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IU Cinema Hosts Free Film Program Dedicated to Queer Media Artists of Color

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To celebrate National Coming Out Day October 11, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema.

Brian Graney, archivist at the Black Film Center, talks about the program, called “Exploding Lineage! Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media.”

“The film is a curated program of 14 experimental short films,” Graney says, “It was curated by through the organization Queer Rebels Productions, which was established to showcase the works of queer artists of color.”

National Coming Out Day is an international celebration and observance of individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Tomorrow’s film program curators, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, will attend to introduce the program, and follow it with a question and answer session.

“Exploding Lineage!” starts October 11 at 6:30 pm.

Daily Local News – October 10, 2013

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A City Council discussion yesterday about next year’s budget for the city of Bloomington turned into a forum of support for a major recycling project; To celebrate National Coming Out Day tomorrow, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema; Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting this Sunday, to discuss information about the organization and effects of the HJR-6 Bill; People & Animal Learning Services (that’s PALS) is hosting its 13th Annual PALS Fun Show this Saturday.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks why YOU think WFHB is worth supporting.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng and Jalisa Ransom,
Voices in the Street is produced by Kelly Wherley.
Our engineer is Sarah Hetrick,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 9, 2013

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The Indiana Department of Transportation has responded to complaints about erosion along the I-69 corridor in southern Monroe County; On September 26th, the Monroe County Election Board discussed the feasibility of moving the County’s voter registration office; The Indiana University Office of Sustainability invites people see Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby’s visit to IU, where the Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation will speak on strategies for sustainability.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley.
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 8, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the Indiana University Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year; The Monroe County Council held its last day of budget hearings September 19th; After some investigation at the Hoosier National Forest, where unusual rock structures have been discovered, theories are forming about the excavations.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah are back with part two of October’s frightening financial stories. Don’t be scared, Monroe County Money Smart Week is just around the corner with lots of programs to help tame the budget beasts and turn your money nightmares into sweet dreams.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter and Bill Daugherty.
Today’s headlines were written by Nick Tumino.
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Monroe County Council Still Working To Cut Back On Spending

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The Monroe County Council held its last day of budget hearings September 19th. The Council continued to push departments to cut back on spending next year.

At the beginning of the final hearing, County Treasurer Cathy Smith asked for permission to hire a fifth full-time employee for her office.

“Frankly we have a lot of new work and have our hands full,” Smith said, “The only way we can keep a balanced budget with the new requirements is if we cut an employee.”

Although Smith said the fifth position was necessary, due partly to new state and county laws that require more work from her office, Council members said it seemed the office would manage with less staff.

Council member Rick Dietz asked how Smith would handle the new work.

“We’d have to have someone part-time to be able to handle cash,” Smith said, “We have to be very diligent about taking money correctly, and the only way we can do it is have that part-time personnel.”

The Council agreed to budget an extra $1,500 to help the office pay part-time staff.

Later in the hearing, the Council debated whether to add another $10,000 to its community grant service program, which was recently renamed in honor of former Council member Sophia Travis.

Council member Cheryl Munson said it was important to increase the budget each year. “I support this proposal because I think it’s important to increase the community service funding every year, which it has not,” Munson said, “It hasn’t kept pace with the yearly increases in the county’s growth rate. Our county grows at a consistent rate than the state does.”

The Council later approved the increase despite opposition from members Ryan Langley and Marty Hawk. At the end of the hearings, the County still had a projected budget deficit of $316,000.

Strange Stones Still Being Surveyed in Hoosier National Forest

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After some investigation at the Hoosier National Forest, where unusual rock structures have been discovered, theories are forming about the excavations.

Volunteers and archaeologists have been excavating a 19th-to-early-20th century German farmstead near the Ohio River, along with ten domes made up of stacked stones.

According to Heritage Resource Specialist Angie Krieger, one possible explanation for the rock formations comes from the Civilian Conservation Corporation (that’s CCC), a public work relief program founded during The Great Depression.

Krieger says “The CCC were very active in the German era in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and did a lot of building and construction in stone.”

Timothy Baumann, archeology curator at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in Tennessee, is involved with this investigation.

While no conclusions have been made, Baumann says that no artifacts were found in the surrounding area, adding to the formation’s mystery.

Strike Mic – October 08, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the Indiana University Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year.

The group is a crucial component in bringing attention to IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The assembly in collaboration with WFHB, brings weekly updates of the work to inform our listeners of the practices of IU administration, and the work being done to address labor issues on campus and in our community.

This is…The Strike Mic.

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 IU students and staff.

Daily Local News – October 7, 2013

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Central Indiana Jobs with Justice is planning a training session to prepare for an Indiana campaign to increase the federal minimum wage; Indiana University has received a five-year, six million dollar award to expand its operation of N-Wave, the science network for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Of the 3.4 million Indiana working-age adults 25 to 64 years old, only thirty-three point eight percent hold a two or four year college degree; At its September 29th meeting, the Ellettsville Town Council debated two competing resolutions, on whether or not the town should allow convicted offenders to complete community service for the town as part of a corrections and rehabilitation process.

ACTIVATE
Rick Detweiler discusses his experience as a volunteer in the Wonderlab Exhibits Department, and tells us how you can become a Wonderlab volunteer, on Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Nick Tumino,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker.
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 4, 2013

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Members of the Bloomington City Council expressed support for next year’s budget at a recent hearing; A local organization called Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County will host a series of events, aiming to help the public sign up for the insurance provided by the act.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa and Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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.

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