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Debate over guns on college campuses

Apr 10, 2013
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As the debate over guns and gun-related violence continues around the country, many university presidents say guns should not be allowed on campus. Western Michigan University and other schools have long had strict rules on weapons that students and others must follow. But some students say the university’s policy conflicts with a state law allowing people with concealed weapon permits to bring their guns to campus.

School districts and universities that approved union contracts just before the Right-to-Work laws went into effect may off the hook. The Lansing State Journal reports penalties, like 15 percent cuts for universities, will not be in the state Senate budget. Western Michigan University was just one of the many public universities that approved new contracts before March 21st. Gongwer News Service reports the House Appropriations Committee will consider putting the penalties in their budget bill tomorrow.

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A regional airline says it will “loan back” recent Western Michigan University graduates it hires to become flight instructors at the university. Western and American Eagle Airlines announced the deal Friday.

The airline says it will begin working with some students in Western’s College of Aviation when they are sophomores. They’ll become instructors at the school on graduation while being paid by American Eagle. That will give them time to add flight hours needed for an airline pilot’s license.

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Western Michigan University’s student-run newspaper and radio station have received a big vote of support, and money. That's because students at the university approved a new $5-per-semester fee to help maintain the Western Herald and WIDR.

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Officials at Western Michigan University say they’re considering a formal alliance the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. They say the boards of both schools are now involved in talks that started three years.

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