There are nine productions in the new season of theater at Western Michigan University: everything from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the musical The Wiz. Behind the scenes, faculty and students are prepping everything from scripts, to sets, to advertising, as they launch a non-stop year of drama, comedy, musicals, and more. 

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Western Michigan University unveils its newest student cafeteria Thursday, September 1.

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When a young child is diagnosed with autism, Western Michigan University doctoral student Thom Ratkos says “There’s really no telling what the trajectory is.” 

Family & Children Services

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, head of Kalamazoo's Douglass Community Association, is the new chief executive officer of the area Family & Children Services, the regional human services organization announced today. Her first day is Oct. 3. She takes over from Rosemary Gardiner, who is retiring after 44 years with the agency, the last eight in the top spot.


Violinist Megan Healy and pianist Helen Lukan play works of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Sarasate at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo on Thursday night. They discussed their musical partnership with Cara Lieurance before the concert.