Southwest Michigan Today: Friday May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Scholars gather at WMU for the annual Congress on Medieval Studies. Albion looks for a new city manager. WMU softball wins to avoid elimination in the MAC softball tournament. 

The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies is underway at Western Michigan University. The annual event draws about 3,000 scholars from around the U.S. and 47 other countries. Some of the topics on this year's agenda include magic, medieval medicine, and conspiracy theories popular during the Middle Ages. The congress runs through Sunday. It's free for Kalamazoo County residents and anyone with a WMU ID.

Albion is looking for a new city manager. The Battle Creek Enquirer says city council members are looking for a new manager who is - in their words - "visionary." Former manager Sheryl Mitchell resigned in March to take a new position in Lathrup Village. She resigned briefly last year but then reversed the decision following disagreements with the city's mayor and vice-mayor during an annual job performance review. That led to an unsuccessful attempt to recall the two elected officials. The city plans to hire a search firm to help it find its next manager.

Michigan State University’s interim president says the school is anxious to settle lawsuits with victims of Doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. John Engler says he thinks that’s in the best interest of both the school and Nassar’s victims. He warned that such a settlement will be expensive. Engler spoke Thursday at a breakfast hosted by the Detroit Free Press. (Michigan Radio

Western Michigan avoided elimination in the Mid-American Conference softball tournament, with a 4-1 win Thursday over Miami. The Broncos will face Toledo Friday morning in another elimination game. The double elimination MAC softball tournament is being played in Akron, Ohio.