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After more than two years on the job, Eastern Michigan University President James Smith gave his first State of the University address on Monday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the details.


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A historic church in Ypsilanti will soon have a new mission and serve a different calling in the community.  The First Congregational Church on Adams Street in Ypsilanti has been for sale for over ten years with no prayer, really, of being sold due to the extensive work and repair it required.  That’s until Ypsilanti computer entrepreneur Steve Pierce and his surgeon wife Maggie Brandt decided to put their passion for restoring historic buildings into the facility.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you inside the local church that is attracting musicians and performers much before its official opening...still hidden in plain sight.


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The Board of Regents at Eastern Michigan University approved a three-year agreement with the full-time lecturers union.  The new contract includes salary increases of 1.7% during the current school year and a 2% percent increase for 2019/2020.

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The Ypsilanti skies were filled with action and excitement this past weekend.  Folks from all across Michigan flocked to the Willow Run airport to catch the 2018 Thunder Over Michigan event.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks about what unfolded at this year's aerial display with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly and Concentrate Media photographer Doug Coombe.


Lisa Barry

An oral history recording of former students at Eastern Michigan University is taking place Saturday, July 28th on the EMU campus.

The event will be recorded for the University archives and includes alumni who held protests and demonstrations in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to one of those students Bob Smith and current EMU archivist Alexis Braun Marks about the history preserving event...


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A federal investigation is underway to determine if Eastern Michigan University discriminated against female athletes.
 


Lisa Barry

Michigan is known as the “Great Lakes State” with a lot of focus on water, but many people may not realize there are numerous prairie fields here including in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to some of the area’s “large open grasslands” hidden in plain sight…


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WEMU is proud to partner with Sadaf Ali's CTAT 334 class on this year's semester long student reporting projects.  Nathan Johnson produced this report on The Thurston Players.


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The Early College Alliance program at Eastern Michigan University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.


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The brown marmorated stinkbug is in Washtenaw County and seems to be here to stay.  The bugs are now an established nuisance.  They invade homes in the winter and wreak smelly havoc the rest of the year.  What can you do about it and other damaging invasive species?  WEMU’s David Fair searches for answers with EMU Biology Department Professor and renowned entomologist Dr. Jamin Eisenbach on this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment.” 


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The elimination of four sports programs at Eastern Michigan University was a controversial topic during the university's Board of Regents meeting Friday afternoon.  Over 150 people attended and overflow rooms were used. 

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Whether you use it yourself of know someone who does, the use of medical marijuana in Michigan continues to grow and evolve.

We recently shared a Hidden In Plain Sight feature about what it’s like inside the dozen or so medical marijuana dispensaries around Washtenaw County.  Now, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry talks to some patients and an Ann Arbor doctor who’ve seen or experienced first hand the benefits of using medical marijuana.


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The largest teacher job fair in Michigan is taking place today on the Eastern Michigan University campus.


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The Ann Arbor YMCA, Ypsilanti Community Schools, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Eastern Michigan University have all joined forces to create a new child care center called "The Collaborative."  It is expected to open at the former Chappelle Elementary School site this summer.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsilanti," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Toni Kayumi, President and CEO of the Ann Arbor YMCA, about the new facility.


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For the past eight years, Eastern Michigan University has been working with girls in Metro Detroit to spark interest in the STEM field. 

 


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April 7 is National Beer Day.

The holiday is intended to commemorate the signing of a law in 1933 that took the first steps towards ending the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

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The Ann Arbor YMCA has joined forces with Eastern Michigan University, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Ypsilanti Community Schools to offer a new childcare program.


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WEMU continues its series of conversations with key stakeholders at EMU as it progresses through these financial issues.  EMU AAUP President Dr. Judith Kullberg and Faculty Senate Budget Committee Chair Dr. Robert Carpenter sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss how shaping a better conversation is truly important to the future success of Eastern.  

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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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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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Eastern Michigan University announced this week that four sports would be eliminated immediately. This represents the latest round of budget cuts at a University facing large deficits heading into the last quarter of their fiscal year.  Scott Wetherbee, EMU's Vice President and Director of Athletics, sat down with Patrick Campion to talk about the past, present and future of EMU's Athletics programs, how they'll fund growth moving forward, and what the University sees as long term keys to successly maintaining financial stability.  


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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’s professor’s union held a rally on campus Thursday to protest budget cuts and the school’s plan to privatize its parking services.


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