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Finding a right way to protect children in school is urgent after mass shootings

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Beth Buggenhagen, mother of two children who study at Templeton Elementary School, said her biggest concern after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was that schools build more security systems for children, which may have negative effects.

“Schools are creating more security and building themselves more like prisons, instead of thinking about reforming gun laws,” she said.

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

April 19th, 2018 No comments
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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Community leaders say new methadone clinic could bring concerns, benefits to the community

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Addict in recovery Kristen Martin was against methadone until 2015. When she used, her friends went to a methadone clinic every day, but it was a place where they got more drugs in the parking lot. Medication-assisted treatment was not being used in conjunction with group and individual therapy at the time.

“I didn’t hear about therapy or addressing some of the emotional and behavioral aspects of their addiction,” the 28-year-old said. “So at first, as in several years ago, I was against methadone. But then, I had this shift of perception.”

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Meals on Wheels helps seniors who cannot cook food at home

April 19th, 2018 No comments

A brown house is located on the west side of first street in Bloomington. There is a big sign that says “Meals on Wheels,” which is a nonprofit service that was helped people since 1973 throughout the city.

“Our mission is to serve those who cannot cook for themselves due to illness,” said Kathy Romy, the first and only paid executive director of the Meals on Wheels. “Or disabilities, either permanent, or temporary.”

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Indiana Center for Recovery’s Jackie Daniels was given an opportunity at a new life

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Jackie Daniels sits back in her chair and places her hands in her lap, surrounded by recovery motivation posters and intervention fliers adorning the walls of her open, yet cluttered office. Although emails flood her inbox, she never loses her upbeat personality.

Daniels, the 39-year-old executive director of the Indiana Center for Recovery and lifelong believer in addiction recovery, doesn’t have time to lose heart. Whether she’s speaking to an addict at their most vulnerable or supporting their path to recovery, she is always busy. Yet for Daniels, this load is not new neither irksome.

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Fairview Elementary teacher Martha Chamberlain uses humor to help children focus

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Martha Chamberlain takes a piece of wet tissue from her shelf and wipes off words like “rat”, “sat”, and “fat” on the table. Instead of writing on the board, she prefers writing upside down on the round table where children sit, so they can recognize those words from their perspectives and be more engaged.

Chamberlain, the 59-year-old Title One reading teacher at Fairview Elementary School, is from Mississippi. She has dedicated more than 30 years to children’s education. She not only has a passion to teach children how to read fluently, but also to have a positive influence on them.

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International student Jack Liu struggles with depression

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Jack Liu opens the apartment door while his left hand holds an iPad and smiles for one moment. He wears a grey IU T-shirt, a black short and a pair of white old leather slippers. His messy black hair makes it seem like he does not take shower.

He invites people to sit on the sofa in the disheveled living room. The lights are too dark, but he still tries to look at videos on his phone carefully. Many cigarette and empty wines bottles are on the tables.

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Building confidence when interviewing strangers on the street

March 27th, 2018 No comments

This is my first time to interview local people in Bloomington about my project. I held the camera and recorder wandering on the third street. It was a sunny Sunday that many people were walking on the street.

Unfortunately, I wrote this story twice. Because firstly I only focused on the college students of the depression. it was not belongs to the local community. The second time I tried to find out local citizens to enrich my project.

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Quick street interviews still require thoroughness

On Feb. 11, 2018, I took part of my afternoon to randomly interview IU students and Bloomington residents walking along Kirkwood Avenue about their opinions on prescription drug abuse.

I figured I would be at a disadvantage because I assumed my topic would be heavier than most other students, but I was determined to stick to my subject and write about something that I believe matters. Surprisingly, three of the four people I stumbled upon were more than willing to share their opinions. My last interviewee, a sociology professor at IU, was not unwilling per say, but rather just a bit hesitant to voice his opinions on a topic he felt he was uninformed about.

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Having a good plan is necessary to interview person on the street

March 27th, 2018 No comments

The experience of person on the street interview is memorable and practical. Having interviews with strangers is difficult for me.

I was afraid that people would refuse me even though I knew it was normal. And I was worried that my English was not good enough and I would not understand what people said. But after I started talking with people, I found I was thinking too much.

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