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The Vast Influence of Indiana University’s Collins Living Learning Center

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To any Indiana University outsider, the Collins Residence Center is just like any other residence hall. However the residence hall made the news last year when transgender actress and former IU student Laverne Cox said she switched from another dormitory to Collins Living and Learning Center for a more welcoming atmosphere. WFHB wanted to find out what makes Collins different than other residence halls on campus, and how that influences students who stay there. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with two former Collins residents as well as the residence hall director for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – May 26, 2015

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The State of Indiana has extended the official public health emergency in Scott County by a full year. A Bloomington North High School has received a ten-thousand-dollar award for teaching excellence. A group at Indiana University is partnering with five Indiana health centers to evaluate adult patients for alcohol and substance abuse risks. Bloomington residents may soon be presented with an ordinance to outlaw single use shopping bags. The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees talked last week about how to more accurately measure library use in the era of rising on-line use. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has announced a $6 million settlement with three major credit reporting agencies, intended to strengthen consumer protections.

FEATURE
The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Purdue and IU freeze tuition

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Last week, Purdue University announced it would freeze tuition for a fourth year in a row. And today, IU indicated it would follow suit. IU president Michael McRobbie recommended in a statement today that IU not increase tuition for in-state students for the next two years. The IU Board of Trustees will make a final decision on that request June third. McRobbie’s recommendation comes on the heels of Purdue Trustees approving a fourth year of a tuition freeze at that school. Purdue has frozen the rate of tuition since the 2012-2013 school year and plans on offering the same rate through the 2015-2016 academic year.

A tuition freeze would be something of a change to IU’s past approach. IU Spokesman Mark Land said yesterday that while IU has not offered an across-the-board tuition freeze recently, it has set a fixed rate for some students. There isn’t a huge difference between the two universities’ tuition for in-state students. Full-time Purdue students can expect a rate of $10,002 per year, while IU students can expect to pay $10,388 a year. At Purdue out-of-state students pay $28,804, while IU is more costly at $33,240 a year. Land says in the past IU has offered other strategies to help its students with affordability.

At Purdue, the recent tuition freeze also came with a proposed 3.5 percent merit pay increase for employees at its West Lafayette campus. Purdue Trustees also approved an increase in entry-level wages to $10 per hour for all full-time clerical and service staff. The minimum wage at IU is lower, at just $8.25 per hour. Purdue, however, pays its part-time employees, many of them students, as little as $7.25 an hour. Land says there has been talk of future wage increases at IU.

IU trustees will take public comment on tuition recommendations at their meeting Wednesday, June 3rd. Public comments begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 450A of the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2015

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A new report from U.S. News and World report ranks Bloomington High School North as the
10th best high school in the state;The Monroe County Community School Corporation is
planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues;The Monroe County
Public Library is getting its finances in order as it moves forward with plans to build a
new branch;Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how
much County employees should be paid;The City of Bloomington is working on a 5-year master
plan for its Parks and Recreation Department;The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
heard Tuesday from Janice Lilly, from the organization Healthful Food for All, about the
group’s efforts to collect perishable food for distribution to local food banks.

FEATURE
A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in
Bloomington. The group describes the facility as “secular and client-centered” Sierra
Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.Beginning this Fall, All Options plans
to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting,
according to its website.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and
security services.
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2015

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Volunteers at Hoosier Hills Food Bank are in the process of sorting and sending 18 tons of food received over the weekend; Three-quarters of a million Hoosiers could be eligible for refunds from their cellular service providers, thanks to a lawsuit settlement announced today; A study done by an IU environmental scientist and colleagues finds the environment in the United States is exposed to far more animal hormones than once thought; Representative Todd Young is teaming with the City of Bloomington and WorkOne South Central to host a job fair in Bloomington this June; Indiana University has received two National Science Foundation research grants totaling $8.6 million, according to a press release from IU; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals considered problems related to development in Karst areas at a meeting last week.

FEATURE
The story of a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Dial This Extension for Money Smarts – Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Joe Crawford and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 7, 2015

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Summer festival season is about to start, as can be seen by the Bloomington Board of Public Works agenda for its meeting of June 6th; On Tuesday, Bloomington High School South is set to unveil its new sustainable energy installation called Project Pavegen; Habitat for Humanity began building homes last week as part of its new subdivision along the north end of the B-Line Trail; The City of Bloomington has hired a company to truck away sludge from its waste water treatment plant.

FEATURE
On Tuesday, Democrats in Bloomington chose their candidates for mayor and City Council. Those candidates will compete in the general election in November. Although there was a well-publicized race for mayor this year, still only about 11 percent of Bloomington’s active voters came to the polls. On Tuesday, WFHB’s program Interchange hosted a conversation about voting with IU political science professor Margie Hershey. The show was co-hosted by Doug Storm and Joe Crawford. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s daily local opinion segment!

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron and Adele Poudrier. Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services. Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 7, 2015

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Today was the first day of early voting in Bloomington’s municipal elections, A public

ground breaking ceremony took place today at Indiana’s University’s Assembly Hall to

commemorate recent donations to the basketball stadium, A town hall meeting is scheduled

for this Saturday to discuss the problem of child abuse in Monroe County, Canadian

filmmaker Guy Maddin will visit Indiana University this weekend to give a lecture and

present a retrospective of his work, Monroe County United Ministries announced today it is

launching a new program to help local nonprofits get started, A report that aims to measure

civic health found some room for improvement in Indiana, As April arrives so does National

Minority Health Month.

New IU Sexual Misconduct Policy Is Signed Into Place

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IU is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex. Last fall the university sought input on the current policies in place addressing sexual crimes. This week, President Michael McRobbie signed the new Sexual Misconduct Policy. WFHB correspondent Alycin Bektesh speaks with members of the IU community who worked on the policy for today’s community report.

Under the new policy, the so-called “responsible employees” authorized to redress sexual misconduct include professors, advisors, coaches and university officials.

The Top Stories of 2014: University Courts

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Today on the Top Stories of 2014: Trouble in University Courts, City Council member Chris Sturbaum joins Alycin and Joe in the studio to discuss a controversy over Indiana University’s plans for the University Courts neighborhood.

The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

Interchange – Breaking the Rulers: The Neoliberal University

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One tends to get easily bogged down and confused by the jargon used to describe particular powerful factions in our mislabeled Democracy and it’s hard not to think this is intentional on the part of pundits and policy wonks at billionaire-funded think-tanks. In this episode we try to make clear what the term Neoliberal means and see how it can be applied to the world of the American University, and in the process hope to identify the way the University system has come to view the student as only an industrial widget–a consumer of edutainment–and a commodity in the “free market” calculus.

Guests:

Jon Simons, an Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington. His research is about cultural theory, the connection between popular culture and politics, and images of peace in the Israeli peace movement. He is a member of the newly formed Faculty Governance Caucus that successfully ran a slate for the last Bloomington Faculty Council elections.

David Fisher, a professor of mathematics at IUB. He works on geometry and dynamics and is particularly interested in objects with lots of symmetry. He is a member of the newly formed Faculty Governance Caucus that successfully ran a slate for the last Bloomington Faculty Council elections. In 2011, he organized a petition which played a role in reversing IU’s attempt to turn health insurance into a mode of monitoring employee health.

Cassidy Sugimoto, an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. She studies and teaches in the areas of scholarly communication and scientometrics. Her most recent book compilations have looked at the historical criticism of scholarly metrics and have explored the proliferation of novel forms of tools for scholarly assessment. She has been active in shared governance at IUB since her arrival in 2010 and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Bloomington Faculty Council.

Of related interest:

Bloomington Faculty Council

The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, approved by the Board of Trustees at its December 2014 meeting, includes eight strategic priorities that will be addressed between now and IU’s bicentennial in 2020. The plan provides a roadmap for IU’s efforts to remain among the best public research universities.

Biography of IU President Michael A. McRobbie

IU Board of Trustees

Credits:
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

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