Music and Politics
7:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Professor Discusses "Hate Music" and Politics at WMU

A swastika drawn on the sign outside of a Georgia Congressman's office in 2009 - file photo
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Interview with Nancy Love-web version

Nancy Love is a Professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. Her current research centers on music and politics of the radical right. 

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9:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Portage Council Sets Meeting on Appointment of Acting City Manager

Deputy City Manager Brian Bowling at the March 11 Portage City Council Meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council will hold a special meeting next week to consider the appointment of an acting city manager. Current Portage manager Maurice Evans will retire on April first, and by law the city must appoint a successor within 30 days.

Mayor Pete Strazdas has recommended the appointment of current deputy city manager Brian Bowling. Several council members said they need more time to consider the proposal.

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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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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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