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.

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.

A wide view of a tall, heavy, metal circular hatch that has been opened to the left, revealing a room with safe-deposit boxes inside.
Regina Gorham / Hidden Kalamazoo

For the past five years summertime meant a special treat for history buffs in Kalamazoo. The Hidden Kalamazoo tour took participants through fascinating, obscure places normally closed to the public. There won’t be a tour this year, but organizers have something else for fans.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo’s historic Mountain Home Cemetery will get some much-needed attention. A group called the Grave Issues Squad plans to clean some of the markers this summer and fall and inventory them next year.

Mountain Home Cemetery on West Main Street in Kalamazoo dates to about 1850. It is the city’s oldest active burial place. With green, rolling hills, intricate monuments and towering trees, Mountain Home is “absolutely beautiful,” said City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator Sharon Ferraro.