A row of cars is parked at electric charging stations, which are grey with black tops and a few feet tall. Yellow concrete posts form a barrier between the chargers and the parking spots. There are solar panels above the chargers.
Leona Larson / WMUK

Just over 10 years ago Western Michigan University unveiled its first four electric vehicle charging stations. By 2014 it had a total of 22 chargers, prompting a British publication to rank the university as the fourth most “electric vehicle-friendly” campus in the United States. But a WMUK investigation found that Western has not kept up with maintenance for the chargers and that the ones that are left are no longer reliable. This story has been updated with additional information about WMU's contract with a private company called ChargePoint.

A handful of people stand along the edge of a busy street and hold signs saying things like "We are WMU" and "We are essential - pay your workers."
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Part-time instructors at Western Michigan University are unlikely to win a substantial raise in their next contract. But as negotiations wrap up possibly as early as Friday, the Professional Instructors Organization says it has made some gains.

Andy Robins / WMUK

Part-time instructors at Western Michigan University are protesting a breakdown in contract negotiations.

WMU Students Urge Peers To Get COVID Shots

Jun 21, 2021
Andy Robins / WMUK

The Student Health Advisory Council at Western Michigan University is encouraging students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before the fall semester begins.

A head and shoulders photo of a man with dark hair, glasses and a tie, who is smiling and sitting behind a microphone. A colorful banner for WMUK is in the background.
Earlene McMichael / WMUK

A Western Michigan University Trustee who stayed on the Board after moving out of state is leaving it after all.