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Western Michigan University sociologist Ron Kramer no longer uses the term “climate change.” He calls it the "climate crisis."

Courtesy of The Stulberg Competition

189 musicians from around the world applied to the Stulberg International String Competition by the deadline in February. Then the new executive director, Megan Yankee,  had to think fast when the coronavirus pandemic hit. This Saturday, May 16, the semifinalists won’t be waiting in the wings of the Dalton Center Recital Hall to hear the winners announced. They’ll be at home, watching online like everyone else. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Yankee explained that she consulted with the Stulberg board, the adjudicators, and the semifinalists to see if they would agree to putting the competition online. 

The 12 semi-finalists will be judged on videos they already submitted when they applied for the competition. Each will also create a video of music by Bach. The videos will stream online beginning at noon Saturday, and the final results should be announced sometime after 3:30 pm. 

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.