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3:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Schyler Sheltrown on Bach Fest vocal competition, musical grounding

Schyler Sheltrown
Credit Schyler Sheltrown

A vocal performance major at Michigan State University who intends to pursue an operatic career, Schyler Sheltrown talks to Cara Lieurance about her musical mentors, including current teacher Melanie Helton and her high school instructor, David Hook.

Schyler details her experience at the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalist Competition. She also shares insight into the practice of opera singing and the music she prepared for the competition. 

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WMUK News
3:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Deadly Bat Disease Arrives in Michigan

A little brown bat from New York State with white-nose syndrome.
Credit Ryan von Linden/NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Several bats in northern Michigan have turned up with a white-nose syndrome. It's the first time the condition, which has killed millions of bats in other states, has been found in Michigan. 

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that this spring, researchers found five bats from three counties – Dickinson, Alpena and Mackinac – which showed signs of the disease. Laboratory tests confirmed that it was white-nose syndrome.

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Visual Art
3:05 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Evolving History of African Americans Seen Through Art At Krasl Exhibit

The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works On Paper is located in the main gallery of the Krasl Art Center.

27 years ago, Harriet and Harmon Kelley were a couple from San Antonio, Texas that never gave art much thought. That is, until they needed some for the walls of their new home.

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WMUK News
2:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

WMU Room and Board Costs to Rise

WMU Vice President for Student Affairs addresses the Board of Trustees.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Students at Western Michigan University will pay just under three percent more in the next academic year than this one for room and board. WMU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2.95 percent increase for academic year 2014-2015 at their regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.

In a document included with the meeting packet, the board described the rise in cost as necessary to keep up with the university’s “operational” expenses, as well as “building infrastructure needs, debt service, student and University support, and competitiveness with other Universities.”

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WMUK News
12:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Running to Help Wounded Warriors

The starting line of the 2013 WMU Wounded Warrior Run
Credit WMU ROTC

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have affected thousands of veterans. Many must cope with severe physical injuries while others grapple with emotional and psychological scars. This weekend an event at Western Michigan University will raise money for a national organization dedicated to helping them. The 5K run and walk for the Wounded Warrior Project is sponsored by the university’s Joint ROTC Community Outreach Corps.

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