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IU, After Local Pressure, Alters Plan To Demolish 6 Historic Houses

Indiana University will be deciding this week on the fate of six historic Bloomington houses.

Last year, IU announced plans to build a new law school facility on land currently occupied by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, commonly known as FeeGee. IU agreed to build a new facility for the fraternity on the 800 block of E 8th St which is part of the University Courts historic district. The area has been placed on the state historic register since 1992 and on the national historic register since 2007.

Alarm over IU’s demolition plan of the homes prompted the City of Bloomington to place the district on its list of local historic districts this spring. This designation requires city approval for any development plan in the area, but there is dispute as to whether state owned property would be exempt from the city purview. A legal opinion solicited by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana found credible argument for the designation to apply to the demolition of the eight street homes even though they are owned by IU.

Beyond the legal rights, IU has come under considerable pressure from the local residents, the Historic Preservation Commission of the City, members of City Council and the Mayor, to preserve the houses slated for demolition, and according to an agenda released today, IU seems to have listened.

The IU Trustees Facilities Committee will be looking at a new proposal that would move four of the houses a block to the west, while still demolishing two properties. Philip Eskew, an IU trustee and chair of Facilities Committee, explains what prompted the alteration of the plan.

“We’ve worked with the mayor, the council and the historical group in Bloomington to listen to their concerns,” Eskew says. “We are recommending to the trustees that we change what we had initially said tearing down the houses and instead move the four worthy of being saved.”

Eskew affirmed that the university believes that it has the legal right to dispose of the houses any way it sees fit.

A bill introduced into the Indiana legislature earlier this year by local state representative Matt Pierce would have required public institutions seeking to demolish, move or change the exterior of a university building within a historic preservation district to obtain a certificate of appropriateness before commencing work.

In Bloomington, it would be the City’s Historic Preservation Commission that would control the certification process. However, the bill failed to make it to the floor of the House in time for passage during this year’s session.

Nevertheless, the local pressure seems to have had some impact on IU.

“There were several groups, even neighbors, that spoke about the tearing down of the houses,” Eskew says. “I think this is a reaction to that and we’re trying to be good neighbors with the community, as we always have been.”

The meeting of the trustees that will be addressing this item will be on the South Bend Campus of IU.

Eskew says the committee will make a recommendation and act on the action items.

The Facilities Committee of the Trustees meeting on Thursday will be from 3:15 to 5 p.m. The full Trustees meeting on Friday will be from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Both will be in combined rooms 221, 223 and 225 of the Student Activity Center of IU South Bend. Both meetings are open to the public.

Bring It On! – June 16th, 2014

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Dr. Billy Taylor; Founder, President and CEO of Get Back Up, Inc.

PART ONE
PERSEVERANCE ~ The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor is a powerful new documentary exploring the life of one of Michigan’s greatest running backs. The film highlights Taylor’s notable football accomplishments, but goes deeper, exploring the setbacks that destroyed Taylor’s reputation, setting him on a 25-year roller-coaster ride to recover it. The film will premiere on the Big Ten Network June 23rd.

Today, Dr. Taylor has experience to share and a passion to assist young adults, students and student athletes understand and how to manage their transitions, and choices in the world of academics. Currently Dr. Taylor is the founder, President and CEO of Get Back Up, Inc. (GBU). Dr. Billy Taylor joins William and Bev by phone to discuss elements of his life and his passion.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

bloomingOUT – June 12, 2014

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Documentarian and founder of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM) Inc. dedicated to raising awareness, changing and saving lives Antoine Craigwell provides organizational updates and discusses the importance of family members’ acceptance of black gay youth in preventing depression. Executive Director of Northwest Indiana’s Rainbow Serenity Brandon Wagman provides regional updates and highlights their 6th annual Pride Picnic in the Park to be held in Highland IN on Saturday 21 June from 12 noon to 5 pm. Featured artist is NYC singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nedra Johnson. Musical selections are “Love is Not Concerned,” “Working Hard for the Joneses,” “Where Will You Be” and “About A Girl.”

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest Co-Anchor Hannah Crouch

EcoReport – June 12, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Sheryl Myers and Doug Berky, from Heart of The River, explain their group’s opposition to the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir that could be built near Anderson, Indiana.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Anchors: Kelly Miller and Kristina Wiltsee.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Dan Young and Kelly Miller. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – Public Education: Dividing the Conquered

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Tonight we try to think about the way Public Education is politicized and the way that the politics of education as a system of social management has made secondary considerations of learning as a path to human flourishing. Unless of course you consider workforce training the path to a realization of your human potential. We raise the issue of our public education system as fulfilling a kind of economic function as well. Where else will Pearson Education sell their wares? Where else will Bill Gates dump all his technology products? The host is Doug Storm.

Joining us for this conversation are:

Cathy Fuentes-Rowher, Chair of the Monroe County/South Central Indiana branch of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education–a grassroots group of people who believe that fully funded and equitable public schools are essential for a healthy democracy.

Cathy Diersing, the School Leader of The Bloomington Project School: a Charter school.

Steve “Roc” Boncheck, a founder and Director of the Harmony School here in Bloomington. Harmony is an Independent school.

‘Race Across America’ Bike Tour Coming Through Bloomington

Next week, bicyclists on a country-spanning race will be trickling through Bloomington.

Participants in the annual Race Across America road race will set off from Oceanside, California June 10 on their way to Annapolis, Maryland. They are expected to start coming through Time Station 39, in Bloomington, starting around Monday, June 16 through to the weekend. There are different categories of racers, male and female, single, double and team.

Jim Schroeder, a local resident and bicycling enthusiast, is the captain of Station 39, which will be on College Mall Road, in front of Casa Brava restaurant. He says this race is unique in it’s length and time.

Race Across America is not like the notable Tour races, Schroeder says its harder with a longer distance in shorter time.

The race draws competitors from across the globe, especially Europe where ultra-marathon bike racing is popular. The European teams are professional bike racers, sponsored by corporations. Schroeder says that it costs at least $30,000 to finance a team, which includes riders, crew, equipment and supplies. Many of the racers raise funds from pledge donations which they donate to their favorite charity.

It is expected that the leading competitors in the Race Across America ultra bicycling marathon race will be coming through Bloomington starting Monday, June 16 and continuing into the weekend.

They will be riding south-west along the 45/46 bypass, loop around the mall along 3rd St, Hillcrest, and College Mall Road, and checking in with their time in front of Casa Brava Mexican restaurant.

Bring It On! – June 9th, 2014

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Carla Wilson and Inger Nemcik

PART ONE
Carla Wilson, MSW, has been a correction officer for more than nineteen years. Bev and William welcome her on the show to discuss her new book “What If I’m Right?”In the book, she talks about herself, the inmates, and the system, all shaped by years of frontline experience as a professional working in the correctional system.

In addition to being an author, Wilson is an inspirational speaker, guided meditation facilitator and life coach in jails, prisons, churches, and educational institutions. She also owns Connection Principle Empowerment Solutions. She is a contributing author in Serving Productive Time by Tom Lagana and Laura Lagana

PART TWO
Inger Nemcik, Operational Specialist for the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, stops by to give an overview of the upcoming Juneteenth festivities

PART THREE
Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

bloomingOUT – June 5, 2014

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The Publisher/Editor of Nashville Unite magazine and the new United Indianapolis magazine Joey Amato discusses the publishing industry, success of the Nashville LGBT magazine in reaching all communities, support of the country music industry and the new Indy magazine slated for launch at Indy Pride on 14 June. Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University Skye Brown talks about how to enjoy pride festivities and remain safe from violence, HIV/AIDS and other STI transmission as well as other health related issues. President of Tri-State Alliance in Evansville Wally Paynter reports more highlights of their upcoming Pride Festival Sunday 8 June.


EcoReport – June 5, 2014

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This week, the Obama administration announced new regulations mandating a 30% cut in carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants. President Obama’s climate change agenda is intended to spur other countries to action when negotiations on a new international treaty begin next year. In today’s EcoReport feature, we examine various perspectives on the Obama Administration regulation of coal emissions. First, WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford speaks with Bruce Stevens, president of the Indiana Coal Council, about the proposed rules and their impact on Indiana. Then, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Jesse Kharbanda from the Hoosier Environmental Council as they react to the the President’s announcement.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Anchors: Kristina Wiltsee and Kelly Miller.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Withered and Alycin Bektesh. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Dan Young, and Kelly Miller. Executive Producer is Alicyn Bektesh.

Interchange – Reading Moby Dick: Melville’s Wicked Book

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Host Doug Storm is joined by three professors of literature at Indiana University, Jennifer Fleissner, Jonathan Elmer, and Christoph Irmscher, to examine Herman Melville’s great book, Moby Dick. Each of these readers and teachers share a favorite passage from the novel and try to say just what makes them respond with awe to this novel.

Jennifer Fleissner reads Chapter 25, “Postcript.”
Jonathan Elmer reads the famous “Hotel de Cluny” passage from Chapter 41, “Moby Dick.”
Christoph Irmscher examines Chapter 87, “The Grand Armada.”

Deep calls unto deep. That is the whale song of Herman Melville who wrote to Nathaniel Hawthorne in response to the enthusiasm this friend and fellow traveller showed for his novel.

A sense of unspeakable security is in me this moment, on account of your having understood the book. I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb. Ineffable socialities are in me. I would sit down and dine with you and all the gods in old Rome’s Pantheon. It is a strange feeling — no hopefulness is in it, no despair. Content — that is it; and irresponsibility; but without licentious inclination. I speak now of my profoundest sense of being, not of an incidental feeling. (Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, November [17?] 1851)

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