Saving East Campus is going to take a large community effort to convince those in power at WMU that there is another and better way forward. Below are a list of ways you can get involved.
Talk about this!!!! Talk to your friends, family, WMU staff and alumni, elected officials, and the media. Spread the word on facebook, twitter, and other social media sites. Do not accept the current plans. Be respectful and reasonable in your discussions, but don’t let WMU paint their plans to demolish the overwhelming majority of East Campus as some sort of praiseworthy “restoration” as some in the community have tried to paint it. Their current plans are not preservation, they are demolition with a side of preservation.
Write President Dunn. Contact WMU President Dunn in a respectful manner and let him know that WMU needs to slow down and reconsider their options. Those buildings do not need to be torn down this summer. Ask questions. It has been reported that President Dunn is “at peace” and very comfortable with this decision. He should not be comfortable with this decision. It is a very poorly crafted and hasty decision.
Contact Friends of Historic East Campus. FOHEC is a well organized organization that has worked for decades to bring about a reasonable restoration of East Campus. If you want to get involved in organized efforts to prevent this demolition, FOHEC is your best bet.
Sign the online petition! A petition has been posted online by local activists to let people express their opposition to the current demolition plans. Sign this petition, leave comments, and let people know about it.
Write into the National Trust for Historic Preservation. East Campus was nominated for the 11 most dangerous historic sites list. Contact NTHP and let them know just how endangered this campus is, and that it should be placed on the endangered list. WMU is going to have a difficult time portraying their rehabilitation of the middle portion of East Hall as a praiseworthy historic preservation act while they are busy demolishing most of the hill on the national list of endangered historic sites.
Keep talking!!! Keep talking about this. Share information. Talk to people. Get the word out.