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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Counseling offered for death

The Snow Health and Olds/Robb Recreation centers on EMU's campus. Thomas Rayborn Hill III, a 21-year-old student and Ypsilanti resident, collapsed while playing basketball at the recreation center Monday night and later died. Photo by Dan DuChene

The Snow Health and Olds/Robb Recreation centers on EMU's campus. Thomas Rayborn Hill III, a 21-year-old student and Ypsilanti resident, collapsed while playing basketball at the recreation center Monday night and later died.
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EMU student collapses while playing basketball

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 11, 2009    ·    12:52 a.m.


After the sudden death of one of its students Monday night, Eastern Michigan University is offering counseling to anyone who needs it.

University officials said 21-year-old student and Ypsilanti resident Thomas Rayborn Hill III collapsed while playing a pickup game of basketball at the school’s recreation center at 8:10 p.m. and later died.

Pam Young, communications director for EMU, said campus police, the Ypsilanti Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance all responded to the scene. She said emergency treatment was given by the recreation staff and EMU Police before the fire department and ambulance took over.

Hill was transported to St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“We’re saddened at the loss of one of our students,” Young said.

She said counseling services are available to anyone who feels they need help and support.

Lisa Lauterbach, director of EMU Counseling Services, said her department is mostly equipped to handle students, but tends to see faculty and staff in occasions like these.

“If they need support,” Lauterbach said, “we’re ready to help.”

She said there is no charge for their services.

The university also has counseling services available for community members as well. The EMU Counseling Clinic is available to anyone in the area who may need help getting through Monday’s event.

Perry Francis, coordinator for the clinic, said his office is training clinic staffed by advanced graduate students and supervised by doctorates.

“We’re all qualified, licensed professionals,” Francis said.

The clinic charges a low-cost fee on a sliding scale. He said it could cost anywhere from $1 to $50, but no one will be turned away because of money.

Any EMU students, faculty and staff can reach EMU Counseling Services, located at the Snow Health Center, at 734-487-1118.

Community members interested in contacting the EMU Counseling Clinic should call 734-487-4410.



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