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Late Thursday afternoon, Eastern Michigan University responded to demands made by students, faculty and staff earlier this week.  The demands were presented to President James Smith as a result of staff layoffs and the elimination of four sports programs.  The university decided to move forward with those actions as part of budget cuts. 

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About 80 students at Eastern Michigan University walked out of class this morning to protest budget cuts on campus. 
 


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For as long as we’ve had settlements and communities, firefighters have been at work to protect residents in times of emergency.  While at first, citizens and neighbors volunteered to help douse a blaze when needed, formal fire departments with paid employees were developed and the commitment to serve has only grown.  Through generations, fire departments, and the equipment they use, have undergone an evolution.  89.1 WEMU’S Jorge Avellan explored that history, as you can, when he visited the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.


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Eastern Michigan University students will walk out of class Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest budget cuts on campus. 
 


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Halting construction projects on campus, reinstating sports teams, and putting a stop to staff layoffs were among seven demands the "Better University is Possible Coalition" presented to Eastern Michigan University's president today. 
 


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As part of a budget restructuring plan, Eastern Michigan University will cut four of its sports teams.  Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling are the teams that will be eliminated this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan covered the announcement this morning at Eastern's Convocation Center.


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Eastern Michigan University, along with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Integrated Healthcare Associates, announced a $6.5 million project Friday that will improve health care services in Ypsilanti. 
 


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A sitting member of Ypsilanti City Council is looking to change job titles.  2nd Ward representative Beth Bashert has formally announced her candidacy for Mayor. 
 


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The Ypsilanti Housing Commission unveiled 86 apartments and townhouses today.  The units were built for affordable housing.

 


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The Women's March returns again this year to Washtenaw County.  Events will be held in both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.


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As we walk around college campuses in Washtenaw County, most of us usually just pay attention to what we see above ground.  But, have you ever thought about what lies beneath?  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wondered about that and, what he found underground at Eastern Michigan University is a series of steam tunnels. 


Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered Project

The City of Ypsilanti, along with Eastern Michigan University, are working together to highlight African-American history in Ypsilanti.  A community conversation was held today at the Parkridge Community Center to discuss the project called "Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered." 

 

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During the last few days, we've brought you short stories on the different ways Washtenaw County residents celebrate Thanksgiving.  We end our series with a story on non-traditional food.  

 


There is a lot going on in the week ahead. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday and, on November 28th, Giving Tuesday.  WEMU's David Fair discusses the difference philanthropy and participation in these events can make to the area with Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 


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Each week, WEMU's Patrick Campion is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, they look at the good works, successes and ongoing challenges at Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center


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Starting today, Washtenaw and four other counties in Michigan will begin implementing a new pilot program called "Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis."  
 


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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, the conversation is about what happens next with the Ypsilanti Transit Center. WEMU's Patrick Campion and Brianna catch up with the AAATA's Mary Stasiak to get the latest. 


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Each week, WEMU's Patrick Campion is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, the conversation is about the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti.  Patrick and Brianna Welcome clinic executive director, Doug Campbell to studio today. 


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Eastern Michigan University wants to make sure it protects freedom of speech on campus.  As a result, today, during its Board of Regents meeting, it updated its free speech and speaker policy.
 


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A controversial trip taken to China by City of Ypsilanti officials has placed a dark cloud over a potential $300 million project they're considering from a foreign investor. 

 


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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, the focus is on the folks who are helping Ypsilanti's Depot Town prosper, including Ollie Food and Spirits owner, Mark Teachout. 

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Here we are at day five of the fall pledge drive, and with your help we're working hard to make sure your community NPR station is healthy and strong and able to continue to deliver on our promise of keeping you informed and entertained. We need to raise $220,000 during this drive, and you can make that happen with your gift of support at WEMU.org or 888-299-8910.

YCS @ Work Program
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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.

Today the conversation is about a program within the Ypsilanti Community Schools, YCS @ Work, which for the last two years has been partnering high school students internship opportunities that align with their career interests with the goal of exposing students to different careers and posibilities. Patrick Campion chats with OTG's  Brianna Kelly and Kharena Keith,  YCS' coordinator of Wellness and Community partnerships.


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Eastern Michigan University spent $750,000 over the summer to install new surveillance cameras.


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A grant-funded program is launching in the Washtenaw Intermediate Schools this year aimed at creating greater, and equal, access to creative education across the expanse of the district. Learn more about the "Arts and Creative Integration for Student Excellence," or ACEISE, initiative in this week's presentation of 89.1 WEMU's  "creative:impact."  


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