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Bloomington’s Veterans: Their Struggles and Triumphs (COVER STORY)

Veterans have been an important part of Bloomington since its founding in 1818, when early settlers included soldiers who had fought in the Revolutionary War. David Maxwell, known as the father of Indiana University, was a surgeon in the War of 1812, and numerous campus buildings—including Maxwell Hall and Willkie and McNutt quadrangles—are named for specific veterans, while others honor veterans generally: Memorial Stadium, Memorial Union, Memorial Hall.

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Brooke Bierhaus: A Young Woman Pursuing a Dream, One Cup of Coffee (or Tea) at a Time

In an era where the most common way for people to stay in touch is on Facebook, it might seem unusual for a young woman to explore the intimate ways people can connect over a cup of coffee or tea. In her documentary, The Connected Cup, Bloomington native Brooke Bierhaus examines how sharing in the age-old ritual of making and drinking co ee or tea brings people together despite the seeming barriers of race, religion, ethnicity—even language.

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Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor (1934-2019): A Woman of Peace and Forgiveness

For decades, Eva Mozes Kor carried the weight of Auschwitz with her. At the age of 10, her parents and her two older sisters were murdered there by the Nazis. The fact that she and her identical twin sister survived only added to that weight. But, in the end, it wasn’t what she carried but what she finally chose to lay down that mattered most—to her and to those who will carry on her legacy.

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How a Scandal Helped Change IU Forever

Founded in 1820, Indiana University is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Who knew that you could draw a line from a scandal in the university’s early days to the selection of Herman B Wells as the youngest university president in the country?

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Bloomington’s Veterans: Their Struggles and Triumphs (COVER STORY)

Veterans have been an important part of Bloomington since its founding in 1818, when early settlers included soldiers who had fought in the Revolutionary War. David Maxwell, known as the father of Indiana University, was a surgeon in the War of 1812, and numerous campus buildings—including Maxwell Hall and Willkie and McNutt quadrangles—are named for specific veterans, while others honor veterans generally: Memorial Stadium, Memorial Union, Memorial Hall.

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Brooke Bierhaus: A Young Woman Pursuing a Dream, One Cup of Coffee (or Tea) at a Time

In an era where the most common way for people to stay in touch is on Facebook, it might seem unusual for a young woman to explore the intimate ways people can connect over a cup of coffee or tea. In her documentary, The Connected Cup, Bloomington native Brooke Bierhaus examines how sharing in the age-old ritual of making and drinking co ee or tea brings people together despite the seeming barriers of race, religion, ethnicity—even language.

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Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor (1934-2019): A Woman of Peace and Forgiveness

For decades, Eva Mozes Kor carried the weight of Auschwitz with her. At the age of 10, her parents and her two older sisters were murdered there by the Nazis. The fact that she and her identical twin sister survived only added to that weight. But, in the end, it wasn’t what she carried but what she finally chose to lay down that mattered most—to her and to those who will carry on her legacy.

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How a Scandal Helped Change IU Forever

Founded in 1820, Indiana University is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Who knew that you could draw a line from a scandal in the university’s early days to the selection of Herman B Wells as the youngest university president in the country?

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The Art of the Home [COVER] [Photo Gallery]

The transformation of a house into a home is a bit akin to magic. These four homes—two new structures built in established neighborhoods and two historic homes—celebrate that magic and showcase the art of the home.

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The Magic of Color

Each of these gardens, distinctive as they are, have one thing in common—a creative use of color.

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Under the Weather: How Climate Change is Messing with Monroe County

Indiana’s seasons aren’t quite what they used to be. Wet springs that lead to floods are often followed by summers with dangerously high temperatures. Winters can be strangely warm and dry, or just as easily bring record-breaking blizzards and below-zero temperatures. It’s all due to climate change—and it’s influencing what we eat, how we feel, and even how long some of us will live.

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Anti-Semitism On the Rise: Where We Stand in Bloomington

There is no doubt that acts of anti-Semitism are increasing, in this country and around the world. Polls show that fewer people know about past atrocities against Jews while more hold negative feelings toward them. Here, we examine the oldest hatred—anti-Semitism—in 2019.

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Bloomington’s Black Leaders of Tomorrow

To choose Bloomington’s black leaders of tomorrow, Bloom was looking for students who are outstanding in scholarship, the arts, or other fields; who are involved in the community through volunteerism and activism; who show a generosity of spirit; and who demonstrate a commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of others.

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Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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Athletic Director Fred Glass Looks Back On Ten Years at the Helm of IU Sports

On October 28, 2008, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie held a press conference to announce the appointment of George Frederick (Fred) Glass as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Glass replaced Rick Greenspan, who had resigned in the aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson recruitment scandal. He would become the fifth IU athletic director in eight years.

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Once Upon a Time in Bloomington There Was an Ashram and a Place Called the Tao

The brick-fronted building at 519 E. 10th St. sits deserted. Acquired last year by Indiana University from the owners of Yogi’s Grill & Bar, it awaits its fate as the site of a pending university expansion. But Bloomington old-timers insist that if you look carefully, inside you can still see the bones of an earlier incarnation: the Tao Restaurant.

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Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

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A Magical Fish and the City it Spawned

One hundred and 11 years ago, work was completed on our courthouse in the Square. But the origins of that building, of the weathervane in the shape of a fish that adorns its summit, and of Bloomington itself, all took place—depending on how you look at it—either a century earlier or 250 million years ago. Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, novelist, teacher—our Mark Twain—casts a wondrous, pondering eye on that weathervane. This story first appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of Bloom. On the occasion of the city’s bicentennial, we felt it worthy of being published again.

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