Contributors

Adam Rayes
Adam, who is working as an intern at Encore Publications, is somewhat new to Kalamazoo, so his story this month on the Kalamazoo State Theatre’s 90th anniversary not only gave him an opportunity to see the interior of the historic theater for the first time, but triggered a desire to learn more about Kalamazoo’s rich culture and history. Adam is a native of Monroe and is majoring in journalism at Western Michigan University.

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Greyson Steele
Greyson, 20, is a third-year journalism major at WMU and a first-generation college student. Growing up in a digital world, Greyson was eager to learn how the ever-growing digital climate is affecting universities and their students. In his reporting, he found that there is no definitive answer to whether technology is good or bad for the institution. "Like anything else, it seems that there are benefits and costs to the increased implementation of technology,” Greyson says. “It's a series of trade-offs — what you're willing to give up for something you've never had."

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Belinda Tate
Tiffany Thatcher
Charles D. Thomas
Charles, a psychologist and freelance writer, has written an op-ed column for the Three Rivers Commercial-News for the past seven years. He’s currently working on a mystery novel about the mental health system. You can read more of his work at charlesdthomas.com.

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Emily Townsend
Originally from the Midwest, Emily comes to <em>Encore</em> from a stint reporting on the arts for <em>The Cambodia Daily</em>. You can catch her voice as a host (DJ ET) for Kalamazoo’s only feminist news and music show, Grrrlville on WIDR 89.1 FM at 8-10 p.m.

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Tom Vance
Tom Vance, director of marketing communications at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, has an M.A. in U.S. history with a concentration in biography from Western Michigan University. He is the author of the biography Elliot Richardson: The Virtue of Politics.

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David Wak
J. Gabriel Ware
An editorial intern at Encore, J. Gabriel explored historic curb cuts and the nonprofit Jamaica Rehab Partners for this month’s issue. While working on his story Therapeutic Mission, J. Gabriel got a glimpse of the lives of poor patients in Jamaica and a special bond between father and daughter. “This is the most significant story I have written so far. I attempted to tell many stories in this one piece because I felt that each one of them needed to be told,” he says. J. Gabriel will be a senior at Western Michigan University this fall.

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Robert M. Weir
Robert is a writer, author, speaker, book editor and authors’ coach. He is an advocate of world travel as a means to enmesh ourselves in diverse cultures and thus attain “peace through understanding.” This concept is apropos for his article on Keith Mumma who, through his work with International Child Care and photography in Haiti, is helping others better understand and thus provide humanitarian aid to the people who live in that Caribbean nation. You can see more of Robert’s writing at www.robertmweir.com.

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