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Western Michigan University president John Dunn has received one last raise before retirement. On Tuesday Western’s board agreed to increase Dunn’s salary by three percent, retroactive to last July, to about $410,000.


The Battle Creek Symphony has invited Gold Company, Western Michigan University’s internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble, to join them in a holiday pops concert on Saturday at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek. Conductor Anne Harrigan says it's the first time in over 15 years the two groups have collaborated. Harrigan and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the program with Cara Lieurance.

WMU Choirs

Kim Adams, director of choral activities at Western Michigan University, calls the annual holiday concert "a beast" to put together, but definitely worth the effort. Presented in a "surround sound" configuration at First Presbyterian Church, five choirs - the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, Cantus Femina, Gold Company, and the Holiday Grand Chorus - create a continuous program of woven musical strands, modern and ancient. Adams previews the concert with Cara Lieurance, touching on a few of the musical highlights.


This evening at 7:30 pm, the Kontras Quartet will perform two masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak on the Live and Interactive! Series at Western Michigan University. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, violinists Dmitri Pogorelev and François Henkins discuss the music and the joy of collaborating. "We are lucky to never have to play music we don't love," says Henkins. 

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Most students at Western Michigan University feel safe from sexual violence on campus. The university says that's according to the results of a national "campus climate" survey earlier this year.

Eight of ten Western students who responded said they felt safe on campus, and that the university's faculty and administration was concerned about them. But almost a third of female students said they have experienced unwanted sexual contact before coming to Western.

The university says about 12-percent of Western's 36,000 students took the survey last spring.