Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan (EMU) is a public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan and was founded in 1849. The university is 35 miles west of Detroit and 8 miles east of Ann Arbor giving it a small town feel.

EMU’s athletic teams are called “Eagles and their mascot is “Swoop”. Emu teams have been successful on a national level, winning three NCAA Division II national championships and 13 NAIA Division I national championships in five different sports (baseball, men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field).

The students have on campus great restaurant options including International Kitchen; Green Market; and Lobby. Also on campus are Wendy’s and Starbucks. During EMU’s fall semester, traditions include Fajita Fest. Fajita Fest occurs during the school’s orientation and welcoming weekend in September. The event brings together student organizations in University Park and Bowen Field House to showcase campus organizations and services. Community Plunge also occurs during orientation and offers the opportunity for students, staff and faculty to participate in service in the Ypsilanti community.

Some noted alumni include Dann Florek-American actor (Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit); Ella Joyce-American stage actress; Greg Mathis-Judge and later TV personality of Judge Mathis; Winsor McCay-pioneering cartoonist and Gary Reed-Comic book writer.

Ypsilanti is the home of some of the early automobile manufacturers and one of the top attractions today is the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in the Miller Motors building. The museum features 30 automobile antiques. Some of the cars in the museum are a 1952 Hudson Hornet, 1933 Hudson Terraplane K Series Coach and 1991 Chevrolet Caprice police car, manufactured at the nearby Willow Run Assembly Plant. In addition to the cars, the museum collection includes “advertising, service, repair, and promotional items that were essential to the automobile business” of the second quarter of the twentieth century.

Having a wide range of opportunities both in the city and elsewhere, students often find themselves looking for affordable and convenient self storage. There are plenty of self storage units available close to EMU. A 5’X5′ storage unit can usually be found in the range of $39 to $56. This size unit will hold the contents of a typical dorm room and there should be self storage near 48197. Another good option is to rent a larger unit and share the space and costs with a friend.

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