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Daily Local News – August 18, 2015

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Indiana University has just signed one of the largest apparel contracts in the history of college athletics; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning incoming college students to be aware of delays along the route to Bloomington; A study on the sustainability of Bloomington has found mixed results; Hoosier Energy is proposing to build a photovoltaic solar power farm west of Ellettsville.

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Earlier this year the Indiana legislature passed a law barring what are referred to as serious sex offenders from voting on election day if their precinct is located in a school. The law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It makes it a Level 6 felony for an offender to enter a school property. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit alleging the new law is unconstitutional. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the attorney working on the case and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
ANCHORS: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers is Jennifer Brooks.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

bloomingOUT – August 6, 2015

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Hosts Jeff Jewel and Megan McCullough interview Jamie Bartzel, the Office Supervisor of IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services. They also interview Jessica Levandoski, the Director of the upcoming Middle Coast Film Festival.

Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Megan McCullough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Board Engineer – Olivia Davidson

Standing Room Only – What Makes Food Edible?

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Science Café Bloomington brings scientists and the public together to consider science research of general interest. The group recently hosted sociocultural anthropologist Rick Wilk of Indiana University, who researches  why certain foods are considered edible in some eras and cultures, but inedible in others. Wilk specifically addressed fish, using carp and fish considered by-catch as an example.

IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

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IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of autism. Anecdotally, parents of children with autism have reported that fevers tend to lessen their behavioral symptoms. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed some of those observations, but the nature of that association is still unclear.  Alberts and Harshaw are hoping to take a detailed look at that connection under laboratory conditions.

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 – June 30, 2015

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Professional rescuers and volunteers continued the search for eighteen year old Marina Boelter last weekend; IU’s Maurer School of Law announced last week that they will be opening a new clinic to help Monroe County veterans denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs; A new poll from Bellwether Research shows bad news for Governor Mike Pence; The Monroe County Commissioners have approved the rezoning of the historic Borland-Rockland property; Calling all artists: the Bloomington Arts Commission in conjunction with the Arden Place Neighborhood Association is requesting a site-specific artwork commission.

FEATURE
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.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Kyle Boen
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

IU Releases Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy

Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy Tuesday. The policy defines the term consent, explains the options available to victims of sexual assault, and lists a range of sanctions for those who are proven to have violated the rules.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the new policy combines aspects of the previous sexual harassment policy, human resources policies and legal compliance measures.

“We have a lot of rules and policeis in place but they’ve never been stitched together like this,” Land says.

Indiana University 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.

Land says the university takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously and hopes that the updated policy will create a more supportive culture for victims seeking justice against their attackers.

“Obviously this issue is as important and as serious as it gets in the eyes of the University administration and community,” Land says.

A draft of the updated sexual misconduct policy was released to the public in the fall and more than one hundred and fifty comments were submitted.

A group of students, faculty, staff, and university administration then worked together to create the final version of the policy.

IU Increases Number Of Peace Corps Volunteers

For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

According to the Peace Corp’s annual list, IU is ranked 20th among large universities for producing volunteers.

It currently has 36 graduate students enrolled in the program, through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Education.

Peace Corps volunteers are stationed throughout the world and work on issues such as health, agriculture, environment and education. Most of the students enrolled through the School of Education teach English.

For most volunteers it’s their first experience in teaching. But as IU professor Faridah Pawan explains, they are still asked to take on the class as fully fledged teachers.

“They could be teaching any grade level according to the country’s needs,” Pawan says.

In order to face some of the challenges, the school of education has developed for the first time a fully online program. This allows for students to take their courses while onsite, but also is a means of support when problems arise in their teaching.

Pawan says volunteers know there is a person supporting them on the other side, only an email or a chat away.

“This is the first fully online program for the Peace Corps,” Pawan says, “We developed it to provide embedded and sustained support.”

The school of education has people currently stationed in Mongolia, Kyrgystan, Micronesia and Peru through the Peace Corps Program. Their first graduate, Joan Connors, did not fit the typical profile of a masters student. She came into the program at 60-years-old and graduated at 62. She helped teach English through the help of music.

According to Pawan, when they come back, many volunteers pursue careers in the same field in which they volunteered.

City of Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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Award-winning filmmaker Bennett Singer gave the keynote address this year at the City of Bloomington’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. Singer most recently produced and directed the film, “Brother Outsider,” which chronicles the life of Bayard Rustin, and openly gay civil rights activist who worked closely with Dr. King. Besides Singer, the event also featured speeches by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling, Indiana University Vice Provost Martin McCrory and others. Musical performers included the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble and the University Elementary School Choir.

Standing Room Only – Ebola Symposium Part 1

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On Friday Novermber 14, Indiana University hosted an expert discussion of the Ebola Crisis. The event centered on the behavior of the Ebola virus, the sociocultural factors of the affected areas, and the political ramifications of the outbreak. Speakers included David Fidler of the Maurer School of Law, Richard Hardy ff the Department of Biology, Lauren MacLean of the Department of Political Science, Samuel Obeng of the African Studies Program, and M. Aaron Sayegh with the School of Public Health. This program was recorded on location in Maurer Hall by WFHB correspondent Marta Shockett for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

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