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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.

E-Cigarettes Under Scrutiny

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 39 other attorneys general are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to place restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes.
In a bipartisan letter, the attorneys general urged the FDA to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act. E-cigarettes are battery operated products that heat liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. Noting the growing use of e-cigarettes, and the growing prevalence of advertising, the letter highlights the need to protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine through these new products. Additionally, some marketing claims that these products do not contain the same level of toxins and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. These claims imply that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, when in fact nicotine is highly addictive, the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied, and the ingredients are not regulated and may still contain carcinogens. WFHB Correspondent Nash Hott looks into the topic further by speaking with Deputy Director for Consumer Protection at the attorney general’s office Terry Toliver, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – October 3, 2013

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The Latino Enhancement Cooperative at Indiana University is hosting Festival Latino on Saturday October 5th; The Salvation Army’s Annual Harvest Festival Supper and Auction is Saturday October 12th; Earlier this week, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a comprehensive $15 million Media Preservation and Digitization Initiative; The Monologue “Justice John Paul Stevens Dissents”  will be held on October 4th in Bloomington; the Indiana Department of Natural Resources warns that as days shorten, drivers should be extra cautious because their chance of encountering deer on roadways increases significantly; Local weekend sporting events.

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E-Cigarettes Under Scrutiny
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 39 other attorneys general are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to place restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes.
In a bipartisan letter, the attorneys general urged the FDA to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act. E-cigarettes are battery operated products that heat liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
Noting the growing use of e-cigarettes, and the growing prevalence of advertising, the letter highlights the need to protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine through these new products.
Additionally, some marketing claims that these products do not contain the same level of toxins and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
These claims imply that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, when in fact nicotine is highly addictive, the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied, and the ingredients are not regulated and may still contain carcinogens. WFHB Correspondent Nash Hott looks into the topic further by speaking with Deputy Director for Consumer Protection at the attorney general’s office Terry Toliver, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks for your thoughts on the government shutdown.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Jalisa Ransom
Our feature was produced by Harrison Wagner, with correspondent Nash Hott
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley and Maddie Glen
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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

Standing Room Only – Local Leaders Forum (July 30th 2013)

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On July 30th, The City of Bloomington held a periodic panel discussion of local government figures to address concerns, express views, and update the public on the workings of local government. The panel discussion included included A. John Rose – Moderator, Susie Johnson- Director of Public Works, Mark Kruzan – Mayor, and others. This talk was recorded on location at the Bloomington City Chamber of Commerce by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Bloomington Beware! – Imposters!

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

IU Physicists Receive 4.5M Grant

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Indiana University announced last week that a team of IU physicists will receive a grant of over five-point-four million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The department will use the grant funding to continue research of the subtle properties of subatomic particles. To learn more about subatomic particle research, WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Mike Snow, a grant recipient, researcher, and professor at the IU Physics department, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – October 2, 2013

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In the midst of a government shutdown, former Mayor of Seymour, Indiana Bill Bailey has declared his bid for Congress; Purdue University researchers are working on ways to detect explosives and neutralize their impact, as part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center led by Northeastern and Rhode Island universities; Citizens Climate Lobby will hold a workshop this month, to work to enact policies that reduce the greenhouse gases causing climate change. Marcia Veldman, co-organizer of the Bloomington chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, says the workshop is meant to provide training for people interested in climate change issues; Indiana University researchers are reminding women that even though former smokers are more likely to gain weight after quitting, the health benefits of quitting are greater than any negative side-effects.

FEATURE
Indiana University announced last week that a team of IU physicists will receive a grant of over five-point-four million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The department will use the grant funding to continue research of the subtle properties of subatomic particles. To learn more about subatomic particle research, WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Mike Snow, a grant recipient, researcher, and professor at the IU Physics department, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn, Yin Yuan,
and Yvonne Cheng.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Nash Hott produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang.
Editor is Drew Daudelin.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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