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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.

Demonstrators with signs line a sidewalk, in front of a grassy slope
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A union representing landscapers, cooks, carpenters and other workers at Western Michigan University says its contract negotiations have stalled. Like faculty and part-time instructors earlier this summer, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees say they’ll rally in protest tomorrow on campus.

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In 1971, Erika Loeffler Friedl and her husband bought a three-bedroom ranch house near Western Michigan University, where Erika went on to have a long career as an anthropologist. Fifty years later, retired, their kids grown, the couple lives in the same house. So when a realtor described it as a starter home, it surprised Erika.


Eight people stand by the edge of a busy street, in front of some railroad tracks, with a brick building in the background. The demonstrators have handmade signs with messages supporting the PIO.
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After months of negotiation, the part-time instructors’ union at Western Michigan University has reached a deal on its next contract, though members still have to ratify it.


File photo of law enforcement during the Proud Boys March in downtown Kalamazoo August 15, 2020
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Ever since the Proud Boys clashed with counter-demonstrators in the streets of downtown Kalamazoo on August 15, 2020, the Department of Public Safety has faced criticism for its handling of those events. Now a report from independent news outlet has raised new questions about KDPS’ preparations for that day.


Several dozen people with colorful signs stand on a sidewalk. Bailey is wearing white pants and holding a sign that says "WMU works because we do"
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Western Michigan University’s faculty union says contract negotiations with the school have reached an impasse. At a rally Wednesday morning, members and supporters of the American Association of University Professors called for a higher offer.

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