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President McRobbie Details New Plans For Indiana University

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie unveiled a five year plan last week.

McRobbie’s State of the University address was devoted to what he labelled his Bicentennial Strategic Plan, which is to be implemented during the lead up to IU’s two hundredth year anniversary in 2020. The Bloomington campus should see more construction and renovation as well as the introduction of new schools and strategic changes to older schools. Most of the capital investment is to be focused on renovation of buildings around the Old Crescent, to the immediate east of Sample Gates. The plan also calls for renovating the old Wells Quad buildings to return them to their original residential function.

As for academics, McRobbie wants to put more emphasis on what he calls ‘Building and Making’, which means developing products that can be commercialized to the university and economy’s benefit. He wants to see the campus create engineering programs in art and design, and in information technology. Work on consolidating old programs into the new umbrella media school and fleshing out the new schools of public health, and global and international studies will continue.

A significant decline in enrollment at the school of education, coinciding with on-going changes in the state’s treatment of the teaching profession, and the imminent departure of the school’s long-serving Dean González, prompted the President to announce that he would establish a Blue Ribbon Panel of external experts, charged with not only making recommendations on a new dean, but undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the school’s entire operation and making recommendations for its future.

The cultural life of people connected with the university as well as the larger community was the focus of the plan’s section on supporting creativity and cultural enrichment which noted the multi-million dollar investment over the last decade on teaching and presentation of music, theater, visual art, film, and other forms of art and entertainment.

Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative Holds Annual Meeting

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Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative held its annual meeting of the membership last week. The General Manager and Board president both addressed the crowd of more than 300 attendees, focusing their summaries on the recent efforts of Bloomingfoods workers to join a union. There were also break out discussions focused on the unionization efforts, management/employee relations, and board communications. WFHB correspondent David Murphy attended the meeting, and spoke with Bloomingfoods President Tim Clougher. Their discussion, here, in today’s community report.

Daily Local News – October 21, 2014

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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie unveiled a five year plan last week; The Indiana State Board of Education delayed the release of the Department of Education’s A-to-F School Accountability grades until November 5th; IU alumnus and Hollywood producer Michael Uslan is joining the new Indiana University Media School as a Professor of Practice in film; In 2013, Yorktown, Indiana passed an ordinance imposing time restrictions on door-to- door canvassing and solicitation “after the hour of 9:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier.”

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Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative held its annual meeting of the membership last week. The General Manager and Board president both addressed the crowd of more than 300 attendees, focusing their summaries on the recent efforts of Bloomingfoods workers to join a union. There were also break out discussions focused on the unionization efforts, management/employee relations, and board communications. WFHB correspondent David Murphy attended the meeting, and spoke with Bloomingfoods President Tim Clougher. Their discussion, here, in today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Cathi Norton, and Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, in partnership with the
Monroe County Public
Our engineers are Anna Legge and Carissa Barrett
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Hollywood Producer To Teach At IU’s New Media School

Indiana University alumnus and Hollywood producer Michael Uslan is joining the new Indiana University Media School as a Professor of Practice in film.

Uslan has three decades of experience in motion picture, television, and internet work. His work includes executive producer of 1989’s “Batman” movie, later sequels including the academy award-winning “The Dark Knight,” and “National Treasure.” He is also the author of a fundamental textbook on comics and 25 other books on the history of comics and other topics.

Uslan earned a bachelors degree in history, a masters degree in education, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, all from Indiana University.

While teaching at IU, Uslan will continue his off-campus work in motion pictures, television, and interactive and international media. In a press release, Uslan praised IU’s new Media School program calling it a premiere location between New York and Hollywood for students to prepare for careers in the film industry.

The newly appointed Uslan will speak about his transition from IU graduate to Hollywood producer at 7 p.m on Wednesday, October 22 at the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union.

State Board of Education Delays Release Of Indiana School’s A-F Grades

The Indiana State Board of Education delayed the release of the Department of Education’s A-to-F School Accountability grades until November 5.

Representatives of public, private and charter schools feel criteria for the grades are unfair and addressed their concerns to the board at their meeting October 15th. According to the DOE’s website, Indiana’s school grading system provides communities with a clear and concise assessment of how their schools are performing. State law requires the state to intervene in a school that receives an “F” for six consecutive years.

Though the grades are not yet official, the Herald Times reported that Bloomington’s Fairview School will likely receive its third “F” this year. Accountability findings are based on eight data points established to measure each school’s final grade.

In previous board meetings, the SBOE established criteria for an appeals process and amidst protests from “atypically configured” schools, or schools that don’t fall within the language of the accountability rule, the SBOE voted to assess atypical schools on a case-by-case basis rather than force a formulaic approach.

Board member Dr. Brad Oliver, Sixth District representative, noted that it was important to focus on what he referred to as “substantive due process” and to apply a common sense approach to grading schools.

“If these letter grades don’t communicate something reasonable based on the data, what good are they anyway?” Oliver says.

Several schools protested DOE findings, claiming final letter grades were based on only two of the eight possible data points gathered, thus judging the school on only a fourth of their population. SBOE board member Sarah O’Brien, Fourth District Representative, wants the grading system to have integrity.

“When we release all of these grades across the state, I want them to mean something. Looking at the data before us, I’m going to make sure I do whatever I can within statute and rule to make sure that the letter grades match what we’re seeing in those buildings,” O’Brien says.

Bring It On! – October 20, 2014

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William Hosea and Bev Smith (on her final show as co-host) welcome Dr. Justin Hunter.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Bev, on her last show as co-host of BIO, welcome Dr. Justin Hunter, principal of Fairview Elementary School as he discusses his personal experiences working in previous school systems and the promising future of Fairview.

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

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

Hola Bloomington – October 17, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota, John Nieto-Phillips, y Ricardo Muñoz hablan sobre “el lenguaje” específicamente el Español y como cambia aquí en los Estados Unidos.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota, Ricardo Muñoz and John Nieto-Phillips speak about language. Spesifically Spanish and the many factors that change the language, especially through generations.

Ellettsville takes steps toward building pedestrian trail

The Town of Ellettsville took another step October 13th toward building a pedestrian trail without state or federal funding. The Town Council voted unanimously to return $46,000 to the federal government. The money had been allocated for the Heritage Trail. Federal funds come with restrictions on how they can be spent, including requirements to spend money on specific kinds of inspectors. The Council decided to instead do the construction with Town workers and Town money. Darla Brown, the Town attorney, said the town is still working to buy the necessary land for the trail. Council member Dan Swafford asked Brown about the process.

The Town has been trying for several years to build the pedestrian trail, which also requires the construction of a bridge. Swafford asked that the Council discuss the status of the trail project at every Council meeting until they break ground.

Monroe County Prosecutor Gives Opening Remarks at Indy Conference Regarding Elderly Abuse

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Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gall gave opening remarks to a conference in Indianapolis regarding elder abuse – his words here, for today’s community report.

The Indiana Agency on Adult Protective Services includes incidents of neglect and exploitation among classification of elderly abuse.

Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department dispute

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An internal dispute at the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department flared up October 3rd in a public meeting. Two members of the townships’ Fire Protection Board made statements about the issue. The Board members said they were being pressured to resign. Board chairman John Moore was the first to address the issue before the Monroe County Commissioners. He detailed a recent phone call from Commissioner Patrick Stoffers.

The County Commissioners appoint the members of the Fire Protection Board. Another Board member, Roger Stewart, said Stoffers also asked him to resign. Stewart alluded to a rift within the fire department.

Stewart and Moore didn’t give details of the accusations against them, and Stoffers didn’t respond to their comments. Moore said the Board met with the Commissioners on July 25th.

The department is in the midst of remodeling and adding on to its station. Two firefighters came to the defense of the embattled Board members. Craig Patnode said there have been improvements at the fire department since Stewart and Moore joined the Board.

Only one person spoke against the Board members. Joe McWhorter said he has been in the department for more than 40 years. He accused the Board of ignoring the established chain of command.

Stoffers asked County attorney Jeff Cockerill to set up a hearing for the two Board members.

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