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Bloomington may not have the best job market for international residents

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Fourth year IU graduate student Hyejin Park, a 37-year-old South Korea native, knows numerous international residents, of multiple ethnicities, but mostly fellow Koreans, who have difficulties finding legal, part-time jobs.

“I think language is maybe the largest barrier, and the second one is maybe culture, like accepted-ness,” she said.

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Customers, owners impacted by restaurant restrictions in Bloomington

April 18th, 2019 No comments

For JR Ricker, 28, owning a business was a long-term, childhood dream. He was born and raised in Indianapolis into an entrepreneurial family, as his dad owned a bike shop. Years later, when attended IU Bloomington, he decided it was the perfect place to begin his own legacy and he opened he city’s first cold-pressed juice bar, InBloom Juicery.

“From traveling around with the [IU] cross-country, track team, I got to see what a lot of good restaurants and good eating was like,” he said. “I thought it was something that Bloomington always lacked.”

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Bloomington is always friendly to LGBTQ+ community

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Brynn Canary is a Bloomington resident who identifies as lesbian and non-binary, neither man nor woman. She escaped from hate violence in her hometown Franklin to move to Bloomington. She said living in Bloomington is like living in a safe bubble, which remains inclusive and protective of the LGBTQ+ community.

“It seems like a place that I would be free to be myself,” she said. “I feel pretty comfortable living here and being who I am in this community.”

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Mold issues mark transitional time for Bloomington student housing

April 18th, 2019 No comments

IU junior Sam Neidermann didn’t know what lay ahead when he agreed last summer to live at Evolve, one of the newest state-of-the-art choices for student housing in Bloomington. As a first-year transfer student from the University of Alabama, he thought Evolve seemed like the perfect option and was convinced to sign a 12-month lease.

“The location is prime,” he said. “It’s convenient. It looked like a very attractive option from what they advertised.”

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Occult practitioners in Bloomington combat stereotypes and discrimination

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Taylor True, a staff member at Sunrise Hive, greets each patron with the same genuine smile and kind, welcoming words. Soft yellow lights fill the space with a serene ambiance as faint classic rock tunes fill the air. Pentacles, tarot decks, crystals, books, candles, and small caldrons are just a few items on the shelves, beckoning curious shoppers.

Some, however, doubt and question the practices the store represents.

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Lack of public knowledge leads to difficulty finding children help

April 18th, 2019 No comments

With a variety of nonprofits in Bloomington, 20-year-old IU student Sydney Carey feels the community lacks knowledge about organizations that help children. Carey used to feel like organizations lacked volunteers, but she has felt a shift from a lack of volunteers to a lack of education among community members.

“I think organizations do a good job of educating people about them when people reach out to them, but I think it is rare organizations go beyond just those who seek information,” she said. “It is very rare if I see someone on campus or around Bloomington that is trying to educate someone about an organization.”

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Bloomington Transit creates plan for new route optimization

April 18th, 2019 No comments

The white concrete building in the heart of downtown, labeled with “BT” seafoam green lettering, has been Deb Albertson’s second home for the past 15 years. The 55-year-old Bloomington native who has been commuting to work using Bloomington Transit she since she moved in 2003.

“My vision isn’t great, and I know I can rely on the public transportation to get me to places,” she says. “I even have the schedules memorized. I can’t remember what my life was before Bloomington Transit. Granted, I do have bad memory.”

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Monroe County supports veterans but can still improve

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Monroe County Veteran Service Officer Mary Elfman said the city of Bloomington is a good place for veterans. However, the federal government could do better on tax benefits and services for veterans.

“The educational benefits for both the veteran and their children here in Indiana are not available in any other state in the United States except I think Arizona,” she said.

In Monroe County, there are 8,000 veterans who received Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation. VA compensation includes health clinic service. Furthermore, there are about 2,600 members of American Legion in Bloomington.

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Rising housing costs push residents out of Bloomington

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Violinist Emily Nehus looked at her new home in amazement. She had spent the last 12 days building two houses, one of which was her own. After moving her family from apartment to apartment for around 17 years, she finally had a place to call home in Bloomington.

“I was just bawling on the last day,” she said. “This is my home.”

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Doug Bauder serves LGBTQ+ at IU for 25 years

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Doug Bauder sits upright in front of his desk to work on his computer and respond to emails, surrounded by LGBTQ posters and photos in his office. He frowns and thinks seriously, tapping the keyboard, creating a slow but rhythmic sound.

His forehead is wrinkled from years of concentration a product of his contribution to human rights in Bloomington. This is his 25th year as the director. He will retire at the end of the calendar year.

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