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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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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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Crystal Ritter balances passions in community events and performing arts

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Crystal Ritter sits with her hands in her lap in her office conference room in Bloomington City Hall. Her blue eyes light up behind her brown glasses as she remembers music festivals of the past and thinks of the ones she will coordinate in the future. She’s unassuming in her deep purple sweater, brown hair pulled back into a low ponytail.

Ritter is the Community Events Coordinator for the Arts for the City of Bloomington. Her work is all about getting art in the community, and she has a big heart for doing so.

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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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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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Bloomington residents are concerned about prescription stimulant use

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the dangers of prescription stimulant abuse and whether college students should be educated about it, according to four random interviews along East Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 13.

Ava Clouden, a 22-year-old from Hughesville, Pennsylvania, said the dangers of using prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are often exaggerated.

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Bloomington parents don’t think homework takes up children’s playtime

March 1st, 2018 No comments

Local after-school care programs are good, and some parents don’t think test prep and homework take up children’s time to play, according to four interviews at Bryan Park and College Mall in Bloomington on Feb. 11, 2018.

“It [homework] is just right amount of time,” Pete Horn, a 37-year-old father from Iwakuni, Japan, said while playing with his children at Bryan Park.

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