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"Battle of the Sexes"
Sept. 25, 2017 | WMU News
The new film, "Battle of the Sexes," turns real-life events surrounding the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs into a crowd-pleasing drama about King's quest for respect for women's tennis. In real life, King was hesitant to play Riggs until he defeated Margaret Court, another women's tennis champion, says Dr. Linda Borish, a WMU professor of history and sport history expert.
Flooding from hurricanes and severe storms
Sept. 14, 2017 | WMU News
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasts an increase in severe weather events. Whether climate change is the cause, urban sprawl and poor urban infrastructure has greatly increased floods and flood damage, says Dr. Chansheng He, a WMU professor of geography and hydrology and water resources expert.
Historic finish by U.S. women in U.S. Open Tennis Championship
Sept. 8, 2017 | WMU News
It's been 32 years since four American women reached the semifinals in the same Grand Slam tournament and 36 since they did so in the U.S. Open. The feat was very unexpected, says Dr. Linda Borish, a WMU associate of history and sport history expert.
The history of Confederate monuments
Aug. 31, 2017 | WMU News
A great debate continues to rage over what to do with hundreds of Confederate monuments, mainly scattered across the South. Though many say the monuments reflect regional heritage and history, they are more a tribute to white supremacy, says Dr. Mitch Kachun, a WMU professor of history.
The upcoming solar eclipse
Aug. 17, 2017 | WMU News
A total solar eclipse will cut a swath about 100 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina, known as the "path of totality." A total solar eclipse passing across the U.S. is quite rare, says Dr. Kirk Korista, chair of the WMU Department of Physics.