The slide lays out Western's best and worst case budget scenarios in a red and yellow chart
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Western Michigan University is getting ready to let more workers go because of the COVID-19 shutdown, President Edward Montgomery said in a virtual town hall meeting today, where administrators also made their case for pressing forward with some construction.

Borgess Run/Kalamazoo Marathon

The 41st annual Borgess Run was to be held May 2 in Kalamazoo. But the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. Now it's a two-week virtual event.

The picture shows a man with a beard and dark-rimmed glasses in the foreground. In the background are a couple of doors and a big Western flag with the Bronco head on it
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Western Michigan University faces a large budget gap next year because of the Covid-19 shutdown, but it will not raise tuition or room and board rates this fall, Trustees decided at a virtual meeting today. Vice President for Business and Finance Jan Van Der Kley told the Board the university wants to ease the financial burden on students as they return to school.

A sign resting on someone's legs shows a drawing of a globe and the words "eco not ego."
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Shutdown or no shutdown, this is Earth Week, with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on Wednesday. Environmental groups in Kalamazoo are marking it with a slate of virtual events, from a “History of Earth Day” video series to a “Climate Crisis Town Hall,” sessions on green eating and gardening, and a virtual tour of a very energy-efficient house in Portage.

Two organizers told WMUK about their how their online events will work.

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Western Michigan University is offering grants to help faculty members and others fight COVID-19.