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Daily Local News – March 3, 2015

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Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy today; IU Provost Lauren Robel announces the State of the Campus; For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

FEATURE
A bill that could expand public transportation in rural parts of Monroe County got its first reading in the Indiana House of Representatives today. The bill has already passed in the Senate. Correspondent Sophia Saliby has the story behind the law, including concerns about its possible side effects, for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacey talks to Stacy Williams from IU student legal services about how students can manage renting or leasing problems.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Sophia Saliby and produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

IU Releases Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy

Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy Tuesday. The policy defines the term consent, explains the options available to victims of sexual assault, and lists a range of sanctions for those who are proven to have violated the rules.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the new policy combines aspects of the previous sexual harassment policy, human resources policies and legal compliance measures.

“We have a lot of rules and policeis in place but they’ve never been stitched together like this,” Land says.

Indiana University is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex.

Land says the university takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously and hopes that the updated policy will create a more supportive culture for victims seeking justice against their attackers.

“Obviously this issue is as important and as serious as it gets in the eyes of the University administration and community,” Land says.

A draft of the updated sexual misconduct policy was released to the public in the fall and more than one hundred and fifty comments were submitted.

A group of students, faculty, staff, and university administration then worked together to create the final version of the policy.

IU Increases Number Of Peace Corps Volunteers

For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

According to the Peace Corp’s annual list, IU is ranked 20th among large universities for producing volunteers.

It currently has 36 graduate students enrolled in the program, through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Education.

Peace Corps volunteers are stationed throughout the world and work on issues such as health, agriculture, environment and education. Most of the students enrolled through the School of Education teach English.

For most volunteers it’s their first experience in teaching. But as IU professor Faridah Pawan explains, they are still asked to take on the class as fully fledged teachers.

“They could be teaching any grade level according to the country’s needs,” Pawan says.

In order to face some of the challenges, the school of education has developed for the first time a fully online program. This allows for students to take their courses while onsite, but also is a means of support when problems arise in their teaching.

Pawan says volunteers know there is a person supporting them on the other side, only an email or a chat away.

“This is the first fully online program for the Peace Corps,” Pawan says, “We developed it to provide embedded and sustained support.”

The school of education has people currently stationed in Mongolia, Kyrgystan, Micronesia and Peru through the Peace Corps Program. Their first graduate, Joan Connors, did not fit the typical profile of a masters student. She came into the program at 60-years-old and graduated at 62. She helped teach English through the help of music.

According to Pawan, when they come back, many volunteers pursue careers in the same field in which they volunteered.

Bring It On! – March 2, 2015

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Clarence Boone and Leila Randle welcome Vivian Finnell.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Leila welcome Vivian Finnell, founder of “Not To Believers Like Us”, a faith-based advocacy group for domestic violence prevention. She joins us to explore her churches mission to “shatter the silence” of domestic /family abuse in the faith-based community.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – March 2, 2015

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Artwork by clients of Stone Belt is on display in the atrium of Bloomington City Hall; The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County will host the panel discussion featuring state senators and representatives whose districts include Monroe County; IU-Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel will deliver the State-of-the-Campus address tomorrow afternoon at 3pm, in Franklin Hall; The Monroe County Community School Board approved student-to-teacher ratio requirements at its meeting last week.

FEATURE
Local people continue to react to I.U. Health Bloomington’s announcement that it intends to close the Bloomington Hospital and build elsewhere. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to two candidates for election to mayor of Bloomington – Democrat John Linnemeier and Republican John Turnbull – to get their views on the hospital’s move. He also spoke with Forrest Gilmore, Director of Shalom Community Center, to hear about that social service agency’s concerns on the closing of the downtown hospital. We bring you that story now for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Your WFHB weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Opportunity to Hear Updates From Statehouse Representatives

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The next opportunity for local citizens to hear updates from their statehouse representatives will be this Saturday, March 7th in Bloomington’s City Hall. The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County will host the panel discussion featuring state senators and representatives whose districts include Monroe County. This is the third in the series of legislative updates organized by the League of Women Voters throughout the time that the General Assembly is in session. Saturday’s discussion comes right after the legislative session “halftime,” when bills passed in the House and the Senate now must also be passed by the other half of the General Assembly.

Local Representative Eric Koch’s tax bill and Senator Mark Stoops transportation bill both made it out of their respective houses and remain “alive” this session. The General Assembly passes a two-year budget every-other year, and is also working this year to pass a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.

IU Health Bloomington Intends to Move Hosplital Elsewhere

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Local people continue to react to I.U. Health Bloomington’s announcement that it intends to close the Bloomington Hospital and build elsewhere. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to two candidates for election to mayor of Bloomington – Democrat John Linnemeier and Republican John Turnbull – to get their views on the hospital’s move.

He also spoke with Forrest Gilmore, Director of Shalom Community Center, to hear about that social service agency’s concerns on the closing of the downtown hospital. We bring you that story now for today’s WFHB community report.

Books Unbound – The Many Voices of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Part One

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Born in New Orleans, Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875–1935) was the daughter of a seamstress and former slave, and a sailor. She grew up poor and felt affluent only for a very brief period in her life, but had great personal elegance and was drawn to the pleasures of high culture and sensuality. She wrote fiction, poetry, and plays in a fluid and often gracefully romantic style, but was also a prolific columnist and essayist with a fiercely independent and blunt perspective. Much of her work was left unpublished in her lifetime, because it didn’t suit the literary market of the day, but also because she was protective of her public image.

Dunbar-Nelson described herself in multiracial terms, but as a hardworking educator and activist identified strongly with “the race,” as she put it simply. She was much in demand as a lecturer on what were then called Negro causes, as well as women’s and labor rights. Her fiction by contrast was racially ambiguous and universalizing. The first of a two-part program touches on some of her rich complexities as a writer and woman of color.

Episode One features fiction from her New Orleans story cycle and two essays: “A Carnival Jangle” and “Facing Life Squarely,” read by Renee Reed; “On the Bayou St. John” and the often-anthologized “Sister Josepha,” read by Berklea Going; and “The Woman,” read by Sarah Torbeck, who also hosts. Doug Storm is the announcer.

Special music for the episode comes from the albums Barktok/Korcia and Dances/Doubles Jeux/Bartok by Laurent Korcia.

This episode was produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Doug Storm, Robert Shull, and Sarah Torbeck. Special thanks to Community Access Television Service for production support.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 27, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana​ platican con un grupo de Chicago “Campaña para una Moratoria a las Deportaciones.” Hablan sobre DACA/DAPA y a quien están beneficiando la reforma migratoria.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana interview a group from Chicago “Moratorium on Deportations.” They talk about DACA/DAPA and who is really benefiting from immigration reform.

bloomingOUT – February 26, 2015

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Tonight hosts, Erica Dorsey and Ryne Shadday interview Jacob Samples and Daniel Trent, brothers of IU’s predominantly Queer Fraternity, Sigma Phi Beta. They discuss their background and what it is like to be a member of Sigma Phi Beta. Our music tonight was Young Love by Eli Lieb. We also heard our weekly segment Out on Campus in which Frankie recaps Sigma Phi Beta’s Drag for a Cause, which happened last Thursday. We would like to thank our guests Jacob Samples and Daniel Trent for joining us tonight.

Credits
Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

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