On behalf of the College Democrats and College Republicans at IU, we affirm that our two organizations rise in opposition to House Bill 1311 as proposed by Rep. Peggy Mayfield.
As it currently reads, it would prevent students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting in Indiana. We do not view this as a partisan issue, but as a threat to student voting rights.
Regardless of our political leanings, we cannot support disenfranchising student voters under any pretense.
It has been raised as an issue of residency, but we are clearly residents. The majority of our student body is here for four years and often becomes deeply involved in the community.
Many of us will decide to stay in Indiana long after graduation. Whether paying in-state or out-of-state tuition, we are all Hoosiers.
We cannot afford to turn away those who come to Indiana for higher education. Indiana is fortunate to have so many talented students coming into the state, bringing economic activity and new ideas.
We absolutely agree that students should be engaged in the political process. Indiana University is better off for having active chapters of the College Democrats and the College Republicans.
On the grounds of its negative effect on the student voice, we oppose HB 1311. We strongly urge Rep. Mayfield to remove the disenfranchisement language from the bill and for all representatives to vote NO on HB 1311 if it remains.
— Aaron Dy
President of College Democrats at IU
Chairman of College Republicans at IU
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I have always had a special affinity for art in places where art “isn’t supposed to be.” Certainly, most of us enjoy an afternoon browsing a gallery or museum, but there is something really nice about finding art in unexpected places.
I was pleased to see Matthew Cinkoske's recent column about domestic violence at IU — "Is IU mishandling student domestic violence?" June 14, 2015.
I would like to bring to the attention of the IDS the fact that harassment of disabled students occurs regularly at IU Bloomington. I personally know of physically impaired students who have been harassed in Ballantine Hall for taking the elevator up or down one floor. And they aren’t just harassed by fellow students; faculty and staff are guilty, too. Just because someone looks healthy, doesn’t mean that they are. Invisible disabilities are any of a number of chronic conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living while showing no outward signs of the illness. I also know of a physically impaired student who was made fun of recently for riding a scooter in Forest Residence Center. This is a student who can barely walk—and only for short distances—and only when feeling physically up to it. This same student was also harassed in the Forest parking lot by someone who didn’t think a handicap parking space should be used by a disabled student, even though the appropriate IU parking permit was displayed in the car. Harassment may be reported to the IU Incident Teams at (812) 855-8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I mention these incidents because they happened to students I know. And if they can happen to them, they can happen to anyone. I ask the entire campus community: How would you feel if someone you cared about was ridiculed or harassed because they had a disability? How does it feel to learn that members of the campus community, whether you know them or not, have to deal with harassment at IU Bloomington on a daily basis? I urge us all to think before speaking, show some Hoosier compassion, and offer to help instead of contributing to an intolerant environment. I also urge the IDS to investigate and report on the harassment of disabled students on this campus. As an IU alumna, IU employee, and IU parent, I hate to think of Indiana University’s reputation being tarnished by charges of harassment of any kind. Melissa Thorne Bloomington
I am glad you chose to publish an article on the Bloomington Planned Parenthood. Let me explain why. I am a survivor of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse, and I have personally experienced an abortion more than once.
The location of sexual violence posters must be reconsidered.