March 9, 2023

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City files lawsuit against state

Bloomington is seeking to avoid a full trial in its second annexation case, claiming that recent Indiana legislation unconstitutionally targets the city. If it's successful, the city would be a step closer to achieving annexation.

Annexation is a way for cities to expand their boundaries and grow. Bloomington’s most recent annexation attempt began in 2017 but has been slowed by opposition from the state and residents being annexed.

In 2017, the Indiana legislature passed a law that prohibited the city’s annexation effort. The city sued, and in 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bloomington, finding that the state’s legislation was unconstitutional because the law targeted Bloomington specifically.

The current lawsuit against Indiana has to do with city sewer service. When developers added city sewer service to a neighborhood, county residents who lived there waived their rights to protest annexation by signing petitions.

The lawsuit challenges Monroe County Auditor Catherine Smith’s decision to void annexation areas that reached the required 65% of residents opposed to annexation. Five out of seven annexation areas achieved these numbers. However, the city argues that this would not be the case if it wasn’t for a 2019 Indiana law that automatically voided waivers signed before July 2003 and set a 15-year expiration date for all other waivers. This legislation alone voided 80% of waivers.

Since the city’s annexation efforts were slowed by the original lawsuit, the city argues that the new legislation, made after the annexation process had begun, should not apply.

The city is requesting a summary judgement, which would allow the judge to make a decision without going to a full trial.

If the judge rules in favor of the city, then only signatures of people who did not sign remonstrance waivers will count. If the numbers do not exceed 65%, then those annexation areas will no longer be voided.

Last week, a special judge ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit filed by County Residents Against Annexation and denied the group an extension in gathering signatures to oppose annexation.

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A "Stop Annexation" sign appears Aug. 23, 2021, on West Vernal Pike.

Musician and Indiana native John Mellencamp spoke about his life and career on March 3 in Franklin Hall during a symposium discussing the social and cultural impact of his music.

After the interview between IU alumnus and Rolling Stone journalist, Anthony DeCurtis and Mellencamp, IU President Pamela Whitten announced that Mellencamp would be donating archived collections of his work to Indiana University.

Mellencamp discussed a wide range of topics about his music, art and life. Mellencamp’s music frequently tackles the idea of the American dream, something Mellencamp said he himself believed to be purely fantasy.

“I have — since I was a kid — reexamined the American dream and decided it looks a lot different on paper than it does in reality,” Mellencamp said. “The American dream is just that, but you have to be asleep to believe it.”

While his poignant lyrics have been praised

for reflecting everyday life and struggles, Mellencamp spoke about his own uncertainty over embodying values of perseverance and strength properly in song when starting out in the music industry.

“I didn’t see my ideas of anything worthy of writing down and making into a song,” Mellencamp said. “I felt anything I could say could be said better or has been said better by someone else.”

Mellencamp said there was no singular way to go about nurturing the songwriting process, believing the best way write a song was to step out of the way entirely.



TOP John Mellencamp answers Anthony DeCurti's questions during the Mellencamp Symposium March 3, 2023, inside Franklin Hall. IU President Pamela Whitten announced that Mellencamp will donate an archived collection of his works to IU.

BOTTOM Seymour, Indiana, native John Mellencamp and IU President Pamela Whitten pose for a photo together March 3, 2023, at the IU Mellencamp Symposium inside Franklin Hall. Whitten annouced that Mellencamp will donate an achviced collection of his work to IU.

IU Kelley professors study possibilities of AI technology

Two IU Kelley professors are working to build digital humans, a newly developed AI technology similar to a chatbot that mimics the features of real-life humans.

Alan Dennis, IU professor of information systems in the Kelley School of Business and chair of internet systems, is one of the co-authors of this project. His team has worked

with colleagues at Iowa State University and the University of Sydney, Australia, for this project. He defines digital humans not as physical robots but as a fully digital form of AI that appears on screens with a realistic, human face.

“You can think of it as a puppet that could be controlled by a human or by AI,” Dennis said. “They can do anything a human can.”

While digital humans can do many human-like activi-

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ties, Dennis said researchers are still investigating their potential. For instance, Dennis’ team has researched how human consumers react to digital renditions of celebrities in customer service. In one situation, study participants watched a video of a digital celebrity making a mistake and researchers recorded their reaction.

The team concluded participants thought digital celebrity humans were more

capable, kind and honest than digital non-celebrity humans. Participants were also less upset when a digital human made a mistake.

In the commercial realm, digital humans can help companies interact with customers abroad by changing how they speak and look to help them communicate more effectively. Dennis said digital humans can also attend Zoom calls as a team assistant to help plan.

Antino Kim, IU associate professor of information systems in the Kelley School of Business and a co-collaborator, said the research process included creating digital humans and observing how people interacted with them. Kim said the team used online platforms such as mTurk and Prolific to find participants in addition to asking IU students.


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Commissioners set on building new jail

Amid continued opposition from members of the public, the Community Justice Response Committee for Monroe County met again on Monday to move forward with plans for a new county jail. The committee was initially formed in May 2021 to review reports that described poor conditions in the jail and currently meets two times per month.

Built in 1986, the jail was described as having “far exceeded its structural and functional life cycle” in one of the consultant reports. Since then, there has been little movement on the push for a new jail, with the previous plan of building a jail in the southwest corner of the city failing to receive approval from the Bloomington City Council.

A key player in the opposition movement is local advocacy group Care Not Cages, which hosted a block party in front of the courthouse in advance of the meeting. The event recognized this week as the Week Against Mass Incarceration and hosted Jauston Huerta, the director of Forever On Course United in Solidarity Initiatives, as a speaker. FOCUS Initiatives is an Indiana-based organization that aims to help people transition out of prison life and re-enter society.

During his speech at the block party, Huerta expressed support for this

legislative session’s Senate Bill 1, which would have mental health professionals dispatched to respond to a mental health crisis rather than police officers. Huerta said this bill would help prevent people from panicking and suddenly fleeing or fighting and help calm the situation instead of creating more problems.

“That’s what we have to get away from — the perpetuation of trauma,” Huerta, who has spent 15 years in prison himself due to nonviolent drug charges, said.

While Huerta was speaking, a few people across the street chanted “No new jail!” in support of the protest.

Like Care Not Cages, Huerta said he does not support a new jail for Monroe County. He said a new jail would create an opportunity for more incarceration.

“Because believe it or not, they’re gonna fill it,” he said.

Huerta also spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, where he said support from FOCUS Initiative helped him change his life after experiencing trauma and brutality in prison.

“Locking people up is not the answer. It only compounds and multiplies trauma,” he said.

Bloomington City Clerk Nicole Bolden, who spoke in her capacity as the president of the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, said during public com-

ment that the two people of color on the CJRC — Sheriff Marté and Jennifer Crossley — had been repeatedly treated with disrespect.

She recalled seeing past instances of sighs, eye rolls and Marté and Crossley being cut off.

Her comments were echoed by several other commenters and were met with applause from the public. Other members of the Bloomington community spoke during public comment to express a range of views.

Jim Shelton, government relations manager for the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, said the county needs a new jail, but emphasized the necessity of reducing the amount of people in jail struggling with mental illness or drug addiction.

Kaisa Goodman, the city’s public engagement director, asked the committee to involve the city council, the mayor’s administration and the Bloomington Police Department in conversations involving building a new jail and improving current jail conditions. She said the city wants a bigger focus on public health and immediate improvements to jail.

After the public comment section of the meeting, the county commissioners outlined their goals for a new jail. They described a desire for speedier judicial processing and treatment, reduced recidivism rates, no or low-

cost transitional housing for people after release and programs for physical and mental health. They also emphasized a plan for a jail with more space, although they said they plan to house the same number of inmates and ultimately hope to reduce that number.

Specific suggestions included natural lighting, free phone calls and two courtrooms — one for processing and one for hearings.

The commissioners then introduced a plan for subcommittees for the CJRC labeled “facility,” “judicial process,” “treatment” and “case night for release/re-

City to celebrate disability awareness

IU Bloomington and the City of Bloomington will host events and programs this month in recognition of Disability Awareness Month.

Former president Ronald Regan recognized March as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month in 1987. According to IU Libraries, March is now referred to as National Disability Awareness month in order to be inclusive of more forms of disability.

The events and programs, available in-person and virtually, focus on promoting awareness surrounding accessibility and disability rights.

IU Libraries’ National Disability Awareness Month Streaming Guide

The Office of Disability Services for Students and Herman B. Wells Media Services have curated a collection of documentaries, films, TV shows and videos focusing on disability awareness month. Available to students for free through the Herman B. Wells Media Services website, IU Libraries lists 119 informative and entertaining titles. Students can also access media through the Monroe County Public Library.

“We would like to invite you to engage with media this month and every month to learn more about disability in everyday life,” Kade

Padgett, access coordinator for the Office of Disability Services for Students at IUB, wrote in an IU libraries post.

Bloomington 2023 May-

oral Candidates Forum: Disabilities, Accessibility and Inclusion

The four candidates for the City of Bloomington Mayor will participate in a forum to discuss disabilities, accessibility and inclusion issues in the city. The forum will take place in the City Hall Council Chambers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 30. Paul Helmke, director of Civic Leader Centers and professor at the

will also be recorded.

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will moderate the event, which is co-sponsored by the City Council for Community Accessibility and the Stone Belt Advocacy Committee.

Bloomington residents with disabilities can submit questions for the forum to event coordinators by March 22. According to the City of Bloomington, audience members will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Those who cannot attend in-person can view the event on Zoom with captioning and an American-sign-language interpreter. The forum


However, several members of the committee expressed concern that subcommittees would create obstacles for public participation. County councilors Peter Iversen and Crossley said they may support subcommittees if the entire committee continued to meet so the public could still give input.

Judge Catherine Stafford, a representative from the Board of Judges, said the committee needed to determine the number of beds the new jail would require before finding a location. She said that with in-

creased efficiency involving county offices, the new jail could be built downtown, allowing recently released people close access to services like Centerstone, a facility for mental health and addiction, and Shalom Community Center, which is a day shelter.

Stafford also said it was important to have conversations with contractors with a plan for how many beds they wanted.

“The more we know what we want, the less we leave up to the decision of the person who gets paid more if we build more,” she said.

Walgreens will not sell abortion pills in Indiana

Walgreens pharmacy said it will not sell abortion pills in 21 Republican-led states, including Indiana, after they received a letter signed by 20 state attorneys general in February. The letter claimed that it is a violation of federal law to distribute abortion pills through the mail.

According to a Feb. 17 letter from Walgreens sent to Kansas Attorney General Kris W. Kobach, Walgreens does not currently distribute the abor-

Council for Community Accessibility Meeting

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility will hold a public meeting in City Hall from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 27. According to the CCA, the meeting is open to any member of the public to attend and participate. The CCA, founded as the Community Council on Handicap Concerns, focuses on promoting awareness surrounding the challenges disabled people face and advocating for increased accessibility across the city.

City sanitation asks community to check recycling habits

Local waste manage-

ment experts are recommending that citizens pay more attention to what they are recycling to prevent contamination.

Contamination is caused when loads of recyclable material are mixed with non-recyclables.

When this happens, the whole load must be thrown out and sent to landfills, Ben Pearson, general manager of Republic Services for Bloomington and western Indiana, said. Pearson said that some of the most common items that are incorrectly recycled include pizza boxes, Styrofoam, plastic bags and electronics.

Items that are in closed bags also cannot be recycled, as the sorting line at

the recycling center moves too fast for workers to open and unbag them, Pearson said.

In addition, items that are wet or not clean cannot be recycled, Pearson said. Items like mayonnaise and peanut butter jars or greasy boxes often contaminate entire recycling loads. Republic Services has a website, Recycling Simplified, with more detailed information about what recycling should look like.

Bloomington resident Yash Jain said that he sees incorrect recycling commonly around Bloomington. He said that he often sees pizza boxes and food waste disposed of incorrectly.

Jain said that efforts to reduce confusion and additional recycling bins would benefit Bloomington.

“For example, some places may have recyclable coffee cups, other places may not, and sometimes they won’t have a bin, which makes it confusing,” Jain said.

Incorrect recycling can also cause issues for workers that sort waste in waste management facilities, Felix Martinez, vice president for the Teamsters waste division, said in an email.

Martinez said that plastic bags are a large hazard for workers, with a large risk being getting entangled and causing a breakdown of the line.

Additionally, he said chemical containers and batteries present risks to workers. The City of Bloomington offers multiple hazardous waste disposal centers to dispose of batteries and other hazardous materials.

One way to measure the impact of incorrect recycling is diversion rates, which is the percentage of waste that is not sent to landfills, Rhea Carter, director of sanitation for the City of Bloomington, said.

From 2018 to 2022, Bloomington has had a 30% diversion rate. In comparison, the national average calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency was 32.1% in 2018.

Carter said that if contamination caused by incorrect recycling does not decrease, vendors who purchase recycled material to manufacture new products will not take Bloomington’s waste.

“For your future, these kids need to understand how important recycling is and how important doing it right is,” Carter said.

tion pill, called Mifepristone, at any of its locations.

There are no Walgreens locations in Bloomington. Their nearest location is in Martinsville, Indiana, about 17 miles north. CVS, another large pharmacy chain that has multiple Bloomington locations, has not made a statement about Mifepristone. However, a local CVS pharmacy representative said they do carry Mifepristone, and it would be available to any customer who had a doctor’s prescription.

Kappa Alpha Psi placed on cease and desist

The IU chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was placed on cease and desist on March 6 for hazing, according to IU’s list of organizations on disciplinary status. All activities within the chapter will be suspended until further notice.

Cease and desist is an interim measure placed upon chapters when there is an immediate threat or ongoing investigation, according to the IU Student Affairs website. For organizations on disciplinary probation, any violation of the conditions or further acts of misconduct will result in additional consequences that may include suspension or expulsion from the university.

Kappa Alpha Psi faced

social restrictions from Jan. 28 to Dec. 14, 2019, and deferred suspension from Jan. 28, 2019, to Jan. 28, 2020, for alcohol and noncompliance with the Greek organization Agreement, according to IU’s list.

Four IU Greek organizations— Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi, Zeta Beta Tau and Theta Chi—are currently on cease and desist. There are nine Greek organizations on suspension and seven on other disciplinary statuses, according to IU’s list of organizations on disciplinary status

Despite IU’s strict antihazing policy, 13 of the 19 Greek organizations on disciplinary status achieved that status due to hazing, among other things.

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Kashika’s kitchen provides tastes of home

Audrey Vonderahe (she/her)

is a sophomore studying journalism and criminal justice.

It goes like this: one day you are 13, and everything feels slightly beneath you, like you’re too important to stop and look around at the world. Then you are 20, and everything feels above you, like you’re not as important as you think, and the world is so big you can’t fathom it. Maybe your unwarranted egoism protects you when you’re younger and makes you feel cool. But you drop your guard when you grow up and realize what matters.

As my hand went to knock on the baby blue door of the house, I could smell the mixture of cumin, turmeric and coriander making its way from the small kitchen that only included a stovetop, oven, microwave and sink.

After walking in, I saw students crowding around a woman dressed in dark orange and wrapped in a dushala (also commonly termed as a shawl) with Kashmiri embroidery resembling red flowers.

I instantly knew this was Kashika Singh, an IU professor of India studies, leading her pupils in how to properly make an Indian dish of red lentils and jeera onion rice.

Professor Kashika is from Varanasi, India, and the dish she made is called masoor. She has been a language teacher for 25 years in

different areas such as her hometown in India, the University of WisconsinMadison and here in Bloomington. She has been inspired since beginning her teaching career to create a community where students and faculty can both thrive.

Kashika said she has recently noticed the decline in mental health from the students in her classroom.

To her, hosting monthly, home-cooked dinners may be what a student needs to be reminded of home and to know that someone is listening.

Once all of the ingredients were added, the bustling of the kitchen calmed. The importance of each spice within the dish was explained, which made me think that the world isn’t much different from a big pot of varying flavors. Each person holds their own significance in this world, just as each flavor is needed in the overall meal.

Kashika described how regular everyday foods can instantly become a rarity for international students. Cups of tea have since become representations of her best friends, the taste reminding her of conversations she used to have with them in India.

“Where we are changes what certain things mean to us,” Kashika said. When Kashika first came to America, learning how to maintain her habits from India was difficult. But she learned that by being away from where she was raised, cooking kept her connected with those older memories.

With that, I realized the spicy smell that had been infusing my nostrils and making my eyes water was similar to the fragrances that Kashika experienced from her own mother’s cooking in Varanasi. It’s safe to say that it added to the sense of “home,” even though it wasn’t my own.

I sneezed from the spice


crawling up my nose, to which one Indian student at the dinner said, “It isn’t home if you aren’t sneezing.”

Kashika explained that in Sanskrit, a language spoken in India, there is a term called “swadharma.” It means “selfless service,” and to her that is what it means to cook these meals for her students and faculty peers.

She said she finds peace through language learning, teaching and sharing her food.

I could see as her tranquility of mind rippled through the others in the room. As everyone set the table, the now-finished meal was brought out of the steaming kitchen.

Everyone sat down and began passing each other various toppings, one of which was yogurt to cool the spice in the dish, which I used very much. The first bite hit the back of my mouth with great warmth and complex flavor, a taste

that reminded me of my own mom’s cooking.

By the end of the meal, some students worked together to clean dishes while others ate kheer, an Indian rice pudding, for dessert.

Kashika said she has received an enormous amount of support and love from her students and community. She also said her email is always open to anyone wishing to contact her as she would love to listen, learn and support all students.

After saying goodbye and walking out of the spice-infused, serene atmosphere, I saw the purple and pink sunset stretch across the blue sky. The dinner reminded me that sometimes all you need is someone to say that yes, college is hard, and that yes, it is okay to take a break and eat a good meal with others around you going through the same thing.

Hoosier Republicans’ crusade against freedom

That is how I felt when I looked at the patchwork quilts in my parent’s basement. They were horrible. Old, tattered and with outdated patterns of red paisley and blue polka dots. What was so appealing about 4x4 squares, all different colors, no sense of pattern, no cohesive aesthetic? I couldn’t bear them. I refused to use them. Not even in a tundra.

I didn’t understand why my parents valued these artifacts. They seemed depressing to me. Couldn’t we get some fuzzy blankets, throw out the old and usher in the new? I was embarrassed.

The quilts are hand sewn, passed down from one aunt or grandmother to another. They finally landed in my house, which sits on that big hill a little bit far from town. I felt outdated living far from my friends, far from the mall and typical suburbia.

And how desperately I wanted to fit in, to pretend I lived in a cul-de-sac with fur mink blankets, to pretend that I never had to keep an eye out for wild turkeys that dashed through red leaves in the autumn at the base of the woods. To have a real sidewalk, to make it to school in five minutes, to shop instead of playing outside for fun.

Teenage wishes from an immature mind hold dear the desire to be related to, to be close to the action of it all, to rebel against what is known.

Now I am in the action of it all, and I miss what was known, feeling often like I don’t know enough. I think about one of my favorite song lyrics: “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger.”

From “Ooh La La” by Faces. I think that says it best.

I look at the patchwork quilts today, and nostalgia fills my lungs and throat like smoke, seeping softly into my bloodstream, sweet and bitter at the same time. How could I have ever possibly dismissed their worth? The red paisley reminds me of my backyard, of the red leaves. The blue polka dots remind me of the dresses I once wore, of frolicking with no sidewalks to restrain me. I love the patchwork quilts. I would use them all the time. Even in a heat wave.

Danny William (they/them)

is a freshman studying media.

A wave is sweeping the country. It’s not the famed “red wave” or even a “blue wave,” but a wave of legislation. Dozens of bills introduced by Republicans across the country are, unsurprisingly, openly discriminatory and dangerous.

In 2022, 137 bills were introduced that restricted school curriculum regarding topics such as race and gender.

There have also been 382 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced across various states in the 2023 legislative session. Just to remind you, it’s only March.

It can be easy to stop thinking about these bills because they’re so regional.

As long as they’re not in your state, they’re practically irrelevant. But here in Indiana, conservatives are introducing an increasing number of these hateful bills.

First, let’s take a look at the whopping 17 anti-LGBTQ bills that have been introduced in Indiana this year alone. Bills like SB 480 and HB 1525 focus on minors receiving gender-affirming care. Specifically, they both prohibit medical practitioners from providing what basically amounts to life-saving care for many transgender people.

There’s been a lot of ink spilled about minors receiving gender-affirming care. In reality, however, many of these procedures can be safe and noninvasive. Puberty blockers, which would be prohibited under these laws, are reversible, but conservatives still have an issue with them. It’s because of repressive laws like these that 42% of LGBTQ youth in 2021 considered suicide.

But, of course, these individuals will grow up. While they may be prohibited from

getting care as minors, they can get it when they’re adults. But other laws prevent even adult transgender people from expressing themselves fully.

HB 1524, for example, forbids anyone from changing their legal gender identifier to one that doesn’t match their birth certificate when they were born. Frankly, this is a huge overstep of governmental powers. Is there a real threat constituted by people simply changing a single letter on their driver’s license?

Along with this, more bills are being introduced restricting education. HB 1608 restricts “human sexuality instruction” for kids below grade 4. That term is so vague that it’s almost meaningless, but lawmakers understand what they mean by the term. Talk about straight marriage all you want, but as soon as gay people are brought up, it’s game over.

The bill also specifies that trans kids must have a parent request that teachers and staff use a different name and pronouns. If the student does this themselves, the school is required to notify their parents. Even after this request, if transphobic teachers still refer to the student by their deadname, they legally can’t be punished. Being trans in the public school system really sucks. Trust me – I was trans in the public school system. This law will only make things far worse for the myriad of transgender minors who will be forced to go by a name and pronouns they don’t identify with lest they get outed to their parents.

To go even further, SB 12 allows parents to complain about “inappropriate” content in school libraries and forbids these libraries from containing material with “matters harmful to children.” Whatever that

means. It’s pretty clear that “harmful” material is whatever these lawmakers disagree with politically.

What do all of these bills have in common? They’re all authored by Republicans, and they’re all horrible ideas. Republicans claim to be the party of “small government,” but when it comes to groups they dislike, they’re more than willing to overstep what should be clear lines.

It’s tough to know what to do in situations where elected officials fail you in every conceivable way. The best thing to do in my eyes is to make your voice heard. Tell people about these laws and their potential impacts. Find your elected representatives and tell them how you feel.

Most of all, keep hope. Hate is temporary, but movements live on. We’ve survived before. We’re going to survive again.

Each patch is unique, incohesive. No pattern, an utter disregard for aesthetics. Some patches are objectively ugly. Some are indescribably beautiful. Is that not life? Some patches are ugly, and some are indescribably beautiful. I think that’s what I know now, if anything at all. We are who are because of the good and the bad, because the things only we can understand. That is the action, that is what matters. That is what makes you drop your guard.

We are patchwork quilts. Ever-expanding conglomerates of gashed scars healed by old, red paisley print bandanas. Scraps and needlework. Threaded loosely in some spots. Reinforced with a whipstitch in others. And I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger. But that, too, was a patch.

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Life is a patchwork quilt
Carolyn Marshall (she/her) is a sophomore majoring in media studies with a focus in TV, digital and film production with a minor in English. ILLUSTRATION BY ALAYNA WILKENING PHOTO BY GOODMAN MURPHY-SMITH | IDS

“You have to let the song create itself,” Mellencamp said. “True art is when the artist is surprised. If the artist is surprised, you can imagine how surprised the listener is going to be.”

Mellencamp stressed his love of music in its purest form. Talking with DeCurtis about how he never entered the music industry with the intention of making it big and being rich, but rather Mellencamp said that he was in it for the power of songs and the way they make people feel.

“Songs are the only thing I know that can transform all of us in this room right back to where we were when we were 16 years old, 25 years old or to an important part of your life,” Mellencamp said. “You can hear a song and go ‘I remember what I was doing the first time I heard this song., I remember who I was with, whose hand I was holding;’ music does that.”

This impactful mu-

sic is something Mellencamp achieved by getting out of his own way, acknowledging how less important he was in comparison to the song, which could do so much more than he could.

“I had a song called ‘Hurt so Good,’ and when I sang it live for the first time, I looked at the audience and I knew that I had connected with everybody,” Mellencamp said. “I saw that look on the audiences faces, and they were back to when they were 25 — when they were kids.”

Throughout his career, Mellencamp said he has written songs that reflect his mentality at a certain point in his life, citing the famous verse in “Jack and Diane”: “life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.” Mellencamp compared that to his song “Longest Days,” which was inspired by a conversation with his grandmother that opened his eyes to the beauty of a moment.

“My grandmother said

to me, ‘Buddy you’re going to find out real soon that life is short even in its longest days,’” Mellencamp said. “That was coming from a hundredyear-old woman who has learned something that I don’t know.”

Closing out the interview, Mellencamp reflected on his life overall and the experiences he has had, still surprised by how far he has come and who he has met along the way. Mellencamp looked at his origins as a selflabeled “bar room singer” and where he is know: genuinely seeing his success as a matter of incredible luck.

“You’re looking at the luckiest guy in the world, and my luck can rub off on you because all you have to do is believe you have angels,” Mellencamp said. “If you believe you have angels, you have them, whether you really do or you don’t. I know I’ve got angels, and they’re around me. It sounds crazy, but it’s true.”


Kim said digital humans could enhance the quality of customer service by appearing as a likeable and popular celebrity.

“AI agents are super-humans: they don’t get tired, they don’t get bothered, they don’t complain if they work 24/7,” Kim said. “You can essentially run a service that is available 24/7 that is at a very low marginal cost. You could potentially have an AI agent that has a wide knowledge base.”

Both Dennis and Kim said digital humans can be used in an educational setting. Their team designed digital-human “tutors” that students can customize to present video content and study aides. They said research is still being done to determine whether this approach would help improve students’ learning or supplement harmful stereotypes.

“It’s a double-edged sword argument,” Kim said. “Humans gravitate towards easy solutions, this could be a cheap way of solving the issue.” However, he said it is

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‘There’s no numbness’ Witnesses continue battling with trauma months after shooting at Greenwood Mall

rectly, Guglielmo said.

Editor’s Note: This story includes mention of gun violence.

On a Sunday two days after her 18th birthday, Delanie Brewer was shopping at Greenwood Park Mall.

After a few hours of browsing stores, Delanie and her boyfriend left the Vans store and walked toward the food court area. They were on their way to the parking lot right outside the Dick’s Sporting Goods store.

As they turned the corner, multiple loud noises went off.

She and everyone around her froze.

Suddenly, she felt completely defenseless. A deep feeling in the pit of her stomach surfaced.

She and her boyfriend started running.

“At that point, we didn’t really know what was happening,” she said.

Schools. Shopping malls. Movie theaters. Churches. Parades. Grocery stores. College campuses. All places people now have a reason to fear.

“That’s so emphatically not normal that it’s completely unacceptable,” Guglielmo said.

Some Greenwood residents will never step foot in the mall again.

to begin, and police officers were screaming at the groups of patrons to not look.

“It was the worst feeling to walk through the mall after that because you know exactly what had just happened,” Duke said. “The mall was in complete chaos.”

exertion like running, as she was in recovery. Katie, who was already ahead, was screaming for her sister from the outside of the mall. Ally finally called back after a few moments, hobbling along as fast as she could.

On a typical Sunday, the circular food court in the Greenwood Park Mall is alive and bustling with the first rush of the week. The automatic doors open and shut constantly, as people of all ages rush in and out with bags, strollers and other items purchased in the mall.

The floors are clean. Chairs are arranged orderly, with four or five to a table.

In the back corner, near the entrance to the restrooms, a young man offers samples of food from Asian Chao. The man is holding a round and black plastic tray, topped with chicken sitting in small, clear cups.

On July 17, 2022, Jonathan Douglas Sapirman stood in that same spot holding a rifle. He took three lives before being gunned down himself by an armed bystander. It’s been eight months since that day. Though, for those who were at the mall when the shooting occurred, time doesn’t heal the trauma.

Although there is no official consensus on what constitutes a mass shooting, one report showed there were at least 647 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2022. In 2023, so far, there have been 93.

With only 365 days in a year, the math becomes simple. Multiple mass shootings a day are common in America.

The repeated and constant horror and shock will never become normal.

“People who have been directly impacted, for them, there’s no numbness,” Rachel Guglielmo, volunteer leader with the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said. “If you were a person who was at the mall, having your lunch at the food court that day, I’m sure you’re not feeling numb. I’m sure you’re feeling a whole wide range of reactions,”

Due to the rise in mass shootings, the U.S. has become a nation of survivors. The consistent nature of these events has contributed to a nation of people experiencing direct trauma but also constant violence that may affect them indi-


t 4:54 p.m., Sapirman entered the mall and immediately walked into the bathroom in the food court. There were two rifles, a pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

He was in the bathroom for an hour and two minutes before emerging and beginning to shoot.

Everybody in the mall stopped in unison and turned their heads once the shots rang out. Screams were cried out and everyone started running. People were falling, pushing and shoving each other.

The deafening silence when the shots rang out was now irrelevant. Delanie’s ears were ringing. She had tunnel vision as she was running.

“You’re just running as hard and as fast as you can, and your body’s kind of trying to protect you in that way,” she said.

Delanie was coughing stuff up throughout the following week, as a result of running so hard. She described the feeling as a burning in her chest, as if someone was sitting on her.

“The next day, it felt like I had gotten hit by a car, which is kind of the comedown of an adrenaline rush,” Delanie said.

She had the entire mall ahead of her. She was running in the opposite direction from where she was parked.

“As I was running, I had a pretty far way to go,” Delanie said.

The Greenwood Park Mall is located in the city of Greenwood, Indiana, just south of Indianapolis. The population was just under 65,000 as of July 2021.

The town’s water tower is located in the parking lot of the mall. The hub for middle school hangouts, prom dress shopping, family outings and more, the mall consistently welcomes new stores and is normally busy.

“I’ve gone there for years since we’ve lived here,” Elizabeth Zieles, a Greenwood resident, said. “I go there maybe once, twice a month, and never thought anything bad would ever happen there.”

The sisters slept in the same bed together a few nights after the shooting. They had been previously going through a rough patch, now reconnected by trauma they wished they did not have to share.

Ally said Katie was a walking reminder of that day for her for a while.

“I didn’t want that for her, or for me,” Ally said I don’t want to look at my sister, and she’s a reminder of the shooting.”

Katie and Ally grew up in the area. They both graduated from Roncalli High School, just over 10 minutes from the mall. Everyone in the community knows someone who was shopping or working that day, Katie said.

“After we got over ‘we’re all OK,’ we were all just in shock,” Katie said.

In August, Elizabeth had wanted to take her granddaughter to Build-A-Bear for her birthday. She had a slight fear of returning to and bringing her granddaughter to the building where, just a month prior, she cowered in the back of a store, calling her family members and saying goodbye. Elizabeth made sure to ask her son and daughterin-law for permission.

Elizabeth has lived in the Greenwood area for 27 years. She had gone with family members to the mall on a regular basis before the tragedy. Now, going there, she said she feels a “tug in her heart.”

In one recent instance, she parked her car outside of the mall and had plans of going in until she saw a man wearing a backpack. She remembered Sapirman also had worn a backpack.

“I wouldn’t get out of my car until he left,” Elizabeth said.

Now, her first thought when going out in public is finding every possible exit. She stays very aware of her surroundings.

Ally feels like a piece of innocence she held was ripped away from her that day. She doesn’t want to return to the mall and feel as though she is risking her life, she said.

“It’s just kind of a change in mindset, like bad things do happen,” Ally said. “Even though they seem so big, so far away, like it’ll never happen, it does.” •••

elanie’s birthday shopping trip turned into her running for her life. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever return to the mall. For a while after the shooting, she couldn’t step foot in any public place, even those most familiar to her.

After shooting five people and killing three, Sapirman was taken down by Elisjsha Dicken, an armed bystander who fired his pistol at the assailant.

The three victims were 30-year-old Victor Gomez, and husband and wife Pedro Piñeda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Piñeda, 37. A 22-year-old woman was left with a gunshot wound to the leg, and a 12-year-old girl was hit by a bullet fragment.

Mall patrons hiding in stores were later escorted out of the building by police past the food court.

Shoes of all kinds, sizes baby to adult, were scattered across the light grey floor. Strollers were tipped over, dropped bags were laying everywhere. Personal belongings like phones and wallets were left behind, Katherine Duke, lead supervisor at the Coach store, said.

Clean-up efforts following the shooting had yet

Though Elizabeth has been back to the mall since the shooting, other people who were there that day will never return. Katie Walesky is one of those people and now refuses to go out in public alone.

When the shots went off, Katie was on her way out of the mall with her sister Ally, passing by the food court.

Ally had just undergone ACL surgery and was not cleared for any physical

She, like others who were in the mall in July, hopes to work up the courage to return to the mall in the future.

For now, however, it remains a reminder. A reminder of the day in which the only people that stood between her and a man shooting a gun were those who had stopped for a meal before closing time.

Three of whom are no longer with us.

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“We just knew that we had to run.”
“If I get shot, I’m going to try to keep going. If I die, it’s going to be OK.”
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“Just thought it was a safe place.”

Indiana saves best for last in Hoosier Classic

After three weeks of being away from Bloomington playing in three different tournaments, Indiana softball got to play at Andy Mohr Field for the first time in 2023.

Team 50 hosted the Hoosier Classic March 4-6, playing four different schools, finishing out the tournament 3-1 to bring its record up to an even 9-9.

“Great weekend for us to come out and showcase our group,” head coach Shonda Stanton said afterward.

The Hoosiers were able to showcase that talent against Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue Fort Wayne University, Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Despite winning three of the four matchups, the difference in the offense in the first two games was night and day compared to the last two.

Team 50 began the weekend on March 4 with a tilt against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Phoenix turned out to be a tough opponent, but Indiana came out on

top with a final score of 3-0. Sophomore utility player Brianna Copeland led the way with an RBI triple and a solo home run, her first of the season, to lead Indiana to the win. Copeland also struck out a pair of Phoenix hitters in two innings to earn the save. As a team, Indiana only recorded six hits against a team that had lost earlier that morning 10-2 to IUPUI.

“This is week four. Week three I was really hoping I would hit a home run and I didn’t,” Copeland said after Saturday’s game. “I was just swinging as hard as I could and I was glad to hit a home run.”

The Hoosiers were back March 5 for a doubleheader against Wisconsin and Purdue Fort Wayne. The Badgers were the first Big Ten foe Team 50 has faced this season, although the game did not count toward the conference standings. Wisconsin dominated Indiana 12-1 in a contest that was halted after five innings due to the run rule. The Hoosiers could only muster three hits against a team that finished two games ahead of them in the Big Ten standings a sea-

son ago.

However, Team 50 rebounded quite nicely in the following game against Purdue Fort Wayne, dominating the Mastodons 10-1, which also met the run-rule requirement of an eightrun lead in the fifth inning or later. Sophomore utility player Sarah Stone had hits in all three at-bats she had, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to start the scoring for Indiana. The Hoosiers pounded out nine hits, just as many as the first two games combined, en route to the victory. Indiana took that momentum it gained from the second game Sunday and took it right into the final game of the tournament on Monday, beating IUPUI 102. It was the third straight game that ended in the minimum of five innings, and again it was Stone that led the way with three hits.

Freshman infielder Taryn Kern hit a two-run homer to end the game in the bottom of the fifth, the eighth hit for Indiana on the afternoon.

Overall, Indiana outscored its opponents 24-15

to cap off two straight tournaments where they won more games than they lost. Only this weekend, they were able to do it in front of their home fans, who showed out with the warm

temperatures this weekend.

“It’s nice to just be home and sleep in your own bed,” Stanton said. Indiana is back in action March 10 for the Lipscomb Tournament, where the

Indiana falls to Northwestern, loses first Big Ten matchup

Indiana women’s tennis fell to Northwestern 5-2 at home on March 5. The Hoosiers are now 8-4 this season and 0-1 in the Big Ten conference.

For the doubles, No. 1 doubles sophomore Lara Schneider and graduate student Saby Nihalani lost 6-1. This was only the second

loss of the No. 1 doubles this season, losing their 6-game winning streak and falling to 8-2 overall.

Playing together for the first time, No. 2 doubles redshirt junior Mila Mejic and freshman Nicole Teodosescu lost 6-3, awarding Northwestern the doubles point.

Redshirt juniors Alexandra Staiculescu and Xiaowei "Rose" Hu had their game unfinished at No. 3

after Northwestern took the point. “We just didn’t take some of the opportunities we needed to,” head coach Ramiro Azcui said.

For the singles, the Hoosiers started behind after No. 6 graduate student Lauren Lemonds lost 6-1 and 6-0, and No. 3 Staiculescu lost 6-0 and 6-3.

The Hoosiers came back with Schneider winning 6-1 and 6-3 at No.1 and Niha-

lani winning 6-3 and 6-4 at No. 2. Both are on a 5-game winning streak in singles matches. Schneider improved to 7-2 this season and Nihalani to 8-1.

“They played really well today,” Azcui said. “To be able to win No. 1 and 2 in the Big 10 against a very good Northwestern team is very tough.”

However, No. 4 Mejic was not able to close out

the game after winning the first set, losing 5-7, 6-2 and 6-1.

Mejic was on a 2-game winning streak prior to this match and is now 7-5 overall this season.

Despite already having a winner, the coaches agreed to let the No. 5 singles game go the distance. Teodosescu lost her first Big 10 match 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (71).

“For her to be able to

play in the last match will definitely give her a lot of experience,” Azcui said.

With the loss on March 5, the Hoosiers are still winless against Northwestern in the matchup history, a 23-game losing streak that dates to 2006.

Indiana will play Rutgers and Maryland back-to-back on March 10 and 11.

“It’s not going to get any easier,” Azcui said. “We just have got to be ready”

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Indiana blows 24-point lead in Big Ten semifinals


— After taking a 24-point lead in the first half, Indiana women’s basketball collapsed in the second half and lost 79-75 to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on March 4 in Minneapolis.

Through the first few minutes, it was all Grace Berger for 1-seed Indiana as the graduate guard made sure there would be no repeat of Friday’s win over 9-seed Michigan State, when she started 0-6, didn’t record her first points until the third quarter and finished with 8 total points. Just 2:10 into the game, Berger had already scored 7 of the Hoosiers’ 8 points.

It wasn’t just Berger’s offense leading the Hoosiers, though. After the Buckeyes tied it up midway through the first quarter, the Hoosiers exploded on a 16-0 run and

didn’t allow a single point for seven minutes and 40 seconds across the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter.

Thanks to strong shooting and lockdown defense, the Hoosiers entered halftime leading 46-26 and looked like they would dominate the full 40 minutes.

Throughout the season, Indiana’s ability to make halftime adjustments has allowed it to consistently win the third quarter by a healthy margin. However, it was Indiana’s opponent who made the necessary halftime adjustments to come back and turn the blowout into a closely contested game.

Coming out of the break, the Buckeyes began knocking down shots on offense and aggressively full-court pressing the Hoosiers on defense. The Hoosiers, who have usually excelled against the press this season — including in

two earlier matchups against the Buckeyes — looked overwhelmed by the swarming defense and threw multiple passes right to defenders while trying to advance the ball.

After the game, Indiana head coach Teri Moren said Ohio State played a different and more aggressive press March 4 than the first two games. The Buckeyes also benefitted from having senior guard Jacy Sheldon healthy, which allowed the team to play Indiana differently in both press and halfcourt defense.

“They denied the ball inbounds; that was different. They were denying the reversal pass; that was different,” Moren said. “We got it down into the deep corners way too often. We struggled. Our inbounders, (junior guard Sydney Parrish) and (freshman guard) Yarden (Garzon) struggled with making the right decisions.”

Ohio State capitalized on the mistakes too, turning five Indiana turnovers in the third quarter into easy baskets the other way. A layup by Thierry off a Berger turnover with 2:30 left in the third cut the lead to just 4 points — the closest the game had been since Indiana’s early run.

However, a Berger jumper put an end to the 25-6 Buckeyes run and some strong free throw shooting to close out the frame gave the Hoosiers a 10-point cushion entering the fourth quarter.

Despite the lead, Indiana continued to struggle against Ohio State’s aggressive defense in the fourth quarter.

“That’s on us — that’s on me and our staff not being able to help them with a better press attack and really just calm them down a little bit,” Moren said.

Whenever the Hoosiers did manage to hit a big shot and begin swinging momen-


COLUMN: Thank you for one last home thriller

Time. The unrelenting, unfeeling constant. In our hubris we spend all our lives desperately trying to outsmart it, dominate it, bend it to our whims, only for it to inevitably eradicate everything that we’ve come to know and love.

Anyway, let’s talk about some really tall college dudes throwing balls into hoops.

No. 15 Indiana men’s basketball celebrated senior day with a 75-73 overtime victory against Michigan on Sunday, capping off a regular season of dramatic highs and lows with one final thrill ride at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. After a frantic second-half comeback, senior forward Trayce JacksonDavis and graduate forwards Race Thompson and Miller Kopp dragged the Hoosiers through overtime to secure a victory and a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

True to form for Indiana, this game was not exactly what you’d call easy on the eyes. The Wolverines and Hoosiers spent the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s contest playing a game that somewhat resembled basketball, notably with far fewer instances of actually putting a ball in a basket. The teams combined to shoot 44% from the floor and 15% from beyond the arc, resulting in a 29-27 lead for Indiana. While the Hoosiers controlled most of the half, the Wolverines ripped off a 10-0 scoring run in the last 2:34 to make things uncomfortably close.

After such a stagnant opening frame, it seemed that whichever team could unearth a shred of offensive success was destined for victory. For the first 10 minutes of the second half, that was Michigan. The Wolverines suddenly remembered how to shoot, draining five 3-pointers en route to a 5442 lead.

Then, Indiana sophomore Tamar Bates hit a 3-pointer, his first since what feels like the Obama administration. Then Jackson-Davis and Thompson took over,

willing the Hoosiers within 3 points. The Hoosier big men combined for 43 points and 19 rebounds.

A 3-pointer by freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino with 59 seconds remaining knotted the game at 69 to send it to overtime. Even though the outcome was completely up in the air until a Michigan turnover with four seconds remaining in overtime, Indiana felt largely in control. Kopp drained a long 2-point jumper, Jackson-Davis logged two critical blocks and Race Thompson did just enough defensively to make fans forgive him for bricking four consecutive free throws.

That’s a rather sparse recap, but the emotions of Sunday far transcended the overtime-induced heart palpitations.

Look, it isn’t like I find myself constantly reflecting on four years of hard decisions, complex relationships and missed opportunities or anything. That would be silly; I only care about basketball and writing about said basketball. However, I can understand why one might get a little swept up in the feelings of senior day.

After the game, each graduating senior reflected on his time in Bloomington. Kopp recounted his metamorphosis from a much-maligned Northwestern transfer to a mostly reliable sharpshooter. His speech included a remark about how he couldn’t look at his mom or else he’d start crying, then concluded with a plea to the fans to “stay primal.”

Thompson was quick to acknowledge that he has been at IU a long time — I’m pretty sure I’ve had tenured professors who were still in grad school while Thompson was wearing the candy stripes — while Jackson-Davis offered frank gratitude to his family members before reminding fans the job is not done. As you might expect, Jackson-Davis got slightly more applause than his contemporaries.

And why wouldn’t he?

Jackson-Davis joined Indiana as a heralded four-star recruit and almost instantly became the best player on Indiana’s roster. He’s the type of player fans expected to play for a season, maybe two, then skedaddle for the pros. Instead, Jackson-Davis

tum back in their favor, the Buckeyes would respond with multiple big shots of their own to continue chipping away at the lead.

With 3:12 left in the game, Ohio State senior guard Taylor Mikesell drove to the basket, drew the foul and finished the layup. At the line, she converted the and-1 to give Ohio State its first lead since the score was 2-0 just 30 seconds into the game.

The teams traded the lead back-and-forth over the final minutes, with a post move by senior forward Mackenzie Holmes — who Moren said wasn’t playing at 100% — putting the Hoosiers ahead by a point with 45 seconds left.

Indiana again couldn’t keep the advantage, though, allowing Ohio State to drive the lane and regain the lead.

Across its final possessions, Indiana tried working the ball to its star players in Holmes and Berger, but they both found

themselves stifled in their attempts to retake the lead.

With a pair of Buckeye free throws to increase the margin to 4 points with just four seconds remaining, any hopes the Hoosiers had of winning their first conference championship since 2002 were extinguished.

The 24-point comeback marked the largest between two Big Ten teams in conference history, including both regular season and tournament play.

“It’s going to sting for a couple days,” Berger said. “But once we get practicing back this week, I think we’ll use it as motivation for sure and figure out how to get better from it.”

Now eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana will await Selection Sunday at 8 p.m. on March 12 to find out what seed it will receive and who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jackson-Davis named First Team All-American by Sporting News, Field of 68

Indiana men’s basketball senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was awarded First Team All-American honors by Sporting News and The Field of 68, the publications announced March 7.

Jackson-Davis is the first Hoosier to earn First Team All-American honors since Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller did so in 2013.

Jackson-Davis averaged a career-high 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.8 blocks during the regular season. He led the Hoosiers to

a 21-10 overall record and a third-place finish in Big Ten play, despite beginning the conference season 1-4. Among the first-team selections, Purdue junior center Zach Edey was the only other Big Ten player to earn recognition from both publications. Penn State senior guard Jalen Pickett was named to the second team and Iowa junior forward Kris Murray to the third team by Sporting News. Indiana will play its next game Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament against the winner of Maryland vs. Nebraska/ Minnesota.

hung around Bloomington for four years, setting program records in career blocks and rebounds while surging to fourth on the alltime scoring list. While he hasn’t won the banners he or fans hoped, he has generated immeasurable energy and excitement.

None of Indiana’s soonto-be graduates had perfect careers. There have been injuries, dry shooting spells and demoralizing defeats. But in college basketball, a sport that churns out heartbreak after heartbreak until only one team remains, it’s games like these that fans must savor to make it all worthwhile. Are the Hoosiers poised for a Big Ten championship?

A deep NCAA Tournament run? I have no idea. As I’ve said countless times, Indiana’s highs and lows are so unpredictably extreme that trying to project them is basically an exercise in masochism.

But if you’re a Hoosier, you probably feel pretty good right now. Why not just enjoy it for a second? OK, second’s up — back to the horrifying precipice of the unknown.

Jackson-Davis, Hood-Schifino garner postseason Big Ten awards

On March 7, the Big Ten announced its postseason awards with senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis and freshman guard Jalen HoodSchifino each earning multiple honors.

Jackson-Davis was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team, while Hood-Schifino was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Hood-Schifino also picked up All-Conference honors and was named Second Team by the media and Third Team by the coaches.

Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 assists, all career highs. In the Big Ten, he’s second in both points per game and rebounds per game and seventh in assists per game. He also leads the conference in blocks with 78, which helped him earn All-Defensive Team honors.

Hood-Schifino, who was also named to the All-Freshman team, is averaging 13.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his rookie campaign.

Senior forward Miller Kopp was named Indiana’s Sportsmanship Award Honoree.

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ALEX PAUL | IDS Graduate forward Race Thompson celebrates a turnover March 5, 2023, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. ALEX PAUL | IDS Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis grabs a rebound Feb. 28, 2023, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. Jackson-Davis earned First Team All-American honors on Tuesday. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ALEX PAUL | IDS Senior guard Grace Berger seen at the end of the game March 4, 2023, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ohio State defeated Indiana 79-75.

John Mellencamp will donate archives to IU

Musician and Indiana native John Mellencamp will donate archived collections of his work to Indiana University, IU President Pamela Whitten announced at the IU Mellencamp Symposium on Friday.

The collection will include original creative works, instruments, photographs and other items related to his philanthropy, social activism and artistry, according to a News at IU press release. In addition, a sculpture will be built to honor the musician near the IU Auditorium.

The Venue hosts IU alumnus in Gallery Walk

This month’s Gallery Walk presented by the City of Bloomington launched on March 3. The Venue, a participant in the Gallery Walk, is showcasing Bert Gilbert’s molten iron pieces for the month. Even in the rain, the First Friday Gallery Walk drew a crowd from all around the city.

Bert Gilbert is an IU alumnus, artist and sculptor working primarily in cast iron to create surreal works that transcend the constructs of art mediums. He said the material chosen to create the art is a crucial part of the message behind the piece

Gilbert said he was most interested in the dynamic quality of the material properties of molten iron when mixed with other reactive substances and thermally altered in the mold. He said that he was especially inspired by the “moments of dynamic splashing frozen

in the mold” which it produced. In recent years, Gilbert’s artistic journey has also experienced a period of renaissance. After years of adapting his art to his lifestyle, he has finally been given the chance to flip the script and embrace art full-time. Just like the materials — which must match the occasion — Gilbert said he adapted to his changing career path, family life and unforeseen weather, which allowed him to change his art practice to accommodate the seasons.

Before retiring and embracing sculpture full time, Gilbert said he found great satisfaction in his remodeling company, Gilbert Construction Inc., which taught him about working with different materials and their qualities. Gilbert’s current fascination with molten iron arose from his past experiences in remodeling. The material gave his surreal and abstract visions a concrete base, while also surprising him with its physical and chemical properties, he said.

“I’ve learned to realize that having everything perfectly done isn’t as important as giving the viewer an opportunity to explore the issue you want to talk about with you, allowing that trail of exploration to be a part of your piece,” Gilbert said. His current exhibit at The Venue, “The Melting Point,” seeks to encourage people to stop and understand what’s going on with a piece for longer than a glance. He said he hopes to create a dialogue between the viewer and the piece, as well as between the viewers in the room.

When speaking about Gilbert as a featured artist, Dave Coleman, the owner of The Venue, highlighted the importance of Gilbert’s artistic journey.

“By doing what he’s done with his life — having a full career, family and then coming back to his art — he’s so much more energized about it,” Coleman said. “He’s doing exactly what he’s wanted to do

COLUMN: ‘The Last of Us’ episode 8: desperate people find (blind) faith

SPOILER ALERT: This column contains potential spoilers about the eighth episode of “The Last of Us.”

Episode eight: “When We Are in Need”

Religion has officially entered the chat. It was only a matter of time, really. As Taylor Swift once said, “Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too.”

And, um. Yeah. Desperate people do find faith.

Or someone they think represents faith, I guess. Then they just follow them. And if I sound nonchalant about religion and theology in general, it’s because I am. It’s one of the few things on the planet I don’t really enjoy talking about.

My only true experiences with religion are weak at best, anyway. Once, when I was really little, I went to church with my childhood best friend while my parents were in New York City. The church people just talked about how “god” backwards is “dog” — and I guess that was supposed to prompt my conversion, because, whoa, there’s no way I could’ve figured that out by myself — and then the kids were dismissed to Sunday school. Where I just cried the whole time.

I disrupted an entire Sunday school class with my tears — I didn’t understand the Bible or why the answer to everything was Jesus, which, in theory, I should’ve loved, right? I’ve always had testing anxiety. Maybe if I had just put “Jesus” as all my test answers growing up, not only would the many Christians of Fishers, Indiana — my hometown — have been wowed by me, but I’d never have to think for myself again.

When you have the answer to everything, you’ll always ace the test.

But tiny Ellie knew that was wrong and “The Last of Us” Ellie (Bella Ramsey) knows that’s wrong, too.

In episode eight, we meet David, who’s creepily played by Scott Shepherd — a fitting last name, as you’ll see. I personally view him as the worst villain yet — meaning no redemption arc, genuinely disgusting and abusive with his power. His dialogue — god, I wanna die when I say all this — is good, though.

It’s good.

It’s excellent. David has been chosen as the leader of his group. He reads scripture in the beginning of the episode, but we find out later that his true inspiration is cordyceps, the fungi that causes the infection, not a god. He treats cordyceps as a sort of idol, effectively demonstrating just how alike the cordyceps and humans are:

“What does cordyceps do?” he said to Ellie. “Is it evil? No! It’s fruitful! It multiplies. It feeds and protects its children. And it secures its future with violence, if it must.”

A brief pause.

“It loves.”

Ellie asks why she’s being told all of this, to which David tells her she can handle this kind of honesty, but no one else can.

Oh, please.

He’s a cannibal. He’s a pedophile. He deceives. He manipulates.

He’s a habitual liar.

And liars are the worst.

Get him, Ellie. Just get him.

I know what it’s like to be told by an adult that you’re “smart, a natural leader, and loyal,” just as David tells Ellie. It’s not a compliment; it’s a trick. A form of manipulation, an attempt to convert. And a real leader — like Ellie — knows that. And she’ll never fall for it.

She’ll manipulate you right back. And probably win. In a flaming fight à la

Marion’s bar in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Ellie, being her quick and resourceful self, finds a way to kill David, stabbing him many, many, many times over. It’s not that she was ensuring his death; he would’ve died pretty quickly. But she was letting all of her frustration and sadness and anger go on The Worst Person on the Planet.

And then she meets Joel (Pedro Pascal) out in the cold, her personal Best Person on the Planet. Leaving the burning building behind, she realizes the person she needs right now is her “dad” — actually, no, no more quotation marks going forward — and he realizes it, too. She’s not “beyond” needing a dad, like David said she was. She just needs the right one. She doesn’t need David. She doesn’t need religion or blind faith or sheep. She doesn’t need to be a shepherd to said sheep. She just needs Joel. And Joel needs her.

Part of me wants to tell the world that the best love is from the people around you. That there’s no higher being to put faith into. But I don’t know, man — kinda makes me sound like a shepherd. And all of you are my sheep.

And I do not like that.

Like my current roommate said back in high school before the AP Literature & Composition exam, “The answer is pretty much always Jesus-related. Just write about Jesus. Just pick the answer that’s about Jesus. It’s all. About. Jesus.”

I actually wrote about Junie B. Jones and then wrote an essay as Holden Caulfield. She got a 4, though. I definitely didn’t. Maybe I should’ve listened — maybe everything comes back to religion and spirituality — but I rarely do.

I just like thinking my own thoughts too much. And I guess I’m just not desperate enough to change that.

for years.” Gilbert’s wife, Amy Gilbert, also commented on his evolution, as she’s observed him closely over the years, moving from his concrete surreal pieces to the newly termed splashes of “ironography.”

“They are strong pieces because of the material but also have a fragile and delicate quality to them because of the technique,” she said.

Amy said that she especially enjoys his new experimental works and highlighted a sculptural piece he made for her for their recent anniversary — a piece she said resembled a flower dispersing into a thousand little pieces.

Bert Gilbert’s work is a celebration of the messiness of life while embracing each moment that comes along the way. “The Melting Pot” reflects that idea of nature putting things off balance, like dynamic spills of iron and the artist searching for cohesion and meaning along the way.

Journalists, academic scholars and musicians were invited to attend the IU Mellencamp Symposium, which took place in Franklin Hall on Friday. The gathering explored the social and cultural impact of Mellencamp’s work through interactive talks, panel discussions and a live interview with the musician.

Whitten also announced during the symposium that the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art will partner with Mellencamp to launch an exhibition in the 2023-24 academic year, according to the press release. The exhibition will showcase Mellencamp’s artistic expression, pay tribute to his accomplishments and allow students to engage with Mellencamp’s original works of art. The Eskenazi Museum of Art website will have more information on the exhibition as plans develop.

“John’s impact on music and American culture is immense,” Whitten said in the press release. “On behalf of Hoosiers everywhere, I am exceptionally proud of John’s lifelong association with IU and deeply grateful to him for selecting the university as the permanent home for his archives.”

COLUMN: ‘Cocaine Bear’ is the gift that keeps on giving

SPOILER ALERT: This column contains potential spoilers about “Cocaine Bear.”

Director Elizabeth Banks’ new horror-comedy “Cocaine Bear” featuring the late Ray Liotta, Keri Russell and Margo Martindale proves that humans don’t have to be the star of the show. While the film circled multiple plotlines as new characters appeared in the woods, the film was at its best when the bear was on the screen.

The movie centers around drug dealers who must find missing cocaine that was dropped in the woods of Georgia. The camera follows visitors as they enter a typical forest setting only to find a ravaging, hungry-for-humans bear who consumed the missing cocaine and reacted as one would expect. There are constantly drugs on the loose, and at one point a character exclaims “It’s like cocaine Christmas” as the cocaine is flying everywhere.

The “Based on a True Story” text before the film appears as more of a warning than a delight, because the title reads like a stoner's experiment. A bear does coke. That can’t be real, can it? The movie was absurdly ridiculous, and that was what made it so endearing and hilarious. One of my favorite moments was in the opening minutes of the film when a montage of anti-drug PSAs flashed on the screen. Famous ads like the infamous “This is your brain on drugs” clip that warned children of the effects of drugs set the movie up perfectly for the montage of drug-related madness that follows. Shortly after this, two chil-

dren decide to eat cocaine

(yes, with their mouths), so clearly these PSAs in school are really educating the kids.

Coincidentally, the final scene of the movie is also one that sticks out. The bear is seemingly dead after the antagonist shoots her multiple times, but in the end, the cocaine revives her. The humor in this movie is topnotch, and if you can really give in to the stupidity, you won’t stop wheezing.

There were 10-minute stretches where I couldn’t stop laughing — especially in the second act when the bear lept into ambulances, climbed trees and snuck into offices to access Coke, even killing if she had to. In this time, the ridiculousness was at its peak.

The film was engaging not only because of the gore and violence (that was done so phenomenally, by the way) but because the audience grew more attached to the bear. Even as it’s attempting to murder little kids and loving police officers, the bear is the character you can’t stop rooting for. For example, there’s a

scene where the bear takes a break from her cocaine terrors and decides to plop down and nap right on top of Eddie, a young man played by Alden Ehrenreich, that makes the audience say “aww” and wonder how this murderous bear is so darn cute.

And just when you are ready to embrace that cuteness and you want to give her a hug, the bear gets up, snorts some cocaine off a dead body and goes on yet another killing spree. Seeing the bear with her baby bears before the murderous battle continues has a similar effect.

This isn’t a film that tries to be anything more than it is – and that’s what makes it work. It’s an audience pleaser, a film that makes your day a little sunnier. It’s simply a bear doing drugs. For the limited budget — roughly $30 million — the animatronics of the bear were well-done, and the film served its laugh-outloud purpose. I recommend watching the film, and you might see me there for a rewatch soon at the movie theater.

8 ARTS Indiana Daily Student Editors Erin Stafford, Sophie Goldstein March 9, 2023
ZUZANNA KUKAWSKA | IDS Sculptures from “The Melting Pot” exhibit are seen March 2, 2023, at The Venue. The Gallery Walk exhibit showcases molten iron sculptures by Bert Gilbert, an IU-Bloomington Alumnus. MOVIE STILLS DATABASE O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ayoola Smart, Alden Ehrenreich and Ray Liotta are pictured on set of “Cocaine Bear.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rose House LuMin- Lutheran Campus Ministry at IU

314 S. Rose Ave. 812-333-2474

Instagram: @hoosierlumin

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. @ St.

Thomas Lutheran Church 3800 E. 3rd St.

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Devotions @ Rose House LuMin 314 S. Rose Ave. Rose House is an inclusive Christian community that offers a safe space for students to gather, explore faith questions, show love to our neighbors through service and work towards a more just world. Rose House walks with students to help them discern where God is calling them in life.

Rev. Amanda Ghaffarian, Campus Pastor

St. Thomas Lutheran Church 3800 E. Third St. 812-332-5252

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

We are the worshiping home of Rose House Lutheran Campus Ministries. As disciples of Christ who value the faith, gifts and ministry of all God's people and seek justice and reconciliation, we welcome all God's children* to an inclusive and accessible community. *No strings attached or expectations that you'll change.

Independent Baptist

Lifeway Baptist Church 7821 W. State Road 46 812-876-6072

Sunday: 9 a.m., Bible Study Classes 10 a.m., Morning Service 5 p.m., Evening Service Barnabas College Ministry: Meeting for Bible study throughout the month. Contact Rosh Dhanawade at for more information.

Steven VonBokern, Senior Pastor Rosh Dhanawade, IU Coordinator 302-561-0108

*Free transportation provided. Please call if you need a ride to church.

Episcopal (Anglican)

Canterbury Mission

719 E. Seventh St. 812-822-1335

Instagram & Twitter: @ECMatIU

Sun.: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mon., Wed., Thu.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tue.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Fri., Sat.: By Appointment

Canterbury: Assertively open & affirming; unapologetically Christian, we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by promoting justice, equality, peace, love and striving to be the change God wants to see in our world

Ed Bird, Chaplain/Priest

Jacob Oliver & Lily Dolliff, student workers

Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

2120 N. Fee Ln. 812-332-3695

Sunday: 10:15 a.m.

We are a dynamic congregation working for a more just world through social justice. We draw inspiration from world religions and diverse spiritual traditions. Our vision is "Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World." A LGBTQA+ Welcoming Congregation and a certified Green Sanctuary.

Rev. Connie Grant, Interim Minister

Rev. Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Story and Ritual

Church of God (Anderson Affiliated)

Stoneybrook Community Church of God

3701 N. Stoneybrook Blvd.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

10 a.m. Coffee & Treats Stoneybrook Community Church of God is a gathering of imperfect people learning to follow Jesus. We invite you to join us on the journey.

Interim Pastor

Evangel Presbytery

Trinity Reformed Church 2401 S. Endwright Rd. 812-825-2684

Email us at

Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

College Bible Study: Contact us for more info.

"Jesus answered them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.'" Proclaiming freedom from slavery since 1996. Only sinners welcome.

Jody Killingsworth, Senior Pastor Lucas Weeks, College Pastor

Bahá'í Faith

Bahá'í Association of IU 424 S. College Mall Rd. 812-331-1863áíCommunity-of-BloomingtonIndiana-146343332130574

Instagram: @bloomingtonbahai

Regular Services/Devotional Meetings:

Sunday: 10:40 a.m. @ Bloomington Bahá'í Center

Please call or contact through our website for other meetings/activities

The Bahá'í Association of IU works to share the Teachings and Principles of the Founder, Bahá'u'lláh, that promote the "Oneness of Mankind" and the Peace and Harmony of the Planet through advancing the "security, prosperity, wealth and tranquility of all peoples."


Calvary Chapel of Bloomington 3625 W State Road 46 812-369-8459


YouTube: Calvary Chapel Bloomington IN

Sunday: 10 a.m.

Tuesday: 7 p.m., Prayer

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

Hungry for God's word and fellowship with other believers? Come as you are and worship with us as we grow in the knowledge of His love, mercy, and grace through the study of the scriptures, and serving those in need. May the Lord richly bless you!

Frank Peacock, Pastor

Alissa Peacock, Children's Ministry

Christ Community Church 503 S. High St. 812-332-0502

Instagram: @christcommunitybtown

Sunday: 9:15 a.m., Educational Hour

10:30 a.m., Worship Service

We are a diverse community of Christ-followers, including many IU students, faculty and staff. Together we are committed to sharing the redeeming grace and transforming truth of Jesus Christ in this college town.

Bob Whitaker, Senior Pastor

Adam deWeber, Worship Pastor Dan Waugh, Adult Ministry Pastor

Church of Christ

825 W. Second St. 812-332-0501

Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Bible Study

10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m., Worship

Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible Study

We use no book, but the Bible. We have no creed but His Word within its sacred pages. God is love and as such we wish to share this joy with you. The comprehensive teaching of God's Word can change you forever.

John Myers, Preacher

City Church For All Nations 1200 N. Russell Rd. 812-336-5958

Instagram: @citychurchbtown

Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

*Always check website for possible changes to service times.

City Church is a non-denominational

multicultural, multigenerational church on Bloomington's east side. 1Life, our college ministry meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. David Norris, Pastor Sumer Norris, Pastor

Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington

A welcoming, inclusive congregation providing a place of healing and hope as we journey together in the Spirit of Christ. Gathering for worship Sundays 5 p.m. in the Roger Williams room, First United Church. As people of God’s peace, we seek to embody the Kingdom of God.

Sunday: 5 p.m. John Sauder 2420 E. Third St. 812-646-2441

Society of Friends (Quaker)

Bloomington Friends Meeting 3820 E. Moores Pike 812-336-4581

Facebook: Bloomington Friends Meeting

Sunday (in person and by Zoom):

9:45 a.m., Hymn singing

10:30 a.m., Meeting for Worship

10:45 a.m., Sunday School (Children join in worship from 10:30-10:45)

11:30 a.m., Light Refreshments and


12:45 p.m., Often there is a second hour activity (see website)

Wednesday (by Zoom only):

9 a.m., Midweek Meeting for worship

9:30 a.m., Fellowship

We practice traditional Quaker worship, gathering in silence with occasional Spirit-led vocal ministry by fellow worshipers. We are an inclusive community with a rich variety of belief and no prescribed creed. We are actively involved in peace action, social justice causes, and environmental concerns. Peter Burkholder, Clerk

United Methodist

Jubilee 219 E. Fourth St. 812-332-6396

Instagram: @jubileebloomington

Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Classic Worship & 11:45 a.m., Contemporary Worship

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., College & Young Adult Dinner

Jubilee is a Christ-centered community open and affirming to all people. We gather on Wednesdays at First Methodist (219 E. Fourth St.) for a free meal, discussion, worship and hanging out. Small groups, service projects, events (scavenger hunts, bonfires, etc.), mission trips and opportunities for student leadership are all a significant part of our rhythm of doing life together.

Markus Dickinson, Campus Director

Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod

University Lutheran Church and Student Center 607 E. Seventh St 812-336-5387

Sunday: 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Bible Class 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship

Wednesday: 7 p.m.: Wednesday Evening Service 7:45 p.m.: College Bible Study Student Center open daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

We are the home of the LCMS campus ministry at Indiana. Our mission is to serve all college students with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Located on Campus, we offer Christ-centered worship, Bible study and a community of friends gathered around God’s gifts of life, salvation and the forgiveness of sins through our Senior Jesus Christ.



Redeemer Community Church

111 S. Kimble Dr. 812-269-8975

Instagram & Twitter: @RedeemerBtown

Sunday: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Redeemer is a gospel-centered community on mission. Our vision is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ transform everything: our lives, our church, our city, and our world. We want to be instruments of gospel change in Bloomington and beyond.

Chris Jones, Lead Pastor


University Baptist Church 3740 E. Third St. 812-339-1404

YouTube: UBC Bloomington IN

Sunday: 10:45 a.m., Worship in person & live streamed on YouTube

A welcoming and affirming congregation excited to be a church home to students in Bloomington. Trans and other LGBTQ+ friends and allies most especially welcome!

Annette Hill Briggs, Pastor Rob Drummond, Worship & Music Minister


Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington

2420 E. Third St. 812-646-2441


Sunday: 5 p.m.

A welcoming, inclusive congregation providing a place of healing and hope as we journey together in the Spirit of Christ. Gathering for worship Sundays 5 p.m. in the Roger Williams room, First United Church. As people of God's peace, we seek to embody the Kingdom of God.

John Sauder

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

205 E. Kirkwood Ave. 812-332-4459

Sunday: 10 a.m.

We are an inclusive community of people who are diverse in thought and unified in spirit. We are an LGBTQIA+ welcoming and affirming congregation known for our excellent music and commitment to justice. Our worship services will not only lift your spirit, but also engage your mind. You are welcome!

Pastor Kyrmen Rea, Senior Pastor Pastor Sarah Lynne Gershon, Student Associate Pastor Jan Harrington, Director of Music

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is an 8 - Your partner’s views are important. Listen carefully to avoid an argument. Apologize when you make a mistake. Obligations could seem overwhelming. Share support.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 7 - Nurture your health and wellness, especially with a heavy workload. Balance stress with peace, and action with rest. Avoid junk food. Exercise energizes.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is a 6 - Romantic ideals and fantasies could fade to reveal messier realities. Clean up what you can. Add beauty where missing. Get creative with a puzzle.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7 - Clean domestic messes and self-esteem grows. Nurture family with good food and home comforts. Make repairs and upgrades. Adapt plans and budgets for new circumstances.


Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 6 - Proceed with caution. Logistics problems can be solved. Schedule carefully to avoid conflict. Patiently clarify misunderstandings right away or they can grow. Practice diplomacy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 - Assess what’s required. Exercise restraint. See what you can do without. Find what’s needed nearby. New evidence threatens complacency. There’s money, but none to waste.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is an 8 - You may need to adapt plans for others. Watch for hidden agendas. Keep your tone respectful and avoid upsets.

Friendship grows with care.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 - Professional obstacles could cause delays.

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Take advantage to review and revise your work. Don’t worry about the future. Focus on immediate concerns to advance.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 - Take extra care of yourself. Self-criticism or doubts could drain energy. Recharge with warm water and bubbles, a new style, or comforting activities. You’re beloved. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6 - Quiet reflection restores and recharges you. Avoid noise or chaos. Clean messes and put things away to clear space. Consider the big mysteries. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7 - Widen your investigation while keeping travel plans flexible. Watch the road for hidden obstacles. Changes affect plans and itineraries. Explore different options. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 - Hold out for the best deal, before purchasing. You may have what you need stashed away. Recycle and save. Research for the best value. ©2023 Nancy Black. All rights reserved. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency. Answer to previous puzzle We’re sharing our secret. We’re sharing our secret. A Wee’r r W har gou ou e essh ing ecr r s rs . et. It’s not magic, just great advertising. Email ad ve to purchase ad ve rtising space