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's marching band taught the football team the school fight song Thursday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on this annual tradition:

Bob Eccles reports

March on Washington
5:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March

Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens. 

President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played. 

Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods.  Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.

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6:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU Professor Reflects on 1963 Civil Rights March

Dr. Ronald Woods
Credit www.emich.edu

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies.  They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.

Click here to listen to the interview.

1:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's ROTC has received the honor of being ranked the top college ROTC program in the state of Michigan from The College Database.

College ROTC programs were ranked based on their annual tuition rate and having two or more branches represented at the school. Eastern has ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Assistant Professor of Military Science at EMU, Captain Renn Moon, says Eastern's ROTC programs offer a lot of benefits for students who join:

Moon on EMU's ROTC

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5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

NASA's 'Journey to Tomorrow' Exhibit Comes to EMU for Star Party 2013

Credit nasa.gov

NASA's "Journey to Tomorrow" exhibit - complete with a moon rock brought back by the Apollo 17 mission - comes to Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday as part of Star Party 2013. 


WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Peter Church, who's in charge of community relations for the event.

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9:21 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Historical Snapshots of Ypsilanti: 190-Years and Counting

Inspecting of landing wheel of the transport planes at Willow Run
Library of Congress

The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend.  It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.

WEMU's Wendy Wright delves into the rich history and heritage of the City of Ypsilanti. In this 11-minute audio feature, Wendy provides some historical snapshots of people and places that helped forge the identity on Michigan's 2nd oldest city.

Local News
5:25 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

YCS Staff Report For Work

Ypsilanti Community Schools teachers and staff enjoy lunch during a break in Thursday's professional development day in the EMU Student Center Ballroom.
Credit Bob Eccles

The staff of Ypsilanti Community Schools held its first day of professional development Thursday.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

6:09 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

GM To Donate $900,000 To EMU STEM Training Program

General Motors has announced it will be donating $900,000 over the next three years to Eastern Michigan Uuniversity's Project Lead the Way program - a national program that encourages U.S. middle and high schools to teach STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math curriculum materials, and the development of engineering and biomedical programs for their students.  

Professor John Dugger is the director of EMU's Project Lead The Way affiliate program. He says the program continues to grow, and EMU has helped train many of its teachers.

Dugger says the program contributes in other ways; holding annual conferences and acting as a recruiter and advisor for schools interested in the teaching STEM material.

3:05 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Junior Olympians Descend on Eastern Michigan University

Credit www.aausports.org

Nearly 50,000 athletes and spectators are expected at Eastern Michigan University now through August 3rd for the Amateur Athletic Union's National Junior Olympics, which got underway Tuesday. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles and Taylor Pinson take a look at this event.

Local News
4:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

EMU ECA Director Receives Award

The director of Eastern Michigan University's Early College Alliance has been named a recipient of the Engineering Society of Detroit's David A. Skiven Leadership Award. 

David Dugger says he's honored to receive the recongition.

He says the Engineering Society of Detroit likes the kind of work EMU's Early College Alliance is doing. 

Dugger says area high school students have taken 25-thousand college credit hours through E-C-A since 2008, attaining a grade of C or better 86 percent of the time. 

Local News
4:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Advising Options For EMU Students

Eastern Michigan University students have a new place to turn for a wide variety of advising issues.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more in the new advising center, funded thanks to a donation from a member of the Board of Regents.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

EMU Professor Planning Fundraising Bike Trip At Age 70

Credit courtesy/ Fike/ facebook

  An Eastern Michigan University professor is undertaking a 450-mile cycling trip starting June 29 in order to raise $4000 dollars to support Study Abroad programs at Eastern.

Even more amazing, he will making the 12-day journey at age 70, something many people in their 70's could not undertake.

John Fike is a part time lecturer in Eastern's political science department. He says Study Abroad programs are important because students who go to other countries to study come back more mature, more focused, and more rounded in their understanding of the world.

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Higher Education
3:06 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

EMU Regents Approve Budget, Set Tuition & Fee Rates

  Full time undergraduate students at Eastern Michigan University will spend about $340 more in tuition and fees next school year. 

The board of regents today approved a 3.75 percent increase in tuition and fees.

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9:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday

Credit courtesy: ypsi pride facebook

Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.

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Eastern Michigan University
4:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

EMU Student Government Makes Funding About-Face

Credit easternecho.com

Eastern Michigan University Student Government has decided to fund the recent campus visit of the traveling "Genocide Awareness Project" exhibit. 

EMU Students for Life had requested about $5,000 to help support the exhibit, which uses graphic photos to equate abortion with genocide. 

The request was originally declined, but after a review of student government procedures for funding student organizations prompted by a lawsuit, EMU Student Government decided to provide the funding. 

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Eastern Michigan University
9:46 am
Wed April 17, 2013

EMU's Gragg Off to Tulsa

Eastern Michigan University officials congratulated and said goodbye to outgoing Athletic Director Derrick Gragg on Tuesday.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:43 am
Wed April 17, 2013

A Great Year and Good Future for EMU

Dr. Susan Martin

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin assesses the past academic year at EMU, and her expectations for the school's future with WEMU's David Fair.

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Eastern Michigan University
8:33 am
Tue April 9, 2013

EMU Take Back the Night Rally

The 13th annual Take Back the Night march and rally was held Monday night at Eastern Michigan University.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there. 

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Live Jazz
6:24 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Jazz is Alive at EMU

Renowned area drummer Sean Dobbins

Jazz   Is   Alive!  Benefit   Concert   &   Dance

7pm   Saturday,   April   6th   at   the   EMU   Student   Center   Ballroom


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Gay Marriage
10:11 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Local LGBT Community Closely Watches Supreme Court

Human Rights Campaign's logo, which is usually a yellow "equals" sign on a blue background, has been changed to a pink sign on a red background to support gay marriage.

The local LGBT community is closely following the U.S. Supreme Court's tackling of the issue of gay marriage.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New York Times columnist speaks at EMU

New York Times Columnist addressing the audience during his "Times Talk" at the EMU Student Center
Credit Patrick Holubik

New York Times  columnist Joe Nocera spoke Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center auditorium. The EMU Student Government brought Mr. Nocera to campus to talk about "How to fix big-time college sports". WEMU's Bob Eccles had the chance to speak with Mr. Nocera before his appearance.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:32 am
Wed February 20, 2013

EMU Room and Board Rates to Increase this Fall

This year, Eastern Michigan University has the largest number of students living on campus in nearly a decade, and EMU's Board of Regents has approved room and board rate increases for next fall.  Details from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Regents Approve Lecturer Contracts

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents has approved four-year contracts with full and part-time lecturers.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
6:26 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

EMU Astronomy Professor Talks About Meteors And Other Celestial Hazards

Sherzer Observatory, Eastern Michigan University
Credit Bob Eccles

WEMU's Bob Eccles speaks with Eastern Michigan University astronomy professor Norbert Vance about Friday's meteor over Russia and asteroid fly-by.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:25 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Gaming for Good

Gamers Outreach Foundation

An Eastern Michigan University marketing student is getting some pretty high-profile attention for a charity he created.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Gamers Outreach Foundation

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