Category: Our Town

Stanley Njuguna: Activist

At 20 years old, Indiana University sophomore Stanley Njuguna has already been a featured speaker at protest events such as Bloomington’s Inaugurate the Revolution and Black Lives Matter rallies — and he’s just getting started.

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Dean Peg Faimon: School of Art + Design

Indiana Unviersity’s new School of Art and Design merges the Department of Studio Art and the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. Peg Faimon discusses the honor of becoming the founding dean.

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How Mid-Life Crisis Led Owner to Open Monroe Furniture Restoration

BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO In 2002, when Tim Puro was working at Monroe County Bank, the idea of making a living repairing and restoring furniture didn’t seem feasible. It was a hobby he had enjoyed since age 12, but it wasn’t until he took a class on furniture spot repair and finishing at the Marc [...]

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Debra Morrow: 
Executive Director, Middle Way House

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s been more than a decade since Debra Morrow finally acknowledged she needed help dealing with an abusive relationship.  She found that help at Middle Way House, the Bloomington nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Eventually, she and three of her four children (one son was attending Purdue [...]

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Billy Young: The Bicycle Man (video)

Billy Young works on a bike in his apartment. Photo by John Bailey BY CARMEN SIERING Bloomington is a bike town and it’s common to see people riding bikes for recreation and sport, and even as a means of transportation. But for some folks, having a bike means a whole lot more. That’s something Billy [...]

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James Shanahan: Dean of The Media School

James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School at Indiana University. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY CARMEN SIERING The Media School at Indiana University, established in July 2014, began under a cloud. School of Journalism faculty, students, and alumni were unsure what the move would mean once the school was no longer situated in Ernie [...]

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Barbara Restle: A Life Well Lived

Barbara Restle. Photo by Martin Boling   BY ERIN HOLLINDEN Barbara Restle, 90, teared up when she heard “Yours Is My Heart Alone” composed by Franz Lehar sung in German at a benefit for Shalom Community Center. “The world is very small,” she says. As an 11-year-old, Restle heard Lehar’s music in an Austrian opera [...]

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Tom Morris: Athletic Trainer

Tom Morris. Photo by Jim Krause BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY After a 2012 mountain biking accident left Tom Morris paralyzed from the waist down, the longtime Indiana University strength and conditioning coach wondered how — and if — he’d ever get back to helping student athletes achieve peak performance. From his hospital bed, Morris ruminated [...]

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Memorable Images of Places Close to Home

The Sample Gates at Indiana University. Photo by Stephen Sproull   BY CARMEN SIERING When Stephen Sproull first picked up a camera, he often thought of all of the places in the world to which one could travel to capture beautiful images. "Now I’ve come to understand that I don’t have to jump on a [...]

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Take a Picture Day

  Back by popular demand after a six-year hiatus, Take a Picture Day (Part 3: Winter), is set for December 10, 2016. We launched Take A Picture Day in the summer of 2008 with spectacular results. Photographs taken on August 23 of that year - a typical summer day in Bloomington - were published in [...]

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Iris Kiesling: Public Servant

Iris Kiesling. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY BARB BERGGOETZ When Mayor Tomi Allison asked Iris Kiesling to run for Bloomington City Council in 1987, she declined. “I didn’t think I could do it,” she recalls. She was soon convinced she could, and so began nearly three decades of listening to and acting on the needs [...]

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Janko’s Little Zagreb For Big Steaks, Big Flavors, Fine Wines

Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY AUBREY DUNNUCK A meal at Janko’s Little Zagreb is a sensory experience even before you enter the restaurant. It starts with the enticing aroma of grilled meat. Owner Mark Conlin calls it “free advertising.” The bouquet wafts out in all directions, leading diners to the corner of Morton and West [...]

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Marvin Jones Jr.: Mathemetician

Indiana University graduate student Marvin Jones Jr. helps local kids and teenagers learn problem-solving skills through math, and maybe raise their SAT scores along the way.

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Mick Renneisen: Deputy Mayor

Mick Renneisen. Photo by Tyagan Miller BY PETER DORFMAN Shortly after the 2015 election, Mick Renneisen got a call from newly elected Mayor John Hamilton. “I thought this was the call where the new mayor asks you to stay on in his administration,” says Renneisen, the director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department under [...]

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Saturday Is Cricket Day in Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park

(above) (first row) Yash Narayan, Sandeep Shah, Om Shah, Yash Ketan Mehta, Anvesh Nayan, Pranav Bhadani, Nirad Parhi; (second row) Siddharth Jayashankar, Arun Ram, Vignesh R, Karthikeya Dulla, Prashanth Reddy Bheemagani, Sreemukha Taduru, Venkata Hanuman SK; (back row) Jaideep Patel, Ashwin Shetty, Sai Uttej Valiveru, Naman Garg. Photo by James Kellar BY PETER DORFMAN Bloomingtonians [...]

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Michael Hamburger: Jefferson Science Fellow

Michael Hamburger. Courtesy photo BY BARB BERGGOETZ Michael Hamburger says he enjoyed being the “seismologist in residence” as a science fellow in Washington D.C. While there, he advised top foreign policy experts, contributed to policy remarks by the U.S. secretary of state, and worked with religious groups involved in climate advocacy. In August, Hamburger, 62, [...]

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Eric Sandweiss: Professor of ‘Public History’

Eric Sandweiss. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY CARMEN SIERING Transitions can be difficult, so in 2002, when Eric Sandweiss was considering a position as the Carmony Chair of History at Indiana University, he and his wife, Lee, were grateful they had friends who lived in Bloomington. “Part of what made the place attractive was that [...]

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Bernadette Pace: Trapeze Artist (Photo Gallery)

Bernadette Pace is caught by Nicholas Port. Photo by Darryl Smith BY CARMEN SIERING In 1970, when she was a young mother, Bernadette Pace joined the Denver YMCA, but instead of taking up running or swimming she decided to try something different. “I was out of shape, and they had a trapeze,” she says. “I [...]

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