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.

Western Michigan University says a faculty union vote of “no confidence” in Provost Tim Greene shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.

The American Association of University Professors released the results of an electronic vote yesterday. The union says 80 ballots were cast before the union found a mistake in the form. Those results aside, more than three-quarters of respondents voted “no confidence” in Greene.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s schedule has been cleared after he was suddenly admitted to a hospital in Ann Arbor today.

“He was admitted to the hospital and is currently receiving treatment for a blood clot in his leg, part of the lingering effect of his Achilles injury," says Snyder spokesperson Dave Murry. Governor Snyder is in good health and he is in very good hands.”

The governor has had to keep his leg largely immobile for several weeks since he tore a tendon.

Update: Western Michigan University has issued the following statement in response to the AAUP's electronic ballot on Provost Tim Greene: "The overwhelming majority--more than three-quarters of the total WMU faculty either chose not to participate in this union vote or did so and expressed their confidence in Provost Greene.  This deeply flawed survey instrument "revealed" what we already knew--that some members of a single college--the College of Arts and Sciences--are unhappy about the removal of their dean."

The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled two special meetings as it moves to fill Ted Hartridge's former seat.

Hartridge served on the board twice, from 1999 to 2000 and then from 2011 until this year. He died in January after a battle with cancer.

Both special meetings will be held at the PPS Administration Building.

On February 11 the Board will review candidate applications and select people to interview. It plans to conduct those interviews February 17.

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Downtown Kalamazoo business owners have to follow special rules when they build a new building or make big changes in an old one.