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IU President McRobbie Announces Huge Media Digitization Initiative

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Earlier this week, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a comprehensive $15 million Media Preservation and Digitization Initiative. The Indiana University collections of video, recorded music and other media will be preserved and made accessible through an extensive digitization process.

Mark Land, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, compliments the commitment to preserve the materials in digital format.

“Over the course of nearly 200 years of history, IU has accumulated a vast amount of material,” Land says, “Things that have scholarly or research importance. All of this material that has historical value will be preserved for future generations by digitizing them.”

According to Land, the proposed work is of a larger scale than that being done by any other universities. The plan is not only to preserve the material but also make it available to help support university research and education

“The plan is not only to digitize it but make it accessible for others and make it public,” Land says, “We have a history of being a leader in big data initiatives, from an IT perspective. We hope to have enough expertise to help other universities do the same thing.”

Land says the plans for the digitization have already been established. Many people throughout the university will help to decide what will be preserved, and the university information technology group will lead the digitization process.
The initiative will be funded with $15 million over the next five years. The money will come in equal parts of the president’s office, the Office of Research Administration, and IU Bloomington’s Provost office.

Monologue “Justice John Paul Stevens Dissents” Performance October 4th

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The monologue “Justice John Paul Stevens Dissents” will be held on October 4 in Bloomington.

The monologue was written by local activist James Allison, and will be performed by actor, violinist and school board member Lois Sabo-Skelton. Sabo-Skelton says that they are doing the event on behalf of the Move To Amend Organization.

“The two ideas is that a corporation is not a speech and money is not a speech, and that’s what ‘Justice John Paul Stevens Dissents’ is all about.” Sabo-Skelton says.

The monologue, based on Stevens’ dissent from the 2010 Citizens United ruling, focuses on the corruptive potential of limitless corporate spending in our elections.

The performance will be followed by a question and answer period, and a reception.  The performance is directed by Steve Krahnke, lighting and sound are by Andy Beargie. Sabo-Skelton explains her reasons for being involved in the performance.

“I am a violinist, I am an individual artist and I am very concerned about keeping our individual rights in our county,” Sabo-Skelton says, “Today, everything is so unequal with corporations having so much money that I feel like I have to come forth as an individual citizen and speak up.”

The performance will be held at 7pm on Oct 4th. It will take place in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2110 Fee Lane in Bloomington.

It is free and open to public.

Salvation Army Annual Harvest Festival Dinner and Auction On October 12

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The Salvation Army’s Annual Harvest Festival Supper and Auction is Saturday October 12.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Salvation Army worldwide.

“The dinner is a traditional, Indiana dinner,” Peter Iversen, Community Relations of Salvation Army says, “The auction is where we take donated items from local businesses and the proceeds go to support Salvation Army efforts around the world to address different issues of poverty.”

The Salvation Army is a not-for-profit operating in Bloomington and in 124 countries worldwide. Iverson says that Salvation Army has a social services center in town that offers emergency financial assistance for those in need.

The supper begins at 4:30pm on October 12. The auction begins at 6:30pm and will be hosted by Williams Auctioneering. Items to be auctioned include IU/Purdue Football tickets, an Xbox Kinect, a 50” LCD television, and IU apparel.

Festival Latino Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month This Saturday

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The Latino Enhancement Cooperative at Indiana University is hosting Festival Latino on Saturday Oct. 5.

This event is part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month and it celebrates the Latino culture.

“Their goal is to bring together people on and off campus to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month,” Lillian Casillas, Director of IU’s La Casa, says, “It also provides an opportunity for the other Latino student organizations to show what they have to offer.”

Casillas says the event gives those in the Bloomington community a chance to learn more about the Latino culture and to gain more information about how to take part in the services that are provided by Latino groups on campus.

There will also be  activities that people can take part in at the festival. Casillas says that there will be food and a live DJ at the event.

Festival Latino takes place on Saturday Oct. 5 from 1 p.m.  to 5 p.m. in Dunn Meadow

Interchange – Vic Smith, Phil Harris, and Gary Crow: The State of Education in Indiana

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This week on Interchange, host Doug Storm discusses the state of education in Indiana with Vic Smith, Board President of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education; Phil Harris, co-author of The Myths of Standardized Testing with Bruce Smith and Joan Harris, and Executive Director of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; and Gary Crow, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Our topics will include the coercive economics of educational products corporations like Pearson Education, the funding of charter schools by foundations like the Lilly Endowment which have tremendous reach by placing employees in government to influence public policy, and the role the school used to play, ought to play, but no longer does, in developing a democratic citizen.

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Strike Mic – October 1, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the IU Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year, and became crucial in the action that led to the IU Student Strike this spring.

The demonstration to the IU Board of Trustees represented dissent for IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The group still meets weekly, and today WFHB launches our first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions.

This is The Strike Mic, on WFHB.

Tune in to the Daily Local News every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of Indiana University students and staff.

 

 

Local GE Appliance Plant Working With Union To Eliminate 160 Production Jobs

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Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are currently working out how the elimination of 160 production jobs will be handled.

On September 9, management announced that approximately 35 percent of the job shedding will be through early retirement provisions and the rest, around 100, will be laid off.

Since then, workers at the plant held rallies demanding there be no layoffs, and instead that GE cut its workforce only through early retirement and natural attrition.

WFHB requested interviews with GE, and instead received written statements reiterating what was already said.

We were able to speak to Carven Thomas, president of Bloomington Local 2249 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the production workers at the local GE facility.

He talked about his local’s suggestion to management on the Special Early Retirement Option, and other means to avoid layoffs.

“We have a lot of folks in our building that are eligible to retire,” Thomas says, “If the company allowed a voluntary early retirement option for our 60-year-olds, only 30 workers would have to be laid off.”

The early retirement option would apply to any worker 55 years or older with 25 years of service at GE.

The union suggestion is designed not only to lessen the financial penalty of layoffs, but to allow older workers to retire early and keep younger workers on the job and the payroll.

Thomas told us that management said the cost of their suggestion was prohibitive.

“They’re saying it would cost $340,000 for each person to retire,” Thomas says.

Nevertheless, the union-management meetings have produced some increase in the number of employees who will be shed through early retirement packages.

“There won’t be as many as we would like, and we’re still in the process of negotiating more early retirements,” Thomas says.

GE management has been meeting with the union every day, and Thomas says he hopes they will continue until the union gets a good enough offer for a decision to be made.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2013

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The Hoosier National Forest, with land throughout our listening area, has begun preparations for shutting down operations until a budget is passed; Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are in protracted over how the elimination of one hundred and sixty production jobs will be handled; WFHB launches the first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions on: The Strike Mic.

FEATURE
Young on Stalemate
A House Budget Bill with a provision of a one-year Affordable Care Act Delay was rejected by the Senate late last night, causing a stalemate on the eve of the budget due date that caused a spending freeze on all federal operations, beginning today. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana Congressman Todd Young about what the spending freeze means and what will resolve the congressional stalemate, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah share some scary stories of financial woe, and offer ways to fight debt demons and money monsters onThe Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Harrison Wagner
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
and today’s feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and Untied of Monroe County
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Hoosier National Forest closes due to lapse in funding

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WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Judi Perez, Public Affairs Officer for the Hoosier National Forest about the local impact of the federal government shutdown.

Bring It On! – September 30, 2013

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance and Lou Robinson of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP

PART ONE
The Monroe County Branch of the NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 19 be at Terry’s Banquet Center and Catering in Bloomington, IN. This year’s theme is “We Shall Not be Moved” which focuses on current events to roll back the progress from the 1960s civil rights movement and on our efforts to challenge these events. This year our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Valeri Haughton, Circuit Court Judge, Division VIII.

Here to provide an overview of the banquet and to discuss local initiatives of the NAACP are the president of the Monroe County Branch, William Vance, and Lou Robinson, treasurer of the Monroe County Branch.

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

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