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Cami Fussey

Based on a Monty Python skit from 1970, a Detroit area resident started recording people on the street in front of her house doing a "Silly Walk" to try and ease the stress of what many are feeling during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Cami Fussey of Ypsilanti liked the idea so much, she set up a similar opportunity in front of her home and has been sharing it on Facebook and Instagram.

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with the Ypsilanti woman about her idea and the resulting participation.


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Over 100 people attended a community conversation Thursday night hosted by Saline Area Schools.  It centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


Saline Area Schools

Four Caucasian students from Saline Area Schools are suing the district after being punished for making racist remarks against African-Americans on social media.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


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Saline Area Schools hosted a community conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion this morning after students from their district made racist comments against black people on social media last weekend.  Since it was held during the day, only parents and community members attended the meeting.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan was there and has the story. 


On the next edition of “Modern Aging,” WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Dr. Theresa Reid talk about how to remain visible and relevant in an ageist society.

It’s been two months since the country’s longest serving congressman, Michigan’s own John Dingell, passed away.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry sat down with his wife and the person who currently holds that 12th District Congressional seat Debbie Dingell for an honest and emotional conversation about community, civility, and healing.  

 

In Part One of this interview, they focus on the changing roll of women in the workforce and what impact social media is having on society.

 

 


Garlin Gilchrist
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With millions of users, the social media site Facebook has been under scrutiny recently after it was learned they were monetizing user data.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Garlin Gilchrist II from the Center of Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan's School of Information about the best ways to protect your information on social media.


Safe House Center

"Me too."

Just two words are being used on social media as a way for women--and some men--to share that they've been sexually harassed or assaulted.  It's a national conversation that began following the growing number of complaints of sexual harassment or abuse against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safe House Center, which provides support for women who've been abused, about the discussion in Washtenaw County.


Lisa Barry

There have been several recent racist incidents on local university campuses and in Ann Arbor.  That, combined with all the troubling news across the country and around the world, made Eastern Michigan University professor Lolita Cummings-Carson decide she wanted to get students involved in performing random acts of kindness to combat evil with good.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry visited her EMU classroom and joined students as they walked around campus looking for ways to share something positive.


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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

Michigan Medicine

Getting a good night's sleep seems to be a rare event for a lot of people.  A Michigan Medicine doctor is blaming our smart phones for the problem and is issuing a "sleep challenge!"


Cathy Radovich

A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


Texting While Driving
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Even though it's illegal in Michigan, a high percent of young adult drivers admit to using social media while driving.


Voting Booths
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

Smartphone
Pexels / pexels.com

You see it or experience it more and more: cell phones at the dinner table.


Jim Baird City of Ann Arbor Police
City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to work on improving its relationship with the community.  Chief Jim Baird discussed the issue.


Ken Varnum

A petition to move the annual Ypsilanti Color Run out of some neighborhoods has started a strong debate online.

 


It's back to business as usual on the the Facebook pages of the University of Michigan football and basketball teams after they were hacked twice in one day.  University officials say they still don't know how it happened but have apologized to the two million followers who may have caught a glimpse of the pictures of scantily clad celebrities.  

emich.edu

Social media is a valuable marketing tool for businesses, and expertise in the field is a highly sought after commodity.  Eastern Michigan University's new Center for Digital Engagement is taking students and clients to new online heights.