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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WestSouthwest
12:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

WSW: How Passenger Pigeons Went from "Billions to None"

Male (left) and female passenger pigeons, in illustration.
Credit Joel Greenberg / Project Passenger Pigeon

Passenger pigeons once outnumbered all other birds in North America. When they migrated they moved in huge flocks, sometimes comprising more than a billion birds. The largest nesting ever recorded covered 850 square miles.

That was in 1871. Just a few decades later, passenger pigeons were all but gone from the wild.

By the end of 1914 they were extinct.

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WMUK News
9:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Seventeen Apply to Portage Acting Manager Job

The Portage City Council meets on April 15, 2014
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage city officials say 17 people have applied to become the next acting city manager. The acting manager would fill the position until Portage finds a permanent manager, hopefully this fall according to Mayor Pro Tem Jim Pearson.

Pearson says council members tentatively plan to discuss the applications for acting manager at a special meeting April 21st. He adds that the council hopes to vote on a candidate in May and have that person start no later than June.

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WMUK News
11:06 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

City Commissioners Propose Anti-Poverty Plan

Attendees wait for seats at a packed City Commission meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commissioners say community involvement would be  key to the effectiveness of a proposed anti-poverty initiative.

Commissioners Don Cooney and Stephanie Moore introduced plans for a program called Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity or KUSP at a packed meeting at City Hall last night. Among other ideas, they suggested creating a task force to consider solutions and expanding local data collection after the example of Calhoun County’s Coordinating Council.

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WMUK News
3:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Deadly Bat Disease Arrives in Michigan

A little brown bat from New York State with white-nose syndrome.
Credit Ryan von Linden/NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Several bats in northern Michigan have turned up with a white-nose syndrome. It's the first time the condition, which has killed millions of bats in other states, has been found in Michigan. 

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that this spring, researchers found five bats from three counties – Dickinson, Alpena and Mackinac – which showed signs of the disease. Laboratory tests confirmed that it was white-nose syndrome.

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WMUK News
2:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

WMU Room and Board Costs to Rise

WMU Vice President for Student Affairs addresses the Board of Trustees.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Students at Western Michigan University will pay just under three percent more in the next academic year than this one for room and board. WMU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2.95 percent increase for academic year 2014-2015 at their regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.

In a document included with the meeting packet, the board described the rise in cost as necessary to keep up with the university’s “operational” expenses, as well as “building infrastructure needs, debt service, student and University support, and competitiveness with other Universities.”

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