Eastern Michigan University's Patrick Seick has won national championships in two Forensics events. The National Forensic Association Collegiate tournament was held on the Ypsilanti campus April 18-21.
This year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will look as bit different than in past years, as new attractions are added and others decide to strike out on their own.
Among the elements that won't be part of the festival this year is Chautauqua at the Riverside, which is moving to October this year.
David Nickerson is chair of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board.
"With that being primarily presented at Riverside Arts, especially this last year we noticed that people weren't necessarily flowing up out of the park and to that event and to the venue," Nickerson says.
In Washtenaw County, the race to replace Roland Sizemore in the County Commission's fifth district now features five candidates - four Democrats and a Republican.
Among the Democrats who submitted nominating petitions before Tuesday's deadline: Ruth Ann Jamnick, a former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and former State Representative; Wilma Gold-Jones, who serves on the board of the non-profit Mentor2Youth; Keith P. Jason, an Ypsilanti Township Park Commission member and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Commissioner; and Victor Dobrin.
Eastern Michigan University students got some help during final exams week from some four-legged friends Tuesday.
A "puppy room" was established on campus by the college's Pre-Vet Club. The room allowed students to take a few minutes out of their day to play with or pet several puppies brought to EMU by a Grand Rapids-based non-profit animal rescue.
Pre-Vet Club President Elisa Meier says getting students to take a break and play with a puppy is a valuable stress reliever for those struggling with finals.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.
Mark Fascher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.
"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future, it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fascher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."
Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters' support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that's OK with him.
The last two Ypsilanti City Council members whose terms expire in November have submitted petition signatures to run for re-election.
City Clerk Frances McMullen says Brian Robb and Daniel Vogt submitted signatures. Robb represents Ypsilanti's 2nd ward, while Vogt represents Ward 3.
McMullen says a couple of people have also taken out petitions to try and get on the ballot to run for Ricky Jefferson's seat on council. The Ward One representative announced last week he won't seek re-election when his term expires in November.