Tag Archive for Kalamazoo

Back in 24: A trip to the circus … sort of

Remember how excited (or mortified) you used to get when you knew the big top was coming to town? The big red and white tent; circus animals trained to jump through hoops of fire or juggle balls; a few handfuls of clowns smashed into a tiny car; popcorn, cotton candy and sticky floors that make…

Win $300 gift certificate to WMU Bookstore in EcoMug contest

If you’re a Western Michigan University student, you know what an EcoMug is. The EcoMug is a stainless steel travel mug given free of charge to all incoming first-year and transfer students at WMU. Started in fall 2009, the program aims to reduce campus waste and save money by minimizing the number of disposable cups…

Downtown Dates: Fourth Coast Cafe

So, I know it’s not necessarily downtown, but it’s close enough to get to if you are in the downtown area. It is my favorite place to come for coffee and wireless, and has such a relaxing atmosphere that I find myself sitting there for hours. I was hesitant to go at first. I had…

Receiving The Gift Of Unconditional Love

Love was in the air last week at The SPCA of Southwest Michigan Pet Rescue and Adoption Shelter. Cupid’s aim was right on target as many families were fortunate enough to be the recipients of  unconditional love in the form of a warm and cuddly pet.  A total of 25 animals found forever homes in…

Downtown Date: Worldly experience

Fiona Dickinson isn’t just another singer in Kalamazoo. She’s a force prepared to take the music scene and dominate it in every area. Her instrumental intelligence and deep, sorrow soaked voice is captivating and digs down into you. I recently sampled the CD, set to release Friday, and it helped me focus and write, pulling…

Downtown Date: Get cookin’ at The Strutt

The last time I heard Megan Dooley was at The Globe for Meagan McNeal’s full band performance in early summer. Since then, Dooley has been belting out homegrown songs and strumming soul-stirring tunes all across Kalamazoo. Shame on me for missing any of it. Well, I have a second chance at experiencing the glory. Megan…

Western Warm-Up introduces students to university programs

When you’re a new student at a seemingly enormous university, getting involved on campus can be a pretty overwhelming idea. You’re not sure what’s out there, what fits your personal interests, and if you’ll mesh well with the other members. Well, if you’re heading to Western Michigan University this fall, that whole process just got…

Get Involved!

Recently, in my class on the political and economic environment of public administration, we were visited by the Kalamazoo City Manager and Chief of Police. We had an interesting chat on how both entities work in regards to the City of Kalamazoo, got into some racial/cultural tensions between residents and local police (of course), and…

Western Michigan University offers One-Stop Convenience Center

Back to school already? Ewwwww. But at least Western Michigan University is looking to make it a little easier for students and their parents this semester. The university will once again offer its one-stop service center to families who need to take care of last-minute business at the start of the spring semester. The One-Stop…

Learn about financial aid, scholarships in Kalamazoo area

If you have a high-schooler at home, you know the topic of college comes up a lot, especially if your son or daughter is a junior or senior. But if you’re a parent, you also know that higher education isn’t cheap and sometimes it requires you to get a little creative when it comes to…