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IU’s Global Change Center receives prestigious language award

Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change has received the 2014 Paul Simon Award for the Promotion of Language and International Studies. The award, created in 1982, is named for the late Illinois Senator Paul Simon who supported international education and foreign language learning.

It was given specifically to the project called “Bridges: Children, Languages, World,” which offers exploratory language and culture classes such as Arabic, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian, and Zulu. Deborah Hutton, assistant director at the Center for the Study of Global Change, says the award really belongs to their many partners across campus.

“It isn’t just for the global center to brag on it,” Hutton says, “It’s hard for people outside to differentiate the partners but we do run it and we put it on our grant.”

Bridges classes are taught by undergraduate students at IU. The project’s mission is to expose youth to less-commonly taught languages while also helping those who serve as instructors and volunteers gain professional experience.

“We added a language coordinator grad student who helps the volunteer instructors with their lessons,” Hutton says, “This is a good idea and we can even switch things around and she can help the students themselves.”

The project is run by the donation of classroom facilities and materials, and the granting of work-study money and course credit. Hutton says the project gives people in Bloomington a unique and important learning opportunity.

“We’re so proud of what an unusual, large partnership this is to make it work,” Hutton says, “And our students are studying Chinese so well and they are excited and not intimidated by these languages and cultures.”

The Center for the Study of Global Change is one of eleven federally funded Title VI area studies centers in the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington.

Income tax may raise to support juvenile services

The Monroe County Council showed support for raising a local income tax April 8. But the council pushed for the tax to cover even more expenses than it already does, raising questions that led the council to delay a vote on the issue. The tax is known as the Juvenile County Option Income Tax. It originally supported only the county’s Youth Services Bureau.

But in recent years the county has also used the tax to pay for juvenile probation officers. Now, Council President Geoff McKim said the council would also like to use the tax revenue for maintenance and other expenses.

“We decided to broaden the scope of the expenses that we would consider could be paid out of the juvenile county option income tax,” McKim says, “I created a committee to work with courts, YSB and the commissioners office to come up with a more accurate accounting of the costs of running our juvenile facilities.”

At a recent work session, Circuit Court Judge Steve Galvin asked the council to increase the tax. But he said his request, which would have brought the tax as high as .085 percent, needs to be increased even further.

“We presented what we thought were the bare budget amounts necessary to provide for juvenile services,” Galvin says, “However we didn’t include amounts for utilities, repairs, maintenance, security and other one-time expenses over the next five years. So we added those in and suggested a rate, but the rate is entirely up to the council.”

If the council agreed to Galvin’s request, it would nearly double the rate for that particular tax. Under the proposed rate, a county resident who earns $30,000 next year would pay $28.58 towards the juvenile services.

Contractor for I-69 section through Monroe County announced

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the winning contractor to finance, build, and maintain section 5 of the new interstate running through Monroe County. Section 5 of I-69 stretches from the south side of Bloomington to Martinsville. Sections 1 through 3, connecting Evansville with the Crane Military base, is complete and in operation. Section 4, from Crane and intersecting with State Road 37 just south of Bloomington, is under construction. The contracting consortium for Section 5 is called I-69 Development Partners. Will Wingfield, from the Office of Communications at the Indiana Department of Transportation, elaborates on the contract.

“The lead company is from Spain and has partnered with local contractors to do the work necessary to build and maintain I-69,” Wingfield says.

Isolux Infrastructures is part of Isolux-Corsan, a multi-national, privately-held company based in Spain, with operations primarily in Latin America but also in the U.S., and several billion euros in annual income. Now Indiana will add to these receipts.

“The private company will finance the product,” Wingfield says, “The idea behind that is that it allows us to do the project more quickly and realize the benefits of it. I know there’s been a concern about safety in Bloomington once I-69 opens and some of those payments are towards overpasses in that area.”

According to the Associated Press the contract for Section 5 stipulates that the state will make an initial $80 million down payment to the contractor and, once complete, pay it $21.8 million a year for 35 years, for a total of $407 million. The estimated cost to the contractor for Section 5 is $325 million. Wingfield did not confirm or deny these figures, but stated that the final terms of the deal are still to be worked out. None of the three sub-contracting firms are based in Bloomington or Martinsville, the anchors of Section 5.

“There were some local companies that submitted proposals, but our reason for a competitive proposal process is to get innovative ideas, the best technical solutions, and of course to get the lowest cost,” Wingfield says, “The highest scoring proposal was the lowest cost proposal that also met all the requests.”

Wingfield says he is unaware of any local companies that may be included in the construction contract. He anticipates that construction on Section 5 of I-69 will begin later this year, and open for traffic by the end of 2016.

Activate! – Bloomington Playwrights Project: Chad Rabinovitz

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Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director for the Bloomington Playwrights Project, talks about BPP’s summer education program and volunteer opportunities.

DNR To Regulate Deer Sharpshooting

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The Bloomington City Council voted six-to-two last week in favor of sharpshooting deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Council members accepted testimony from biologists and others who said the large deer population is threatening other species in the area. But it’s still not clear how many deer might be killed if the city goes through with its plans. That’s one of several decisions the state Department of Natural Resources will make as it considers whether to approve the city’s sharpshooting proposal. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the DNR, Josh Griffin, about the issue for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – April 14, 2014

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Greater Indianapolis has taken a major step to improve mass transit in the region, and could provide a model for doing the same in regions like Greater Bloomington; Last fall the City of Bloomington implemented the Civil Streets Initiative, which aims to make roads safer for everyone from motor-vehicle drivers and bike riders, to pedestrians walking and running; Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is being celebrated during April on the Indiana University Bloomington campus; Congressman Todd Young will be holding meetings with individuals and small groups of constituents on April 24th, on a first-come first-serve basis.

FEATURE
The Bloomington City Council voted six-to-two last week in favor of sharpshooting deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Council members accepted testimony from biologists and others who said the large deer population is threatening other species in the area. But it’s still not clear how many deer might be killed if the city goes through with its plans. That’s one of several decisions the state Department of Natural Resources will make as it considers whether to approve the city’s sharpshooting proposal. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the DNR, Josh Griffin, about the issue for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director for the Bloomington Playwrights Project, talks about BPP’s summer education program and volunteer opportunities.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Chelsea Hardy, and Olivia DeWeese,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – April 14, 2014

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome author David Leander Williams.

PART ONE
a collector of memorabilia, historical artifacts and information about African American history, particularly slavery and African American music history, author David Leander Williams has used his vast knowledge to write a book about the entertainment empire that developed on Indiana Avenue from its beginnings in 1821 until its demise in the 70′s entitled “Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and the Legacy of Indiana Avenue”.

The book talks about some of the nation’s most influential jazz artists. The performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare that were an important stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and provided platforms for greats like Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe.

Mr. Williams joins William and Bev, along with B.I.O. contributor Liz Mitchell, to share some of the exciting history contained in the pages of his new book.

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

Volunteer Connection – April 11, 2014

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A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

Daily Local News – April 11, 2014

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The Indiana Manufacturers Association scorecard for the 2014 legislative session has been released; Yet another new hotel could be coming to downtown
Bloomington. Steve Hoffman, with the real estate group Pavilion Properties, made the announcement on Monday during a meeting of the Bloomington Plan Commission; The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department is sponsoring a health and wellness fair tomorrow, April 12th; This weekend in local sports.

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, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ally Tsimekles (chim-uh-kliss) and Jalisa Ransom.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Books Unbound – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Part 22

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Born in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and painter. His collective works are classified as a reflection of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. His marriage in 1914 to Frieda Weekly, a woman who left her husband and three children for Lawrence, provided inspiration and emotional support for his literary career. Lawrence died in 1930, reaching his peak of fame posthumously.

Banned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the object of numerous obscenity trials in both the UK and the United States up into the 1960s.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first published privately in 1928, was not published openly in Britain until 1960. It tells the story of the love affair between Constance (Lady Chatterley) and her husband Clifford’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, while exploring the nature of relationships between men and women. Besides the evident sexual content of the book, “Chatterley” spurred controversy for its discussion of the British social class system and social conflict. Penguin, the publisher of the unexpurgated text in 1960, was unsuccessfully tried for violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. The prosecutor was ridiculed for asking, “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

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