Western Michigan University

The view from Frank Wolf's property on Woods Lake. Wolf was president of the Woods Lake Association when the detention wall was put in to clean up the lake.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last year, the Michigan Department of Transportation used more than 650,000 tons of salt on the state’s roads. That’s 130 pounds per person. Eventually, all of that salt washes into Michigan’s lakes and streams - which could be making the drinking water in Michigan’s urban areas unsafe.


Benjamin Busch has written about veterans issues in his memoir Dust to Dust and in publications such as Harper’s. 

Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

Michigan’s $100-billion-a-year food and agriculture industry faces a crossroads. For decades, the system was steady. Farmers grew crops. Hispanic workers from places like Texas and Florida migrated here every summer to pick and harvest, then left before the first frost. Over the past few decades, though, new programs and support for migrants mean many workers aren’t staying in that system. In the first part of our series on the topic, we look at just where many of those workers are going.


Robbie Feinberg

We all know the story by now -- more than ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Levees broke, the government didn’t respond fast enough, and the storm left nearly 2,000 dead. The theatre ensemble UNIVERSES spent time in New Orleans following the disaster, talking with families and transforming the essence of those stories into a musical production called Ameriville.

UNIVERSES has collaborated with Western Michigan University theatre students on a version of Ameriville, premiering October 9th at 7:30 p.m.


Western Michigan University is considering expanding some of its academic programs to Florida. On Tuesday the Board of Trustees approved a plan that would let Western seek a license from the Florida Department of Education.

Likely candidates for expansion include Western’s aviation and health programs, and the target area is southwest Florida in a region that includes Tampa Bay.