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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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Contemporary and traditional churches still seeing growth

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Walking into the sanctuary at Bloomington’s City Church in 2015, IU Freshman Sophia Wickersham was drawn to the contemporary music and interactive astrosphere.

After “church shopping” for over two months, Wickersham felt at home at City Church.

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City Church Pastoral Leader Seth Pate shares religious journey

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Candace Buggs, pastoral leader at City Church, uses the story of Jonathon to describe Pastor Seth Pate. Jonathon was a guy who could be king but he set that aside so the right person could be.

“He’s so gifted and talented,” she said. “He could go and work anywhere and make great money, but he has been willing to say, “I’m down for what we are doing here,” and laid his life out for God and for the church.”

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The Bridge Spiritual Center’s Karla Kamstra promotes spiritual growth

March 29th, 2018 No comments

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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Personel experience challenges regular interviewing technique

March 27th, 2018 No comments

Receiving this assignment did not scare me, I have been involved in journalism since high school and have had lots of practice. I have never been afraid to talk to random people because I am a photographer and I have to do that a lot with my job. This assignment was different. I never had to go up to random people to interview them and I wasn’t prepared.

The next morning I set out on Kirkwood to find people before the rain. I talked to multiple people that didn’t want to be interviewed on the subject. This discouraged me. I thought I was asking very thoughtful questions about the current homelessness community in Bloomington.

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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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Talking to strangers builds confidence for interviewing

March 27th, 2018 No comments

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 say religious inclusiveness is not as well known

March 1st, 2018 No comments

Bloomington is known as an inclusive community but not so being religiously inclusive or active, according to four residents randomly interviewed on Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 20.

 All agreed Bloomington strives to be inclusive of all races and sexual orientations but isn’t making the same strides in religious inclusiveness. But some disagreed on the activeness of the community.

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Bloomington residents express concern, hope about rap music’s message

March 1st, 2018 No comments

The belief that rap music has a negative influence on its fans is true but may be changing, according to Bloomington residents. In random interviews at Wells Library on Feb. 14 and 15, residents expressed concern over rap musicians glorifying drug use.

“It’s almost like a ‘sex sells’ kind of thing,” said Zach Sapita, a 19-year-old from Dayton. “People are attracted to doing stupid stuff that has negative consequences, but (take an) ‘I don’t really care’ kind of vibe.”

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Bloomington residents say many reasons lead to depression

March 1st, 2018 No comments

The environment, social contact and family situations are the main reasons that lead to depression during five informal interviews at Starbucks on Feb. 18, 2018.

Although they expressed different views of depression, they all agreed with finding a correct therapy and supporting from friends are the better ways to deal with depression.

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