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Sander’s Ballot Arrives In Bloomington


With the presidential election looming, many candidates are turning to grassroots efforts on college campuses. Students have formed Indiana University Students For Bernie Sanders. Freshman Christian Pathic and one of the Co-Founders of the chapter says Sanders’s relatability is a key factor. Pathic Staties that Sanders is not here to criticize anyone running against him and that Sanders’s policies are also a key part of why colleges are forming groups around him. In particular Pathic says that he is addressing college tuition and student loans, which are important to millennials.

Pathic says that Bloomington residents must sign a petition to get Sanders on the ballot and they hope to assist the Bloomington for Sanders campaign in getting those signatures. Because of this Pathic says he wants people to engage with the Sanders campaign on an individual and grassroots level.

Overall Pathic feels optimistic about Sanders’s chances of getting on the ballot. IU For Bernie Sanders is currently working on organizing a call out meeting. WFHB attempted to contact representatives of other campus groups campaigning for presidential candidates. We did not receive calls back before our deadline. Stay tuned to the Daily Local News in the coming weeks for those reports.


Film Director Spheeris to Appear at IU Cinema

Los Angeles based director Penelope Spheeris is coming to the IU Cinema this Friday for a 75-minute public interview. The event starts at 3. It is free, but ticketed. Spheeris’s documentaries highlight the evolution of the punk and heavy metal scene in LA over the years as well as the chaos that often comes with rock n’ roll. She was born and raised in LA, where she formed her own company in 1974 called Rock ‘N Reel. That business might have been the first company in LA to specialize in music videos. Among the most well-known music videos she has worked on as producer, director, and editor is “Bohemian Rhapsody” for “Wayne’s World.” Her feature films include “The Decline of Western Civilization” in 1979, “Suburbia” in 1983, “The Boys Next Door” in 1984 starring Charlie Sheen and Maxwell Caufield, and “Wayne’s World” in 1991. Spheeris will be turning 70 years old later this year and has spent most of her life as a film producer, director, and editor. Besides her public interview on Friday afternoon, Spheeris is also scheduled to be present during showings of The Decline of Western Civilization, Parts 1 and 2, on Thursday evening.

More Information Is Necessary On Plastic Bags Ban


A proposal to ban single-use bags at stores in Bloomington has been delayed until more research can be done. The President of the Bloomington city Council, Dave Rollo, reported on the progress of the Bring Your Own Bag initiative last night during a meeting of the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. He said that the city council was sympathetic to the proposition, but that more information would be needed.

Rollo then outlined some of the information that has been requested by the city council. He said that the council would like more information on how this policy had affected more communities that had implemented it.

Rollo also says public opinion, including that of local retailers who would apply the ban, needs to be gauged, before the city council can move forward. He says the issue probably won’t be addressed by council until next year.

Deal Made to Develop Trades District


The city of Bloomington has reached a deal with a firm to develop about half of what the city calls The Trades District. Last night Mayor Mark Kruzan told the City Council that officials have signed a deal with the Indianapolis-based company, Flaherty & Collins. The business has agreed to develop a six-acre piece of land just east of Rogers Street and south of 11th Street. The city currently owns the land, which has long been reserved for a certified technology park. Kruzan says the city will give the land to Flaherty and Collins.

“In exchange, F&C has committed approximately 43 million dollar investment” Kruzan explains. “I wanna note that land has been tax exempt for generations” Kruzan concludes

Although the city has referred to the project as a technology park, the vast majority of the planned development is housing. About 200,000 square feet of new residential space is included in the agreement compared with 35,000 square feet of new office, co-work and event space. Kruzan says the housing will not be geared toward students.

“Part of what it is, as a candidate, is to expand our downtown as a visions of a community priority” Kruzan continues to explain.

As part of the agreement, Flaherty and Collins would not be able to sell the property for 20 years, a measure Kruzan says should protect the area from unwanted development. There are still some agreements to be signed before the deal is finalized. The City Plan Commission will also have to approve some aspects of the development.

Veteran and Housing Status Now a Protected Class In Bloomington


The Bloomington City Council has officially added Veteran Status and Housing Status” to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. City Clerk, Regina Moore, provided a synopsis of the motion. The sponsor of the ordinance, Council member Dorothy Granger, is a staff member at WFHB.

“The term Veteran Status is defined as a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, a member of the Indiana National Guard, or a member of a reserved component” Moore explains. The term Housing Status is defined as the type of housing that an individual resides…Or a status of not having a fixed housing status”.

The motion was amended to add all council members as co-sponsors. The Chair of the city’s Human Rights Commission, Byron Bangert, provided a brief history of the development of the amendment.

“The creation of this amendment was long in the making” Bangert explained.”A year ago, we passed unanimously the recommendation you have before you”. Bangert explained on behalf of the amendment
The proposal had already received a positive recommendation from the council during a committee-of-the-whole meeting August 26th. A local social worker, Donyel Byrd, praised the council for the resolution.

“I just wanted to be sure to come here personally to thank you” Byrd happily said. “We have some other social workers on the room that were here three years ago who were really concerned about folks experiencing homelessness so this a really happy day for us.”

The amended motion to include veteran status and housing status to the city’s human rights ordinance passed unanimously.

Venison Exchange Program Begins Soon


With hunting season approaching, Indiana has started up its venison exchange program which allows hunters to donate their game. This is the fifth year for the program, which is called Give In Game. The program is conducted by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division. It is a program that anyone in Indiana can sign up for. Every year hunters can offer venison in whatever condition agreed upon, ranging from field-dressed to butchered and packaged. These are strictly free exchanges since the selling, bartering, and trading of deer meat is still illegal. Michelle Cain, Wildlife Information Specialist at DNR, says the program is designed to be a donation program. Cain says that the purpose of the “GiveIN” is to provide high quality protein to those who need it.

The circumstances of these donations are solely up to the hunters and citizens, as the DNR never facilitates exchanges. Cain says that the great thing about this program is that that the DNR does not handle the exchanges, but leaves it to the hunters and they have people to exchange it to.

Anyone who has participated in the program in the past will have to re-register this year to continue participating. Anyone who wants to participate can sign up through the DNR website.

Indiana University Explores The Future Of Labor In Fall Courses


Work and labor will be the focus of this Fall’s “Themester” at Indiana University. A variety of courses and themes will focus on the theme, which is “At Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” One of the co-chairs of the committee overseeing this year’s Themester is professor Ben Robinson. He says the idea behind Themesters is to connect classes with campus events and encourage students to think beyond the syllabus. Robinson says that the university experience can be much more than the classroom when we think about being a part of the community as a whole and the rich number of resources that this makes available.

Themester events this fall are planned to address human labor from a variety of angles, Robinson says the theme has particular significance to students today. He says that there is enormous pressure on kids from kindergarten through high school to get into college and to find a career and that they will form the labor force of tomorrow.

One of the main events this year is a discussion with the Reverend William Barber and Richard Trumka on Nov. 4. Reverend Barber is one of the founders of Moral Mondays, a protest movement that began in North Carolina and has spread to other states, including Indiana. Partners in the Themester include IU Cinema, IU Art Museum, the Kinsey Institute, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Monroe County History Museum. Most Themester events are free and open to the public. More information about the Themester and upcoming events can be found at themester dot indiana dot edu.

Pride Festival Is The Most Popular To Date

An estimated 6,000 people attended Pride Summerfest in downtown Bloomington this past Saturday, according to organizers of the event. That’s more than three times as many attendees as last year. The group made the announcement this afternoon. This was the second annual Summerfest. The event included workshops, live performances, dance parties, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a foot parade on the B-Line Trail. Organizers attributed the increased attendance to several causes, including a reaction to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Governor Mike Pence signed into law earlier this year.

Lotus Music and Arts Festival Parade Street Closures


The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year. On Tuesday, Lotus asked the Bloomington Board of Public Works to approve additional street closures for the parade route. Miah Michaelson, from the city’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, presented the request.

“We’re asking for approval of a parade parade route that will temporary restrict traffic at the intersection of  W Kirkwood and S Madison Street and it will go to the intersection of  E Kirkwood and Washington St from 8:30 – 9:00 PM, on Saturday September 26″

The Executive Director of Lotus, Sunni Fass, elaborated on the Saturday evening parade.

“We will have public participation, people are invited to bring and decorate their bikes, and to march in the parade and wave flags. It’ll be a really good time.”

The Lotus parade will on Saturday evening, September 26th

Monroe County Needle-Exchange Program


The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county. County Health Department Administrator, Penny Caudill, explained that this program is needed to respond to a Hepatitis C epidemic in the county.

” It’s proved very successful in getting people in, getting them into treatment, they found that they needed a whole host of services that they were able to make connections and linkages to.”

“In May the Legislation Senate Enrollment Act 461 was passed that enables local health departments to request needle exchange programs.”

Caudill says that her department has found a significant increase in Hepatitis C cases in the county. She noted that most of the infections are due to sharing of needles by drug users. In response to a question from Council member Shelli Yoder, Caudill explained how she expects to fund the needle exchange program.

“..So primarily it’s about looking for foundation money, local money, and donations that people are willing to do.”

Caudill estimated the program could cost $50,000. The council unanimously approved the resolution in support of the program. There will be a public comment session on the proposal at the September 4th meeting of the County Commissioners. If the Commissioners approve, the County Health Department would then seek approval from the state Health Commissioner.

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