Robbie Feinberg | WMUK

Robbie Feinberg

Business/Arts Reporter

Robbie was a reproter for WMUK, covering business and the economy as well as local arts and culture as a producer for "Arts & More." He worked at WMUK from 2015 to 2016. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI - Stryker Corp. has completed its acquisition of defibrillator maker Physio-Control International Inc. and two other major deals. In the merger-driven medtech industry, Kalamazoo-based Stryker has been expected to be active with mergers and acquisitions in 2016. " (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Imagine this: You're heading home from an international trip, and you get questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because authorities are unfamiliar with your disability. For one Kalamazoo College student, this was her story earlier this year. However, now the incident has inspired a new effort at creating understanding between authorities and those who stutter.

Courtesy Aurore Munyabera

On April 1st, artist and poet Aurore Uwase Munyabera will present a large exhibition of her work called "Iwacu," meaning "home", at Kalamazoo's Black Arts & Cultural Center. The work reflects Munyabera's childhood as a survivor of horrific genocide in her native Rwanda. But now, through her art, Munyabera displays the beauty and nature of the country that she left more than two decades ago.

On Thursday, March 31st, Bell’s Eccentric Café is hosting a night of hip-hop with some major Michigan rappers, like Passalacqua and Rick Chyme. But for Kalamazoo rapper DeLaZoo, the show represents more. For him, it's a rebirth and reintroduction into a Kalamazoo rap scene after years away.

Courtesy Fritz Allhoff

Last year, as part of a judicial clerkship in Alaska, Western Michigan University Philosophy Professor Fritz Alhoff volunteered for a program through the Alaskan Business Development Center. The task: to head to a tiny Alaskan village and prepare tax returns for hunters, fishermen and Native Alaska, many of whom miss out on thousands of dollars in refunds. Allhoff loved it so much that this year, he formed a partnership and recently took four WMU accounting students to the Last Frontier. Allhoff talked with WMUK about the trip and the partnership.