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Courtesy Kalamazoo New Year's Fest

COVID-19 has changed almost everything. And Kalamazoo's annual New Year's Fest is no exception.

Two Kalamazoo County health department nurses wearing blue vests bend over a work table as they prepare Pfizer COVID vaccine doses for a mass-vaccination clinic at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center on December 22
Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo County is holding its first mass-vaccination clinics for COVID-19.

Image of the Kalamazoo City Hall building with a flower sculpture in Bronson Park in the foreground
Andy Robins / WMUK

New Year's Eve revelers will be able to take alcoholic drinks into Kalamazoo's Bronson Park this year.

A three-quarter view of a young man holding a microphone and addressing a crowd. He is wearing a purple hat with the Greek letters of his fraternity, and a black anti-Covid face mask as well as blue latex gloves. At right, another young man listens.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University student George Seahorn has a thinker’s interest in nature. 

A senior in philosophy, he says he’s fascinated by “harmony after disasters, the peace after a rainstorm or the calm after a blizzard.”

Seahorn also has a passion for African-American studies. “It gives me some kind of hope on my origins,” he told WMUK. “Eventually I’m going to figure it out.”

As Seahorn was picking out classes for the fall, he saw one that promised to unite these interests.

2014 file photo of students from the WMU Homer Stryker MD Medical School at a mock disaster exercise kneeling around a practice mannikin outdoors
Andy Robins / WMUK

A new program hopes to interest high school students from under-served communities in careers in health care.