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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

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.

AlbertHerring / Wikimedia Commons

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.

WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo is making a special effort to interest people in next year’s city budget.

Those discussions usually don’t draw crowds to city hall. But Kalamazoo expects its 2016 budget to fall about three million dollars short. And it says it needs to hear from people on which services they value most.

One place the city plans to collect input is on a newly launched website, ImagineKalamazoo.com.

Portage Public Schools / WMUK

As early as November, the Portage Public Schools could ask voters to approve several major building projects. The Board of Education is months away from a final proposal. It could build several new or remodeled middle and elementary schools as well as new pools and stadiums. The district might also close one of its middle schools. And that raises concerns for at least one parent.


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