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WMUK News
3:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kalamazoo Walks for Clean Water Worldwide

Kalamazoo's Walk for Water in 2013
Credit Clean Water for the World

It’s estimated that a child dies somewhere in the world every 15 seconds because of diseases carried by water. That means 4,500 deaths every day. But the Kalamazoo-based group Clean Water for the World hopes to change that grim statistic. It will hold the fifth annual “Walk for Water” Saturday, March 22. That’s the day the United Nations has proclaimed as “World Water Day”.

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WMUK News
2:03 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

WMU Approves Dunn Salary Increase

WMU President John Dunn at a special meeting of the board of trustees.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved an increase to President John Dunn’s salary. It will rise to $373, 400 a year.

That’s two and a half percent more than he earned previously.

Other university employees in Dunn’s salary group got a raise at the same rate. Dunn says he plans to donate all income over his starting salary of $345,000 to programs at the university, as he has previously.

 

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SW Michigan
1:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

WMU Drops Plan to Buy Homes

Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University has dropped a controversial plan to buy houses near its East Campus. University officials said Wednesday that they won’t go ahead with the proposal to buy ten properties on Bellevue and Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo for $370,000.

Western’s plan to tear the homes down to create “green space” drew strong criticism by historic preservation advocates. Although they aren’t considered “historic” themselves, the houses are in an historic district.

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Local Music
12:24 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Brad Wong and Paul Clifton preview Western Wind Quintet concert

The Western Wind Quintet plays music by American, Hungarian, German, and French composers Wednesday night in a program called "Around the World with the Western Wind Quintet." Clarinetist Brad Wong and guest horn player Paul Clifton talk about the program with Cara Lieurance.  

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College basketball
8:20 am
Wed March 19, 2014

WSW: WMU Alumnus Discusses "Dynasty That Changed College Basketball"

Larry Farmer, now an assistant Western Michigan University Basketball Coach, played for John Wooden at UCLA
Credit UCLA Yearbook, Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with John Matthew Smith

Georgia Tech History Professor John Matthew Smith's book examines the UCLA basketball dynasty under head coach John Wooden. 

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