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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Western's Trustees also revised the school's policy for staff who work with minors, and approved a three percent increase in room and board rates. 

Graduate students who teach at Western Michigan University say they’re unhappy with the contract terms the school has offered. Members of the Teaching Assistants Union packed a Trustees meeting on Wednesday. They told the Board that students who teach at Western struggle to support themselves on their wages.

Clerk/Register's Office, Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County's local ID task force says residents can apply for the card starting May 3. The identification program is intended to help people who cannot get a state ID. 

Gerry Broome / AP Photo

Health officials in Kalamazoo County are calling for more regulation of some water wells. Right now, non-drinking wells that draw less than 70 gallons per minute do not need a permit. The state does set rules for wells that pull more than that volume.

Unspecified artist, Lavender Morning / OutFront Kalamazoo

It might sound hyperbolic to say that community can save your life, but that was the experience of some members of Kalamazoo’s Lavender Morning. Founded in 1979, the lesbian group, which organized dances and published a newsletter, included women whose families ostracized them for being gay.


Western Michigan University libraries

In 1915, just fifty years after the end of slavery in the United States, a group of states convened a fair in Chicago they called the Lincoln Jubilee. The weeks-long event celebrated African-Americans’ achievements since the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment. Michigan’s delegation wrote a book for the occasion, and one historian says it belongs on everyone’s reading list.


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