IU Bloomington News
By: Keith Klein (Photo IndyStar.com)
A federal judge has denied a bid to require the Indiana Election Commission make voting by mail available to – ALL – registered voters this November. [Read more…] about WGCL News — Indiana Election Commission Voting By Mail Denied
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By: Keith Klein
IU has set a new record for students enrolling. It’s still not clear how many will show up in the fall. Universities are facing more uncertainty than usual because of the pandemic. IU Bloomington will see a beginner class similar in size to previous years. Beginner class refers to first-time undergraduate students. “We have a strong number of deposits,” said David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management. As of last week, 9,340 students had paid deposits to enroll in the fall, a 1% increase over last year. About 9,000 deposits are typical for the Bloomington campus. Johnson is optimistic there will be about 8,000 students in this year’s beginner class. One reason is the record number of deposits. Another is reservations for orientation.
The Bloomington Pridefest annual celebration will go virtual this year due to the pandemic. Bloomington PRIDE organizers say the event will take place online over three days at the end of August and include a vendor expo, musical performances, and workshops, among other virtual activities. “We did not make this decision lightly,” PRIDE Board Chair Janae Cummings said”. The 2019 festival saw more than 20,000 visitors.
Veteran’s Affairs is seeking information that could lead to those responsible for smearing tar and feathers on graves in the “Confederate Mound” section of Crown Hill Cemetery earlier this month. “We are committed to maintaining our cemeteries as national shrines, including cleaning these gravesites, which memorialize those interred at the cemetery,” VA officials said. Groundskeeperswere able to clean most of the substance off the graves, but some remnants remain. The Confederate Mound is federally-owned and does not belong to Crown Hill Cemetery, though it is on its property. 1,600 Confederate prisoners of war were buried at the site after they died at Camp Morton, a military base in Indianapolis.
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By: Keith Klein
76 members of the IU’s biology department sent a letter to administrators expressing concern with the view held by former university president David Starr Jordan, who was a proponent of eugenics — the practice of selective breeding in humans. The faculty wants IU to rename Jordan Hall. The biology department is housed in Jordan Hall. The building is named after David Starr Jordan, IU president from 1884 to 1891. Jordan was a well-regarded scientist during his career, but he is controversial because of his advocacy of eugenics, the practice of selectively breeding humans. Jordan’s take on eugenics included preservation of the Anglo-Saxon/Nordic race. The biology department letter argues he took things further than most. When IU President McRobbie announced plans to review all named buildings on all IU campuses, he warned the task would be complex and will take time.
The News Tribune in Jeffersonville, Indiana reports some Southern Indiana retailers are seeing historically high firearms sales, which started with the pandemic and isn’t shown signs of slowing. Tynae Deaton, manager at Everything Concealed Carry in Clarksville, said the store recently was so busy, they sold out of merchandise and had to close for a few days to restock. People are looking for something to defend themselves. Pistols were the most popular to start, but, she said, now, more people are looking to shotguns for home defense.
The Mitchell Persimmon Festival is the latest cancellation due to the pandemic. The 74th edition of the festival, originally slated for September of this year, will now take place Sept. 18-25, 2021. The festival is canceled because of concerns related to COVID-19. The main sticking points were maintaining social distancing, sanitizing restrooms, tracking attendees, and possible issues with food supplies.
Police are reminding drivers in Indiana it will be illegal to hold a cellphone or electronic devices while behind the wheel starting Wednesday, July 1.