Category: Community

Nia—A Workout That Put a Smile on My Face

Sometimes you have to try something to understand it. That’s how it is with Nia. I first heard about it from my friend Erica De Santis a few years ago. She said her wife, Jane Fleig, goes three times a week, and no matter how she feels before class, when Jane comes home, she is always smiling. Okay, I was curious. But what is Nia? 

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What Did You Do Last Summer? IU Athletes Taught Kids in Vietnam

With so much time devoted to training and playing their sport, student-athletes are seldom able to participate in typical college programs—things like service or the chance to study abroad. In an effort to change that, the national Coach for College program provides student-athletes the opportunity to visit underserved areas of rural Vietnam and give academic, athletic, and life-skills support to the region’s middle-school children.

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Housing First Approach Increases Number of Shelter Residents in Permanent Homes

In 2015, Martha’s House, the region’s only nonreligious emergency shelter for adults, was facing financial problems serious enough to threaten its survival. In January 2016, Shalom Community Center took over the shelter’s management and renamed it Friend’s Place. Since then, Shalom has implemented a new Housing First approach that has significantly increased the number of shelter residents who find permanent housing.

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Charlotte Zietlow’s Book on Bloomington Tells How Ordinary Folks Can Change Government

Charlotte Zietlow is arguably Bloomington’s leading citizen, having served as a City Council member, Monroe County’s first female County Commissioner, and in countless other political and community roles. Now, at 82, she’s written a book that chronicles the city’s political history, explores the fragility of democracy, and demonstrates how ordinary citizens have the power to change their government.  

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Three Women Who Played IU Basketball When Female Athletes Got No Respect

Twenty years ago, Indiana University handed out its first varsity “I” letters to female athletes—91 in all—at the June Cream and Crimson Weekend festivities. Three local women, all members of IU’s 1973 Final Four women’s basketball team, were among those whose varsity letters were awarded long after they were due. 

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Indiana Legal Services Gives Everyone a Voice in Court

William R. Morris Jr. is well-known as “Brother William” on WFIU’s Friday afternoon “Soul Kitchen” edition of Just You and Me. But as an attorney, Morris is one of the eight lawyers and three paralegals who staff the Bloomington office of Indiana Legal Services (ILS). His focus is on housing and homelessness.

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Evans-Porter Library Preserves African American History, Culture & Fiction

Housed in the building that served as the African American grades K–9 school until the end of local school segregation in 1951, the Banneker Community Center’s Evans-Porter Memorial Library is a repository of approximately 2,000 volumes of African American history and culture, reference materials, and adult and children’s fiction.

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IU’s Reality Lab Offers Students an Out-of-This-World Experience

When you slip on the goggles in the Reality Lab, a virtual reality-enabled classroom in The Media School at Indiana University, it takes a minute to master the hand-held controllers. Once you do, you know that soon every university will have a room like this. Why? Because virtual reality (VR) delivers a vivid, convincing sensory experience you can’t get in the real world.

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Monroe County NOW Ready to Take Action & Make a Difference

Bloomington resident Laura Collins woke up the day after the 2016 election and could not believe Donald Trump was president. “It devastated me,” Collins recalls. “I had to take the day off work.” When the shock wore off, Collins decided she had to do more than take a day off work. She had to take action and make a difference.

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Opportunity House: Helping Out for Nearly 50 Years

Back in 1968, a group of “church ladies” stumbled upon life on the other side of the tracks. The women were shocked to see the deprivation that existed in the neighborhood known as Pigeon Hill. The sight of ramshackle housing inspired the group to lend a helping hand.

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Puzzle Maker Marc Tschida’s Project Leads to Adventure of a Lifetime

Last year, Marc Tschida, owner of Press Puzzles, began selling a limited-edition, 385-piece puzzle depicting the painting Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copely. The wooden puzzle featured 15 shark-shaped pieces and sold for $95. “I really wanted to sell shark-themed puzzles to pay for a cage-diving trip with great white sharks. It’s an expensive trip,” Tschida explains.

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Bloomington Volunteer Network: Connecting People, Places & Causes

The Bloomington Volunteer Network has evolved over the years. When it was established as the Bloomington Volunteer Action Center in 1980 by Mayor Frank McCloskey, the department interviewed, screened, and assigned volunteers to local nonprofit organizations. It also logged all of the volunteers’ hours.

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