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The time has come to pay it forward

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Pay-it-Forward is an idea, which was popularized in 2000, following a movie of the same title – which I will assume, for the purposes of this column – you have already seen. If not, you can read the summary on IMDB

UPDATE: Alleged robbery victim recants statement

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The female victim of Thursday’s alleged unarmed robbery recanted her statement, according to an email update sent by Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety early Friday morning. The student originally reported having been struck from behind in the Rynearson Parking Lot on Hewitt Road, causing her to briefly lose consciousness.

After nearly six months, Jimmy John's on Cross opens for business

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After six months and much frustration, the long wait for Eastern Michigan University students ended at 11 a.m. Wednesday when the Jimmy John’s at 537 W. Cross Street re-opened.

Board of Regents Subcommittee Briefs

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Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents round-up for March 25.

5 Things to Take Away: EMU men's basketball team's season

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Following the Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team’s 69-56 loss to Columbia University in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, I broke down what I think are the five most important things to take away from the team’s performance this season.

Power outage affects area just off campus

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Roughly 1,149 people near Eastern Michigan University’s campus were without power for about five hours Monday when a substation issue forced a power outage between Pearl and Congress streets, according to DTE Energy.

7 inducted into E-Club Hall of Fame

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Saturday morning the Eastern Michigan University E-Club honored the newest members of the E-Club Hall of fame in the Student Center Ballroom.

EMU student robbed, assaulted off campus early Sunday morning

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An Eastern Michigan University student was robbed and assaulted early Sunday morning on the 700 block of North Congress Street.

17 recruits sign National Letters of Intent to play at EMU

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Wednesday, 17 recruits joined the Eastern Michigan University football team, including defensive end Lion King (Southfield, Mich. – Southfield High School). Yes – that’s his actual name.

Congressman, state representatives meet to discuss proposed minimum wage increase

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Minimum wage has been an ongoing issue for years, with many employees in the food service and other industries, as well as college students, including those at Eastern Michigan University, facing a struggle just to make ends meet. Friday, that conversation moved to Ann Arbor.

EMU football adds defensive coordinator, secondary coach

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Eastern Michigan University football coach Chris Creighton announced the hiring of two former Drake University coaches to his staff Wednesday.

Update: Fourth armed robbery suspect in custody

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The Ypsilanti Police Department announced early Saturday afternoon the fourth suspect in Tuesday’s armed robbery and assault of an Eastern Michigan University student was in custody.

Ypsilanti police names chief

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Ypsilanti interim police chief Tony DeGiusti was named police chief Friday, after a three-month search to fill the position.

Hughley a force on the court, in the classroom

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Graduate students often have a much larger workload and more demands on their time than those who are taking undergraduate classes. Try being a student-athlete at the same time.

Basketball provides opportunity for Ajayi

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Olalekan Ajayi is a sophomore center on the Eastern Michigan University basketball team who transferred from Collin College in Plano, Texas.

COLUMN: Creighton is the real deal

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I was following the Eastern Michigan University football coaching search very closely, leading up to Wednesday’s announcement of Chris Creighton’s hiring for the position. Until 8:30 Wednesday night, I was convinced the job would go to Eastern Illinois University coach Dino Babers, a man who turned his program around, going 7-5 and 12-1 in his first two seasons, when the team went 2-9 in each of the two years prior to his hiring. That said, I am really impressed by Creighton – not just on paper, but by hearing the man speak.

Creighton introduced as EMU coach

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The bitterly cold weather did not stop nearly 100 people from attending Thursday’s news conference introducing new Eastern Michigan University football coach Chris Creighton in the atrium of the Convocation Center.

Creighton hired as EMU football coach

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The Eastern Michigan University Athletic Department announced the hiring of Chris Creighton as the Eagles’ football coach, replacing interim coach Stan Parrish, who took over after Ron English was fired in November.

EMU student struck by stray bullet at Peninsular Place

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The Ypsilanti Police Department is investigating an incident early Tuesday morning where an Eastern Michigan University student was struck by a bullet, which was fired into her Peninsular Place apartment building.

Two men arrested in connection with Reed homicide

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed, according to court records. The Ann Arbor News reported that Ed Jemeal Thomas and Kristopher Kaivon Pratt, both 20, face charges murder and robbery charges.

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Forum postponed

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Due to a scheduling error, Monday’s Eastern Echo forum on Football and Athletics has been postponed. We will be rescheduling the event. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated on the new date as soon as we have that information.

Former Eagle signed by Green Bay Packers

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Former Eastern Michigan University quarterback, turned wide receiver, Alex Gillett was signed Wednesday by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was added to the team’s practice squad when quarterback Scott Tolzien, formerly of the University of Wisconsin, was activated.

The Eastern Echo Sports Podcast: Sunday Edition

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The school year is beginning

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Well, that day is upon us. The day many I’m sure many of you have been dreading for the last three months (I’m sure quite a few of you have been looking forward to the beginning of this school year- I know I have). Whether you’re a new student or a seasoned veteran of the classroom, I have some often shared, but under-utilized advice for you on the eve of another school year.

New school year, new blog

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This is the home of the new Managing Editor’s blog. It will contain a little bit of everything: News, Opinions, Sports, Life, but no Comics (you’ll thank me later). For more, feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AlWillmanEcho

Former Eagle football player signed to Detroit Lions

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On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions announced the signing of former Eagle defensive tackle Jason Jones. In four seasons as an Eagle, he registered 175 total tackles, 13 sacks and one forced fumble. Jones began the 2004 season as a tight end before making the switch to the defensive line.

EMU Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference 3/9/13

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EMU Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference 3/9/13

Breaking news: EMU vs. Ohio game cancelled

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The basketball game scheduled Wednesday evening between Eastern Michigan University and Ohio University has been cancelled. Early Wednesday morning, an armed robbery took place near Ohio’s campus which prompted the university to close for the day.

James Still sentenced to 15 years in prison

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This just in: Former Eagle forward James Still was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for his involvement in an assault on a Providence College student in 2010.

Head coach accountable for team's performance

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I’ve been getting a lot of feedback, both positive and negative, about the Dec. 3 column I wrote about Eastern Michigan University’s head football coach Ron English, and I’d like to clear the air on a few matters.

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