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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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Health Insurance Exchange
5:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Insurers Could Be Covering Same-Sex Partners, Spouses on the Exchange

Kim Sanwald and Valerie Lane getting married in San Francisco
Credit Brian Helder

Last November, Kim Sanwald and Valerie Lane were married at city hall in San Francisco, California. When they got back, their health insurance company didn’t recognize them as a couple. So, a few months ago, Sanwald went on the health insurance exchange to find something better.

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