Last Wednesday, IU held a memorial service for Karlijn Keijzer who was killed on July 17th while on Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down over a pro-Russian held territory of Ukraine. Karlijn was among 298 people who died on the flight. Russia has recently claimed that Ukraine bears the full responsibility of the attack, while others argue the Russian-supplied missile points to real culprit. Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about what’s next for Russia and Ukraine and if the US should feel any obligation to intervene.
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The Lotus Festival kicks off next week and the coming days promise loads of music, a parade, multiple workshops and more fun than you can shake a cabassa at. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they’re planning on attending the festival and about some of their favorite Lotus memories.
Bloomington had a summer to remember. 2014 consistently served up temperatures here with lows in the mid 50s and highs in the upper 70s. But the return of IU students seems to have also brought the warm weather, so Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors how they stay cool when the heat is on.
We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?
Recently, Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that the goal of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is to bring about “sustainable quiet” for the people of Israel by de-militarizing Gaza and Hamas. But Palestinian sympathizers argue that before any talk of demilitarization can commence, Israel must commit to the end of the Palestinian blockade and occupation. With spiraling violence marked by short-lived cease fires, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors what, if anything, can be done to curb violence and tensions in the Mideast.
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Gay people of Indiana Rejoice! The ban on gay marriage has been struck down.”
The law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry in Indiana was ruled unconstitutional yesterday in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked for a “stay” on the ruling, but Voices in the Street wanted to get reaction from your friends and neighbors on this historic ruling.
The Little 500 is utterly unique and also the largest collegiate cycling event in the world. This year’s race saw the team from Kappa Alpha Theta win the women’s race by twelve-one-hundredths of a second, and the Black Key Bulls scored the victory in the men’s division. Voices in the Street hit the streets, or track, rather, to speak with participants in the 64th annual Little 500 and ask them, about the nature of the event. Is the Little 500 more about the race or the socializing that accompanies it?
Earth Day 2014 was this past Tuesday. We are fortunate to live in an area where so many conscientious people work hard to ensure a sustainable and thriving community and environment. Whether it was planting trees, enjoying the outdoors, or being unable to wrest ourselves from our workaday world, Voices in the Streets wanted to hear about how our friends and neighbors celebrated the earth. And if you weren’t able to celebrate Tuesday, what practices do you put in place to help ensure a sustainable environment?
Tomorrow is Good Friday, Sunday is Easter and passover is the 14th through the 22nd. Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Muslim or secular, the blooming of flowers always seems to accompany spiritual gratitude for the gifts we have. Voices in the Street hit the Streets to ask Bloomington residents about their springtime holiday traditions and impressions.