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WMU students to vote on saving student media
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Western Michigan University students are heading to the polls this week and among the things they’re voting on is a voluntary tuition increase to save student media on campus.
If students don’t agree to the assessment fees the Western Herald and campus radio station, WIDR, could be gone.
The fee students are voting on would raise their tuition five dollars per semester, that would provide money for the campus paper, radio station and the group, the Young Broadcasters of Tomorrow.
If it passes, the three media groups will merge into one umbrella organization that will share resources, equipment and some staff.
The Save Student Media campaign has its own website and is actively working to drum up support on campus. You can find that website here.
The Western Herald has been around for 97 years and WIDR has been in existence since 1952. Students are hoping the fee, plus some changes, will save the institutions.
If students approve the voluntary tuition increase, it would bring in about $125,000 each semester for student media.
Students begin voting on Monday and voting is open through Friday.
Newschannel 3 will keep you updated on what happens.