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

If you’ve heard of Western Michigan University’s particle accelerator, you might have also heard that it’s a secret machine involved in double-secret research. The directors of the lab say that's completely untrue, though it is true that you should not stand next to the machine during some experiments. At a moment that posed no risk, "Why's That?" and mechanical engineering student Peter Grohs saw the facilities up close.

Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

Hundreds of people took part in a memorial bike ride in Kalamazoo Wednesday evening. The event marked one year since an allegedly drugged driver plowed into a group of cyclists riding on North Westnedge Avenue in Cooper Township.

Five people died in the crash and four others were seriously injured. On Wednesday, cyclists gathered at the Nazareth complex on Gull Road before the ride.

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County could begin work on a new animal shelter as soon as next year if a new proposal goes forward. On Tuesday commissioners heard from a group within the county that’s been studying the needs of the Animal Services department. That group recommends building a new facility on county land on Lamont Street next to the current shelter on Lake Street, at a cost of about $5 million.

City of Kalamazoo

The City of Kalamazoo will use Foundation for Excellence dollars to increase the number of lead water pipes it removes this year. Commissioners agreed to spend $500,000 of a large private donation the city received in 2016 to replace just over 100 lead pipes during roadwork. The city plans to remove lead service lines for more than 400 households total this year.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

On Memorial Day we listen back to an interview with 93-year-old Carl Bussema, who was born in Kalamazoo in 1924 and drafted during World War II, not long after he graduated from high school.