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\"Blithe Spirit,\" featuring the story of a man whose neatly arranged life is turned upside down when his first wife returns from the dead, is featured at Wayne State's. The play continues through Dec. 11. \"Mother Courage and her Children,\" featuring a woman trying to prosper from the war who loses her children, opens Friday at the Hilberry Theatre. \"The Merry Wives of Windsor,\" featuring Shakespeare\'s play about a man whose schemes land him in trouble, is playing at the Hilberry Theatre. The play continues through Dec. 18.

WSU honors leader of social justice work

Alan Amen, a fighter against social and legal injustices for nearly three decades, received the Community Peacemaker Award by CULMA's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies last week. "We give the award to people who have made a difference in improving intercultural relations in their community and overseas," says Fred Pearson, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. "Mr. Amen was a pioneer in the Dearborn and Wayne County area of bringing people together in regards to shopping, gas station issues and promoting a greater sense of culture awareness and human sharing to eliminate racism." A photo of Amen accompanies the story.

Satellite campuses expand colleges' community reach

Wayne County colleges are serving an ever-widening circle of students via satellite campuses, Internet courses and distance learning for nontraditional students who have family, job and financial responsibilities to deal with along with their schoolwork. Wayne County Community College plans to enlarge its campus and build a new 43,000-square-foot facility at its Downriver Campus to accommodating the growth at its Western Campus in Belleville. Eastern Michigan University also plans to expand by adding 6,000 square feet to its Livonia center. Schoolcraft College has opened the $27 million VisTaTech Center in Livonia, which provides space for the schools culinary arts and business development programs.

Wayne State president presents $600,000 gift to university

Wayne State President Irvin D. Reid and his wife, Pamela Trotman Reid, have announced that they will make a $600,000 donation to the university. A major portion of the gift will support the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Endowment in Global Education, while the remainder will be directed throughout the university to the various schools and colleges and to the honors and athletic programs, as well as the Journalism Institute for Minorities. "Pamela and I see this gift as a way of offering students a greater opportunity to enhance their knowledge from a global perspective," Reid said. "It is also our hope that this gift will help continue the process of preparing Wayne State students for the challenges and opportunities of the real world." A photo of the Reids accompanies the stories.

Only 2 more years to next election

David Bonior, university professor of labor studies and former Democratic congressman, says future elections in Michigan won't be easy for the incumbents, but that Gov. Jennifer Granholm is a popular governor who's a wonderful communicator. "The numbers aren't good in terms of employment and economic development, but she's a forceful figure in her own right and I think she will be difficult to beat." Bonior also said first-term U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has served her constituency and her state "tremendously well."

Foreign Students - drop in numbers represents lost opportunity

An editorial says that at a time when America needs all the friends it can get, the country is missing out on one of its best opportunities to cultivate good will and an appreciation for a democratic way of life. 9/11 falloff in foreign college students has materialized. The Institute of International Education this month reported that foreign enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities dropped 2.4 percent last school year. Retiring Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge have said they know deflecting students is a problem and they're working to fix it.