Category: Community

Indiana University: Gone to the Dogs!

For photos of dogs wearing Hoosiers gear, taking walks across campus, and posing by famous IU landmarks, check out this gallery with images from ‘Campus Canines: The Dogs of Indiana University’ (IU Press).

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Local Minister Hopes Signs Help ‘Tell a Better Story’ About B-town

BY JULIE GRAY It’s too early for crocuses, but you may notice green, blue, and orange signs springing up in yards around town that read, in Arabic, Spanish, and English: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” The signs are part of a national movement that started last year when a [...]

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Got a Musical Instrument Forgotten in the Attic? Let ChIRP Loan It to a Child

BY MOLLY BRUSH As a community orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn to play and appreciate music. But for some families, the cost of purchasing and maintaining an instrument can prevent their children from participating in music lessons and developing musical skills. To help, the [...]

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CIP: College Internship Program Helping Students on Autism Spectrum

Student Joe Banchik and CIP Bloomington Assistant Program Director Ellen Davidson. Photo by Jim Krause BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY From teaching time management skills to helping students discover their passions, College Internship Program (CIP) Bloomington offers services which could benefit nearly anyone. However, the young adults assisted by the local transitional program fall on the [...]

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WFIU Launches Second FM Station So Listeners Can Pick Talk or Music

WFIU Operations Director John Bailey. Courtesy photo BY BARB BERGGOETZ Choosing between classical music and quality news programming during the day is now easier for Bloomington listeners with the arrival of a new public radio channel — WFIU2. WFIU (103.7 FM) launched WFIU2 (101.9 FM), allowing Bloomington-area listeners to pick up FM radio programming that [...]

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Getting to Know Your Local Cop Over a Cup of Coffee (or Juice)

Bloomington Police Department Deputy Chief Joe Qualters gets to know 2-year-old Thisbe Ellenwood at Coffee with a Cop. Photo by Jenn Hamm   BY PAUL BICKLEY It wasn’t a typical day at the library, and 2-year-old Thisbe Ellenwood stood shyly behind her mother until one police officer handed her a bottle of juice. Then she [...]

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Sisters In Peace: Women of Different Religions Unite

Sisters in Peace founders (l-r) Anna Maidi, Margaret Pruden, Rita Lichtenberg, and Beverly Calender-Anderson. Photo by Martin Boling BY CARMEN SIERING In October 2015, a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was attacked outside Sofra Café on South Walnut. The incident sparked an outpouring of concern from members of the Bloomington community, says Anna Maidi, who [...]

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Society Celebrating the Middle Ages Creates Illuminated Medieval Text

Calligraphers used a quill pen and oak gall ink, and paints were made by hand, to decorate the codex. Photo by Tyagan Miller BY JULIE GRAY They may live in Indiana, but Hoosier members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) consider themselves denizens of the Middle Kingdom, a realm that includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, [...]

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Sponsors Wanted: Campaign On To Replace Sick Trees

BY PAUL BICKLEY When Jim Murphy, president of CFC Properties, Inc., and an officer on the Bloomington Parks Foundation board, noticed the trees around the Monroe County Courthouse weren’t looking as healthy as they had in the past, he didn’t just wonder what could be done, he decided to do something. “The trees were getting [...]

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