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Kalamazoo College visiting faculty member and guest artist Bianca Washington says the play Student Body has caused her to recall some experiences from her past, and she says it may do the same for the audience. Washington is directing the play, which examines how 10 college students react to the discovery of a video that includes evidence of a sexual assault. It will be staged at the Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College Thursday February 21st through Sunday February 24th. 

The play written by Frank Winters, takes place in one long scene. K-College freshman Grace Erway, who plays Liz, says with little off-stage time the actors have to be engaged. Psychology Major Jared Pittman, who plays Malcom, says the audience will also have be on their toes. He says the interactive nature of the play means the audience is trying to figure out what to do along with the characters.

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Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College are joining Kellogg Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Southwestern Michigan College in closing their campuses today, Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Initially, WMU and K-College had called for a three-hour delay in classes. But as the weather worsened this morning, they announced the closures during the 8 o'clock hour.

Note: Today, WestSouthwest replays two interviews related to education that aired in 2018. This interview originally aired June 9.

A college campus can be culture shock for some urban students, says Deborah Bial, founder of the New York City-based The Posse Foundation. In its 29 years, her group has recruited more than 8,000 promising inner-city students to attend the nation's top colleges in groups, or "posses" and provides a support program once enrolled to increase their chances of success. This fall, Kalamazoo College marked 10 years of participating in the Posse program. Bial was its commencement speaker in June. WMUK's Earlene McMichael interviewed Bial in advance of her appearance.

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Chris Ludwa, the director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, will conduct the annual program, "Holidays with Bach," twice this weekend: on Saturday, at 3:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, and Sunday at 4 pm in Stetson Chapel, at Kalamazoo College. He joins Cara Lieurance to preview the concerts, which will include audience carols, a segment of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, a lullaby in Mandarin, a Fred Waring setting of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," and much more.

MSR Classics

Fortepianist Leslie Tung, professor emeritus of music at Kalamazoo College, has made good use of of his personal time after retiring from the faculty at Kalamazoo College after over 30 years. Still actively teaching, he now finds he has the energy to devote to playing his own fortepiano, resulting in a new album,  Theme and Variations: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn. It was recently released by the MSR Classics label.

Tung talks to Cara Lieurance about his long-term fascination with the instrument, its unique sound, and the possibilities that are still being discovered in the components and expression of the fortepiano.

His new album focuses on three sets of variations by three great composers: Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart.