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.

US Environmental Protection Agency /

Five years after an Enbridge Energy oil pipeline ruptured near Marshall and caused the largest inland oil spill in the US to date, the head of a group that pushes for tighter rules on pipelines says the law does not yet reflect lessons learned from that spill.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County says it’s time to revisit a soon-to-expire agreement it made with the Kalamazoo Humane Society two years ago. The arrangement provides for County Animal Services and Enforcement to rent shelter space from the Humane Society, when the nonprofit finds a new location.

But County Corporation Counsel Thom Canny says the Humane Society’s current plan – to buy land in Comstock Township and develop it – doesn’t fit with the original agreement.

Kathy Noble / Daughters of the American Revolution

At least two Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in Kalamazoo County. Daniel Wilson is one of them; you can see his grave in Yorkville. But the marker doesn’t mention his role in the war.


The trustees also approved a name for the alumni center the university will house in its original building on Prospect Hill. Western plans to call the building Heritage Hall.

Former Western Michigan University president Elson Floyd led the campaign to build the university’s current engineering campus. Now Western will remember Floyd by naming the building that houses the engineering program after him.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University has approved a new policy to address sexual violence within the school’s community. That’s in response to recent changes to federal guidelines. Western’s Deputy General Counsel, Carrick Craig, says the Department of Education was concerned that many schools’ policies were discouraging people from reporting sexual violence.