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Volunteer Connection – September 20, 2013

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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!

Two Months of Sexploration

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Sexploration at IU is a university-led event that gathers student and community organizations to promote a sex-positive attitude and provide an educational experience for students about sexual orientation and gender expression on a personal and cultural level. This is the sixth year the IU Health Center has organized Sexploration events. Previously, Sexploration at IU has lasted one week. This year’s events have been expanded to two months to make more programs available to students throughout the semester. WFHB News Reporter Nash Hott spoke with Patrick Nagal, the chair of Sexploration 2013 and a health educator at the IU Health Center for today’s WFHB News Feature.

Daily Local News – September 20, 2013

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A Bloomington protest against the Keystone XL pipeline is scheduled for 9am tomorrow morning; In a recent statement representing campus laborers,  Peter Kaczmarczyk of the CWA Local 4730 describes his outrage at Indiana University’s decision to lay off and relocate 50 workers from the physical plant department and cut the hours of many others; The 2013 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award will be awarded posthumously to the late Sophia Travis, former president of the Monroe County council and IU’s Asian Alumni Association; A meeting September 12th of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Board of Directors was partly spent addressing a problem of members not attending meetings.

FEATURE
Two Months of Sexploration
Sexploration at IU is a university-led event that gathers student and community organizations to promote a sex-positive attitude and provide an educational experience for students about sexual orientation and gender expression on a personal and cultural level. This is the sixth year the IU Health Center has organized Sexploration events. Previously, Sexploration at IU has lasted one week. This year’s events have been expanded to two months to make more programs available to students throughout the semester. WFHB News Reporter Nash Hott spoke with Patrick Nagal, the chair of Sexploration 2013 and a health educator at the IU Health Center for today’s WFHB News Feature.

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 Allison Schroeder and Lauren Glapa
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by Nash Hott
Volunteer Connection is produced by Dan Withered in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

“Jobs For Hoosiers” Bill Requires Unemployed To Meet With WorkOne Counselors After Fourth Week Of Benefits

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Hoosiers getting unemployment insurance will face new requirements thanks in part to the “Jobs For Hoosiers” bill recently signed into effect by Governor Mike Pence.

This bill affects those who have recently filed for unemployment benefits.

In their fourth week of unemployment, the bill requires them to go to a local WorkOne center for a review of their work search record and an orientation to WorkOne services.

We spoke to the Department of Workforce Development spokesperson Joe Frank about what kind of free services WorkOne offers and how they will benefit unemployed Hoosiers.

“We offer tons of free services like resume assistance, interview coaching, and career counselors,” Frank says, “We even have computer classes that can increase your skill level in Microsoft Word and Office so you’re ready to be employed as quickly as possible.”

Frank says these benefits aren’t just for the unemployed.

The DWD actually works with Indiana businesses to find out what kind of employee they are looking to hire.

This helps them match up anyone looking for a job to a business that fits their skills.

This isn’t only offered to the unemployed and anyone looking to find a better job in their career field can utilize these programs as well.

Frank explains how a national effort to lower unemployment spurred this local act.

“When the federal government re-authorized benefits after the 26th week of unemployment last year, they mandated that folks come into the WorkOne centers to take a look at their work search,” Frank says, “We really found out that it was such a benefit to people. We heard a lot people say they didn’t know all the free services we offered and wish they had known sooner. This is really aimed at getting Hoosiers back to work as soon as possible.”

Those who qualify for these changes can go to www.in.gov/dwd and see what program best fits them.

 

By Casey Kuhn

bloomingOUT – September 19, 2013

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Singer/songwriter Kelly Zullo phones in with career updates.  Musical selections are “Bounce” and “The Other Side of the Bees.” Co-President of Indy PFLAG Annette Siegel Gross provides information about the wedding reception they are sponsoring for same-sex couples married in other states.  Manager of The Root Cellar Lounge Josh Johnson and current Miss Bag Lady Queen Pat Yo’ Weave are in studio with information about Drag Bingo and other local entertainment events.

 

www.kellyzullomusic.com

www.indypflag.org

www.farm-bloomington.com/index.php/root-cellar

www.indyprideinc.org/bagladies

 

Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick

News Director Josh Vidrich,

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Elaine Bell

Board Engineer Sarah Hetrick

Guest host Cassaundra Huskey

Farm Bill Vote Goes to House: How it May Effect the Hungry

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The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill earlier this summer, but the House of Representatives splits the bill into two sections before their vote. The house was predicted to vote on an amendment that would cut forty billion dollars to food assistance programs today. WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh looks in to how these cuts would effect Indiana’s hungry, for today’s daily local news feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – September 19, 2013

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The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University Bloomington will kick off the fall 2013 series tomorrow; The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce  will hold an  Education Forum with Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz in Bloomington on October 1st; On Monday the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation approved a field trip to Germany, despite concerns from some Board members; South Central Indiana’s late summer dry spell is coming to an end today and tomorrow with rain showers already soaking Bloomington this afternoon and the possibility of severe thunderstorms tomorrow; Tomorrow the IU men’s and women’s cross country team is hosting the Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet starting at 3:30 pm

FEATURE
Farm Bill Vote Goes to House: How it May Effect the Hungry
The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill earlier this summer, but the House of Representatives splits the bill into two sections before their vote. The house was predicted to vote on an amendment that would cut forty billion dollars to food assistance programs today. WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh looks in to how these cuts would effect indiana’s hungry, for today’s daily local news feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
It’s been more than a year since President Obama claimed the use of chemical weapons would be a red line in the Syrian conflict.  And recently Syrian President Assad took Secretary of State John Kerry up on his suggestion that a relinquishing and a full inventory of their chemical weapon stockpiles would be a way out of using military force.  How the Syrian conflict resolves itself is still yet to be seen, so Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how the US should deal with this and if military force is justified.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Mike Glab, and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with community access televisions services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent maddie Glen
Our broadcast engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
The Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Indiana Superintendent Glendta Ritz to Speak at an Education Forum In Bloomington

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The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce will hold an Education Forum with Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz in Bloomington on October 1st.

The Chamber has been hosting Education Forums for three years. Last year they focused on early childhood education.

This year, they return to the topic of public instruction.

The keynote speaker Glenda Ritz is the incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana. The Chamber’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelley Brown explained why they are interested in bring Ritz as their keynote speaker.

“One of the chamber’s objectives is to create opportunities where our members and the public can engage with a dialogue with decision-makers that affect the community,” Brown says, “Bringing our education leaders, specifically Glenda Ritz, allows the public to ask questions that are really pertinent to our young people, our schools and the whole education process.”

Ritz will offer general information about public education and then lead a discussion of various education topics throughout the evening.

After, there will be a question-and-answer session.

“Given some of the issues that have been in the papers about Indiana’s grading system, I-STEP and other issues, I think we will get a great many questions,” Brown says.

The Education Forum will be held Tuesday, October 1 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 at Deer Park Manor.

Fall Tocqueville Lecture Series On the Limits of Capitalism Begins Friday

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The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University Bloomington will kick off the fall 2013 series Friday. The program was founded in 2009, says Director of the Tocqueville Program, Aurelian Craiutu.

“The main goal of the program is to organize a series of lectures and conferences that will bring theoretical foundations of American democracy to campus,” Craiutu says, “We are holding lectures on European democracy, liberalism and the constitution.

The first speaker for this year is Deirdre McCloskey and she will be speaking on capitalism and its critics and defenders. Craiutu says that she is very knowledgeable and has great passion for ideas.

“She is a truly international scholar with a voracious passion for ideas and amazing knowledge, she has been writing over 300 articles over the past three decades,” Craiutu says, “Tomorrows talk will be about the re-examination of the virtues limits of capitalism and the markets.”

Craiutu is hoping that those who attend will participate in the discussion and learn new ideas.

“I want to convey to someone with a passion for ideas that ideas to make a difference and matter. I hope we have a spirited debate on a topic that is very controversial, and I hope to have a civilized conversation on the limits of capitalism,” Craiutu says.

This event will take place on September 20 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tocqueville Room located at 513 North Park Avenue.

Edgewood High School Approved For Pricey Field Trip To Germany

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On Monday the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation approved a field trip to Germany, despite concerns from some Board members.

Amy Norris, the German teacher at Edgewood High School, asked for permission to take a group of students to Lingen, Germany, next summer.

Board member Randy Wright questioned the safety of trips overseas.

Wright referred to Board member Debra Walcott, who was not present at the meeting. He said she’d be concerned about the chaperones getting a free trip. Walcott has voiced concern about student field trips in past meetings. Board President Dana Kerr asked for more specifics about what concerned other Board members.

The cost of the trip is roughly $2,500 per student, and some board members said they worried that would be too expensive for many students.

Norris helps conduct fund raisers to help pay for the trips, assuming students are interested.

“Sometimes I have students whose family’s can afford it,” Norris says, “We’ve had fundraisers in the past and I am always willing to help the students raise as much money as they can. Having said that, we can’t possibly raise enough to cover each individual student’s trip.”

The Board later voted unanimously to approve the trip. But they also established a policy requiring teachers to present details about overseas trips at two separate Board meetings before getting approval.

 

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