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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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Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents have approved the school’s budget for the next year.


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Eastern Michigan University is expanding its "You Are Welcome Here" campaign.


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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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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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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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Dr. James Smith, Eastern Michigan University's President, sent an email to the campus community yesterday.  In it, he detailed the current state of EMU's budget and, unfortunately, the need to reduce it by as much as $5.5 Million before the end of the current fiscal year (06/30/2018).  Patrick Campion sat down with Dr. Smith and discussed the budget, cuts to come, the current campus climate, plans for the future, and the role Athletics will play in all of those topics.  


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Eastern Michigan University sent an email to staff and faculty Tuesday afternoon detailing a budget shortfall and some possible ramifications.  


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Faculty and lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a rally this morning to protest, what they're calling, a violation of their labor union contract.


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The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University has issued preliminary recommendations that aim to improve race relations on campus. 
 


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Governor Rick Snyder was joined by representatives from 15 Michigan colleges and universities today at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.  They gathered to make an announcement.


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Another racist message has been discovered on the Eastern Michigan University Campus. 

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Undergraduate tuition and fees at EMU will increase 3.9 percent or $474 per student taking 30 credits per year.  The increase is just under the state tuition restraint cap and will allow Eastern to continue receiving state performance funding for not exceeding the state guidelines.


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Eastern Michigan University recently sent a contingent to China to build stronger partnerships and opportunities for students and faculty. It is part of a larger strategic plan to expand the school's global presence and draw more students to campus. WEMU's David Fair sat down with two of the people who made the trip to China, EMU President James Smith and EMU Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Kucera


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Rallies were held across the country today as part of May Day to show support for different groups and causes.  One took place at Eastern Michigan University as contract negotiations between part-time lecturers and the university continue. 
 

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A group of about twenty Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers and their supporters rallied before the university's Board of Regents meeting today to protest possible cuts. 


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Part-Time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a sit-in outside the university's president's office to protest possible cuts reported by their union.


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It was “Eastern Michigan University Day” Tuesday at the state Capitol.


All disciplinary actions against 16 Eastern Michigan University students involved in a campus sit-in protest last year have been dropped.


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Eastern Michigan University president James Smith has announced all sanctions against those disciplined for a fall sit-in -protest, have been dropped.  Read the statement from Smith and the joint statement from leaders of campus student groups below. 

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Eastern Michigan University's President, Dr. James Smith, sent an email to all EMU students and employees reiterating the message that "The University will continue to support international students without regard to their immigration status." A similar message was sent out by University of Michigan's President Saturday. The full text of Dr. Smith's message can be found below:

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In response to several incidents of racist grafitti found on the Eastern Michigan University campus in recent months, a "President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion" has been named by Dr. James Smith.

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Race and diversity are issues on college campuses across the country. Eastern Michigan University is no exception. We address a variety of related topics with EMU President, Dr. James Smith. 


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With six months under his belt as the new president of Eastern Michigan University, Dr. James Smith gave an update on where the University stands Monday at an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti regional chamber luncheon.

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Between several instances of racist graffiti on campus and student and community protests, it's been a tumultuous start for the new president of Eastern Michigan University.  James Smith plans to connect with the community moving forward.


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