OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Colony Farm Orchard advocates asked the Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees Tuesday to reconsider its support of Western Michigan University's proposal to expand its business park onto the 44-acre piece of land. "I'm coming to speak today to ask you to please reconsider the redevelopment of this land," said WMU junior Shaana Way. "That land is ecologically continuous with the Asylum Lake Preserve and destruction and development of that land will have dire consequences to that preserve." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Two memorial services have been planned for Stephen Zegree, the former Western Michigan University professor and director of the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company. Zegree, 61, died March 7 at his home in Bloomington, Indiana. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, M -- Advocates opposed to Western Michigan University's plans to expand its business technology and research park to nearby Colony Farm Orchard took their case Tuesday to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Members of the Kalamazoo Peace Center will gather with community members Friday to protest Western Michigan University's plan to expand its business technology park onto Colony Farm Orchard. The protest is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Ayslum Lake parking lot on Drake Road." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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University of Alabama Professor Emeritus John Bolland sent his students out into the poorest areas of Mobile, Alabama and nearby Pritchard for 15 years. They found young people were facing more than a lack of resources, they also had almost no hope things would get better.