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A discussion will be held Monday evening at Eastern Michigan University to explore ways Washtenaw County residents can support boys and young men of color.

 


Edmondson

Former Ypsilanti school superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson announced on WEMU that he has taken a new position not far from his old job.


EMU Campus Life

Over 3,000 students will be living on Eastern Michigan University's campus this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there as they started moving in today. 


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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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To help improve community relations, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department will host a bike rodeo this Saturday, and everyone in Washtenaw County is invited. 
 


City Of Ypsilanti Races

Aug 8, 2018
City of Ypsilanti
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1st Ward: Incumbent Nicole Brown defeated challenger Ka’Ron Gaines with nearly 64- percent support.  Brown is unopposed in November.

2nd Ward: Jennifer Symanns was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary and will remain unopposed in November.

3rd Ward: Anthony Morgan defeated Adam Gainsley with nearly 65-percent of the vote.  Morgan will face Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate, in the November general election.

Mayoral Race: 2nd Ward city councilmember Beth Bashert was unopposed in the Tuesday Democratic primary and therefore, by ordinance, did not appear on the ballot. She will face three non-partisan challengers in the November general election, Anne Brown (write in only), Adrienne Hirschfelder, and Jack Szkutnik. Current Ypsilanti Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, chose not to run for re-election.

**Editor's Note**: (08/08/2018 12:15pm by PC) This article has been edited to correct mistakes in both the Mayoral and 3rd Ward coverage.  The Mayoral Race includes Adrienne Hirschfelder, a non-partisan candidate.  The 3rd Ward race includes Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate.

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Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning across Washtenaw County and will close at 8 p.m.   89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with voters as they existed the polls.


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Why do some people feel oil and gas pipelines are a good and necessary part of our lives, while others fight against them?  To tackle this question, first we need to understand the basics:  We all know what a pipeline is.  But what they carry, where they are, and why there are so many, are questions most of us aren’t so sure about.  In this first part of a series on energy pipelines, Barbara Lucas gives us a bit of “Pipelines 101," in "The Green Room." 


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The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will host its national conference in Ypsilanti this fall, but the group announced a community service commitment that will last past the convention.
 


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Music and Art.  While decidedly individual at times, collaboration is key in getting the product to market. Some of that is dependent on finding the people and places that allow for creation.  That is at the heart of Grove Studios in Ypsilanti.  Meet Rick Coughlin, a co-founder, and learn about the ongoing evolution a facility designed to put music and art out in the community. 


For a gift of just $400 you and a friend can take the limo bus to Comerica Park, suite tickets, and buffet. Plus, you'll receive a free TRUEMU souveniour, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Boston Red Sox on July 21. 

Gabrielle Langholtz

This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts.  89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to the author of “America the Cookbook,” Gabrielle Langholtz, who talks about the roots of “American” cooking.


Eastern Michigan University was among the first in the nation to create an Arts Management program.  That was back in 1978.  Professor Susan Badger Booth now helms the Arts Managament and Administration programs and reflects back and looks ahead in this week's edition of "creative:impact." 


Ypsilanti Community Schools

A local high school team is getting national attention, but it's not for sports.  The Ypsilanti Community School district Grizzly Robotics team is being featured on HBO'S "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the team's mentor Scott Heister and school superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about the award-winning program, its national exposure, and an upcoming team trip to China.


The African American And Cultural Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County

For years, it has been a museum without walls.  In the near future, that is going to change.  Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, joins WEMU's David Fair to explore the backstory of the African American and Cultural History Museum and look ahead to when the brick-and-mortar iteration of the museum will open.  Museum president and CEO Joyce Hunter joins them to provide the answers. 


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People have differing views on going to cemeteries.  Whether you find it peaceful or whether you find it creepy, you can find a sense of history.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan went exploring at a few cemeteries in Washtenaw County.


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A Hillsdale couple is suing Eastern Michigan University for violating the Open Meetings Act when eliminating four athletic programs.  Douglas and Mary Willer both have undergraduate and graduate degrees from EMU, are athletic boosters and Doug is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame after twice being named an All-American wrestler.  Learn more in this conversation with the Willer's attorney. 


Adrianne Taylor

A 9 year-old boy from Ypsilanti will be honored this Saturday at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation summit. 
 


Ellen Fischer

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


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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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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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