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Unknown changes to come after protests against white supremacy at the Bloomington Farmers Market

December 5th, 2019 No comments

The Bloomington Farmers Market was less packed than usual on Saturday, making the purple shirts of Kate Blake and the other members of the Purple Shirt Brigade stand out as they gathered in the space directly across from the Schrooner Creek Farm stand. This week the protest group donned sashes that read “No Nazis” in place of protest signs.

“We are trying to find a way to follow the rules but also bring attention to the fact that this city is violating free speech basically,” said Blake.

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LGBTQ community unfazed by hate group at Bloomington Farmer’s Market

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Opening his phone in August of 2019, Lane Wolf read a story on the IDS about fliers promoting a white supremist group in Bloomington. Wolf, a nonbinary 21-year-old from Larwill, IN, began performing drag in 2017 during his freshman year of college. He now prepared to return to the city as a junior knowing a hate group existed that wanted LGBTQ residents like him out. Instead of feeling Intimidated, Wolf found the fliers absurd.

“It’s ridiculous to be spouting such rhetoric in 2019, but some people don’t seem to be able to educate themselves,” He said.

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Bloomington does good job with the LGBTQ+ community

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Twenty-year-old Zhuoran Wang, a Chinese junior at IU, is gay. He knew who he was when he was in primary school. He was young, but he still worried about how to let his parents know, and by being gay, it would be hard for him to get married.
“I didn’t tell my parents about my sexual orientation,” he said. “I am not sure how they will react. I also did not want them to be anxious because I am gay.”

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Doug Bauder has been IU LGBTQ+ culture center director for 25 years

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Doug Bauder’s office at IU’s LGBTQ+ Culture Center is a warm and inviting sanctuary on Seventh Street across from the Indiana Memorial Union. The walls are speckled with posters about the gay community, and the bookshelf displays pictures and awards that have been collected over two decades as the center’s director.

Before moving to this office 25 years ago, Bauder was a pastor.

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Leticia Gonzalez enjoys helping Latino students feel comfortable in a diverse place

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Leticia Gonzalez, 56, has been worked at La Casa Latino Culture Center (LCC) for about five years as an administrative assistant. She is happy to make sure everything is going well at LCC and help Latino students to feel more at home at IU.

“I really enjoy working with students,” she said. “And, I like to see our students be successful. I want to see them graduate. I want to see them doing well in their classes.”

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Lillian Casillas-Origel speaks on life, immigration, and La Casa Cultural Center

November 7th, 2019 No comments

In an empty conference room of La Casa Cultural Center sitting in front of a student-painted mural of Mexico and other Latino countries, the Director of La Casa Cultural Center, Lillian Casillas-Origel got sentimental explaining her experiences immigrating to the United States.

“It was part of what my parents were trying to do – provide a better opportunity for us, the kids.” she said, “I got better opportunities.”

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Bloomington residents hesitant to discuss inclusivity

November 6th, 2019 No comments

As a naturally introverted Midwesterner it is paralyzing to need to approach a stranger and ask to interview them and unthinkable to ask to take their picture, record their voice and then publish it on the internet.

I began the task of interviewing four random strangers by forming questions about inclusivity in Bloomington and going down to the city square. I started asking anyone who I could get to stop, if I could talk to them about their experiences. I had many strangers decline immediately, a few decline at their picture being taken and a couple at the idea of the interview being posted online.

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Interviewing strangers is a valuable but challenging experience

November 6th, 2019 No comments

At the end of September, I went out into the square of IU Auditorium to find out four random people who have special opinions about the racial diversity.
I planned to interview around eight subjects but it was hard to achieve. I found few people willing to respond, because many of them were busy with their own works.

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Bloomington locals excited to help student journalist find solutions for music diversity

November 6th, 2019 No comments

Walking down Kirkwood with a camera and microphone asking locals questions gave me more insight on Bloomington than the past three years as a student at IU.
I interviewed four different strangers on the topic of music diversity in Bloomington over the course of two days. I learned that locals don’t like to be interviewed, and most interviewees agree Bloomington’s music is diverse considering the city’s size and location.

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Finding diversity on campus is easier than reporting on it.

November 6th, 2019 No comments

Writing the Person On the Street (POS) story was a great experience. To better understand my story I need to mention the struggles I had with interviews and technical issues.

Firstly, I struggled with approaching strangers, which later on got easier. It became natural the more mini-interviews I did.

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