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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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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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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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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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Lack of Diversity in Bloomington’s music scene inspires possible solutions

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Vocalist for the local band The Fat Pockets Aaliyah Hyde, along with other African American women artists, sent a video to IU Athletics. It was a cover of Destiny’s Child’s version of the National Anthem. Hyde said there aren’t different acts that are represented even in the university music space.

“All you see is like the older Jacob’s professor,” Hyde says. “And he’s a man.”

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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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Middle Way’s Samuel Ujdak contributes to community

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Samuel Ujdak’s phone constantly rings from donors and people who need help from Middle Way House. He never feel tired of his work because he profoundly wants to make his community being better and safer.

“I care deeply about what Middle Way House does and the work they do in the community,” he said.

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Interviewing Bloomington residents difficult, but worthwhile

March 28th, 2019 No comments

Throughout early February, I went out into the streets of downtown Bloomington to find out what the locals think of a current issue involved with my beat, labor and the economy. With the recent federal government shutdown fresh in people’s minds, I kept my questions focused on the area’s current job market.

It certainly wasn’t easy, as I battled poor weather, a lingering fever, nerves and several uninterested residents. Ultimately, I was pleased to meet the people I did and happy with the answers what I found out.

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Challenging myself during random interview

March 28th, 2019 No comments

My experience during the person on the street reporting assignment was challenging. I served in the army for a few years. When I was in the military, I was a sergeant.

As a Non-Commissioned-Officer, I was a leader of a cannon crew section, which is consisting of nine-American soldiers.

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Bloomington residents are concerned about the climate change in town

March 26th, 2019 No comments

Bloomington’s changing weather has brought many impacts on residents’ lives, but different people have different opinions about climate change, local residents in downtown Bloomington and around campus said on Feb. 12, 2019.

Three said more extreme weather has awoken them to the importance of environmental protection. One said Indiana’s weather is always unpredictable.

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