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Michael Martin, the previous director of the Black Film Center/Archive at IU and current editor-in-chief of Black Camera, wrote an open letter to IU Media School Dean James Shanahan. In it, he said the BFC/A had experienced a pattern of budget cuts, low retention of professional staff and a lack of support from the university. He also said Black Camera, a scholarly film journal, had also suffered from budget cuts.
The Bloomington City Council struck down a proposed ordinance that would protect homeless encampments by a vote of 4-4 Thursday. Nine days earlier, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced in a press release that it opposed the ordinance based on overwhelmingly negative survey feedback from more than 100 of its members.
Despoina Panagiotidou remembers the moment she learned she was accepted into the IU Jacobs School of Music. She was sitting in her apartment in Thessaloniki, Greece, reading the acceptance email on her laptop. She remembers being excited to get to work with some of the best performers and music educators in the world.
Abolfazl Alipour, a Neuroscience and Psychology Ph.D. student and supporter of the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition, said he was hoping to represent graduate students when he joined the Committee for Fee Review this year. Alipour said he wanted to discuss how fees were allocated with other graduate students, since they were the ones who had to pay them.
As he sat under the awning of A Friend’s Place, an overnight shelter, and leaned back against the wooden chair he was sitting in, Randy Haler sighed. In the freezing January air, he could see his own breath.
Thursday night, Bloomington Police Department personnel and city employees evicted two people experiencing homelessness who had been staying at Seminary Park. Others who had been staying in the park left earlier in the day when police arrived.
As the semester ends, students may feel overwhelmed. Care referrals offer a way for students to access mental health resources and professional help for themselves or a friend, DeeDee Dayhoff, IU assistant dean for student services and parents said in an email.
Bloomington Homeless Coalition was founded in early August by Bloomington resident Harry Collins to help the unhoused population in Bloomington.
Mike Moy leaned over a cutting board, chopping vegetables Nov. 25, the last day that Bloomington Sandwich Company was open after 15 years of business. Quiet music played in the empty lobby as Moy prepared sandwiches for his business one last time.
Bloomington and Monroe County were relatively quiet this Election Day. Lines were generally short. Polling places closed on time. No major disruptions were reported.
COVID-19 in the winter
More than 45 people attended a virtual press conference at 3 p.m. Saturday organized by the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition, a multidisciplinary group of graduate workers fighting for better working conditions.
Joseph O’Connor was a kind soul, a giving person, a loving person, said Senyung Lee, a close friend of Joseph’s.
Fall intensive courses and winter intersession courses are a good opportunity for students to take classes that interest them but might not fulfill major requirements, Mark Hurley, director of advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, said.
More than 70 students demonstrated at the “Unite to Ignite rally” at Sample Gates on Friday with a list of demands for IU Student Government. Students held a large sign reading, “We are not asking for a seat at the table, we built our own.”
Bivi’s Tamales, served in the Indiana Memorial Union in The Globe as well as other places in town, has faced similar problems to other businesses while operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Bivianna Torres said the pandemic has slashed business nearly in half for her.
During an outdoor Yom Kippur service on Sept. 27 at IU Hillel, someone passing by in a car yelled an anti-Semitic statement, IU Police Department Deputy Chief Shannon Bunger said.
The Back Door, an LGBTQIA+ bar, has been closed for more than six months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since it has no money coming in, it is surviving off loans, owner Smoove G said.
James Troyer, a freshman at IU who quarantined at Ashton Center for 10 days, said no one ever checked to see if he was staying in his room.
Multiple students who live in greek houses that are supposed to be under quarantine have requested Uber rides to both leave and return to their houses, Uber drivers said.