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March 6, 2015

Wayne State students to spend spring break making a difference
During a week when many college students travel to warmer climates, 68 students from Wayne State University will spend spring break in Detroit m...

March 3, 2015

Porter named associate vice president for principal gifts
DETROIT – The Wayne State University Division of Development and Alumni Affairs has announced the appointment of Jefferson Porter as the associate vice president for principal gifts. Porter will b...
Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index rebounds in February to 56.0
DETROIT— The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) bounced back to 56.0 in February, suggesting last month’s sudden drop to 50.0, was an anomaly.  The three month PMI average finished...

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New Monitor: Hilberry production to enter National Theatre Archive at Lincoln Center, Mar 5, 2015
The Hilberry Theatre Company has announced that its critically-acclaimed production of William Congreve’s The Way of the World will be recorded for inclusion in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive in the National Theatre Archive at Lincoln Center. Local critics have praised the Hilberry’s production, with John Monaghan of the Detroit Free Press calling the production “an especially impressive undertaking for the Hilberry…a talented ensemble,” while Patty Nolan of the Examiner awarded the play five stars. (print only edition)
Detroit Free Press: Hilberry's 'Enemy of the People' proves timely, Mar 4, 2015
"An Enemy of the People" is exactly the kind of thoughtful production we have come to expect from the Hilberry and its graduate-student theater program. Though full of speeches and grand gestures, the play is oddly timely and brings to mind current political debates about everything from climate change to the sad state of Michigan's roads. The production now in repertory at Wayne State's Hilberry Theatre (it's based on a 1950 adaptation of Ibsen's play by American playwright Arthur Miller) is solid, though it does little to lighten Ibsen's moralizing. Though Ibsen's drama is often stiff and preachy, his message comes through loud and clear in this Hilberry staging. That's the result of solid work.
Crain's: WDET hires Free Press Pulitzer winner as 'Detroit Today' host, Mar 3, 2015
In addition to his role as the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, Stephen Henderson has been tabbed as host of WDET-101.9 FM’s Detroit Today talk show. He begins the regular public radio hosting on March 16. The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. weekdays. Wayne State University, which holds the station’s license and provides it free space, announced his hire today. “I’m really excited to join WDET as host of Detroit Today,” Henderson said in a statement. “I've been a listener since I was a kid, and that listening will be key to bringing my brand of civil discourse and inquiry to the air with listeners all over the metro area and the state.” Henderson doesn’t have a full-year contract because of where the university’s budget calendar currently falls. “Because of where we’re at in the Wayne State fiscal year, the current agreement is for 28 weeks and pays $30,800. We will move to annual contracts after that,” said Matt Lockwood, WSU’s director of communications. “We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Henderson to the WDET team as host of Detroit Today,” said WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich in a statement.
BLAC Detroit: WSU experts weigh in on sex trafficking - invisible industry in Detroit, Mar 3, 2015
Sex trafficking victims are seemingly imprisoned by invisible chains—since the industry is so underground. An estimated billion-dollar business that operates under the veil of "not existing." The women are largely unaccounted for; they are runaways or those without family. Some victims are blackmailed and coerced into committing lewd sexual acts for money by lovers. Others are controlled by drug addiction and brute force, a tactic called "gorilla pimping"—making it nearly impossible to escape. Often used to refer to sex trafficking, "human trafficking" is an umbrella term that includes labor trafficking (a modern form of slavery and work exploitation) and sex trafficking. At the root of both offenses is commercial exchange. "People use sex trafficking and prostitution interchangeably," explains Blanche Cook, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Wayne State University's Law School. "But sex trafficking is actually a much larger rubric. It's a much larger term that can often include pornography, exotic dance clubs, strip clubs and massage parlors." It's covered under federal statute—title 18 U.S. code 1591. "If you are talking about adults in sex trafficking," Cook explains, "there has to be some type of commercialization, something of value exchanged. And there also must be some element of force, fraud and coercion. "As a scholar and as someone who is actively involved in this work," she adds, "my work is to stop problematizing women."
Ned Staebler to replace Leslie Smith as TechTown CEO, Mar 2, 2015
Ned Staebler, Wayne State University’s vice president for economic development, has been appointed president and CEO of TechTown, the business accelerator and incubator founded in partnership with the university in 2000. TechTown’s board of directors approved the appointment Monday. Staebler will continue to serve in his current role at the university after assuming his new position on March 16. “TechTown is an incredibly effective conduit for transferring the economic power and innovative energy of a public research university directly to the people in our community,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “Ned’s leadership at TechTown will strengthen the connection Wayne State has to our community as an economic driver.” According to TechTown figures, between 2007 and 2014, it has served 1,026 companies, which raised over $107.26 million in startup capital and contributed 1,190 jobs to the local economy. “My expanded role provides an opportunity to more closely align the innovation efforts of Wayne State University and TechTown,” said Staebler in a statement. “In addition to the university’s existing entrepreneurship programs, we will soon be launching the Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute in our College of Engineering. This is the perfect time to build on the already close relationship between the university and the city’s business innovation hub,” he said.


Detroit News: WSU to honor civil rights martyr Liuzzo with degree, Feb 26, 2015
The late Viola Gregg Liuzzo will be granted an honorary doctor of laws degree at Wayne State University. Liuzzo, a Detroit mother of five, was murdered by Ku Klux Klan night riders on March 25, 1965, as she drove her Oldsmobile on a highway near Selma, Alabama. Liuzzo, 39, was a student at Wayne State and the wife of Teamsters business agent Anthony Liuzzo. The degree from Wayne State, the first time the university has bestowed one posthumously, will be the highlight of three days of honors, April 10-12, that are pegged to Liuzzo's April 11 birthday (she would have been 90). It's a time of heightened awareness of what happened in Alabama 50 years ago, prompted by the feature film "Selma" which went into wide release in early January and focuses on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the violence-plagued voting rights marches in Alabama in 1965. Kim Trent, who is a member of Wayne State's Board of Governors, recommended the award, and the board voted unanimously to grant Liuzzo the honor. "It really means the world to me, that we're planning these events," Trent said. As part of the April weekend's events, Wayne's Law School will dedicate a tree or greenspace in Liuzzo's name in the Law School courtyard, and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will give a lecture about her activism. "She walked right into danger," said Gary Pollard, chairman of WSU's Board of Governors. "She had a just heart, she wanted to do right by people, and ended up losing her life in such a tragic way." Wayne State's Trent said Liuzzo is a particularly apt role model for the school, "particularly because she was a mature student, almost 40 when she died," she said. "We have a lot of nontraditional students, and students who think about changing the world. There is no better example of that than Mrs. Liuzzo."
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