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Exclusion of LGBTQ+ students at Lighthouse Christian Academy has negative effects on the community

April 19th, 2018
Twenty-one- year- old Brie Blauvelt is a senior attending IU. She attending Lighthouse Christian Academy for six years and was felt forced to leave at the age of 15 after coming out as a lesbian.

Unlike other gay students attending Lighthouse Christian Academy, 22-year-old Brie Blauvelt left before school officials forced her out with an ultimatum when she came out at the age of 15.

“They didn’t kick me out, but I knew that word was going to get out and that I was going to be kicked out, so I had to leave,” she says.

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The Bridge Spiritual Center’s Karla Kamstra promotes spiritual growth

March 29th, 2018

Karla Kamstra sits in her creation: a place that brings peace to the mind, security and clarity through spirituality- her spiritual center. This space is dimly lit and the soothing essence of essential oils wafts freely through the room.

The 56-year-old Christian mystic with short hair, a soft voice and composed manner is the ideal fit to manage a spiritual center. The soothing and inviting energy she releases helped build the foundation for the business she runs.

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Talking to strangers builds confidence for interviewing

March 27th, 2018

When I first heard about this assignment and that we had to interview three to four random people on the street, I was nervous. Mainly for the fear of being rejected by strangers and the jab it takes to your confidence, which I knew I needed.

When walking around Bloomington and mentally preparing to stop my next victim, I realized that confidence was key if I wanted people to take me seriously and stop to give me the time of day amidst the gloomy, 30-degree weather.

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Bloomington residents: Religious diversity has a positive impact on local service projects

March 1st, 2018

The diversity of religious backgrounds in Bloomington has a positive impact on volunteer work in the community, according to four informal interviews in downtown Bloomington from Feb. 10 through Feb. 13.

In addition to the diversity, the four agreed that regardless of religion, community service projects are open to all.

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On the Beat – Faith & Values

February 15th, 2018


Oct. 17, 2016

Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post

A 9-year-old boy from Minnesota is believed to be a reincarnation of a famous lama and Buddhist spiritual leader from the 16th century. According to Jalue Dorje’s parents, they saw signs that their son would be special while still in the womb.

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Bio: Elizabeth Stotts

Elizabeth Stotts
Elizabeth “Ellie” Stotts is a senior at Indiana University majoring in media advertising with a specialization in graphic communications. During the school year she works as a nanny for a local family and is a campus ambassador for the company RewardStyle. She is currently in the process of representing a non-profit company as well, Humanity and Hope. This past summer she started a fashion and lifestyle blog with her twin sister and through their blog has collaborated with local and international brands. After college her dream is to move to Chicago and work as a graphic designer.