Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This story takes us to a spot that’s surprisingly secluded given that it’s in the City of Kalamazoo, a short walk from the popular Mayor’s Riverfront Park. You can get there if you walk southeast on the bike path, past the ballpark and up a spur trail into a stand of trees and bushes. In the middle of the overgrowth there's a circle of pillars.

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In the Southwest Michigan city of Dowagiac, people are used to hearing creative interpretations of the town's name.

“The biggest one that we hear, and I hear it all the time, is Duh-WAH-jee-ack,” Dowagiac Area History Museum Director Steve Arseneau said in the town that is actually pronounced Duh-WAH-jack.

A photo from June 20 shows water muddy with sediment at the Asylum Lake Preserve across from the BTR II site.
Courtesy photo / Steve Keto

Conservationists in Kalamazoo are unhappy about erosion at a construction site that polluted a nature preserve in June and netted a Violation Notice from Michigan’s environmental agency.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University has set tuition rates - at least tentatively - for the next academic year, in a budget that also calls for millions of dollars in cuts.

For five years, the Hidden Kalamazoo tour offered a different take on the history of the city’s downtown. It took people to storage areas, to basements and old apartments. They weren’t traditional historic sites, but they offered clues about how life has changed over the last 150 years.