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This is Hispanic Heritage Month and Western Michigan University is marking the event with a talk by Mark Hugo Lopez from the Pew Research Center. He'll speak on Wednesday, September 25.

The State of WMU 2019

Sep 20, 2019
Mark Bugnaski / WMU

Western Michigan University's president says it's making progress in areas like graduation rates and adapting to change. But in his annual "State of the University" address on Friday, September 20, Edward Montgomery also said it faces some serious challenges as state funding continues to fall.

A group of mostly young people holds signs with messages about climate change.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

More than a dozen Michigan communities were set to participate in a worldwide push for action on global warming today. Kalamazoo’s climate strike continues until 6 o’clock this evening at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. But the day started with a rally at the flagpoles on Western Michigan University’s campus.

a light tan SUV with the hood open is in the foreground. Behind it is a riding mower.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Michael Walenga works at Western Michigan University. His commute is about eight miles, and he used to take his truck.

“And it was just so expensive, maintenance and fuel,” he said.

A man in a yellow helmet and dark jacket sits on a black motorcycle looking toward the camera, in a parking lot under blue sky.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

They range from a motorcycle to an SUV, but the vehicles headed to an event in Kalamazoo Saturday do have something in common. They’re at least partly electric. And most of the 11 models scheduled to be there use no gas.