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 Mennonite church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, posted a hand-lettered, black-and-white sign bearing that message. The church eventually spiffed up the design and posted a PDF online for anyone to download. Today the signs can be found from North Carolina to Canada. They appear in Bloomington thanks to Presbyterian minister Mihee Kim-Kort, 38, director of Presbyterian Collegiate Ministries at Indiana University. Kim-Kort first saw the sign on […]

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Can You Do A Triathlon? Test Yourself at Indoor Event

BY BARB BERGGOETZ If you are an aspiring triathlete or just someone seeking a low-key, late-winter challenge, the Indiana University Swim Club may have just what you need. Athletes who participate in the March 5 IU Swim Club Indoor Triathlon will swim, bike, and run indoors in the safe, controlled environment of the IU Student Recreational Sports Center. The annual event typically attracts about 700 participants. “We like that it’s a great way to try a triathlon without a lot of stress,” says Bill Ramos, Swim Club faculty adviser and IU School of Public Health assistant professor. Participants use the center’s pool, stationary bikes, and track. Ramos says the triathlon attracts many people who want to see if they can […]

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Wylie House Heirloom Seed Sale March 4 Supports Genetic Diversity

BY ERIN HOLLINDEN Growing interest in sustainability, food justice, and biological diversity — not to mention local history — has been good news for the Wylie House Museum’s annual Heirloom Seed Sale. For $2 a packet, visitors can buy not just flowers, herbs, and vegetables, but living links to the past. Wylie House, 307 E. 2nd St., was built in 1835 and was the home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. It is administered by IU Libraries, and, says Director Carey Beam, the museum’s buildings, collections, and grounds serve as a resource for multiple IU programs. The museum’s gardens and seed-saving program also serve as resources for the larger community. “We’ve seen a rise in interest as […]

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China Remixed: IU Presents a 10-Week Culture Festival

BY PETER DORFMAN This spring, Indiana University will celebrate the arts and culture of China from one end of campus to the other as the university presents China Remixed, a 10-week festival of art, music, food, and literature. But don’t expect dragons and red lanterns. “We’re highlighting the most progressive aspects of Chinese culture today,” says Ed Comentale, one of the festival’s key organizers. “This is not the Disney version.” Comentale runs the provost’s Arts and Humanities Council, a campus-wide organization that is committed to creating a rich arts and humanities experience for all members of the IU community. The festival is the first in an annual series that will focus on a different country each year, Comentale says. “China […]

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Bloom’s 11th Annual Wedding Guide – Pleasant Surprises! (photo gallery)

Jourdan Eastling (left) and Sarah Hugus share a quiet moment after their ceremony. Photo by Icarus Photography PLEASANT SURPRISES! Couples who have been together for years can still find ways to surprise each another — or be surprised. Such was the case for each of the four couples featured in our 11th Annual Wedding Guide. For Carolyn Chang and Chris Wells, that surprise came from a change of venue. While they had planned an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Well House, a special site where they shared a magical midnight kiss, showers forced the ceremony into Indiana Memorial Union’s Tudor Room. Jourdan Eastling and Sarah Hugus had an even bigger surprise — the fact that they could get married at [...]

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