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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One of the country’s oldest events for female aviators is underway. The all-women’s Air Race Classic was founded in 1929, at a time when competitions were often limited to men. This year the race includes two stops in Southwest Michigan - Three Rivers and Kalamazoo - and one of the teams is from Western Michigan University.

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Even an historic park needs an update from time to time. So says the City of Kalamazoo, which is proposing a host of changes to Bronson Park, the oldest and most iconic in town.

Those range from providing shade for event-goers at one end, to rearranging the park’s monuments and restoring Alfonso Iannelli’s Fountain of the Pioneers.

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The City of Kalamazoo understood in the 1950s that suburbanization could hollow out the downtown. So it embraced plans to remake the area as a kind of giant, open-air shopping mall.

Internationally-known architect Victor Gruen created the blueprint. The design called for a series of pedestrian malls downtown, including one on Michigan Avenue. The walking areas would have been surrounded by a ring road and vast parking lots.

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The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has a approved a tuition increase of 3.2 percent for the next academic year. Had it raised tuition any higher, it would have risked losing state funding.