Western Michigan University students and employees, as well as some Kalamazoo community members, experienced the following during the ninth week of the 2013 fall semester.
The Waldo Library staff helped students with their papers and projects during the Night of the Research Paper on Oct. 29. The event was held as a benefit to students, but Lou Ann Morgan, a communications coordinator for the Western Michigan University libraries, said that the night really highlights the services that the library offers every day.
Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University associate professor, was given a $500,000 grant to study the ethics of cyber war. Alhoff said the goal of the study is to think through how to approach cyber attacks and understand force, aggression and defense on a cyber scale. Allhoff hopes to use the information for suggesting governmental policy in the digital age.
The W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change won an award from the the International Map Industry Association (IMIA). The IMIA named the W.E. Upjohn Center’s new map project as 2013’s most outstanding map product or service in the Americas.
Candidates for Kalamazoo City Commission came to WMU on Oct. 29 to take part in a public forum. Many candidates were asked questions about what they could do to keep WMU graduates in Kalamazoo. Some of the answers involved developing the downtown area economically and getting students connected with the community.
The Western Student Association approved a resolution that could possibly open up the Fetzer Center parking lot to students when the Fetzer Center doesn’t have an activity occurring.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced that it will officially open its doors in Kalamazoo on Nov. 18. Tim League, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Kalamazoo city officials on Nov. 19.
A two-day celebration took place on Oct. 30-31 to commemorate the re-opening of the Bernhard Center Bookstore Shops. Refreshments, live entertainment and raffles were all part of the festivities. The event was held to celebrate the completed renovation of the store.
The Western Michigan University women’s gymnastics team is currently hosting the Western Michigan Fall Gymnastics School for youth. The school is in session every Thursday night until Nov. 21. Ralph Russo, assistant women’s gymnastics coach at WMU, said that the main purpose of the school is to give back to the community by teaching the sport of gymnastics.
Giant pink volleyballs were used during a volleyball tournament in the WMU Student Recreation Center on Nov. 1. The tournament was set up to raise money to support breast cancer research.