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WMUK News
2:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

WMU Names New Medical School for Homer Stryker

WMU president John Dunn announces the university's decision to name its new medical school for Homer Stryker.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University has announced it will name its new medical school for Stryker Corporation founder Dr. Homer Stryker.

At a press conference today, WMU president John Dunn said Stryker’s granddaughter Ronda Stryker and her husband were the source of a previously anonymous $100 million donation to the school several years ago. Dunn added that Stryker has given an additional gift to the school but asked the amount not be disclosed. 

The medical school is set to open in September.

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Sandra Steingraber
6:36 am
Tue March 11, 2014

WSW: The Links Between Environment and Health

Sandra Steingraber says ongoing issues like the cleanup of PCB contamination at the Allied Paper Landfill make Kalamazoo a good place to discuss a wide range of environmental issues - file photo
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WestSouthwest with Sandra Steingraber

    

Ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber's most recent book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

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Dance
10:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alternative Dance Festival Lets Dancers Speak Their Minds

Wellspring: Cori Terry & Dancers perform "Give and Take Away"
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last week, Michael Miller of Wellspring: Cori Terry & Dancers did a run through of his choreography called “Crackers in Bed.” The dancers posed to recreate familiar Norman Rockwell paintings and then transitioned to the next scene to the tune of a modern DJ.

Miller will premiere the dance at this year’s Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival also known as RAD Fest.

The festival will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Wellspring Theatre in Kalamazoo's Epic Center.

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Poetry
10:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Local Writer Challenges Himself With Book Of Sonnets

Hear a longer interview with Arnold Johnston

Kalamazoo native Arnold Johnston is best known as a playwright, but he’s also a musician, a writer, and a poet. He’ll be reading through his new poetry chapbook Sonnets: Signs and Portents Wednesday at Michigan News Agency at 6 p.m. He and his wife Debby will also be reading their play “A Sheltering Tree.”

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WMUK News
9:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kalamazoo Police Chief Describes Department's Work on Racial Bias

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley speaks to the Kalamazoo City Commission March 10.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The head of Kalamazoo Public Safety says the department is taking multiple steps to address racial bias in its policing. That’s in response to a study from last year, which showed that on average, Kalamazoo police were stopping African-American drivers twice as often as other motorists.

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley reported to the city commission last night. He says the department’s efforts include training officers to recognize unconscious prejudices. It’s also led to a department-wide reevaluation of which traffic stops call for a search.

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