WMU University Relations

First-year law classes will be offered in Kalamazoo next year. They’ll be part of the curriculum at the newly renamed Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The two schools have been working on an affiliation agreement for three years. Officials of both schools say that will also include a law minor for Western students and a “Three-Plus-Three” program allowing students to get their bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years.

Battle Creek residents will get to meet the five finalists for Battle Creek's new city manager next Friday. According to a press release, the candidates will be in town for interviews by city staff. 

Chris Killian

Mention the word “homeless” and most people probably think of folks huddled in alleyways, panhandling on busy street corners or pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk. But homelessness isn’t unique to urban areas. It extends into the countryside as well, where people are often called “the forgotten homeless” because they’re so hard to find. One place you can find them is a shelter in Centreville in Saint Joseph County. (Some names have been changed in this story to protect the privacy those we interviewed.)

Grand Valley State University researcher Kevin Strychar says climate change is having a “direct negative effect” on the great lakes. He explains those effects in a chapter of a new report from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Strychar says the impacts include a hit to the lakes’ “recreational value,” a greater presence of invasive species and pathogens, and less drinkable water.

Kalamazoo poet Jennifer Clark’s work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Rhysling Award. Now she’s released her first book of poetry, Necessary Clearings, published by Shabda Press of California. Clark will read from the collection at the Michigan News Agency, Wednesday August 13 at 6 p.m.