2:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo dinner helps Iraqis rebuild

Food distribution in Basra
Credit Haider Alsaedy / Iraqi Health Now

Middle Eastern restaurants in Kalamazoo are catering a dinner Friday, March 1st, to help send aid to people in Iraq. It starts at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 321 South Street, in downtown Kalamazoo. The money raised will support the group Iraqi Health Now that has been sending money and supplies needed in Basra in southern Iraq since 2006. The project was the idea of Haider Alsaedy, who came to Kalamazoo from Iraq in 1991. He wanted to help people in his hometown recover from the U.S.

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4:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

WMU union protests "political bullying"

WMU PIO member at WMU Board meeting
Credit WMUK

The union that represents part-time Western Michigan University instructors says university trustees should stand up to what it calls political "bullying" in Lansing. Union members packed Wednesday's meeting of Western's Board of Trustees to drive the point home.  

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12:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Frog survey volunteers needed in Michigan

Hunting frogs in a Barry County fen
Credit Jim Harding / MSU

It may not look like it now but frogs will soon be calling in southwest Michigan. In only a few weeks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will begin its 18th annual survey of the state’s frog and toad population. The project depends heavily on volunteer “citizen scientists” to gather the data.

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Community Development Credit Union
9:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Community Promise Credit Union set to open in Kalamazoo

Community Promise Credit Union on Portage Road
Credit Community Promise Credit Union website

A new credit union is opening in Kalamazoo. The Community Promise Federal Credit Union will be holding an open house Tuesday at the Edison Neighborhood Association. Community Promise is a community development credit union, which will provide financial services and education to low-income people. It’s opening in the Edison Neighborhood, where currently there are no financial service institutions.

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University adminissions
9:16 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Bridge Magazine examines increase in out of state and international college students

Michigan State University Administration Building
Credit Michigan State University

The headline on a recent Bridge Magazine article asks “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?” The story uses a series of charts to show the rise of out of state and international students at some universities in Michigan. 

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