WEMU News

Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

In a surprise announcement at a public University Strategic Plan and Financial Update session, Eastern Michigan University President, Susan Martin, stated she will step down, on July 7, 2015, and return to teaching. WEMU's David Fair has a complete interview with President Martin.

Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Susan Martin is the first-ever female President at Eastern Michigan University. On July 7th, the seventh anniversary of assuming the Presidency, Martin will step away from the job.


Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

MPRN

  There were celebrations in four Michigan counties where a year ago same-sex couples crowded into courthouses to get married. That was right after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

"Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style" will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Art at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 as part of the Free Press Film Festival.   


$50,000 Community Challenge

Mar 17, 2015

  Help us celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary by participating in our $50,000 community challenge for our Spring Pledge Drive that begins Thursday, April 16th. 

We're challenging fifty WEMU donors to pledge a minimum of $1,000 each to help us challenge others to give during our pledge drive - and we are only $6,000 away.  Step up to the challenge and make your $1,000 gift today. 

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Eastern Michigan University
emich.edu

Chants of "The E.A.A. is killing us. Black Lives Matter" cut the March 17th Board of Regents meeting.

Karyotype
National Human Genome Research Institute

The biggest challenge is finding a way to deal with the amount of data the sequencing creates.


Celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary in style with this gorgeous commemorative tile - yours for a contribution of only $50.

Crafted by Ann Arbor's Motawi Tile Works, and designed by local graphic artist, Guillermo Flores, this distinctive tile is a unique reminder of WEMU's service to the community, bringing you the best of NPR, local news, jazz, and blues for 50 years.

We only have 150 of these so don't delay -- make your $50 gift today for this piece of WEMU history.

 

U.S. Ecology
usecology.com

Free program allows residents to safely dispose of devices containing the hazardous material

Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.michiganlcv.org

Lisa Wozniak explores issues facing the Great Lakes in the near and long term. Her guest on 89.1 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment is Mike Shriberg, the newly appointed Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. 


Today we are announcing that veteran Detroit broadcaster Lisa Barry has joined the WEMU news team as the local anchor for NPR’s All Things Considered (weekdays, 4-7 p.m.).

Office of Debbie Dingell

  Patrick Campion sat down with Michigan's 12th District Representative, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, to discuss the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act and the funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security.  


State lawmakers say Michigan set the stage for states like Wisconsin to consider right-to-work laws.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers there held a hearing on the measure. It would ban requirements that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  

Michigan state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) says he and his Republican colleagues showed other Midwest states it could be done.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
ypsifreighthouse.org

With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Business Leaders For Michigan

A survey of Michigan business owners shows optimism about the state and national economies. The forecast by the Business Leaders for Michigan says almost half of the state’s largest employers plan to boost hiring this year.

"I still think of myself," Gonyea says, "as a Detroit guy who happened to go to Washington" — and from there to New Hampshire, Nevada and Texas, where he recorded the plaintive mooing of a roaming cow with a connection to Gov. Rick Perry.

Casey Blickenstaff of the Eastern Echo reports:

School Bus
courtesy Durham School Services

On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


The Michigan Senate provides a live, unedited video feed of Legislative sessions and special events and you can view it right here:

Healthcare.gov

The deadline to sign up is February 15, 2015.

Washtenaw County's efforts to end homelessness are meeting with some success. Local officials have released the results of last month's Point In Time count of the local homeless population. The report indicates that the number of homeless individuals has dropped significantly from 2013.

MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin.Tonight at 7pm, we'll explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.

Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.mlcv.org

With 2015 just getting underway, the list of challenges facing the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes continues to grow. In WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environemnt', host Lisa Wozniak will explore those issues and try and identify solutions. Listen below. 


Synod Community Services / synodhelps.org

The aim is accessibility and community integration for those who may find themselves on the outside looking in. The new Washtenaw Photo ID Card program is getting set to launch in a few months. Listen below to the conversation with one of the driving forces behind the program. 


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