Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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In Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood, houses don’t just line the streets. Many sit on the inside of the block. That reflects 100-plus years of people packing in to live near downtown and the school that’s now Western Michigan University.

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Plenty of home-use products pose a threat to the environment if they’re thrown in the garbage. But Kalamazoo County is one of the few places in Southwest Michigan that accepts a broad range of potentially polluting trash, from antifreeze to VCRs.

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Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a $28 million bond issue to fund two construction projects. The Board made the unanimous decision at its regular meeting today.

The university would use most of the money to finish building the new Valley Dining Center. It would spend a portion of the funds on the alumni center going up on East Campus.

Western says it might also pay debt from old bonds out of the new bond issue, if "market conditions" permit.

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Opponents of wolf hunting in Michigan won a victory last December. That’s when a federal court put Michigan wolves back on the endangered species list. But biologist John Vucetich says a bill under consideration in Congress could change that.

Vucetich studies the moose and wolf populations of Isle Royale in Lake Superior. He’s also a professor in the in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University.

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Many colleges require students to take general education classes to expand their horizons beyond their majors. Higher education expert Paul Gaston says that's excellent. But he adds that there's more to a good “gen-ed” program than throwing subjects at students and telling them to get to work.

Gaston will lead several workshops Thursday March 19 at Western Michigan University. He’ll also give a public talk, “One Word Behind Student Centered Curricula (It’s not ‘Plastics’),” Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Fetzer Center.