DownBeat magazine

Seven Western Michigan University jazz students and student ensembles have won honors in this year's DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards.

That put Western second only to to Austria's University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the number of students winning awards.

Several Western alumni also got awards in the 38th annual competition.

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University will pay $35,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year by a student group that said the university's policies are unconstitutional and restrict free speech on campus. That's according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Philadelphia, Pa.-based organization that assisted the Kalamazoo Peace Center in its legal action, which was filed in October in U.S. District Court. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"BATTLE CREEK, MI - Room and board rates at Western Michigan University for the 2015-16 school year will increase 3.3 percent. The WMU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to raise rates Wednesday, at a board meeting held at WMU's College of Aviation in Battle Creek." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The student who was robbed at gunpoint inside a Western Michigan University dorm Thursday was targeted, according to WMU's police chief. "It was not random. He was specifically targeted. The individual was targeted because of a legal business he was involved in." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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)