Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for November 17

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1. The excitement for ESPN College Gameday broadcasting from Kalamazoo continues to build with a new announcement from the undefeated Western Michigan University Broncos.

The team posted on Facebook that the official roll-in will be at 2 p.m. at the seal sculpture outside of Sangren Hall on Thursday.

This will mark the first opportunity for students and fans to get involved in all the fun, and possibly get on camera during Saturday’s coverage.

The Broncos will be playing against the University of Buffalo on Saturday. The game starts at 3:30 p.m. at Waldo Stadium.


2. The annual International Win, Beer, and Food Festival kicks off here in Grand Rapids.

The festival is in its 9th year, and is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. It will feature over 1,600 wines, beers, and other spirits as well as custom food creations from local restaurants and chefs.

It all starts Thursday at 5 p.m. at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids and goes through Saturday night.


3. A pair of local comedians hit their fundraising goal to open up an improv club in Grand Rapids.

Ben Wilke and Joe Anderson wanted to raise $25,000, now they’re just a few hundred away from raising almost $30,000.

They say they want to create a community for funny people in Grand Rapids to hone their talent and learn the art of improv.

They’ll also offer scheduled performances and classes for sketch writing. They’re currently looking for a location downtown to move into.


4. With the return of shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House,” moms and daughters are now bonding over these shows.

A recent survey says 62 percent of mothers and daughters who share TV shows build a stronger relationship.

Also, more than half of mother-daughter duos surveyed reported post-show discussions are the best part of sharing a show together, even if they’re not together to watch it.


5. All the recent tension the election has caused hasn’t gone unnoticed by kids. That’s why a group of middle schoolers in Iowa decided to try and stop all the arguing.

The 6th graders are part of the Joyologist Club. The group works to spread joy to their classmates and try to come up with ways to reach out to students who may feel uncomfortable.

They admit it’s hard work trying to stop drama, but they think it should be easier for adults to get along.

The Joyologists say they wish adults would “grow up” and start acting like kids to spread the joy like they are.


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