Gov. Rick Snyder plans to tour the area later on Tuesday.

Western Michigan University

When Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was looking for ways to save money on city operations, faculty and students from Western Michigan University became part of the solution. 


The City of Detroit hopes to get some help in Kalamazoo as it works its way through bankruptcy. It hopes students and staff at a program at Western Michigan University can help the city become more efficient.

Teams from Western's Integrated Supply Management Program are working on how Detroit handles maintenance and supplies. University officials say the teams will give Detroit leaders recommendations on ways to make operations "leaner".

United Auto Workers Picks New President

Jun 4, 2014

Dennis Williams previously served as the union's secretary-treasurer.

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Author and professor Gail Griffin can remember her tenth birthday- spent catching a baseball game on a summer night - like it was yesterday:

"A rectangle of night sky opens ahead. Brilliant banks of lights against the black. The low crowd hum, rising, like a sea sound. Then acres of green seats and then, below it all, the blazing diamond, emerald they should call it, nothing has ever been so green.

Left field, Maxwell. Right, Colavito, the outrageous Cleveland trade, who points his bat at pitchers like a gun.

Humidity haloes the lights. Men yelp HOTdogs, HOTdogs, PROgram. I am transfixed, dizzied by the vastness. My stomach lurches like on the Ferris wheel at the State Fair when it surges up and I can almost see Canada. How can an entire world fit inside a building? It’s a gleaming secret, a hidden kingdom, an alternate planet shining at the core. Secret garden, emerald city, wonderland. The night breeze licks my skin. I might be dreaming."

- From "Night, Briggs Stadium, 1960."