Drew Saunders


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Some things about campus you might not know

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Eastern Michigan University offers students many resources they wish they knew about from day one.

Tips for incoming freshmen

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When it comes to getting around Eastern Michigan University, freshmen often run into facts they wish they knew about beforehand.

Update: Victim of alleged assault by EMU football players was cousin of suspect in Demarius Reed murder

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Three Eastern Michigan University Football players, Quincy Jones, Darius Scott and Jay Jones, were brought into court on assault charges, Wednesday according to a report from MLive. The alleged victim, Demarko Taylor, 24, is the cousin of Kristopher Pratt, the Detroit man who pleaded guilty to the second degree murder of EMU wide receiver Demarius Reed. According to the police, no weapons were used in the assault.

Kristopher Pratt found guilty in murder of Demarius Reed

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Before the trial went underway, Pratt took a plea deal, and confessed to second-degree murder, according to Judge Shelton’s office. All other crimes against Pratt will be dropped upon sentencing. The plea deal terms include a prison term of 18 to 30 years. Pratt also agreed to testify against his co-defendant, 21-year-old Thomas.

Criminal justice majors given new options

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Criminal justice majors at Eastern Michigan University will now have more options than ever in getting their degrees.

ExpressJet teams up with EMU

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Commercial airliner ExpressJet Airlines struck a deal with Eastern Michigan University’s Eagle Flight Center July 17 to form a new AP3 pilot program.

EMU Reacts to the Verdict in Reed Trial

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Ed Thomas was found not guilty in the murder of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed on Monday.

Final arguments begin in trial of Ed Thomas

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The final arguments for the trial of Ed Thomas in the murder of EMU wide receiver Demarius Reed started at 8:30, Monday. Thomas is accused of felony murder or assisting in murder, as well as armed robbery. Nimish Gantra, assistant prosecuting attorney for Washtenaw County began the closing arguments.

Trial of Ed Thomas concludes, final arguments set for Monday

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The second day of the trial of Detroit-native Ed Jemeal Thomas for the murder of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed started at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Witnesses testify, evidence examined at first trial of Ed Jemeal Thomas

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The trial of Ed Jemeal Thomas for the murder of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed began Wednesday

Jury Selection for Accused Murderer Begins

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Jury selection for Ed Jameal Thomas’ trial began Monday for the murder of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

First defendant pleads guilty in shooting of Demarius Reed

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The case of murdered Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed took a new twist Friday morning when one of the accused men, Kristopher Pratt, 20 of Detroit, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Ypsilanti Police investigating criminal sexual assault

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The Ypsilanti Police Department is investigating a report of a criminal sexual assault case that happened at around 11 PM, Tuesday, June 24th. According to a timely warning sent by Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety, the victim was a male and not a student at EMU.

Water Street property falls short of initial expectations

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The Water Street redevelopment project was intended to expand downtown Ypsilanti east of the river; however, the 38-acre property is not developing.

News Briefs

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Contract negotiations underway The Dining, Trades, Custodial and Grounds departments are in the process of negotiating with the university over new contracts set to expire in July.

College of Business adding taxation masters program

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The College of Business will begin a new master’s of science degree program in taxation in the fall. The Board of Regents approved the degree program on June 10.

Prosecution, defense plan two pretrials in Reed case

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The pretrial hearing for Ed Jameal Thomas and Kristopher Pratt was held in court room 9 of the Washtenaw County courthouse June 2, with the Honorable Donald E. Shelton presiding.

News Briefs

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Water main breaks Wednesday morning, contractors working on a six-inch water pipe supplying water to Warner Gymnasium, accidently caused the pipe to burst, flooding the ground floor level of the building.

Economics professor shares thoughts on student debt

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According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the U.S. has accrued $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. While Eastern Michigan University has no way of determining exactly how much its current and former students owe, EMU’s students received $247,716,323 in aid from the university in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, stipends, tuition waivers and work-study programs. Carol Hogan, a professor of economics at EMU, agreed to sit down for an interview about student loan debt.

Police, fire chiefs present budget at city council meeting

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During the city council budget meeting Thursday, Police Chief Tony DeGiusti presented his budget and concerns about equipment and maintenance. DeGiusti also expressed concern about the state of the police building, from things as simple as chipping paint in the stairwell and moisture problems, to issues as serious as possible foundation issues and a lack of ventilation in the evidence processing room. DeGiusti said that the men’s room has had nothing replaced since it was finished in 1955 and “things are falling off the walls.”


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