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IU to be investigated by Department of Education for alleged antisemitism Mackenzie Holmes breaks Indiana's all-time scoring record WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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With 5:15 left in the fourth quarter, graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes laid the ball into the basket to score the 2,365th point of her career, breaking the program’s alltime scoring record held by Tyra Buss since 2018. Entering Feb. 11, Holmes had 2,348 points, needing 17 against Purdue to pass Buss’ 2,364 points. The Gorham, Maine, native previously became just the second Hoosier to score 2,000 points in her career. Although she is in her fifth season in Bloomington, Holmes broke the record in her 138th game in the cream and crimson while Buss played 135 games as a Hoosier. While breaking the record was in reach, Holmes said her focus would be on the bigger picture Feb. 11. “The main focus is beating Purdue,” Holmes said after defeating Michigan State on Feb. 8. “I want to beat Purdue. I want to sweep Purdue for my career. [I] don’t want to lose to them in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.” The Hoosiers did just that — sweep Purdue during Holmes’ career. While the Big Ten Tournament looms next month, there’s a possibility the two squads could face off again this season. In the first matchup between the two Jan. 21 in West Lafayette, Holmes scored just 15 points in the matchup. And while she scored just 6 points in the first half Sunday, she scored 11 in the second half with her final bucket of the day being the record-breaking one. “Going into the season, I knew it was within reach for me,” Holmes said postgame. “I didn’t come back for a fifth year to break the all-time scoring record. I came back to win a Big Ten championship, win a national championship and so that’s kind of what I've had to continue to remind

myself throughout this process.” While Holmes etched her name into the record books Sunday afternoon, her family was in attendance to witness history inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. “On a day like today where she could get it in front of a crowd of 13,000 — that’s really special and I’m sure something that she and her family will always remember,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said postgame.

With Holmes breaking Buss’ record, Moren was proud of her star forward. Moren said postgame that she knew it would only be a matter of time before Holmes eclipsed the record. While Holmes may have set an impressive record, Moren is proud of how far Holmes has come since she arrived on campus ahead of the 2019-20 season. “I’m really proud because she came in here very shy,” Moren said. “Couldn’t give you eye contact. Was

not confident. Now I look at her, I’ve seen her grow, I’ve seen her talk not just the media but people and represent our program. And has no problem with eye contact, no problem with articulating thoughts and representing us. That’s what I’m so proud of." OLIVIA BIANCO | IDS

Graduate student foward Mackenzie Holmes runs down the court against Purdue on Feb. 11, 2024, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Holmes broke Indiana's all-time scoring record Sunday as she surpassed Tyra Buss.

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation into IU on Feb. 5 in response to a Title VI complaint received Dec. 14. Zachary Marschall, editor in chief of Campus Reform, a national conservative media organization, alleges in the complaint that IU failed to adequately respond to antisemitism on campus. Campus Reform is owned by the Leadership Institute, an organization which trains conservative activists. Marschall is an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky and describes himself as a “traditionalist conservative culture writer.” On Feb. 1, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Marschall filed 21 complaints against universities. The OCR has opened investigations into several of them, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, Temple University, Brown University and Binghamton University. “Too many Americans do not know how to recognize antisemitism and too few Jews feel comfortable speaking publicly about their experiences facing hate and discrimination,” Marschall said in a statement to the IDS. “I hope the Department of Education investigations lead to greater awareness about how antisemitism operates and empower students to speak up for themselves.” The complaint comes after U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana warned IU in November that the university could lose federal funding if it violated Title VI by condoning or tolerating antisemitism. An article from Campus Reform regarding the complaint references statements made during protests in support of Palestine at IU. One includes the chant, “from the River to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Another references a Facebook post from a protester at IU where someone wrote “My heart is with the Palestinians and my wrath for the Zionists.” Finally, the article deBy Marissa Meador

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Crows roost in a tree Feb. 4, 2024, near First Street and Highland Avenue. The birds prefer areas with light and human activity.

n hour before dusk, the crows soared south to their roost. Hundreds of silky black birds swept past Dunn’s Woods, settling among the treetops of First Street and Highland Avenue. They clustered along branches as the restless continued to circle the houses, wrapping the neighborhood in their raucous chatter. Their caws crescendoed, blotting out all other noise, then gently fell to an excited hum. Sometimes, a loud car engine would jolt the birds from their rest, sending them once more into the sky. Crows have been drawn to

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scribes a quote in an IDS article from Palestine Solidarity Committee member Bryce Greene during an Oct. 28 protest. “The mission, first and foremost, is to show our support for the people of Palestine, people of Gaza, as they’re under attack by the Israeli occupation, and to educate people the best we can about what’s going on and counter the endless flood of the one side that you normally see in American press,” the quote reads. Greene told the IDS he stands by everything he said in the quote. “It's obvious that the goal of these complaints is to put pressure on the university to crack down more on speech,” Greene said. “Even after this complaint amounts to nothing, the university may respond by increasing scrutiny on pro Palestine voices. We hope that the university will resist these pressures.” When evaluating whether to investigate a complaint, the OCR must determine the entity that was complained about is under OCR’s jurisdiction. The complaint also must fall under relevant anti-discrimination laws and must be filed within 180 days of when the complainant first became aware of the alleged discrimination. While President Joe Biden’s administration has stressed the role of the OCR in investigating potential incidents of Islamophobia and antisemitism in the wake of the Oct. 7 attacks and the ongoing IsraelHamas war, an open investigation does not automatically mean a violation has occurred. In an emailed statement to the IDS, Mark Bode, executive director of media relations at IU, said the university is aware of the complaint. “To be clear, maintaining a safe and healthy learning, living and working environment for all of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority and acts of antisemitism and Islamophobia are not tolerated at IU,” the statement read. “The university will comply fully with this investigation.” Bloomington’s mix of urban heat, light and its proximity to the countryside for over a decade. Much like Indiana University’s own students, many of Bloomington’s crows are likely young adults who have traveled across the continent to explore the next chapter of their lives, according to an expert. Each winter, the murder looms above the city, generating both unease and awe. ••• Dawn Hewitt first saw the black spirals of crows converge on Bloomington in 2008.



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IU faculty, students condemn ‘new McCarthyism’ By Marissa Meador | @marissa_meador

To the IU students and faculty who gathered for the “Warning! Dangerous Art!” rally Feb. 12 at Showalter Fountain, a series of controversies had made speaking out against the IU administration and state legislature feel like an obligation. During the rally, speakers denounced a perceived pattern of censorship, particularly around pro-Palestinian speech, but also decisions from state government regarding the Kinsey Institute and freedom of speech in the classroom. Alex Lichtenstein, chair of the American Studies Department, began the rally by describing months of controversial decisions from IU, contrasting the administration’s response to the state legislature, Halaby’s art show cancelation and the suspension of a professor with Herman B Wells’ defense of the Kinsey Institute. When Wells was president, he resisted calls for Alfred Kinsey’s dismissal and was a staunch advocate for academic freedom. As Lichtenstein spoke, Cole Nelson, a doctoral student in the Media School, passed out a bag of green feathers and flyers urging people to join the “Green Feather Movement.” Soon, wisps of green began to appear in coat pockets, pinned to clothing or backpacks and tucked in beanies and behind ears. According to the flyer, the movement draws inspiration from a 1953 protest where thousands of IU students wore green feathers in response to the Indiana Textbook Commission’s effort to ban the book “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” from Indiana public schools on the charge that it encouraged communism. The feather concept comes from Robin Hood himself, who wore a feather in his cap as he stole from the rich and distributed it to the poor. “We stand at the precipice of a new McCarthyism, where dissent is punished,

and academic freedom hangs in the balance,” the flyer read. Lichtenstein said the green feather represented a specter of fear that had once chilled speech in the era of McCarthyism. Today, Lichtenstein believes this specter has taken the form of speaking about the Israel-Hamas war. While many faculty members may disapprove of the administration’s actions, Lichtenstein said they are afraid to speak out, particularly non-tenured faculty and Eskenazi Museum of Art staff. He said he felt an obligation to speak out because of the protection tenure afforded him — at least until SB 202 passes. IU history professor Maria Bucur, now with a feather tucked in her beret, spoke several times during the demonstration. Her cardboard sign read “SB 202 = End of Tenure + R1” on one side and “remove Whitten” on the other. “R1” refers to IU’s status as a top research institute, a classification that depends on research staff and spending as well as the number of doctoral degrees available. Condemning both the decision to suspend professor Abdulkader Sinno without referral to the Faculty Misconduct Review Committee and the cancelation of Palestinian artist Samia Halaby’s show, Bucur focused much of her time on Senate Bill 202. The bill, which passed the Indiana Senate last week with exclusively Republican support, would remove the two elected positions on the IU Board of Trustees and make them positions appointed by the legislature. The decision would give the Indiana governor and legislature the sole power to determine the Board of Trustees, even as the state’s appropriations to IU’s general fund were only 16.7% of the university’s budget for 2023-24. The bill would also give boards of trustees the ability to prevent tenure or promotion if they determine


Protestors gather at Showalter Fountain Feb. 12, 2024, for a rally in support of free speech. During the rally, speakers denounced a perceived pattern of censorship, particularly around pro-Palestinian speech, but also decisions from state government regarding the Kinsey Institute and freedom of speech in the classroom.

a professor is not fostering intellectual diversity in the classroom or speaks about personal politics unrelated to the class. The board will also be required to review tenure every five years. To Bucur and Lichenstein, the bill is oppressive, effectively removing tenure and increasing state control of the university while using the language of diversity. One of the authors of SB 202, Sen. Jeff Raatz, is on the board at IU East. Raatz also attended the controversial Wallbuilders Conference in 2021, whose website includes a section on education that lists topics like “homosexual indoctrination” and “Bible electives” as priorities. The other authors include Republican senators Spencer Deery and Tyler Johnson. In a statement given to Indiana Public Media, IU President Pamela Whitten said SB 202 could threaten the university and the state in general. “While we are still analyzing the broad potential

impacts of SB 202, we are deeply concerned about language regarding faculty tenure that would put academic freedom at risk, weaken the intellectual rigor essential to preparing students with critical thinking skills, and damage our ability to compete for the world-class faculty who are at the core of what makes IU an extraordinary research institution,” the statement read. Later in the event, Lichtenstein also expressed concerns regarding IU’s cancelation of Halaby’s art exhibit based on generic statements on campus safety and security. Behind him, on either side of the fountain, were two IU Police Department cars. The cars left midway through the protest, but one returned shortly before the group dispersed. Lichtenstein said it’s dangerous to restrict speech based on security concerns surrounding certain people or ideas. One by one, speakers called for action on the issues that mattered to them.

One advertised the Palestine Solidarity Committee’s weekly sit-in at the IMU Starbucks every Monday. Another expressed concern for the Kinsey Institute and their perception that students were protected from the discomfort of controversial speech and research. Another said they felt shared governance existed in name only at IU, citing the lack of consultation with faculty regarding the president’s selection, the art show cancellation and Sinno’s suspension. One held a sign that read, “Can’t take freedom of speech? Who’s the snowflake?” When an IU tour stopped at the auditorium, Bucur quickly grabbed the megaphone and turned toward the group. “This is IU, we are IU, we love our students, we love our learning, so make sure you ask some hard questions to of the university admissions about the way they're dealing with controversial art or noncontroversial art, when it comes to people of color. How they deal with

freedom of speech when it comes to Palestine,” she said. “Ask hard questions so you know where you’re sending your kids.” In an interview with the IDS, Bucur said the Bloomington Faculty Council president had been notified of the effort to call for a no-confidence vote. This process requires at least 50 faculty signatures to initiate. While a no-confidence vote does not have any immediate effects, they are rare and have been influential in the past. The last time a no-confidence vote went through in 2005, it led to the resignation of then-president Adam Herbert. Micol Siegel, an American studies professor, said faculty should vote no-confidence in President Whitten, but it shouldn’t stop there. Siegel argued that the events of recent months are pieces of a more significant issue, expressing a general pessimism in IU’s direction. “It does seem to me like this university is going, going, gone,” Siegel said.

IMU adds 3 new paintings by Black artists to art collection for diversity initiative By Haley Ryan | @haley__ryan

Three new paintings by Black artists were unveiled in the Indiana Memorial Union on Nov. 28 as part of an initiative to expand the IMU’s art collection with contemporary works more representative of IU’s population. The new paintings include “Glorious Day” by India Cruse-Griffin, which is displayed in the South Lounge, “Reasons” by KyngRhodes, displayed across from the dining area and “Empowered Tresses” by Tasha Beckwith, displayed outside of the Georgian Room. In 2020, members of the Union Board, IU Student Government, the campus art curation staff and the IMU director were tasked with examining the effectiveness of the IMU’s art according to a News at IU press release. The goal was to determine how the IMU’s art serves students and reflects diversity and how the IMU can better represent students and communities with art. According to the press release, an April 2021 report found that only 2.3% of the art in the IMU’s collection were created by non-white artists and only 15.4% of por-

traits depicted non-white subjects, compared to the 26.9% of IU-Bloomington students who identified as a minority, according to an IU annual report for 2021-2022. Steven Paul Judd, a Native American visual artist and filmmaker, came to the IMU to create a portrait of Olympic athlete and former IU assistant football coach Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox nation, as an initial step in 2021. The Union Board partnered with the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center to bring Judd to campus, the board’s President Laurie Fredrickson said. “This took place in the dining area of the IMU, so there were actually students that were able to come up and paint part of the portrait along with him,” Fredrickson said. One of the report’s recommendations, according to the press release, included buying artworks that better reflect the student body, so the collection supports a sense of belonging, introduces students to art and presents new perspectives. Historically, Fredrickson said, the Union Board president, the campus arts director and other members of the Union Board have worked together to

find funding for new art in the IMU. She said the board is currently working on the next portion of the art initiative and has secured funding from the John Whittenberger Society to go towards Latine art. She said the board is now partnered with La Casa and Latinos Unidos to bring up pieces that represent Latine culture. Since the paintings’ installation, the board has been trying to promote the pieces, making students aware of the art in the IMU. Fredrickson said she thinks reactions to the new artwork have been very positive. At the unveiling ceremony last year, she and other students were moved by the stories behind the paintings that two of the artists shared. She said Kyng-Rhodes’ painting, “Reasons,” is a picture of him and his son, and he explained they’re each other’s reason for continuing, trying to grow and better themselves. “I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm to engage with this project, both from within our board and our new partners,” Fredrickson said. “It seems like students are interested in helping out with this art and providing representation in the IMU.” Emmanuel Ufuah, a ju-


“Glorious Day” by India Cruse-Griffin is pictured Feb. 9, 2024, in the South Lounge of the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington. “Glorious Day” is one of three contemporary art pieces purchased by the IMU to diversify its collection.

nior and facility worker at the Neal-Marshall Center, was one of four students who attended the Butter Fine Arts Fair in Indianapolis last September to select the new paintings according to the press release. Hesaid the group looked around the fair, talked and decided which pieces they liked and best represented diversifying the IMU’s art collection.

Choosing a favorite of the three, Ufuah said, is difficult, but if he had a favorite, it would be India CruseGriffin’s “Glorious Day.” The piece, he said, is powerful and shows multiple Black women on a large canvas. The IMU, Fredrickson said, is the heart of campus and one of the few places where students from any school within IU, members

of the community, faculty and staff can come gather and feel connected to the university. The IMU is a place she believes should be an iconic part of the IU campus. “And part of that means that it should be a place that reflects everybody who is part of our campus and makes them feel welcomed,” Fredrickson said.

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Recent construction projects cause closures in city Hall, will be closed until August. Holly McLauchlin, City of Bloomington Utilities Communications Manager, said in the press release the city worked with Milestone Contractors LP to complete other reconstruction projects downtown starting in 2023. “Maintaining the infrastructure that supports Bloomington is more important than ever in a changing climate,” McLauchlin said in the release. The city estimates it will complete the project in October.

By Mia Hilkowitz | @miahilkowitz

The city started three construction and renovation projects this month, leading to sidewalk and lane closures, as well as limited parking in some areas of Bloomington. Hopewell project: area bound by Second Street, Rogers Street, First Street and the B-Line Bloomington started demolishing nine buildings at the former IU Health Bloomington Hospital site off First Street on Feb. 9. The demolition project will occur between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and take around 16-20 weeks to complete. The city is working with contracting company Renascent to prepare the site for the development of the Hopewell neighborhood, a development that could include up to 1,000 units of mixed-income housing. The Bloomington Redevelopment Commission approved a $353,052 contract with the company during their meeting Feb. 5. In 2018 the city announced it would redevelop 24 acres between First and Second Street. IU Health transferred the property to the city after constructing the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center in 2021. The city broke ground on the development in July 2023. According to a city press release, a team of two to four individuals will manu-


Construction vehicles are pictured Feb. 12, 2024, ripping up part of the Von Lee Lot at 114 Indiana University Ave. in Bloomington. Construction in the parking lot started Feb. 5.

ally demolish the structures to reduce the noise, vibration and dust from the project. Explosives will also not be used in the demolition project. The city may demolish another building, a house built in the 1920s, in the area but needs approval from the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission. At the commission’s Jan. 25 meeting, its members voted to recommend the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department delay the demolition of the building. If the city wants to move

the house across the street, it will cost around $30,000. The city’s West Second Street Modernization and Safety Improvement project — which includes plans to construct a two-way protected bike lane, upgrade storm sewers and drainage systems, and construct sidewalks, curb ramps and bus stops on Second Street — also aims to support the Hopewell project. There are no lane closures currently planned for the project. Clear Creek Culvert

Reconstruction project: area between Indiana Avenue and Dunn Street The city and contracting company Milestone Contractors LP started construction on the Clear Creek Culvert Reconstruction project near Dunn Street and Indiana Avenue on Feb. 5. This reconstruction project aims to improve stormwater drainage and utility infrastructure by replacing an existing limestone tunnel — which was built in 1900 — with a new concrete tunnel. According to a city of

Bloomington press release, the project will occasionally limit traffic and parking in the area, including part of Indiana Avenue. The area of Indiana Avenue from the intersection on Kirkwood Avenue to the intersection on Sixth Street will be closed for about 10 weeks but will reopen by August 2024. Milestone Contractors LP does not have an exact date of when this closure will begin, but that it will occur after IU’s graduations in May. Additionally, half of the IU Von Lee parking lot, located across from Franklin

Stormwater Infrastructure Project at City Hall: Morton Street The city utilities department also began replacing a stormwater box culvert, a structure that helps prevent drainage issues, near the entrance to City Hall on Morton Street on Feb. 12. According to a city press release, the sidewalk on the west side of Morton Street from West Seventh Street to West Eighth Street will be closed until Feb. 27. The infrastructure project will also close the Morton Street entrance to the City Hall parking lot. However, drivers can still access the parking lot from the entrances on North Rogers Street and West 10th Street. The project will cost around $40,000, according to the City of Bloomington. The city will fund this project through the monthly stormwater fees paid by residents in the area.

Little progress made in plans for Shower West renovations By Grace Romine

More decisions but little progress has been made in plans to relocate the city fire and police headquarters in Showers West, the property purchased over a year ago by the City of Bloomington. In January 2023, the City of Bloomington purchased the Showers West building for $8.75 million with the intention of relocating public safety closer to city hall, which is in the eastern part of the Showers building. Since the beginning of discussion, some businesses have been hesitant to agree on early lease termination negotiations. Purchased from Cook Financial Corporation, Showers was originally the Showers Brothers Company furniture manufacturing plant during the late 19th and early 20th century. The property underwent renovations in 1995. Under CFC ownership, the 64,000 square-foot western portion of the Showers building housed several business tenants including Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Bloomington Health Foundation and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. To move forward with the plan, the City of Bloomington hired realtor Chris Cockerham to negotiate early lease termination agreements with said tenants, but uncertainty for the future state of the building is leaving some businesses unwilling.

The Bank of America, Bloomington Health Foundation, Monroe County CASA, Warrant Technologies, ProBleu and Bloomington Board of Realtors were allegedly still hesitant to an early lease termination, according to the B Square Bulletin. None of the businesses could be reached for comment. “I think the message right now is we’re kind of sitting tight,” Margie Rice, Corporation Counsel for the City of Bloomington said. “We’re not pushing for termination of their leases until we know what’s going to happen in that building.” All construction bids for the Showers West renovation were denied at the last city redevelopment commission meeting on Feb. 5, as they no longer met the needs of the project. As a result, the early lease terminations have been put on hold. “We’re trying to slow it down a bit and really be thoughtful about what that space looks like and how we can come up with something over there that makes a lot of sense,” Rice said. Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, a performance and musical education group, was one of the first tenants to agree to a lease termination early in the project's progress. “Once the city bought the building from CFC, they made it clear that they bought the building for a purpose,” Donna Lafferty, executive director of the or-

chestra said. “So, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but what has been surprising is how difficult it’s been to coordinate the actual settlement.” The City of Bloomington offered to pay the orchestra for any moving expenses, but their request of $3,500 was initially denied, Lafferty said, consequently losing the space they had originally found for relocation. Lafferty shared that she told employees to be ready to move on Feb. 1st, but they didn’t get the approval they needed from the redevelopment commission. “The redevelopment commission had to approve their end of the deal,” Lafferty said. “When they met, they forgot to include our part of it.” Lafferty explains the redevelopment commission approved all the other early lease terminations except for theirs. “They said that they’d have a special meeting on the 31st (of January),” Lafferty said. “Which was the day they told us to be out. They approved us at that meeting. My board president and I attended to make sure they wouldn’t forget us this time.” The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra moved out of their Showers West location Feb. 2. They will be receiving $10,000 from the City of Bloomington to cover moving expenses, said Lafferty. Current tenants aren’t the only factor hesitant of the city’s plan for the Showers West renovation. The


The Shower West renovations are pictured on Feb. 11, 2024, at North Morton Street in Bloomington. The City of Bloomington voted to reject all bids for the proposed renovations of the building on Feb. 5, 2024.

police union and select members of the police department have resisted the plan for their relocation since the beginning of discussions. “I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions with the design of

Showers West,” Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff said. “I think we need to have a bigger conversation of what we want, the future of policing and where the Bloomington Police Department relocates.” The state of relocation

for the BPD is still uncertain but plans for the Bloomington Fire Department’s eventual move into Showers West are likely to continue. The next meeting of the redevelopment commission will be on Monday, Feb. 19.

IU researchers to install environmental chamber Tau Epsilon Phi placed on By Ethan Roberts

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Associate Professor Blair Johnson $945,000 to install an extreme environmental chamber to study the effects of cold weather on human physiology. The program funding the chamber is called the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which according to the Office of Naval Research, supports university research infrastructure essential to high-quality Navy relevant research. “The Department of Defense has an emerging interest in stationing personnel in the article circle due to the melting of polar ice caps that is creating new trade routes and access to resources,” Johnson said. “Temperatures in the artic circle can still

reach negative 40 to negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit.” Johnson said the Department of Defense needs to know how frigid cold temperatures influence human physiology and human interactions with machines. According to the press release, the school’s current environmental chamber only reaches temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius, which does not accurately reflect the climate of the Arctic, where temperatures drop as low as minus-40 to minus-60 degrees Celsius. The new chamber will have the ability to reach -40 degrees Celsius. Johnson said interested students will be able to learn how the human body reacts to cold exposure, both acutely, and after chronic exposure. “For instance, how the body defends core body temperature during cold stress, what happens when these

defense mechanisms can no longer maintain core body temperature and how to improve human health and safety in extremely cold environments,” Johnson said. Johnson and associate professor Zachary Schlader will seek to better understand the factors that contribute to frostbite and cold weather injuries, the press release said. Johnson and Schlader plan to have two sections of the chamber — one for extreme cold and one for extreme heat — each measuring about 25 by 25 feet and 14 feet high, the press release said. “The other side will be able to reach 50 degrees Celsius, so it can get very hot as well—although there are other chambers in the U.S. that can reach that level,” Johnson said in a press release. “The cold side will be groundbreaking in not just temperature capabilities but the size.”

This is the second research project the office of naval research has funded for Johnson and his team. In November 2022, Johnson received funding for a water immersion tank. “We have been using the water immersion tank to investigate whether a drug can improve thermal resiliency to a progressive cold-water challenge,” Johnson said. “Data collection for that project is ongoing and it is funded by the Office of Naval Research.” Johnson said his team is also using the tank for another study to determine how blood flow is regulated during water immersion and whether inhaled gas mixtures that divers often breathe impacts the regulation of blood flow. Data for the study is ongoing. According to the press release, the environmental chamber’s construction is aiming to be finished by the end of September 2024.

cease and desist for hazing By Tyler Spence | @tspencenews

The IU chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi was placed on cease and desist for hazing Feb. 12. All activities within the chapter are suspended until further notice. According to IU's definitions of disciplinary statutes, cease and desist is a temporary measure placed upon aspects of chapter operations when there is an immediate threat or ongoing investigation. All organizational activities halt within the chapter during a cease and desist period. Further misconduct could lead to additional consequences, such as suspension or expulsion from the university. Tau Epsilon Phi is the third Greek Life organization to be placed on cease

and desist this semester after Beta Sigma Psi and the co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi received the same discipline within the last month. Three other fraternities are on cease and desist. Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha Psi were suspended from all activities in October 2023 due to hazing. Kappa Sigma was suspended from all activities in August 2023 for violations related to alcohol, endangering others and hazing. Last semester, 20 Greek Life organizations faced some form of disciplinary action. Fifteen faced discipline for hazing, 10 for endangering others and nine for alcohol-related offenses. There are ten organizations on suspension, six of which are partially suspended due to hazing.


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A former Herald-Times journalist who left to become the managing editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, Hewitt described the skies as filled with “thousands of black marbles.” “It was a spectacle the likes of which I had never seen or imagined,” she said. Hewitt wrote about the crows for the HT the same year, embarking on a journey to discover where they go at night. Nearly two decades later, Hewitt said she found they don’t roost at the same place every night, sweeping past usedcar lots, parking garages and the trees at Seminary Square. Covering the birds gave her a new appreciation for crows, she said, describing their bill-clacking and cawing as conversational. “Crows are coming from all over the Midwest to spend the winter in Bloomington,” Hewitt said. ••• Kevin McGowan, a senior associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has spent much of his career researching the American crow. When deciding where to roost, crows prefer urban areas because of their heat island effect but require trees to roost in and a food source, McGowan said. Bloomington, with its greenery and ample countryside, allows crows to spend the day foraging in agricultural areas while returning to the city at night. However, a critical factor for crows are city lights, which allow the crows to remain alert for their single greatest predator next to humans — the great horned owl. While the owl can see in the dark, crows, like humans, need light to guide the way. “To them, the owl is the boogeyman,” McGowan said. Many Bloomington residents have marveled at the sheer number and concentration of the crows. But the latest numbers of the crow population, according to a 2016 study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found 13,000 crows in the city at one time — a small roost according to McGowan, who said the largest roost he’s seen was 100,000. The crows’ habit of flocking is somewhat strategic because it protects them from predators, but their cawing and chasing behavior prior to roosting is also social, McGowan said. Crows are some of the smartest animals in the world. In fact, crows can recognize individual human faces and remember those faces for years. McGowan has personal experience with this ability, recalling that the crows hated him at the beginning of his study until he began feeding them peanuts. Once they associated his face with the peanuts, McGowan said, they began to chase his car down the street in anticipation of the nuts. They also communicate danger to one another; McGowan said different nests of crows would react to him even when he had not been there before. It functions a bit like a neighborhood watch system, he said. McGowan said the crows come from a variety of places. A roost may include hometown crows, crows from a nearby town or those who have journeyed as far as Canada. Crows who are breeding tend to stay in town and settle down, while young adult crows may fly across the country to explore, he said. While the flock of crows appears large visually, their numbers have declined in recent years. McGowan said the crow population was reduced when the West Nile virus hit in the early 2000s. Their presence in cities is also a recent phenomenon. McGowan said crows across the continent suddenly began migrating to cities in the late 1980s and ‘90s. Crow-human interaction is partially a consequence of a change in attitudes toward wildlife, which invited protection legislation for birds and

other animals. “We’re making the world better for birds, and they’re taking advantage of it,” he said. ••• Some have speculated that Bloomington’s crows originate from nearby Terre Haute. In 2009, Terre Haute, which had roosts of 58,000 in its peak, employed a crow management plan to force the roosts into the countryside. From there, they may have relocated to nearby cities like Bloomington; McGowan, who has witnessed a similar movement in New York, said the theory was feasible. The USDA study conducted in 2016 found crows roosted mostly on the east side of town, appearing between East 17th Street and Law Lane along North Eagleson Avenue for three nights — the highest frequency of all the identified roosting locations. Staging and pre-staging locations, defined as areas where the crows gather 30 minutes to two hours prior to roosting, were more evenly distributed across the west and east sides of town, although College Mall and the Pfau Course at IU were the most popular spots. An informal poll conducted by the IDS found crow sightings were concentrated south of campus, closer to the west side of town. Although other cities with winter crow roosts have employed management efforts, Bloomington has mainly taken a handsoff approach. But in 2016, the city discussed potential mitigation plans with CFC Properties, Downtown Bloomington Inc, IU and the county. IU has its own deterrents, including sound devices from Birdx that dissuade crows from roosting on campus by emitting fake bird noises. Despite attempts to silence the birds, some IU students get excited about the crows. IU junior Ella Scheper said she was studying for a final with a friend in early December when she saw the crows. She stood at the window of her Henderson Street apartment for ten minutes, she said, watching the creatures fly over First and Second Street. The sheer number of the birds was the most shocking to Scheper, who doesn’t recall seeing such a phenomenon in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky. “I’ve seen flocks of birds before, but this just seemed almost unreal,” she said. The crows pass Scheper’s window right around sunset and up until it’s dark, she said, but she isn’t bothered by their presence in her neighborhood. When she watches them, she wonders where the birds go during the day and where they spend their time when they aren’t wintering in Bloomington. ••• While some consider them a nuisance, the downsides of the birds are few. Crows carry some diseases, McGowan said, but you would have to lick the streets to become infected. In other words, it’s not easy. “One good daycare spreads more disease each year than any of your crow roosts would ever do,” he said. In fact, crows can be beneficial. When the birds gather food from neighboring fields, they consume nitrogen and release it through poop in the cities. These deposits create nitrogen hotspots that remain after the crows are gone, McGowan said, leading to improved plant and tree growth. But the biggest benefit of the crows is the awe they inspire, McGowan said. He referred to the story of the passenger pigeon, once one of the most abundant birds on Earth, which would gather in massive flocks and darken sky for hours. But human hands ultimately drove the bird to extinction in the early 1900s, namely through hunting and deforestation. When McGowan sees the crows swarming otherwise gray winter skies, he thinks of the passenger pigeon. The crows inspire a similar kind of awe.

Indiana Daily Student


Feb. 15, 2024


Editors Joey Sills, Danny William



Social media perpetuates long-standing issues with child exploitation in media Samantha Camire (she/her)

is a freshman studying journalism with a minor in Spanish.

Editor’s note: This story contains brief mention of child abuse and exploitation.


Freshman Advait Save reads theory on a computer Feb. 9, 2024, in the Indiana Daily Student newsroom in Bloomington. Save has embraced multiple aspects of his identity, beyond Indian stereotypes.

No, I am not an engineer Advait Save (he/they)

is a freshman studying economics and sociology.

Growing up in India, I was always fascinated by the sciences, partly because my parents worked in those disciplines and partly because I thought they answered or at least attempted to answer the most fundamental questions of the universe. Nine-year-old Advait was naive —I distinctly remember having a conversation with my parents about the future of my education and what came of that conversation was clear: I would eventually study abroad. I did not understand what studying abroad actually entailed at the time and still do not fully grasp it now. Now that the study abroad dream of mine has been realized, I find myself confused. Immigration from the Indian subcontinent to the United States can be traced back to the late 1800s to early 1900s. The early immigrants had great sway over the cultural perceptions of Indians in the U.S., but I believe the biggest change happened with the 1990 reforms that introduced a new temporary visa category for highly skilled workers. In the U.S., the rise of the information technology field, the decline in the number of undergraduates with a degree in key sciences and a shortage of staff in highly technical industries like software development created the perfect environment for graduates of top Indian technical schools like the Indian Institute of Technology to immigrate for a life with higher wages and better living conditions overall. From a socioeconomic lens, 1991 saw the fall of the Soviet Union, a major Indian ally, and multiple economic adversities in India, like the

fall in foreign reserves and balance of payment issues that led to the liberalization, privatization and globalization policy reforms in India. These reforms opened the Indian economy and the labour force to the world. These reforms came at a time of technological revolution around the world. Naturally, many individuals were incentivized to get an education in the field. Becoming an engineer was one of the few opportunities that poor to lower-middle-class individuals with access to education had toward upward social mobility. It remains one of the most prevalent opportunities to climb the socioeconomic ladder today. The idea of becoming an engineer then transcended from just having a financial incentive to a form of societal expectation among Indians. This career path has become an aspiration for many young Indians who are socialized into following a definitive path from the day they are born. I was incentivized to study STEM subjects in school. Studying the sciences is viewed as intellectual and meticulous whereas the arts or humanities are typically frowned upon in Indian culture. I would be cautious to not make a general claim about the perceptions of these fields but rather think of them as societal expectations that I was subjected to. Many Indian immigrants carry this view with them to the U.S., thus mimicking the societal conditions of Indian communities where technical and medical jobs are not simply respected for their economic advantages but are valued due to the societal status and respect they derive. The higher incomes people earn from these jobs does contribute toward the formation of such status, but

it also represents the qualities of hard work and analytical thinking in society. This history of mass migration and its focus on technical jobs leads to the formation of a perceived identity for Indian students, and subsequently, stereotypes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing antiAsian racism in Bloomington and nationwide. Stereotypes, however positive they may be, are detrimental to individuals who are pressured with this perceived identity. Not living up to common expectations can lead to a feeling of exclusion — a feeling that I experience regularly as an international student at IU. My fascination with the sciences led me to study economics and sociology, a path unconventional to the history and expectations that follow me here. I cannot ignore that baggage, but I do wish to change the perception people have of what Indian people “should” be. I cannot change the perceived identity itself but rather create awareness about how Indians are more than mere IT professionals who only have our career path to contribute. Our culture has a lot more to offer — we are artists, activists and athletes. I wish to see heightened visibility for Indians in various fields, even those not related to STEM and their excellence there. Indian authors like Arundhati Roy and Amitav Ghosh and artists like Anish Kapoor are a good place to start when exploring Indians in more artistic fields. Let us foster a world where we celebrate Indian talent that extends beyond the confines of perceived expectations and certain disciplines. As for me, I am not an engineer.

Judy Garland’s lilting voice transports viewers into the black-and-white world of Kansas in “The Wizard of Oz.” 6-year-old Shirley Temple struts down the aisle of a train car, the men in the seats smiling at her precocious nature in “Bright Eyes.” Tiny Mara Wilson escapes a bully and warms Americans’ hearts in “Matilda.” These are nostalgic scenes, familiar to Americans young and old. Pintsize prodigies have long been a staple of our TV screens, and in recent years, have also become stars of social media. Instagram is awash with child influencers and large vlogging families have become features of YouTube. At first glance, such content about children appears to be innocent. But hidden beneath it all, whether it be a 1920s movie or a 2023 YouTube video, is the truth: there is a shocking lack of protections for child performers. Watching the heartwarming movies above, it’s easy to forget the harmful practices behind the filmmaking and the negative attention that ensued. In the 1932 shorts “Baby Burlesks,” Shirley Temple was locked into a box and forced to sit on a block of ice when she misbehaved on set. During the filming of 1938’s “The Wizard of Oz,” Judy Garland was prescribed stimulants and depressants by the head of the studio, Louis B. Mayer, to help her cope with the long hours. After her appearance in classics such as 1992’s “Mrs. Doubtfire,” 50-year-old men sent Mara Wilson love letters and her face was edited onto child pornography. All three of these actresses were still children, but their role in filming movies made them vulnerable to treatment as if they were adults. They were placed into potentially dangerous situations. In short, their safety and wellbeing were placed behind their role as movie stars. I imagine many are horrified by these stories of abuse, but we’re perpetuating similar abuse in today’s world through our embrace of mommy vloggers and family influencers on social media. The type of media may be new, but the way children’s lives and talents are used to entertain the masses, often with no regard for the child’s wishes or safety, is not. Today, many children


Judy Garland portrays Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.” Garland was just 17 years old when the movie was originally released in 1939.

are not actors or models in the traditional sense. Rather, the everyday child living their life is a character, and all of life is an opportunity (to some) to produce content. Consider popular YouTube channels of the 2010s, such as the Bratayleys and the Ballinger Family. Their appeal is the viewer’s ability to follow along with their everyday lives. For children, this can be particularly harmful. Home is no longer a refuge. There is no place to let their guard down, because there is always the expectation or potential that daily life is being filmed, posted and monetized.   Just as with child actors, there are many questions about child autonomy. Do the children really have a say in whether they take part in creating content? Further, can children consent to being filmed? Many say that children lack the brain development to fully grasp the longevity and reach of content. Grown up children of so-called mommy vloggers have testified about their total lack of privacy and enduring digital footprint. They are advocating for a law that would require kids to have any content of them as minors removed once they turn 18. Some experts such as Madyson Edwards of Texas Tech University express that they are concerned about the total lack of protections for child influencers. There is no limit on working hours and no requirement that parents compensate their children in any way. And the internet can be a dangerous place. YouTuber Matt Watson created a video about how the YouTube algorithm facilitates predatory adults’ ability to connect with each other, trade contact information and access actual child pornography.

So we arrive at the greater question: Who is to protect these children? Though I hope most parents are doing what they believe is best for their children, we cannot leave child protection solely to parents. Faced with the prospect of riches and fame, far too many will decide that filming their children, even in their most private moments, is worth the moral ambiguity. We, the public, must step up. We must pressure our lawmakers and social media companies to take a stance. At a minimum, laws protecting child actors must be extended to also protect child influencers. For example, influencers profiting off their children’s image should be required to abide by the Coogan Law, which mandates that 15% of a child’s paycheck be put in a savings account that the child can access when they turn 18. However, this is a band aid fix. There must also be a culture shift. We too often center our own entertainment over the reality of child media stars. We must refuse to contribute our money and attention to media that monetizes off children too young to truly consent. If child-centered YouTube channels, for example, lose popularity, creators will turn to other methods to gain viewers, rather than shoving a child in front of the camera. Social platforms can assist by limiting comments on posts of children and demonetizing content and channels that are centered around minors. Refusing to contribute money to platforms and creators that allow this exploitation to happen is a tangible way for all of us to prevent continuing the cycle of media exploitation of children.


Dating apps and the commodification of love Joey Sills (he/him)

is a junior studying English and political science.

One of my favorite Father John Misty songs is “Holy Shit,” the penultimate track off his sophomore album “I Love You, Honeybear.” The song is really about the breakdown of modern society, a disillusionment caused by rampant consumerism and the increasing realization of living in a meaningless, absurd world. One line in particular, toward the end, has always stuck with me: “Maybe love is just an economy, based on resource scarcity.” It’s true love, in some ways, has always been inextricably tied to the socioeconomic factors of society: After all, arranged, finanically beneficial marriages were the norm for much of the world until the 18th century. But, with the rapid expansion of the internet, and the seeming democratization of it, there’s been a push for a liberalization of the dating scene; one defined, on the

surface, by even greater free will and choice. Naturally, this push has been headed by multimillion and multibillion dollar corporations like Tinder, Hinge and OKCupid, all of whom are continuously competing for our time and attention. I use the word “liberalization” — the supposed trend of the market toward personal liberty and limited government interference — very deliberately, because dating apps are metaphorically equivalent to the capitalist economic system. In 2003, Joseph E. Davis, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, adapted Karl Marx’s definition of a commodity — an object that has an exchange value on the market because of its utility — to describe an everincreasing trend he calls “the commodification of self.” Davis defines this concept in two distinct ways, though the second one is more useful for our purposes — selfcommodification, he wrote, is “the reorganization of our personal lives and relation-

ships on the model of market relations.” He specifically points to the then-burgeoning business of “personal branding,” something we’re all too familiar with today with the rise of influencer culture and social media. But let’s get back to the micro picture of dating apps: to swipe right or left on somebody doesn’t necessarily cost the user any money, like a traditional marketplace tranasaction does. You aren’t losing anything in the process if a particular match goes nowhere, except maybe your time. Nevertheless, the metaphor still stands: The concept of self-commodification remains vitally relevant to this uniquely modern experience. On an app like Tinder, you create a profile, thus earning the company money through ad revenue without even having to pay them. In a word, you become one of their products. It’s quite similar to a social media app in this respect; like a social media app, your goal is to present the most flattering portrait of

yourself on your profile — in a way, maximizing your exchange value. Further, there’s an inherent strategy to dating apps that functions as an open secret: the average person is only going to spend a few seconds actually looking at your profile before swiping one way or another. A study conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the MIT Data Lab found users spent an average of 5.7-8.7 seconds on each profile they encountered, the numbers varying depending on the user’s gender identity and whether they found the person in the profile attractive. Boiling down the psychology in these apps, it begins to look sociologically bleak — in other words, we’re quite literally window shopping for potential romantic and sexual partners before even talking to them. As of 2022, Tinder was used by 7.1 million users. And those are only active users — since its launch, the app has seen over 430 mil-

lion downloads. Along the same lines, a recent study from Forbes found that 45% of those surveyed met their current partner on a dating app — the largest number in the 27-42 years age bracket. Simply put, it’s pretty close to a universal experience. It’d be easy, at this point, for me to hop on my high horse and criticize these apps, acting as though I’m politically and socially superior to their users, but the truth is I do use them. I know well the cycle of swiping right or left on Tinder late at night, responding to matches, going on dates and seeing what comes of it. I also know well the feeling of validation I get when I receive a match, the feelings of rejection I have when I’m not receiving any. A 2016 study from the American Psychological Association reported just that, and I’d be more than willing to bet the systemic issues at hand haven’t changed in the past eight years. Perhaps there’s no really great way of dealing with

this beast we’ve created. We just sort of have to get used to the fact we’ve allowed a handful of corporations to totally change the way and manage how we meet sexual and romantic partners. I’m certainly not going to delete the app in solidarity with the broader movement anytime soon. Maybe there’s merit to the call to nationalize dating apps into a user and developer owned cooperative, as espoused by a writer in Jacobin — it’s an interesting assertion, and one I’m not entirely opposed to as a Marxist. But it’s hardly materially feasible. Until such time as love under socialism should become a viable concept, we’ll have to continue to deal with love under capitalism; and love under capitalism is the quest to self-commodify, the persuasion to put all of your romantic and sexual desires in the hands of a massive corporation. And that’s possibly the least lovely image one could possibly paint.

Indiana Daily Student



Feb. 15, 2024

Editors Olivia Bianco, Joanna Njeri, Jacob Spudich


Indiana wins 11th straight game against Purdue PHOTOS BY OLIVIA BIANCO | IDS

1. Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon hugs graduate senior forward Mackenzie Holmes as she sits on the bench Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Holmes broke the all-time leading scoring record during the game against the Boilermakers. 2. Members of the bench celebrate after a made three Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers shot 61% from three against the Boilermakers. 3. A Teri Moren bobble head sits on the broadcast desk Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The bobble heads were given out to the first 1,000 fans. 4. Fans hold up signs Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The attendance was 3,304 in the matchup against the Boilermakers. 5. Sophomore forward Lilly Meister drives to the lane Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers improved to 11-2 in the Big Ten.


6. Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser dribbles the ball Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers have beaten the Boilermakers for the 11th time in a row. 7. Senior guard Sara Scalia takes the ball up the floor Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Scalia scored 19 points against the Boilermakers. 8. A fan holds up a Mackenzie Holmes jersey Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. During the matchup against the Boilermakers, Holmes broke the program record for all-time leading scorer.


9. Graduate senior forward Mackenzie Holmes (center) celebrates with sophomore guard Yarden Garzon (right) after a defensive play Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers beat the Boilermakers 95-62.


10. Senior guard Chloe MooreMcNeil waits for the inbound Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Moore-McNeil shot perfect 5-5 from the three point line against the Boilermakers.


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Indiana Daily Student



Feb. 15, 2024

Editors Daniel Flick, Dalton James


Historic afternoon encapsulates Moren era By Quinn Richards | @quinn_richa

No. 14 Indiana women’s basketball defeated in-state rival Purdue 95-62 on Feb. 11 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The blowout victory was Indiana’s second win over the Boilermakers this season and extended the Hoosiers series winning streak to 11, showcasing the cream and crimson’s dominance under head coach Teri Moren. The blowout victory over Purdue gave the Hoosiers their ninth straight 20+ win season in Moren’s 10 campaigns with Indiana. Moren’s tenure with the cream and crimson has been nothing short of incredible, especially her resume against the Boilermakers. The former Purdue player holds a 16-3 record against her alma mater as Indiana’s coach and has never lost a game to the Boilermakers inside Assembly Hall. That dominance was a dramatic turnaround for the Hoosiers, who were 1-9 in the 10 games against their rivals prior to Moren’s arrival. “It’s really amazing the culture that coach Moren’s built,” graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes said. “Everyone’s supportive of each other and everyone’s happy for each other.” Much of the anticipation for the matchup revolved around Holmes’ pursuit of the program’s all-time


scoring record, rightfully so as she entered the game only 17 points away from taking the No. 1 spot. Midway through the fourth quarter, Holmes reached that mark and received a standing ovation from more than 13,000 fans in attendance. “It’s just a really special thing to wear Indiana across my chest every single day and play in Assembly Hall,” Holmes said. “It’s just been one of the greatest blessings in my life.” Moren opened her postgame press conference with a similar sentiment. “Such a special day that Mack could become our all-time leading scorer here at home in front of her fans and against our arch-rival as well,” Moren said. “But she had help.” In addition to the Maine native’s historic record, senior guard Chloe MooreMcNeil and fifth-year senior guard Sara Scalia had highscoring performances against the Boilermakers, tallying 22 and 19 points, respectively. Moore-McNeil’s two highest-scoring games have both come against Purdue, as she netted 20 points in the Jan. 21 74-68 win over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette. “Against Purdue, it just means more,” MooreMcNeil said. “I’m always competitive but I think it’s just different when it’s a rival

team.” It’s a rivalry the Hoosiers have dominated since Moren took over — and the Boilermakers aren’t alone in their struggles against Indiana. In less than a decade, Moren shifted the program from a bottomtier Big Ten team that consistently failed to reach the NCAA Tournament, to a powerhouse program annually discussed in conversations of the conference’s best. Last season, Indiana earned its first Big Ten regular season championship in four decades. “I think our culture has evolved and our fan base has definitely grown a lot,” Moore-McNeil said. That growth in fan-base is evident by the chart-topping attendance the Hoosiers have had at Assembly Hall in the past few years. Last season’s conference titleclinching home victory against Purdue was the first ever sell-out crowd in program history and Indiana nearly reached full capacity in its’ pair of hosted NCAA Tournament games. The Feb. 11 win over Purdue had top-5 attendance in program history and the Hoosiers will once more sell-out Assembly Hall in their next home game, a rematch with No. 2 Iowa. The Hawkeyes, led by senior guard Caitlin Clark,

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 - Pursue personal dreams. Expand talents, capacities and skills over two weeks, with the New Moon in your sign. Grow and develop. Shine your light.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 - Connect with likeminded friends. This two-week New Moon phase benefits team efforts. Grow through friendships, social networks and community participation. Have fun together.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 - Insights, breakthroughs and revelations sparkle in tonight’s New Moon. Dreams seem within reach. Enjoy a two-week creative, imaginative and organizational phase. Imagine possibilities.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 - This New Moon in Aquarius illuminates professional opportunities. Develop interesting projects over two weeks. Pursue exciting possibilities. Your career, status and influence rise.


Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is a 7 - Educational opportunities arise after tonight’s New Moon. The next two-week phase favors study, investigation and exploration. Consider new perspectives. Make connections, contributions and discoveries. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 9 - Find creative ways to grow your family nest egg. A lucrative two-week phase dawns with tonight’s New Moon. Launch valuable initiatives with your partner.



Graduate senior forward Mackenzie Holmes embraces Head Coach Teri Moren as she goes to the bench Feb. 11, 2024, against Purdue University in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers defeated the Boilermakers 95-62.

are currently tied with the Hoosiers for second in the conference standings after Nebraska came back from a 14-point deficit to stun Iowa 82-79 Feb. 11. Therefore, Indiana’s home matchup with the Hawkeyes may have

serious implications on the final Big Ten standings. While the showdown with Iowa stands out on Indiana’s remaining schedule, Moren remains focused on the Hoosiers’ upcoming road matchups.

“The Big Ten doesn’t do us any favors and it puts us back on the road on Wednesday so it will be a quick turnaround,” Moren said. “Anytime you go on the road in this league you better be ready.”

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 9 - Collaboration comes naturally, especially over two weeks following tonight’s Aquarius New Moon. Take your partnership to the next level. You’re on the same wavelength.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 - Enjoy yourself. Stir up some romance. The New Moon begins a two-week family, fun and passion phase. Get creative. It’s all for love.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is an 8 - Profit through communications. Possibilities spark in conversation over this two-week New Moon phase. Creative projects flower. Express, share and connect. Write your story.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 9 - You’re energized. The New Moon tonight initiates two weeks of growing work, health and strength. Put your heart into your actions. Practice makes perfect.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 - Realize domestic visions with upgrades over a two-week New Moon phase. Get creative. Improve the beauty and functionality of your home. Nurture family.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 9 - Begin a lucrative New Moon phase. Discover fresh markets and rising prosperity. Strengthen financial foundations for growth. Rake in and preserve a healthy harvest.

1 Surge of adrenaline 5 Regent's order 10 Mil. branch with wings 14 Tactical political research, for short 15 Birthplace of pesto 16 Issue at the ATM 17 *Critical juncture 20 [New paragraph] 21 "Handling that now!" 22 Take to the sky 25 Friend __ friend 26 Midnight to midnight 27 *Record 32 Not just some 33 Kitchen scale button 34 Frangipani garlands 36 Water taxi 38 Longtime "One Life to Live" actress Renée __ Goldsberry 40 Red sign above a door 42 Mantis quintet 44 Literary magazine contributor, perhaps 45 Status update fig. 46 *Online discussion site 50 Fellow 52 Tres menos dos

53 As appropriate 54 Garden container? 56 Isaac of "Dune" 60 Reversal in luck, and what can be found in the answers to the starred clues 65 Show up 66 Record company 67 God who took a bow 68 Half of all blackjacks 69 Did half of a biathlon 70 "Seasons of Love" musical


1 Tire swing line 2 Right after 3 Doner kebab rod 4 "No fooling!" 5 Boosting target 6 Dict. entry 7 Airbnb alternative 8 Soft murmur 9 Trade hindrance 10 Biblical preposition 11 Audio engineer's equipment 12 Heart duo 13 Rihanna's fashion brand 18 Slangy britches 19 "Inbox zero" killer 23 Collezione della galleria

24 Expert 25 Top rank in a tournament 27 __ franc 28 Plant with lace and soap varieties 29 Qualifying contest, perhaps 30 Star-studded hunter 31 Name sewn onto some jeans pockets 35 In __: unmoved 37 Number of Canadian provinces 39 Caesar's rebuke 41 Edinburgh topper 43 Wounded by a jellyfish 47 Marx collaborator 48 __ de Mayo: Christmas orchid 49 Raw bar offering 50 Muslim holy site 51 __ committee 55 Spanish model Sastre 57 Medical research objective 58 Quote book abbr. 59 Have a nap 61 Tree on the Connecticut quarter 62 CBS crime drama 63 Service charge 64 Played out

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Editors Gino Diminich, Carolyn Marshall

Trashion Refashion prepares for spring show By Kate Hutner

Imagine taking an old bag you got from the grocery store and wearing it as your outfit. Without information, it sounds disgusting. Why would I want to wear trash when I can buy a new outfit from Urban Outfitters? The Bloomington Trashion Refashion show makes you question your everyday outfits, and possibly change how much trash and old clothes you throw out. Bloomington Trashion Refashion, an annual event created by the Center for Sustainable Living, is a runway show where anyone can design outfits. The one catch is: they must be made of trash or previously-owned items of clothing. Jeanne Leimkuhler, a previous art framer for the

Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU, started the event 15 years ago. She combined her love for sustainable living and fashion into one event. Bloomington Trashion Refashion shows people that they can reuse trash and old fashion pieces in a creative way. The project manager for the Bloomington Trashion Refashion show, Stephen Hale, discussed how anyone can participate regardless of age and they do not have to attend IU. “Our participants have ranged from babes in arms to at least people in their 80s, and again, participants include the designers and then the models as well, so the babe was more of a model than a designer,” Hale said. With the diverse age group of participants, the show has grown over the years. In 2023, the event had

75 pieces on the runway and was completely sold out with an estimated amount of 630 people. This year, the organizers are making the show smaller and a bit more competitive by cutting out more designs to reduce the run time. “We are looking for a transformation of materials, and then a complete ensemble,” Hale said. The deadline for design applications is Feb. 18. People looking to participate can send in their designs for the event through its website. With the show’s growing audience, Hale and the organizers are thrilled to see the new designs for this year. Hale discussed how designers, models and audience members keep coming back each year for more. “People keep coming up

with new ideas. They keep inventing new things, trying new things, upping their game kind of thing,” Hale said. One designer, Sophia Wang, a junior at IU studying merchandising and psychology, works on the board of the organization. Wang shared her story with getting started as one of the designers in the show last year. “I never had any knowledge or prior experience in fashion design, but I just immediately had an idea. I sketched it out just for fun and submitted it thinking that I was never going to hear back from them,” Wang said. Before long, Wang had her chance to create the physical garment after designing it and got to see her work on the runway. She credits Hale and the other organizers

for giving her a chance and helping her along the way. “It was really cool and fun to bring a piece to life,” Wang said. “I think the creativity and fun of being in a fashion show and supporting a fashion show really draws me back to be a part of it again this year.” Wang is excited to help other participants this year and see the new designs. Wang, Hale and the other organizers have been working to improve the event by brainstorming ideas on how to make this show better than ever. “We put in a lot of effort with planning, and we listen to our audience’s feedback. We always try to make the experience better,” Wang said. “For example, we are working with the technology in the theatre to make the designs more visible from

farther back.” As the show grows in popularity, the designs get more creative. Past designs have included suits made of Tyvek, a water-resistant high spun fiber, hats made from mini blinds, dresses made from chip bags and skirts made from thrifted ties. The Bloomington Trashion Refashion runway show is an event open to anyone and everyone. Whether you want to model, design or observe, the audience and organizers are welcoming, energetic and supportive. The organizers are accepting volunteers for the event, and people can sign up on its website. This year’s Bloomington Trashion Refashions runway show is happening at 7 p.m. on April 7 at the BuskirkChumley Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

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607 E. Seventh St 812-336-5387 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.

Modern Buddhism KMC Bloomington 234 N. Morton St. 812-318-1236 Instagram, Facebook, MeetUp @kadampameditationcenterbloomington Weekly Meditation Classes: Mon., Wed., Fri.: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Tuesday: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All classes In-person, Sunday and Tuesday also offer live-stream. 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.

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

Buddhist Gaden KhachoeShing Monastery 2150 E. Dolan Rd. 812-334-3456 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.

Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist 2425 E. Third St. 812-332-0536 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.

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

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. 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. Markus Dickinson -

Sunday: 10:40 a.m., Regular Services, Devotional Meetings. 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." Karen Pollock Dan Enslow

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rose House LuMin & St. Thomas Lutheran Church 3800 E. Third St. 812-332-5252 Instagram: @hoosierlumin Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. @ St. Thomas Lutheran Church 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


Feb. 15, 2024 | Indiana Daily Student |

COLUMN: Women rule the world in the 66th Annual Grammy Awards By Elizabeth Bowling

Speculation had been building for weeks before the Grammys. Rumors abounded that Taylor Swift would announce her “Reputations (Taylor’s Version)” album when she won an award. When she first began her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album, telling fans she was going to tell them a secret, I assumed — as I am sure many did — she was announcing “Reputations (Taylor’s Version).” But instead, she announced something much more exciting: an original album. Swift announced her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” will be released April 19. The cover art, released on Instagram simultaneously to the announcement, shows a black and white photo of Swift lying on a bed, her face just out of the camera’s view. Swift’s announcement added on to a night full of


triumph for women. After fifteen years of working on the sidelines by writing songs for other artists, Victoria Monét won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Monét had previously written hits for Ariana Grande and Chloe x Halley but broke out this year with her hit “On My Mama.” Miley Cyrus’s hit song “Flowers” won Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year. She later had a “Tina Turner moment” performing the song, rocking out and adlibbing. At one point, she shouted out to the crowd, “come on, you know this song!” and “I just won my first Grammy!” Legendary performer Joni Mitchell also experienced a first: her Grammys performance debut. Nine years ago Mitchell suffered an aneurism which left her unable to speak or sing. This tragedy made her performance of her classic single “Both Sides Now” even more poignant. Mitchell sang the song after winning

her tenth Grammy. Tracy Chapman also returned to the Grammys spotlight, dueting with Luke Combs on her classic song “Fast Car.” Combs’ cover of the song made him famous, and the two artists merged their different styles to create a beautiful sound. However, there were also some shocking snubs. Olivia Rodrigo’s hit song “Vampire” failed to win any awards despite her intense performance, which she ended by smearing fake blood over her face. Her song “Vampire”rose to the number one spot on the Hot 100 immediately after the single’s release. Swift’s defeat in the song of the year category was also debated. She lost for the seventh year in a row: This year to Billie Eilish’s plaintive “What Was I Made For?” from the movie “Barbie.” Eilish’s raw emotion silenced the audience when she performed it live. According to the New York Times, even

Eilish looked surprised that she won. However, not everyone felt these wins were deserved. During Jay-Z’s acceptance speech for the “Dr. Dre Impact Award,” he criticized the nominees for Best Album. He said it made no sense that his wife, Beyoncé, would have the most Grammys of all time yet continually be shut out of the coveted best album category. “Even by your own standards, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of you are going to go home and feel like you’ve been robbed; some of you may get robbed; some of you don’t belong in the category.” Yet despite the pitfalls, women truly owned the night: With Swift making history by becoming the first artist to win four Best Album Grammys with her album “Midnight.” Previous record holders: Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra had all only won three. Swift said in her


Taylor Swift arrives on the red carpet for the 2024 Grammy Awards on Feb. 4, 2024, at the Arena in Los Angeles. Swift won Best Album for "Midnights", and she's won 14 Grammys throughout her career.

acceptance speech she created music — not for the awards — but for the work itself which was the award. “I would love to tell you that this is the best moment

in my life, but I feel this happy when I finish a song, or when I crack the code to a bridge that I love,” she said. “All I want to do is keep being able to do this.”

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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

Baptist Emmanuel Church 1503 W. That Rd. 812-824-2768 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 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

Evangel Presbytery Trinity Reformed Church 2401 S. Endwright Rd. 812-825-2684 Email: 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

Independent Baptist

Unitarian Universalist


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Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

Christ Community 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 *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 for more information.

2120 N. Fee Ln. 812-332-3695

503 S. High St. 812-332-0502 Instagram: @christcommunitybtown

Sunday: 10:15 a.m.

Sunday: 9:15 a.m., Educational Hour 10:30 a.m., Worship Service

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!

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.

Rev. Constance Grant - Lead Minister Anabel Watson - Connections Coordinator

Bob Whitaker - Senior Pastor Adam deWeber - Worship Pastor Dan Waugh - Adult Ministry Pastor

Presbyterian Church (USA)

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United Presbyterian Church

Unity of Bloomington

1701 E. Second St. 812-332-1850

4001 S. Rogers St. 812-333-2484 facebook@UnityofBloomington

1968 N. David Baker 812-332-8972 Instagram & Facebook: @csfindiana

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

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.”

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.

Cheryl Montgomery - Reverend Benjamin Watkins, PhD - Music Director Allen Pease - Event Coordinator & Secretary

Doris Brinegar - Administrator Phyllis Wickliff - Music Director


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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 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


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 -

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First United Church 2420 E. Third St. 812-332-4439 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-Mutai Senior Minister

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 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., 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.


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