Former IU student found guilty on charges related to Jan. 6 insurrectionBy Colin Cunningham email@example.com | @colincunninghm
A piece of Venezuela in Bloomington
Cafe owner Maru Macabe shares her cultureBy Carolyn Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
The smell of baking baguettes, cachitos and melting caramel for Venezuelan flan warms the storefront air. In a fridge behind the register stand bottles of Venezuelan Artisan Eggnog, a housemade product inspired by a family recipe. Maru Macabe finally opened her own Venezuelan cafe, Maru Products Artisanal Bakery & More, in Bloomington on Aug. 12.
Macabe grew up in Caracas, Venezuela but moved to Bloomington in 2016. As the political state of Venezula continued to decline, she said she, her parents, her partner, and two sons decided it was time to leave.
“My children are my pillars and my main support,” she said.
Macabe joked that one of her kids, Allan Hernandez, cooks better than her. She expressed appreciation for her family’s support in her goal to open a Venezuelan cafe, a place to call her own in
country, Macabe’s Venezuelan Artisan Eggnog company also moved to Bloomington. Macabe said she and her family decided to move to Bloomington because it seemed to be a safe place for her children to finish their studies and grow. She also said the town felt like a quiet place where her parents would feel comfortable going on their walks.
After arriving in Bloomington, Macabe worked in a variety of kitchens including Viva Mas, Social Cantine and Arepas, which opened in 2019 but was replaced by La Una after 3 months. She said she often worked up to 18 hours in a day.
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Bloomington. In Venezuela, her family would sometimes have to wait in line for three hours for one bagguette per person, she said. Personal hygiene
products were not available and long lines formed for gas, sometimes making them wait for more than a day. She started her Venezuelan Artisan Eggnog com-
pany in her home country in order to share her the recipes of her father, who taught her to bake throughout her childhood. When her and her family moved out of their home
Eventually, she began working for Boston Stoker Coffee Co. However, not long into the job, she had a bad fall and was in the hospital for a week. During her recovery, she got back into baking in her kitchen, bringing pieces of Venezuela to Bloomington.
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IU Culture Centers offers free HIV testing throughout school yearBy Haley Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org | @haley_ryan
The cultural centers at Indiana University are partnering with Positive Link to host free HIV testing events from Sept. 27 to April 10, 2024.
The events, according to an IU press release, will be held in public places to increase visibility and decrease the stigma associated with sexual health. All identifying information and testing records are kept confidential.
Positive Link, according to their website, provides HIV prevention resources and services for those living with HIV through IU Health.
Bruce Smail, director of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center and special assistant to the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, said each center will have a day dedicated to HIV testing. Many of these testing days are also national HIV awareness days.
HIV awareness days are days dedicated to raising awareness around HIV prevention and treatment. And a specific population, like National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day on Feb. 7, 2024; which is when free testing will be at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
The free testing events will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on:
Sept. 27: LGBTQ+ Culture Center
» Oct. 18: La Casa/Latino
Cultural Center » Nov. 8: First Nations
Educational and Cultural Center
» Feb. 7: Neal-Marshall Black
Culture Center » March 6: Jewish Culture Center
» April 10: Asian Culture Center
The culture centers, Smail said, are trying to bring attention to the need for HIV testing and bring awareness to, of the new cases of HIV, a large number of them are within the 16 to 24 age group.
In the state of Indiana, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13,000 people are living with HIV and in the U.S. people aged 25-34 have the highest rate of annual HIV infections.
Smail said there are communities at higher risk of contracting HIV, including Black men, Latino men and women of color. According to the CDC, there are five populations disproportionally impacted by HIV, including men who have sex with men, particularly Black, Latino and American Indian/Alaskan Native men, Black women and those aged 13-24 years old.
Smail said he thinks it’s important for people to test to see their status so they can
know how to protect themselves. Or if a person becomes HIV positive, Smail said, to get care during that stage.
Positive Link, one of the partners of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, has previously partnered with the La Casa/ Latino Cultural Center and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Smail said. But these partnerships haven’t been consistent when compared to the LGBTQ+ Culture Center. Positive Link provides free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday at the LGBTQ+ Culture Center. They also provide monthly testing at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
Smail said this year is the first year HIV testing has pulled all the culture centers together. He said the cultural
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centers will hopefully contin-
ue to do testing on an annual basis.
“If we're creating HIV testing in all different communities, it's a great opportunity for anyone to get tested in any of the locations that they feel comfortable with or just dropped in and get tested,” Smail said.
Unlike the weekly testing offered at the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, Smail said, the events offer HIV awareness and education. Tool kits, like one preventing HIV and STIs, will be available along with testing.
Tool kits, Smail said in an email, represent the options available in HIV prevention and include external and internal condoms and dental dams, which are free at
the LGBTQ+ Culture Center and Positive Link. The kits also include the medications
Pre-Exposure Prophlylaxis (PrEP), nonoccupational
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) and Undetectable=
Untransmittable initative, which is helps people with HIV not transmit HIV with medication. Treatment cover, he said, depends on insurance. Treatment cover, he said, depends on insurance.
PrEP and nPEP, Smail said, can be free based on a person’s insurance. The IU Student Health Center, he said, has a program to support students who are interested in PrEP if they don’t have insurance coverage.
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation will transform downtown Bloomington later this month, hosting the 30th annual Lotus Festival from Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. The festival celebrates and explores the diversity of the world’s cultures through music, art and fun for all ages. The festival will feature more than 25 musical artists and groups from around the world. Attendees can expect unique experiences and opportunities to expand their worldview through the arts.
Kathleen Clark, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation communications and marketing specialist, said that the festival is a perspective-changing experience.
“Everyone who attends always learns something new about other cultures and probably about themselves,” Clark said. “It really marks an opportunity for people to connect through the arts.” This year, the Lotus Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 with an opening concert featuring bold harmonies by Windborne and an infectious Afrobeat style from Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band. It will end with a closing concert at 3 p.m. Sunday from multi-instrumentalists Eric & Suzy Thompson and Punjabi artist Sonny Singh. Both concerts will be held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Additional artists will perform from 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 29-30 at various locations in downtown Bloomington. With no headliner, the lineup of performers highlights the talents of each artist equally.
Anyone interested in attending the concert series can purchase tickets in advance for discounted prices. Tickets are available for single-day admission as well as all-inclusive access, ranging from $40 to $95. For students on a budget, the festival offers a student ticket price of $35 for entrance to the Friday or Saturday showcase.
Clark said this year, the festival is implementing a new way for attendees to experience the music of other cultures.
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20-year-old IU graduate runs for city councilBy Marissa Meador email@example.com | twitter
Sydney Zulich, a 20-yearold IU alumna and budding politician, is on the verge of making history.
With no opposition, Zulich is slated to become the youngest person to ever serve on the Bloomington City Council. At this point, campaigning is not a requirement, but Zulich is working toward something greater than this election cycle.
Zulich, dressed in her campaign's signature pink T-shirts, slips through the cramped hallways of Teter Quadrangle’s first floor at noon Sept. 10. The overhead lights cast a yellow sheen on the dorm, and the air conditioning struggles to keep pace with the lingering summer heat. She reaches the first door, adjusts her clipboard and knocks. She waits a few beats, then tucks a piece of campaign literature in the door.
A good portion of the canvassing goes like this, and Zulich begins to operate with a slow and steady rhythm. One door in Teter has a sign that reads “I do not wish to be contacted by poll takers,” which includes canvassers like Zulich, so she moves on to the next. Another unopened door has a white board asking what people are listening to; in one of the few remaining white spaces, Zulich scribbles “Coming of Age” by Maisie Peters.
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Bloomington — a city where more than half of the population is IU students — has never had a full-time undergraduate student serve on the city council. Zulich, who graduated last spring with a degree in International Law and Russian, will not be the first.
Now past the point where opposition candidates can file, Zulich is set to represent the newly drawn District 6, a majority student district formed with the help of an independent redistricting committee and the urging of District 6’s current representative, Stephen Volan, who will be leaving his two decades of council service behind once Zulich takes over.
With her 21st birthday just before Election Day, Zulich follows in the footsteps of Republican Jason Banach, who became the youngest city councilmember ever to serve in Indiana when he was elected to the Bloomington City Council in 1995 at the age of 22.
But while Zulich’s youth will provide a fresh perspective on the council, the fight for student representation is far from over.
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When students at Teter start opening their doors, it quickly becomes clear most of them know nothing about local politics. They are often not registered to vote, and they don’t have strong opinions about whether or not they should. Above all, they definitely do not know Zulich, their future representative — at least, they didn’t before she knocked on their door.
A girl with freshly showered hair opens the door, and Zulich launches into her pitch.
She introduces herself as the student’s future representative. She asks them if they’re registered to vote – if not, would they like to be? If they are from Indiana, all they need is a driver's license. Without that or a Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued ID, they need to know the last four digits of their social security number. A lot don’t.
Out-of-staters need a physical form to switch their registration to Indiana, which Zulich offers to pick up from their dorm once they fill it out.
Usually, Zulich asks the students if there is anything they’d like to see changed about Bloomington. The most common response is “I don’t know; I’ve only been here three weeks.”
Zulich presses on. She hands them a leaflet and tells them to contact her if they ever have issues they want to talk about.
For hours, Zulich and her team continue to navigate the dorm’s cramped and stuffy halls, dodging students in towels and shower shoes. They knock on doors decorated with the themes of the floor: Taco Bell sauce packets on one, capybaras on another. Many students are still sleeping, perhaps resting from a late Saturday night, and the ones that answer are not always enthusiastic.
At one point, Zulich leaves a leaflet at an unopened door and knocks on the next one. Slowly, both doors begin to open at once.
“This is my worst nightmare,” she jokes, then quickly rushes to speak with one while holding the other’s attention.
By the time they finished canvassing Teter and the nearby Ashton Residence Center, they had registered 61 students to vote. It was a successful day, a nice break after the obstacles they encountered at Briscoe the previous weekend, when it took an hour to even get access to the dorms despite having signed up in advance.
Zulich arrived at IU as a 17-year-old and graduated in just three years. She’s still in the awkward post-grad phase of looking for a job, and while she genuinely enjoys the process of campaigning and following Bloomington politics, she’s also currently working on knitting a scarf and has spent
quality time with her campaign staff — for example, the group saw “Bottoms” in theaters the weekend they canvassed Teter.
Before IU, Zulich graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus, Ohio. She’s been volunteering for the Monroe County Democratic Party since last summer and has also done work with IU faculty member Isak Asare’s campaign for Congress in 2022 before he lost the Democratic nomination for Indiana’s ninth district and his successful campaign for the Democratic nomination for the at-large district of the city council. Zulich became the nominee for District 6 relatively late in the election cycle, when former candidate David Wolfe Bender dropped out of the race amid an investigation into his candidacy. Zulich was selected unanimously by Monroe County Democratic Party precinct chairs to fill the vacancy on the ballot on June 30.
Sporting a pink bag and black jumpsuit Sept. 8 near Sample Gates, Zulich jokes she is running a Barbie-style campaign. It’s a campaign that embraces and celebrates youth, using fresh energy and student-centered perspectives to bring balance to a town defined by its ever-shifting population.
“It is no secret young voices have been pretty, historically, overlooked,” she said.
She’s no longer a student, but every person on her staff is. Her campaign manager, Tim Dwyer, is in his third year at IU, with experience dating as far back as canvassing for the midterm elections in 2018. Dwyer said he met Zulich while volunteering for Monroe County Commissioner Penny Githens’ run for Indiana House District 62 in 2022, which Githens lost to Republican Dave Hall by less than 200 votes.
Dwyer is a political science major, and while he said many people his age have an apathetic approach to the state of the world, Dwyer is committed to advancing the policies he cares about.
“I think local government is especially powerful for that,” he said.
While Dwyer admits there will always be people who don’t care, many students are attentive to politics. He gives an example of a freshman he met while working at a voter registration table the Friday before canvassing at Teter who
knew all about Bloomington’s primary election in the spring. Dwyer recalled that the freshman knew the names of the mayoral candidates and their platforms.
Dwyer said students should care about politics because many issues, like climate change and student debt relief, directly affect them. On a local level, students frequently interact with issues of transit and housing.
“Searching for apartments is terrible, and you have to do it nine months in advance,” he said.
One perspective Zulich brings to the council involves the fact she pays rent in Bloomington and said she knows first-hand how expensive it can be.
She acknowledges some students are paying high rents because they may be supported by their parents and have the funds to afford it, which has contributed to the belief that an increasing IU student population is creating a market for luxury apartments. However, Zulich stressed that they are not the root cause of the issue; instead, she said it is the fact developers are allowed to raise rents. One way Zulich hopes to engage young people is by encouraging them to apply for local commissions, such as the Environmental Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission. Running a city is more than just policymaking; it involves engineers, planners and artists as well, she said.
“You don’t have to care about politics to be involved,” she said.
Though she recognizes IU is an amazing school, Zulich said there is a huge brain drain problem in Indiana, which is causing talented, educated people to move elsewhere. According to a 2022 Indiana Chamber of Commerce report, only 29% of 18-year-old Hoosiers finish college and remain in Indiana. This has long been an issue in the state, and a 2015 study suggests college graduates are leaving in search of better job opportunities.
“I want to create a Bloomington people want to stay in,” she said.
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A musical duo plays guitar and harmonizes as kids, Bloomingtonians and candidates alike enjoy treats from The Chocolate Moose at the Monroe County Democratic Party’s ice cream social event Sept. 10 at Switchyard Park. Zulich plays off to the side with a fellow city council candidate’s kid, taking him to the water park to play.
Though the tone of the event was celebratory, the political tensions unearthed in the primary have not yet been resolved. During the cycle, citizens expressed frustration over rising rents, unchecked crime, a struggling unhoused population and a persistent sense of divisiveness despite the council being exclusively one party.
Zulich and her peers may not be the instant solution to Bloomington’s issues, but for now, snacking on ice cream and enjoying the sun, Zulich and the students on her campaign have hope for this Midwestern college town.
Three fatal accidents occur Sept. 19-26 in Monroe CountyBy Madelyn Hanes and Andrew Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Three people were killed in separate vehicle accidents Sept. 19-26 in Monroe County, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The first accident occurred Sept. 19. Deputies responded to the area of 3330 N. Brummetts Creek Road for a report of an inverted single vehicle accident with injury.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the sole passenger, identified as Virgil Hupp from Bloomington, was traveling north on North Brummetts Creek Road when, for an unknown reason, he traveled about 25 yards off the roadway and collided with a tree. The vehicle then flipped.
Hupp died at the scene. The second accident occurred Sept. 22. Deputies responded to the area of 9779 W SR 45 for a report of a person injured by a tractor.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office learned Larry Martindale from Solsberry, Indiana, was riding on a tractor with Justin Ratliff, who was driving, to see a property that needed to be mowed. Ratliff hit a large ditch and the tractor threw Martindale off. Martindale landed in
a ditch, and the tractor drove over him.
Martindale later died from his injuries. The Sheriff’s Office said the second accident is still under investigation.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a third accident, which killed an 81-yearold individual Sept. 26. The crash occurred at the intersection of North Curry Pike and West Vernal Pike, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Officers responded to a two-vehicle accident with injury at 12:12 p.m. They located two single-occupant cars; an 81-year-old Bloomington resident drove a Honda CRV and a 24-year-old individual from Springville drove a Chevy Silverado.
The victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and died from injuries due to the crash.
According to the press release, the preliminary crash investigation based on witness testimony indicated that the driver of the Chevy Silverado disregarded a traffic signal while traveling southbound on Curry Pike, colliding with the Honda CRV which was turning west onto Vernal Pike from Curry Pike. The crash is still under investigation.
IUSG Election Commission members step downBy Emma Flynn email@example.com
IU Student Government is holding its fall 2023 election despite having no members in its Election Commission.
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, IU Bloomington students are able to vote in the IUSG Congressional election. In a normal year, the election would be run by the Election Commission, a body of unbiased IUSG representatives free from outside influence.
This year, however, IUSG Speaker of Congress Jack Tyndall said all Election Commission members left their positions.
According to IUSG bylaws, the Election Commission is an agency responsible for managing IUSG elections and enforcing IUSG regulations. Made up of eleven student volunteer commissioners, the Election Commission is the primary point of contact for candidates in IUSG elections.
Members serve on the Election Commission for two-year terms. Francis Xavier Ramirez, former cochair of the Election Commission, said the members' terms had expired and none of them wanted to renew.
He said they chose not to be a part of the Election Commission again because of the systemic nature of the program and the barriers they faced.
“The Election Commission was IUSG’s forgotten sister in that it only came up when there was a problem,” Ramirez said.
Tyndall said the members’ departure was “a long time coming,” as the overall retention rate for individuals on the Election Commission
Tyndall said two new bills, Congress Bill No. 1011 and 1013, were introduced in response to the departure of former Election Commission members.
Congress Bill No. 1011, titled Elections Get Good Soon, would establish a taskforce to organize the election if passed, while Congress Bill No. 1013, which has been enacted, grants the election taskforce the powers of the Election Commission.
Tyndall said the task force will be made up of him, the IUSG president, and other members of IUSG that are not directly involved with the election.
Tyndall said these bills are to promote the election and increase engagement. Congress Bill No. 1011, for example, outlines efforts to increase participation in the upcoming election, such as use of social media and advertisements around campus. The election period was also extended from two days to a week. By increasing the voting period, he said the hope is that more people will vote in the fall election.
Despite this setback, the election is taking place on time, as candidates can now officially start campaigning for seats, he said. Tyndall said this election has the potential to bring in a lot of new, ambitious students that can make a difference on this campus. He said IUSG is in a malleable state, and that with over 50 candidates in this election for 31 congressional seats, there will be healthy competition. He said this will allow IUSG to grow positively.
Free at-home COVID-19 testing program resumesBy Andrew Miller firstname.lastname@example.org | @andrew_mmiller
The Biden administration resumed its free at-home COVID-19 test delivery program starting Sept. 25, it announced Sept. 20. The administration also announced it will invest $600 million in 12 domestic test manufacturers to bolster production.
American households will be able to order four new tests, as well as instructions on how to verify if expired tests they have are still usable. Started in January 2022, the program made free tests available until June 1, 2023, when the site stopped taking orders to conserve supplies.
The announcement comes as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have increased across the country in recent weeks. According to the most recent CDC data, there were 20,538 COVID-19 hospitalizations from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, a 7.7% increase.
According to the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana’s seven-day average for COVID-19 hospitalizations was 47 as of Sept. 12, stable from the last count. However, cases are expected to rise as temperatures get colder due to people generally spending more time inside. Other seasonal illnesses such as influenza and RSV will also put more strain on hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over six months old to get an updated booster vaccine for the fall and winter virus season. The
Indiana University provides
test kits for students wishing to test themselves for the virus. American households will be able to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests starting Sept. 25, 2023.
CDC said that vaccination is still the best protection against COVID-19, decreasing hospitalization, death, and chances of suffering from long COVID. Vaccinations are cur-
rently available in multiple locations around Bloomington, including CVS, Kroger and Walmart. They are also available through primary care physicians or through the Indiana Department of
Health’s Vaccine Information and Planning page. Indiana residents can find a nearby vaccine location at vaccines. gov.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the
use of updated booster vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna on Sept. 11. The new boosters, now in use, are designed to specifically target the XBB.1.5 subvariant. Those interested in re-
ceiving an updated booster vaccine may also call 812353-3244 to schedule an appointment at the Monroe County Public Health Clinic, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
August unemployment rate declines in BloomingtonBy Mia Hilkowitz email@example.com | MiaHilkowitz
The unemployment rate in Bloomington decreased by 0.7% in August despite unemployment rates statewide reaching their highest point in almost two years. People who are not employed but actively seeking employment are counted in the unemployment rate.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s unemployment rate in August was
3.4%, a 0.1% increase from the statewide unemployment rate of 3.3% in July 2023. The DWD estimates that in August, more than 138,000 people in Indiana were unemployed and seeking a job. While only a minor increase, the DWD reports the Indiana statewide unemployment rate is at its highest point in two years.
“The number of Hoosiers in the labor force remains near an all-time high, and the need for skilled workers has never been greater,”DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk
said in a press release. Bloomington saw a significant decrease in unemployment rates last month, dropping from a rate of 4.4% in July to 3.7% in August. The DWD estimates 2,961 Bloomington residents are unemployed.
Out of all 92 Indiana counties, Monroe County had the 32nd highest unemployment rate of 3.7% in August. Lake County had the highest August 2023 unemployment rate at 5.9%, while Daviess County had the lowest rate at 2.6%.
Additionally, the state’s
labor force participation rate decreased slightly from 63.6% in July to 63.5% in August. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force participation rate is the percentage of the civilian population either working or actively looking for work. Indiana’s labor force participation rate is higher than the nationwide rate of 62.8%.
According to the DWD, the construction industry added 1,300 jobs in August. Bloomington’s construction industry has grown by 6.1% since Au-
The manufacturing sector added 400 Indiana jobs this past month. However, Bloomington’s manufacturing sector has experienced a 3.1% decrease in jobs since August 2022 following layoffs from local manufacturers. Cook Medical, a medical device manufacturer, announced in May it would cut 500 jobs, including 85 jobs in Bloomington, as part of a new strategic plan. In June, Catalent Inc., a pharmaceutical and health manufacturer, eliminated 150
jobs at their facility in Bloomington.
The DWD’s report reflects only preliminary estimates of employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these preliminary estimates measure the labor market a few weeks prior to its publication. These preliminary estimates are revised and checked before the following month’s release. The final estimates for a given month are published two months after the initial release of the preliminary estimates.
Yoga studio donates menstrual products to homeless communityBy Caroline Geib firstname.lastname@example.org | @carolineegeib
Vibe Yoga Studio is partnering with I Support the Girls Bloomington this September to collect menstrual products.
I Support the Girls is an international network which supports homeless women and folx by distributing bras, underwear and menstrual products.
“If you’re in a situation where you’re low income and you have to choose between buying food and tampons...women are in that situation all the time,” Marsha Lovejoy, founder of I Support the Girls Bloomington, said.
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Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, Artists for Climate Awareness, Bloomington Watercolor Society, Portrait Group, Upland Plein Air and Bloomington Parks and Recreation are all working together to co-host the second annual “Paint Bloomington!” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. The event will be held at the Woodlawn Pavilion in Bryan Park.
“Paint Bloomington is a community event for all ages,” Babette Ballinger said. Ballinger is a member of Bloomington Watercolor Society, Upland Plein Air, Artists for Climate Change and is an artist who helped to arrange the event.
“Most other creative communities have art days where artists are encouraged to come out and paint their environment, en plein
air, but Bloomington does not,” she said. “Bloomington also has a lack of events that encourage artists to paint and to learn and to share their talents. We felt that interactive visual art events are underserved in our community.”
Ballinger said free classes will be taught from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and art supplies will be provided. The classes will vary in topics, including printmaking, how to begin a painting and perspective and designing for Barbie. Along with free classes, there will be music, demonstrations, storytelling events and competitions.
According to Visit Bloomington, a blog sharing events occurring in and around the Bloomington area, there is no fee to enter the competitions and artists must check in at the Woodlawn Pavilion from 9:30-11 a.m. the day of the event.
The original artwork must be started and finished the day of the event; any medium may be entered. All canvasses or multi-media papers must be stamped before beginning and the completed work must be turned in to the pavilion by 3 p.m.
The competition is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Painting supplies will be available for artists at the event.
“The most exciting thing about the event is seeing first-hand the enormous amount of surprise talent we have here,” Ballinger said. “The most fun was seeing the 7-year-old boy painting for the first time in a competition and telling the professional artist next to him that he thought he won his blue ribbon because of his composition, a term he had learned in his first painting class.”
Ballinger said at last
year’s event, over 70 artists from ages 7 to 85 participated in the competition.
“We had professional artists painting next to families picnicking with their kids. Best friends did collaborative art. The quality was amazing. This year we are expecting a bigger turnout,” Ballinger said.
According to Visit Bloomington, after judging, awards will be given in the following categories:
» Professional artists
» Teens (Ages 12-17)
» Youth (Ages 7-11)
All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Art Alliance of Greater Bloomington will be responsible for a show in their gallery for the first-place winners to show off their works, Ballinger said.
Every month Vibe Yoga Studio hosts a “Yoga in Action" collaboration with a local nonprofit. The monthly collaboration features a weekly donationbased hot flow yoga class at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays which allows participants to donate to I Support the Girls for entry instead of paying the typical class fee.
A typical drop-in session at Vibe Yoga Studio is $20.
“We want to be able to lower the barriers for entry into a studio space as well as give our students who practice there a connection with the community and educate them on opportunities to either volunteer or support,” Laura Patterson, founder of Vibe Yoga Studio, said
Since I Support the Girls Bloomington was founded in 2016, the organization has donated more than 30,000 products, Lovejoy said. These products are donated to local nonprofits such as the Indiana Recovery Alliance, Middle Way House
and Pantry 279. Julie Pemberton, dDevelopment and operations assistant for the Indiana Recovery Alliance, said Lovejoy organized a collaboration in June with her organization.
“I could not believe that within hours the same day she contacted us she had her whole vehicle loaded up with boxes and boxes and boxes of donations,” Pemberton said. Lovejoy runs the Bloomington affiliate of I Support the Girls out of her garage. Lovejoy said she tries to partner with as many local businesses and nonprofits a year as she can.
“I never thought I would be talking about tampons on Facebook as much as I do,” Lovejoy said.
Attendees may donate any amount at Vibe Yoga Studio in cash or card when attending the donation-based class. They may also bring in a donation worth at least $2.
“Everyone should be able to practice yoga,” Patterson said.
‘Paint Bloomington!’ will be held Oct. 7MAX SENTER | IDS Caleb Poer paints a temporary mural June 2, 2023, at First Friday Gallery Walk. “Paint Bloomington!” is an event that consists of an art competition, free classes, demonstrations, music and storytelling. COURTESY PHOTO Participants do Vinyasa Yoga on Aug. 9, 2021, in Vibe Yoga Studio. Vibe Yoga Studio is partnering with I Support the Girls Bloomington this September to collect menstrual products.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation received multiple tips suggesting that Vo was present in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. On this day, the Capitol was breached by hundreds of individuals who were protesting the outcomes of the 2020 election and unlawfully gained access to the U.S. Capitol while members of Congress were in the process of confirming the election's results.
The FBI received multiple tips indicating that Vo had shared pictures and videos depicting him in Washington, D.C. and inside the Capitol building following its breach by rioters on Jan. 6 on his Facebook and Instagram profiles.
One tip originated from an individual who had previous connections with Vo during their time at IU, while another tip came from a person who had attended high school with Vo at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
According to court records, both informants affirmed that they identified Vo as the individual featured in the D.C. photographs and stated that Vo had a reputation for engaging with conspiracy theories. They also noted that Vo was an avid supporter of former President Trump and adhered to libertarian ideologies.
The FBI used images and videos extracted from Vo's Facebook and Instagram accounts, which depicted him in both Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol during the insurrection.
According to the same court documents, Vo had written in a conversation with a friend on social media, "President [Trump] asked me to be here tomorrow, so I am with my mom LOL." In another exchange, Vo stated, "My mom and I helped pause the vote count for a while."
According to a court minute entry, Vo's sentencing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 18 in Washington D.C. Nearly 20 residents of Indiana have faced charges in connection with the events of Jan. 6, according to MyWabashValley.
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Cachitos, flan, pan de jamon and other baked goods became her passion. She studied to recieve her food service license this August.
Next, she set her sights on buying a storefront for herself and her baking business.
As she started this journey, she began sharing her culture with others.
Every Saturday for six months, she sold her baked goods at the People’s Cooperative Market, a Community Supported Agriculture organization. The market provides access to local food and creates a space where people can share their cultures.
“(The market) was uncomfortable, as the only way to sell was getting orders online to then make the food and deliver it,” Macabe’s son Allan Hernandez said. “Now, when people ask for us, we can give them a place to come and enjoy our food any time.”
Herandez said operating a family business hasn’t been easy. However, he believes it’s worth it because they find so much joy in the work that they do. He said several members of the family have contributed to running the business, but Macabe has been the anchor.
“The heart of this place I believe lies in my mom,” Hernandez said.
After pursuing her passion, Macabe was made a part of the Emprendedoras Latinas Indiana, or Latina Entrepreneurs of Indiana. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the organization the day her cafe opened.
Macabe said she loves getting to know the Bloomington community better by having regulars come in for a coffee or a Venezuelan baked good made fresh each morning.
“This is my home,” Macabe said., “I was able to materialize my dreams and make a little of our gastronomy and culture known.”
All of the food she sells is freshly made. She said she arrives at the cafe early in the morning at 4 or 5 a.m. in
order to bake the necessary items for that day. She also has to stay late at night in order to pre-bake her goods.
As Macabe was preparing a flan baking sheet by lining it with caramel, Jose Manuel Manzano walked through the door. Manzano is a family friend whose aunt was a friend of Macabe’s in Venezuela. Now, the family frequents her cafe.
“My mom loves the bread,” he said. “I’d say we come in one to three times a week.”
Macabe retrieved baguettes and cachitos from the oven for Manzano. Once he thanked her and walked out the door, Macabe went back to making her Venezuelan flan. She meticulously swirled the melted caramel in metal tins which sat in an aluminum tray. Then, she placed cold water into the tray to help set the caramel before pouring in the flan mix which consists of sugar, eggs, whole milk, vanilla extract and condensed milk.
“It’s very good,” Macabe said with a smile after finishing her preparation of the dish.
She moved on to preparing a tray of pan de jamon when a young man walked in.
As he ordered a cachito and Venezuelan cappuccino, he spoke in broken Spanish. While doing so, Macabe graciously corrected his grammar in her native language. After a shared exchange of laughs, the young man thanked her, explaining that he was trying to learn Spanish. Once Macabe gave him his order, he thanked her again in Spanish and walked out the glass double doors.
Macabe said college students often come in to practice their Spanish, which adds to her love of sharing her culture with the Bloomington community.
“Leaving a trace of our flavors, our smells, our culture, and being able to share it with everyone in this town is a blessing, for me, and for my family,” Macabe said.
The Lotus One World Dance Hall, located at the Waldron Arts Center Auditorium during the festival, will feature bands who play culturally specific dance music in genres like bachata, Cajun and old time. Each artist will include 15 minutes of dance instruction at the beginning of their set, teaching the audience a few basic movements from the genre’s specific dance.
“It allows audience members the option to boost their confidence on the dance floor,” Clark said.
Larson Parker, a junior at IU, has attended the Lotus Festival twice and said he enjoyed the diversity and discovery that the concert series offers.
“The fact that there was authentic music from all over the country and all over the globe was awesome,” Parker said. “I found different types of music that I didn't realize even existed.”
Parker added that the Lotus Festival presents a rare opportunity for Indiana locals to broaden their worldview.
“I would definitely encourage people in Bloomington and Indiana to go because it’s not very often in the Midwest that you get this amount of cultural exposure,” Parker said.
In addition to the festival’s concert series, Lotus will also host many free activities that are open to the community.
From noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Waldron Hill Buskirk Park, the festival will hold outdoor performances and demonstrations by Lotus Festival artists, as well as merchandise tents, food trucks and interactive visual arts activities. As an outlet for winding down from the weekend’s festivities, Lotus Fest will also host come-and-go yoga sessions from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 for people of all skill levels.
At the testing events, Positive Link will test for both HIV and Hepatitis C along with one-on-one education, Emily Brinegar, IU Health Positive Link Prevention Manager, said.
Brinegar said the tests collect antibodies through a mouth swab or a finger stick. These tests provide rapid results and are antibody testing. She said Positive Link usually uses finger sticks as the test because this method is slightly more reliable and develops quicker than the oral HIV test.
According to the National Library of Medicine, rapid oral swabs reportedly have a lower sensitivity and specificity than rapid HIV testing done with whole blood and have been associated with clusters of false positives but are less invasive than finger sticks.
If someone is interested in testing, Brinegar said, one of the testers will meet with them individually and discuss their risk before testing. The results, she said, should be done within a few minutes.
Brinegar said both the tests for HIV and Hepatitis C require a follow-up confirmatory test, which Positive Link does. This is because, Brinegar said, false positives and negatives, while infrequent, may result from the HIV and Hepatitis C window period, from the time of exposure to time of antibody detection, which can be anywhere from several weeks to three months.
“If you have ever been exposed to Hepatitis C, that antibody test is going to come back reactive,” Brinegar said. “That one you definitely need the follow up testing to determine if you do have
an active case of Hep C and the treatment.”
If a student tests positive, she said, Positive Link has several services, including primary care for people with HIV, treatment for Hepatitis C and access to PrEP. Positive Link also has a case management team that works with people living with HIV or Hepatitis C so they can access treatment and address any other needs.
“With HIV especially, it's a lifelong chronic illness now, so it can't be cured,” Brinegar said. “But it can be treated.”
If students can’t make it to the testing events, weekly testing events at the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, monthly testing events at the NealMarshall Black Culture Center or Positive Link’s walk-in hours every Monday and Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. at their offices, Brinegar said students should reach out to Positive Link at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If people want to send an email to schedule a test, or have a question, they can also call and just talk with one of our testers about their risk and if they should get tested.” Brinegar said.
Knowing one’s status and their risk, she said, is important even if a person thinks they aren’t currently at risk because things can change in the future.
“There can be a lot of stigma around HIV and STIs in general,” Brinegar said. “But the fact of the matter is, they're a part of the human experience at this point and the more we talk about it, and the more we educate folks on what they need to know, the better the better off we will all be.”
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COLUMN: We need more diversity in business
Haripriya Jalluri (she/her)
is a senior studying operations management and business analytics.
It’s 4 p.m. on a Monday. I’m waiting at a table in Hodge Hall before my evening class and I watch as the scene in front of me unfolds:
A group of underclassmen fill a table a few down from me. These underclassmen — three boys — are having a team meeting about an upcoming class presentation. From the start, it’s rocky. Boy A is jumping straight in and demanding things from his teammates. Boy B is standoffish and trying to catch up on what is happening.
Boy C stumbles in late and Boy D never shows up (I saw him later).
The discussion that enfolds is chaotic. By the time Boy C makes it to the group, Boys A and B are already butting heads about the way the project is going to be completed. Boy C attempts to mediate and find a solution but by the time they leave, the boys walk off in different directions with unhappy faces. This stuck with me. Once I get to class, I recount the situation to my friend; she and I have done more presentations — both together and with other classmates — during our time in Kelley than we can recall.
When I go to fill my water bottle during a break in class, I’m greeted with a sequel to the earlier scene. In the hallway, there was Boy A and Boy D (yes, the missing one from earlier). What were they talking about?
The project plan.
Boy D was visibly annoyed with the decision made in the meeting he missed. As I walked back to class, I heard him say,
“Whose idea was this?” to Boy A. I chuckled and headed back into class. So far during my time at Kelley, most teams I have been on have been male dominated. When I reflect on those teams, I find myself playing the role of a mediator, like what Boy C was attempting. But my roles have always transcended merely being a mediator. I’ve also naturally fallen into the role of the person who will talk to the professor about questions/concerns or do additional research to ensure the project runs efficiently.
When it comes to creating a slide deck and presenting, for example, I have tended to be the teammate to make the slides, help choose a theme and project manage the work: who is doing what, how are we efficiently going to do this and, most importantly, is everyone happy with the plan? The group of boys were attempting to do all of that, but something was not clicking.
This got me thinking about the workforce I am about to join post-graduation. How many industries are gender diverse? What industry exists where the percentages of male to female to non-binary is balanced? Which companies are truly trying to make a difference in their hiring practices? If those underclassmen had a woman or non-binary person on their team, would the outcome be different? Of course, my perspective is biased because I have always been the woman on the team. Has this impacted the teams I have been on?
I would like to think it has.
It’s not hard to picture what the business world currently looks like. For
the Kelley class of 2024, the breakdown is 68% male, 32% female. This means that for every 17 males, there are eight females. The lack of gender diversity in business is seen from the second you step foot into Hodge Hall. In fact, only two of the nine majors (marketing and professional sales) lean towards being female-heavy and, even then, it’s almost a 50/50 or 40/60 split. I learned very quickly that what you hear is true. Most workforces, outside of the humanities or liberal arts, lean heavily towards being “male dominated.” Would diversity in the workforce even matter?
You might argue that it won’t because, well, businesses have been thriving without pushing for diversity for centuries. But that’s because the outside culture was under this façade of acceptance when it came to diversity. According to a Pew Research report, 34% of female survey respondents said their gender identification makes it harder to be successful at work. On top of that, 72% of survey respondents say that there has been a positive impact by diversity, equity and inclusion related policies at their workplaces.
Nowadays in Kelley courses, they stress the importance of sustainability within a firm because the stakeholders and investors demand it. Stakeholders and investors demand diversity too. When we say “diversity” what we really mean is more than just gender-diversity or ethnicdiversity. We mean diversity of thought, along with inclusion and equity. That comes from hiring people with different experiences and backgrounds, encour-
Is socialism incompatible with human nature?
Jared Quigg (he/him) is a senior studying journalism and political science.
Before the Europeans came to America, the Iroquois owned and worked their land in common. They hunted together, and the spoils were divided among the members of the villages. Several families lived together in shared houses.
aging all voices to be heard and ensuring opportunities for everyone.
And, yeah, it matters. Research done by McKinsey and Company has found that 54% of employees quit their jobs because they don’t feel valued by their organizations. Additionally, the same research found 51% of employees quit because they didn’t feel a sense of belonging within their organizations.
Furthermore, according to a LinkedIn Learning article, there is a 25% likelihood of a company that is gender-diverse financially outperforming other companies and 36% likelihood of financial outperformance for top ethnicdiverse organizations. If you use money to measure the success of an organization, then statistics such as these prove diversity is a factor of greater financial performance — showcasing how the “old ways” are not the best ways. These statistics further exemplify why it is important to work on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within an organization for short and long-term employees and corporate benefit.
If you hire people who seem to have gone through the same cookie cutter process, then your business will be stuck in the past while the future progresses. If you bring in people from as many different cookie cutters as possible, then you will get new, fresh and truly innovative ideas. This has been shown over the past decade and especially in the COVID-19 era to significantly impact an organization’s overall performance and client satisfaction rates.
Drivers are not entitled to the road
Leila Faraday (she/her)
is a sophomore studying policy analysis with minors in geography and urban planning.
I began cycling on the Bloomington roads in the past two weeks. Thus far, I have experienced harassment from drivers on nearly every single one of my rides. Middle fingers, aggressive honking, shouting and drivers who pass as close and fast as possible are commonplace, and experienced cyclists seem disturbingly used to this behavior.
Bloomington is labeled a Gold-level “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. But hearing, “get off the road!” from a driver coming down the other side of the road does not make me feel safe or comfortable biking in Bloomington.
Within a week this August, three Little 500 cyclists were hit by cars in Bloomington. Suffering serious injury from being hit by massive amounts of force should be anything but normal, especially in a city where we want to be proud of being safe and welcoming for bikers.
This example is not to criticize Bloomington as a whole, and I have certainly found a vibrant and widespread com-
munity of cyclists here. But it is disappointing to experience unfriendly and unsafe behavior from drivers who express disgust at sharing the road with others.
While it seems to be an especially American idea that driving large trucks and speeding are some of the most significant ways we can manifest our freedom, this could not be a more perverted view of the concept. Our notion of freedom should have nothing to do with the space we can take up on roads, speed we can travel at or the physical capability of our vehicle, and everything to do with having care and compassion for the community — with varying needs, abilities and interests — around us.
While I have taken up cycling for sport, many people rely on it as a form of transportation to and from school and work. Some people cannot afford cars or prefer to cycle for exercise and convenience. Those who count on this mode of transportation to go about their daily lives should not feel unwelcome or intimidated on our roads simply because some people feel more entitled to the space.
Bikers and motorcyclists have the same rights as drivers of cars, per federal law, and drivers should be diligent on roads and consider that cyclists and pedestrians may be less visible — making them uniquely vulnerable to accidents. According to Indiana state law, cyclists are permit-
“The concept of private ownership of land and homes was foreign to the Iroquois,” Howard Zinn writes in “A People’s History of the United States.” “A French Jesuit priest who encountered them in the 1650s wrote: ‘No poorhouses are needed among them, because they are neither mendicants nor paupers. . .. Their kindness, humanity and courtesy not only makes them liberal with what they have, but causes them to possess hardly anything except in common.’” ***
One of the most frequent arguments against socialism is that it is incompatible with so-called “human nature.” Those on the right will paint a picture of humanity as selfish, greedy and competitive. This picture serves a dual purpose – first it debunks the egalitarian, cooperative principles of socialism, then it justifies the cutthroat capitalism we live under.
This bleak view of our supposed nature has been the foundation of capitalism for centuries now. The political economist Adam Smith said humans have a natural “propensity to truck, barter, and exchange,” and that it is not from “the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”
Smith clearly never encountered the Iroquois.
The problem with the human nature argument –other than the fact that it’s literally a logical fallacy – is that no one seems to be able to explain what human nature even is. We have Smith’s view, but we also have Rousseau, who argued that humans have a natural impulse toward compassion.
ted to ride two people wide on any road. Drivers should be as willing to accommodate the existence of cyclists as any other vehicle that shares the road.
It’s not just cyclists who have reason to worry, either. An all time high of 40 pedestrians were killed last year in Indianapolis. We should strive for a city, state, and country that makes everyone feel safe choosing their preferred mode of transportation.
Last year, when I almost exclusively walked around campus, I often felt drivers were annoyed with me simply for trying to cross at a crosswalk where I had the right of way.
It was not uncommon to see people in cars run stop signs and red lights, drive at wildly high speeds on campus roads with heavy pedestrian traffic, and honk at pedestrians for crossing the road — even when they did so completely legally.
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“When the economists say that present-day relations... are natural, they imply that these are the relations in which wealth is created and productive forces developed in conformity with the laws of nature,” Marx wrote. “These relations therefore are... independent of the influence of time. They are eternal laws which must always govern society. Thus, there has been history, but there is no longer any.”
Despite Smith’s assertion about the natural propensity to exchange, the economic system we live under today didn’t exist for much of human history. In Europe, capitalism was preceded by the feudal and slave systems, and the proponents of those systems also said they were in accordance with human nature.
Not only is capitalism a fairly new phenomenon historically speaking, it had to be violently imposed. When capitalism emerged in England, the common lands were forcibly seized from the peasants, and their resistance was brutally crushed.
The capitalist system is hardly natural. It is built upon centuries of slavery, colonialism, imperialism and genocide. Mankind has no propensity to exchange –it has a compulsion to do so.
It sounds simple, but the fact capitalism hasn’t always existed is a revolutionary idea. Human beings have done things differently in the past. They’ve organized even worse systems – slavery, feudalism – but they’ve also organized systems that are quite beautiful, like the Iroquois economy. If the reader takes anything away from all this, I hope they will be inspired by history. Yes, a lot of it is awful – the violence, the exploitation, the destruction. But there were also a lot of people who built beautiful things.
And while everyone has seen selfishness in our society, do we not often see selflessness as well? Where there is greed is there not also charity? Competition, but also cooperation?
Just as Aristotle, living in slave society, expressed the prejudice of his time with his belief that some people were slaves by nature, Smith’s ideas are riddled with the prejudice of bourgeois society.
Under capitalism, the capitalist must accumulate more and more capital to stay competitive, must always acquire new wealth at the expense of others. Capitalists must necessarily be selfish, greedy and competitive if they wish to survive.
The bourgeoisie and their apologists confuse the nature of man with the nature of capitalism.
A lot of long dead philosophers have been summoned so far, but their ideas are very much alive and well. It is because of the rotten “nature” of mankind that Margaret Thatcher can say “there is no alternative” to free market capitalism, and Francis Fukuyama can say we’ve reached “the end of history.” Liberal democracy is the endpoint, the best humanity can do, its natural conclusion.
Karl Marx ridiculed this hubris long ago.
It’s been said many times the Soviet Union ceased to exist because the state socialist system was fundamentally at odds with human nature. I hope after making it this far, you’ll look for better explanations for the dissolution of the world’s first socialist state.
And though that system is gone, there’s still a great deal we can learn from it. For all of its faults – and it had many – the Soviet Union was an experiment in striving for something better. It was an attempt at a world without exploitation, a world where everyone could lift their head high. And as I’ve written many times, socialists have had a lot of success.
The Bolshevik revolutionary and socialist feminist Alexandra Kollontai has a beautiful passage in her memoirs that I’ve thought about many times.
“One must write not only for oneself, but for others,” Kollontai said. “For those far away, unknown women who will live then. Let them see that we were not heroines or heroes after all. But we believed passionately and ardently. We believed in our goals and pursued them. Sometimes we were strong and sometimes we were very weak.”
We’re going to make mistakes, but we can move beyond this capitalist nature. There may be greed and selfishness in America today, but there’s also determination and strength. The “human nature” lie is just another chain for us to break.
Revamped Indiana is setting sights on titlesBy Matt Press firstname.lastname@example.org | @MattPress23
Seated beneath Indiana men’s basketball’s five national championship banners, third-year head coach Mike Woodson expressed a sense of urgency.
Woodson has ushered in improvement during his first two years at the helm, but he knows Hoosier fans crave more.
“Somehow I’ve got to get them over the hump,” Woodson said at Indiana’s basketball media day Sept. 20. “I’m the coach, and I’ve got to get them over the hump where we can hang another banner in here. I mean, that’s all I think about.”
Following a 2022-23 campaign that saw the Hoosiers finish second in the Big Ten and garner a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Woodson quickly had to shift his focus and brace for the departure of several key contributors.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, who left a mammoth legacy after a storied four-year career, and crafty one-anddone point guard Jalen Hood-Schifino both found homes in the NBA, the former with the Golden State Warriors and the latter with the Los Angeles Lakers. Adding the graduations of Race Thompson and Miller Kopp, Indiana suddenly found itself with four significant roles to fill.
Roster upheaval isn’t foreign to Woodson. In stints with both the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, Woodson fostered sizeable changes to personnel. In New York, Woodson brought in nine new players in one offseason to surround franchise cornerstone Carmelo Anthony. Woodson faced a similar challenge this offseason, but he was able to land a pair of potential stars in freshman forward
Mackenzie Mgbako — the No. 10 overall recruit in the class of 2023 — and 7-foot University of Oregon sophomore transfer Kel’el Ware.
While the influx of talent is undeniable, a lack of experience becomes the major question. Aside from redshirt senior guard Xavier Johnson and senior guard Trey Galloway, the new-look Hoosiers, composed primarily of underclassmen, boast marginal collegiate experience.
“I’m dealing with young players now,” Woodson said. “You have to be patient with a lot of these young guys. I understand that, but on the flipside, I’ve got to be myself, and
I’ve got to coach and push and try to get guys to do things at a higher level than they’re probably used to doing.”
Stylistically, Indiana could present different looks than in recent years.
Jackson-Davis found the bulk of his success in the low block and around the rim, but with Ware, the Hoosiers have a player with the ability to pop out beyond the arc and shoot 3-pointers.
While Woodson said the starting rotation is yet to be determined, Mgbako will likely carve out a significant role. Standing at 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Mgbako displayed a keen ability to play multiple positions effectively during his time
at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey.
Like Ware, Mgbako provides shot creation and modern-day big man skills that the Hoosiers have lacked in recent years. Still, Johnson said the freshman has room to grow in his shot selection ahead of the season.
“To be honest, there’s not much you need to tell Mack,” Johnson said. “One thing we try to hold back on him is taking bad shots. That’s the thing that usually freshmen come in and do — they just think it’s going to be shoot the ball, shoot the ball, shoot the ball.”
With an array of newcomers in 4-star freshman point guard Gabe Cupps, Mgbako, Ware and
senior University of Miami transfer Anthony Walker, the Hoosiers don’t have the luxury of deep-rooted chemistry.
To Johnson, who Woodson named a captain alongside Galloway, Indiana needs to start jelling — and fast.
“This is a major time for us as a team because we’ve got to come together right now,” Johnson said. “We can’t wait until November to come together.”
Woodson is laserfocused on his goals: Big Ten and national titles. He lamented falling short in his first pair of seasons, and knows he’ll need more from his group to reach the pinnacle.
Though Indiana will
undoubtedly need plentiful contributions from its newcomers, the growth of homegrown talent is equally as important. Woodson mentioned needing to see more from sophomores Kaleb Banks and CJ Gunn — both of whom are likely to see an uptick in usage.
In a rapidly changing landscape of college basketball, Woodson has seemed up to the task regarding recruiting and NIL responsibilities. Still, on court production is paramount.
He knows he needs results.
“I don’t want to wait. My clock is ticking,” Woodson said. “I want everything this year.”
Indiana women’s soccer pushes past NorthwesternBy Quinn Richards email@example.com | @Quinn_richa
Fans were still settling down in their seats when Indiana junior midfielder Hope Paredes smashed a left-footed strike into the top corner of the goal. The San Diego State University transfer joined the Hoosiers in the summer, moving to a power five school to showcase her skills against the highest level of competition.
So, when the No. 18 Northwestern Wildcats arrived at Bill Armstrong Stadium, Paredes took full advantage of the opportunity to prove herself on the biggest stage.
Scoring early is nothing new to the Hoosiers, a team that has scored first in each of their 11 games in 2023. Oftentimes, Indiana’s quick scores have given the Cream and Crimson the much-needed confidence to close out games.
Paredes’ goal was no exception, as a stingy defense along with shutout goalkeeper play from junior Jamie Gerstenberg kept the Wildcats off the score sheet. A difficult feat made even more impressive when keeping
in mind the Northwestern offense, which has scored the second most goals (28) in the Big Ten.
Paredes was not the only transfer to the 2023 Indiana squad. Junior defender Lauren Costello was welcomed to the squad to bolster an already stout Hoosier defense. After starting her career at La Salle University, Costello arrived in Bloomington hoping to be part of a crucial team turnaround.
Following a 2022 campaign in which Indiana finished with a disappointing 3-7-7 record, the pressure was on for a veteran Hoosier core to start finding ways to win games. Costello has provided Indiana with leadership on the defensive side while also contributing as a facilitator in a new and improved offensive attack.
That contribution was seen once more Sunday afternoon, as Costello set up her fellow transfer Paredes to score the decisive goal in a gritty 1-0 victory over Northwestern. The assist was her fifth of the season, second only to senior midfielder Anna Bennet (7).
By Molly Gregory firstname.lastname@example.org | @mollygregory22Indiana club hockey won three games and lost one in the first two away sets of the 2023-24 season. The club played Bowling Green State University on Sept. 15 and 16 at Slater Family Ice Arena . Indiana took a 6-2 win in the first game. Junior forward Drew Micheli scored
early during the first push of the game Friday, Sept. 15, with an assist from senior defenseman Matthew McKay.
Despite Indiana’s success on Friday, the club fell 5-3 to Bowling Green’s aggressive play on Saturday, Sept. 16. This was the club’s first loss to Bowling Green in two years.
All goals scored in the games against Bowling Green were scored by re-
When asked about the transfers following the game, Indiana head coach Erwin van Bennekom had no shortage of praise for Paredes and Costello.
“They’ve done so well;
they’ve gotten more and more comfortable as we’ve gone on,” van Bennekom said. “Both of them are warriors, they just fight and work hard, and they fit in right away.”
turning players, not new recruits.
Andrew Gus, an Indiana club hockey commentator, said he feared the club was dealing with a case of “Saturday scaries” in the Sept. 16 broadcast for Indiana Hockey Broadcast Network. He recalled the club fell into a pattern of Friday wins and Saturday losses during the 2022-23 season. The club denied that
pattern this weekend Sept. 22 and 23 against Concordia University Wisconsin, 343 miles away at Ozaukee Ice Center. Indiana split their opening matches against Concordia last year with a win at the first game and a loss at the second, but managed to sweep both games this season. Concordia came out strong on Friday, leading Indiana 1-0 through
the first period, but the Hoosiers found their rhythm and finished with a 6-3 win. Forwards Aidan Simoneau and Nicholas Castracane, a junior and sophomore respectively, each scored two goals.
In the second game of the series against Concordia, Simoneau went on to score two more goals, bringing his weekend tally to four. Zach Hardy, a freshman defenseman,
Big Ten play. Indiana’s next test will be Thursday when the Hoosiers travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Big Ten Plus.
scored his first career goal in the first period. Hardy is the first freshman on the team to score this season. The club finished the match with a 4-3 win. Indiana will play the University of Cincinnati on Sept. 29 and 30 at Queen City Sportsplex, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Bloomington. The club won both of its games against Cincinnati last season.
After its Big Ten home opening win against Illinois, Indiana traveled to No. 1 ranked Wisconsin on Sept. 24. In a hard-fought match, the Hoosiers were swept in three sets, snapping their eight-game win streak.
Wisconsin won the first set in dominant fashion 25-13, led by junior middle blocker Anna Smrek with five kills. The Hoosiers struggled offensively, hitting negatively as a team compared to the .476 hitting percentage from the Badgers. Indiana’s Senior and graduate student middle blockers Savannah Kjolhede and Kaley Rammelsberg both tacked on three kills apiece.
After a disappointing opening set, Indiana fought back in the second set. The Hoosiers were able to keep the set close but ended up dropping it 23-25.
Sophomore outside hitter
Candela Alonso-Corcelles led Indiana in the second set with five kills. Errors plagued the Hoosiers throughout the match, but in the second set alone they had eight errors on 32 swings.
In the third and final set of the match, Indiana fell 18-25. The Hoosiers continued their defensive power, tallying 14 digs and four blocks. The Badgers seemed to have an answer for any play Indiana tried to run. Facing a big block and strong defense, the Hoosiers struggled to get the ball down on the floor on the
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Q&A with 'Fall Ballet' choreographerBy Gino Diminich email@example.com | @gino.diminich2
The Jacobs School of Music Ballet department will open its fall season with “Fall Ballet,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Musical Arts Center. “Fall Ballet” will feature various choreographed pieces showcasing the strength and skill of the students in the ballet department.
“Autumnsongs,” a world premiere piece by Jacobs School of Music Ballet Theatre faculty member, Christian Claessens, will be performed second in the evening’s four performance lineup. The Indiana Daily Student sat down with Claessens on Sept. 22 to learn about his new choreo-
graphed piece for “Fall Ballet” on Sept. 22.
IDS: This question always interests me with faculty, what got you into ballet?
Claessens: My grandmother took me to a ballet performance and (Maurice) Béjart was a big contemporary choreographer. People like Suzanne Farrell danced in his company and he was a choreographer in Belgium. So, I saw a ballet with my grandmother, I was about eight years old, and I decided it was what I wanted to do.
IDS: When you came to the U.S. in 1979, was there a difference in how ballet was taught in America versus Europe?
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Church of Christ
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Bible Study 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m., Worship Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible Study
John Myers - Preacher
825 W. Second St. 812-332-0501 facebook.com/w2coc
His Word within its sacred pages.
you. The comprehensive teaching of God’s Word can change you forever.
University Lutheran Chuch and LCMS U Student Center
607 E. Seventh St 812-336-5387 indianalutheran.com facebook.com/ULutheranIU instagram.com/uluindiana
Sunday: 9:15 a.m.: Sunday Bible Class 10:30 a.m.: Sunday Worship
Wednesday: 6 p.m.: Free Student Meal 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.
Kadampa Meditation Center
234 N. Morton St. 812-318-1236 meditationinbloomington.org
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Weekly Meditation Classes:
Mon., Wed., Fri.: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 -11:30 a.m.
Retreats two Saturdays per month: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
See website for speciﬁcs.
Amidst school pressures, ﬁnancial struggles and tense relationship dynamics, we need to focus our attention in a beneﬁcial way through meditation. KMC Bloomington’s meditation classes give practical, ancient advice so you can learn to connect daily life experiences with wisdom perspectives and maintain mental peace.
Gen Kelsang Chokyi - Resident Teacher
Nancy Fox - Administrative Director
719 E. Seventh St. 812-822-1335 IUCanterbury.org
Instagram & Twitter: @ECMatIU
Sunday: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Mon., Wed., Thu.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 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
Gaden KhachoeShing Monastery
2150 E. Dolan Rd. 812-334-3456 ganden.org
Wednesday: 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Dedicated to preserving the Buddha’s teachings as transmitted through the Gelukpa lineage of Tibet, for the beneﬁt of all beings. The lineage was founded by the great Master Je Tsonghkapa in the 15th century in Tibet.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
2425 E. Third St. 812-332-0536 csmonitor.com bloomingtonchristianscience.com
Sunday: 10 a.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
A free public reading room in the east wing of our church is open weekdays from noon until 2 p.m. Here you may read the award-winning Christian Science Monitor and other church literature. An attendant is glad to answer questions.
Bloomington Friends Meeting 3820 E. Moores Pike 812-336-4581 bloomingtonfriendsmeeting.org
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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 Fellowship 12:45 p.m., Often there is a second hour activity (see website)
Wednesday (Via Zoom) : 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 beliefs and no prescribed creed. We are actively involved in peace action, social justice causes, and environmental concerns.Peter Burkholder - Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Jubilee 219 E. Fourth St. 812-332-6396 jubileebloomington.org
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. We gather on Wednesdays at First United Methodist (219 E. 4th St.) for free food, honest discussion, worship, and hanging out. Small groups, service projects, events (bonﬁres, game nights, book clubs, etc.), outreach retreats, and leadership opportunities all play a signiﬁcant role in our rhythm of doing life together.
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Bahá'í Association of IU 424 S. College Mall Rd. 812-331-1863 bloomingtoninbahais.org facebook.com/Baháí-Community-ofBloomington-Indiana-146343332130574
Sunday: 10:40 a.m., Regular Services, Devotional Meetings. Please call or contact through our website for other meetings/activities
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Rose House LuMin & St. Thomas Lutheran Church
3800 E. Third St. 812-332-5252 Stlconline.org
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
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3800 E. Third St.
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Devotions
@ Rose House LuMin 314 S. Rose Ave.
Rose House LuMin and St. Thomas Lutheran Church invite you to experience life together with us. We are an inclusive Christian community who values the faith, gifts, and ministry of all God’s people. We seek justice, serve our neighbors, and love boldly.
Rev. Adrianne Meier
Rev. Lecia Beck
Rev. Amanda Ghaffarian - Campus Pastor
We use no book, but the Bible. We have no creed but
God is love and as such we wish to share this joy with
Claessens: It was very different. I remember when I came to the States at that time, I felt that the dancers were not as refined as they were in Europe. I wouldn’t say that today but at the time there was a different style, there was strong Balanchine influence it was very different from Cecchetti, what I trained in.
IDS: Are there significant differences between the two methods?
Claessens: I would say there’s an unbelievable refinement to the American School of Ballet (today) that you don’t find anywhere else. Other schools have things a certain way, but the American School of Ballet, you have a lot more options for expression. I think it’s always good to have a strong base of something else and then refine with the Balanchine technique or the American technique. It’s like the frosting on the cake. Even though I’m European, I completely rely on my American training. It’s the most important.
Today as an older person, I realize it’s what I teach – it’s refinement. It’s beauty.
IDS: What then brought you to the Jacobs School of Music?
Claessens: I’ve been here twelve years. My personal life brought me to Bloomington where I reached out to an old colleague of mine, Michael Vernon, for something to do while I was in Indiana. I’ve been here since.
IDS: You knew Michael Vernon?
Claessens: Oh yeah, I’ve known Michael Vernon for years. I used to take his class, so I knew him very well.
IDS: “Autumnsongs” is set to a piece by Jacobs Faculty member, Don Freund, what drew you to his composition?
Claessens: I listen to a lot of his music, and I came across this piece he had composed. I decided it was what I wanted to work with. I really wanted to have a collaboration with Don Freund as well as the Jacobs School of Music because I thought it would be great to have a little crossroads.
IDS: Could you explain
the name you’ve chosen for the piece?
Claessens: It’s called “Autumnsongs” because that’s what the music is called. I don’t really think it matters what it’s called because it’s not about a name, it’s about a live performance. “Autumnsongs,” I like it and the music has an Autumn flair— this piece is a wedding in a village, so it has those colors. The music in everything is so important and I felt it was important for the music to have some sort of recognition because we’re working together.
IDS: If you had to assign it your own name, do you have an idea of what that would be?
Claessens: I never really wanted to think about it because I feel that a title limits your view. It hasn’t defined itself in any way, it’s what it is. It’s based on the music so why not just name it after the music? I thought about the set, the music, the costumes, the relationships of the dancers. Even though it has technique in it, I wanted them to be able to live the experience instead of trying to do it ex-
actly as I said. I want them to participate in my journey and I find it’s important for me how I work with people. It’s not about me, it’s about how we’re living this life together. It’s not about you or me but how we’re all experiencing life in different moments that come together.
IDS: How do the dancers influence you in this creative process?
Claessens: I don’t believe in just creating something on your own. I do believe in creating something in noticing if it fits the dancer well, if it fits the character or the partnering. You get a lot of information from the dancers, they’re very smart and they have a lot of concepts and ideas and they’re not always able to express themselves. That’s one of my main goals. I think it’s an important moment to talk to the dancers you’re working with. I don’t put them at a lower level, I put them at the same level because we’re working together and we’re going through this process together.
IDS: What was the inspiration for this piece?
Claessens: I’m an art col-
lector and I came upon this painting by Nicolas de Stael and I’m using that as the backdrop. What I wanted to do was a mixture of art and music put together, that’s how I composed the idea of how I would want this to look.
Eight corps are going to be in orange, eight corps in yellow, then there’s a red and blue pas de deux, it’s very colorful. I had this idea of an excerpt of Romeo and Juliet but it’s not at all like a Shakespeare story — it’s very avant garde. There’s these two separated parts where the men are separated from the women and it begins and ends the same way.
IDS: Are you excited to showcase a premiere of your own work?
Claessens: If people like it or not, it doesn’t matter. It feels like me, it’s the first time I’ve done something that feels like who I am or how I dance and how I see things. This was kind of a reflection of my life and I’m happy how it turned out. I’m not looking at it for any kind of recognition, I’m looking at it as a legacy of myself in a way. It’s also influenced by a lot of the peo-
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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
205 E. Kirkwood Ave. 812-332-4459 fccbloomington.org
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 GershonStudent Associate Pastor Jan Harrington - Director of Music
1503 W. That Rd. 812-824-2768 Emmanuelbloom.com
Instagram & Facebook: @EmmanuelBloomington
Sunday: 9:15 a.m., Fellowship
Sunday: 10 a.m., Worship
Groups: Various times
Emmanuel is a multigenerational church of all types of people. Whether you are questioning faith or have followed Jesus for years, we exist to help fuel a passion for following Jesus as we gather together, grow in community, and go make disciples.
John Winders - Lead Pastor
Second Baptist Church
321 N Rogers St 812-327-1467 sbcbloomington.org facebook.com/2ndbaptistbloomington youtube.com/@secondbaptist churchbloomington
Sunday Service: 10 a.m., In house and on Facebook/YouTube
Sunday School: 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study: Available In House and on Zoom Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Noon
Please come and worship with us. We are in training for reigning with Christ! Need a ride? Call our Church bus at 812-3271467 before 8 a.m. on Sunday
Rev. Dr. Bruce R. Rose - Pastor Tallie Schroeder - Secretary
Trinity Reformed Church
2401 S. Endwright Rd. 812-825-2684 trinityreformed.org
Sunday: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m., Services
Bible Study: 7 p.m. at the IMU
We are a Protestant Reformed church on the west side of Bloomington with lively worship on Sunday mornings and regular lunches for students after church. We love the Bible, and we aim to love like Jesus. Please get in touch if you’d like a ride!
Jody Killingsworth - Senior Pastor Lucas Weeks - College Pastor
Lifeway Baptist Church
7821 W. State Road 46 812-876-6072 lifewaybaptistchurch.org facebook.com/lifewayellettsville
Sunday: 9 a.m., Bible Study Classes 10 a.m., Morning Service 5 p.m., Evening Service *Free transportation provided. Please call if you need a ride to church. Barnabas College Ministry: Meeting for Bible study throughout the month. Contact Rosh Dhanawade at email@example.com for more information.
Steven VonBokern - Senior Pastor Rosh Dhanawade - IU Coordinator 302-561-0108 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian Church (USA)
United Presbyterian Church 1701 E. Second St. 812-332-1850 upcbloomington.org
Sunday worship service: 10 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Study: 6 p.m., in-person and via Zoom
A diverse and inclusive people of God determined and committed to reﬂect an authentic presentation of the church universal. We cherish the authority of Scripture and the elemental Presbyterian confession that that God alone is Lord of the conscience.”
Cheryl Montgomery - Reverend Benjamin Watkins, PhD - Music Director Allen Pease - Event Coordinator & Secretary
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
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Bloomington Young Single Adult Branch
2411 E. Second St.
To Contact: Send message from website maps.churchofjesuschrist.org/ wards/237973
Sunday: 12:30 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has four congregations in Bloomington—Three family wards and our young single adult branch for college students. This info is for the YSA Branch.
Weekday religious classes at 333 S Highland Ave, Bloomington IN 47401, next to campus.
More info at churchofjesuschrist.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington 2120 N. Fee Ln. 812-332-3695 uubloomington.org facebook.com/uubloomington
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
With open hearts and minds, we celebrate diverse beliefs and engage in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We are passionate about social justice and lifelong learning. We are an LGBTQA+ Welcoming Congregation. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we welcome you!
Rev. Constance Grant - Lead Minister
Anabel Watson - Connections Coordinator
Unity of Bloomington
4001 S. Rogers St. 812-333-2484 unityofbloomington.org facebook@UnityofBloomington
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. Our God is Love, Our Race is Human, Our Faith is Oneness.Doris Brinegar - Administrator Phyllis Wickliff - Music Director
Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington
2420 E. Third St. 812-646-2441 bloomingtonmenno.org facebook.com/Mennonite-Fellowship-ofBloomington-131518650277524
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 - email@example.com
United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches-USA
First United Church 2420 E. Third St. 812-332-4439 ﬁrstuc.org facebook.com/ﬁrstuc
Sunday: 10:30 a.m., Worship
Monday: 10 a.m. via Zoom, Bible Study
We are an Open, Welcoming, and Afﬁrming community of love and acceptance dedicated to welcoming the diversity of God’s beloved. We exist to empower, challenge, and encourage one another to live out Jesus’ ways (compassion, truth, and justice) authentically as human beings in community to create a better world.Rev. Jessica Petersen-MutaiSenior Minister
ple I’ve worked with: Dutch choreographers, Balanchine (choreographers). It’s a mixture and I made it in the way that I would’ve wanted to interpret the ballet— it’s a very personal piece.
IDS: I think we can all relate to that separation of ego and art, is that what makes it more personal?
Claessens: I just feel like it’s part of me and it’s part of my sensitivity. In our life, especially in this field, we’re not necessarily competing but we’re always trying to be better than we were. And here especially I don’t feel that. This is it, whether you like it or not, because it’s my truth. This piece is different, it’s subtle but it’s very avante garde. In the past I’ve wanted validation but here, it’s almost like a portrait. I see it more like dancing through a painting and I feel a different medium, it’s very different than what I’ve done.
IDS: Why is that so impactful for you?
Claessens: It’s just another pathway to my life. It’s like falling in love. It’s from your heart, there’s nothing else that can come in the way.
Christ Community Church
503 S. High St. 812-332-0502 cccbloomington.org
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
Christian Student Fellowship
1968 N. David Baker 812-332-8972 csﬁndiana.org
Instagram & Facebook: @csﬁndiana
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ofﬁce Thursday: 8 p.m., Worship Service
Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) is a ministry built on Jesus Christ. We exist to help students pursue authentic faith and build intentional communities while in college. Come check out our campus house and/or any of our other various ministry opportunities.
Ben Geiger - Lead campus minister Joe Durnil - Associate campus minister Stephanie Michael - Associate campus minister Hailee Fox - Ofﬁce manager
Church of Christ
825 W. Second St. 812-332-0501 facebook.com/w2coc
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 citychurchbloomington.org facebook.com/citychurchbtown
Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m., 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. The Loft, our college ministry meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.