Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

​Twitter: @beckythiele

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday joined nine other states in filing a federal complaint seeking to block the Obama administration’s new school “directive” for transgender students, including inclusive bathroom and locker room policies. (The Detroit News)

Jingle dress dancers at the 1st Annual Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow
Jesse Pigeon

A few weeks ago, kids at the Gun Lake Tribe’s summer camp in Hopkins gathered around to learn a traditional round dance before the tribe’s Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow this weekend. The pow wow means a lot to the tribe. After all, the Gun Lake Tribe wasn’t federally recognized until the late 1990s - the last of the three Potawatomi bands in this area to achieve that status.

The Colored Museum performed in 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts, Boston University Theatre
T. Charles Erickson

Next week, Face Off Theatre Company will perform the play The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe as part of the week-long Black Arts Festival. In the satirical play, each monologue or vignette is an “exhibit” in the museum that portrays a different stereotype about African Americans. 

If you missed an artist's work last Art Hop at the Northside Association for Community Development, it’s unlikely that you saw it there the next day. Director Mattie Jordan-Woods says there are too many things going on at the center to leave the art up all month. 

But that’s all about to change, Jordan-Woods says.

BATTLE CREEK--If further cost-cutting measures are not put in place, Battle Creek Public Schools could soon face the edge of the financial cliff. According to budget projections for the 2016-17 school year, the district is facing about a $3.6 million shortfall in its $55.6 million spending plan. If the district had to use its fund balance to cover the shortage of revenue, its savings would fall to about $1.5 million. (Battle Creek Enquirer)