‘Worst’ potholed street scheduled for repair

A pothole review revisited

INDIANA — In May 2012, The HawkEye published a review of potholes in which local motorists complained of flattened tires and twisted wheel alignments from negotiating such borough streets as West Avenue.

Two years after the story’s publication, repairs began on that two-block extension of South Eighth Street, a northern gateway to the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On June 19 in light rain, workers excavated and poured two concrete crosswalks/speed bumps and adjacent asphalt transition strips on a stretch of streetscape described as “the worst” by the borough’s pothole boss.

Workers pour one of two new concrete walkways/speed bumps on West Avenue between the Hadley Union Building complex adjacent to the IUP campus, June 19. Photo by David Loomis.

Workers pour one of two new concrete walkways/speed bumps on West Avenue between the Hadley Union Building complex adjacent to the IUP campus, June 19. Photo by David Loomis.

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Fake IDs: High access, low risk at local bars

The fake ID used by IUP student Kayla M. Cioffo. Submitted photo taken with mobile phone and flash.

The fake ID used by IUP student Kayla M. Cioffo. Identifying details have been obscured. Submitted photo taken with mobile phone and flash.

By Lexa Smith

INDIANA – For about six months before she turned 21, Kayla M. Cioffo, a senior journalism major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, used someone else’s driver’s license to get into almost every bar downtown.

Cioffo said she did not pay for her fake Pennsylvania permit. A friend found it on the ground. Its photo resembled Cioffo. The friend offered the ID to her. Cioffo took it.

“I did have a good amount of friends who were already 21,” Cioffo explained in an April 8 interview in the Stapleton Library. “I would go out with them.”

She used the ID at bars and restaurants. Only once did a server comment about the photo. Cioffo recalled ordering a drink at an Olive Garden. The waitress said she looked different than the picture. But she served the underage Cioffo the requested drink, no questions asked.
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IUPatty’s: A tale of conflicting campus cultures

Khaliq J. Coleman appears in a frame of a promotional video released by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

By Pete Sirianni

INDIANA –- The story of Khaliq J. Coleman, a football player for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, tells two different tales of undergraduate student life at the school.

Coleman, a tight end who wears No. 80 and the IUP logo on his helmet when he suits up for a game, appeared in a recent video promotion for the university. “Find Your ‘Road Less Traveled’ at IUP,” posted March 26 on IUP’s official YouTube page, shows Coleman in a frame at the 1:43 mark of the video. He is seen in the center foreground of a locker room shot, helmet off, suited up, focused.

But Coleman, a redshirt freshman, has as many career receptions for the Crimson Hawks as underage drinking violations. His second run-in with the law resulted in a March 8 arrest by IUP police for underage drinking, according to Indiana County Magisterial District Court documents.

Saturday, March 8, was the peak of the annual IUPatty’s party weekend. Coleman was cited by IUP campus police for underage drinking at 1:01 a.m. in Stephenson Hall, according to a published police log.

He has since been dismissed from the team. The commercial was still available for viewing as of June 6.
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Faces of LGBT at IUP

Lead/Main photo: Elaine R. Mendus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania geography and Latin American studies student

Elaine R. Mendus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania geography and Latin American studies student

By Kelly Jacobson

INDIANA – Elaine R. Mendus, 23, a fifth-year geography major with a minor in Latin American studies and history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is a member of an undocumented minority at the school:

She is transgender.

Formerly known as Dustin, Mendus got rid of most of her male clothes in May 2013 and opted for polka-dot blouses and colorful headbands. The change was a culmination of a seven-year process that is complete physically but not psychologically, she said.

“I’ve heard enough stories about transgender people getting killed by male partners,” Mendus, a Long Island, N.Y., native, said in a March 6 interview at Stapleton Library. “I don’t want to get hurt.”

Mendus said she is fearful in Western Pennsylvania, where she hears whispers and feels long stares. At night, she becomes hyperalert at bars and shuns drunks, especially men in groups.

There are “eyes on me that I never wanted before,” Mendus said.

Her fears are well founded. The Pew Research Center in June 2013 published results of a national online survey of 1,200 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. Researchers reported that 30 percent of LGBT respondents had been “physically attacked or threatened” and 58 percent had “been the target of slurs and jokes.”

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IUP students abandoning campus bookstore

Zachary K. Burke, a junior safety science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in his University Square apartment, April 22. Photo by Collin G. Katarski

Zachary K. Burke, a junior safety science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in his University Square apartment, April 22. Photo by Collin G. Katarski

By Collin G. Katarski

INDIANA – During his freshman year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,  Zachary K. Burke, of Tyrone, Pa., spent $300 per semester on textbooks purchased at the IUP Co-op Store.

Burke, 20, a junior safety-science major, now patronizes the campus bookstore only if he can’t find what’s he’s looking for elsewhere. Brick-and-mortar bookstore prices are too steep, he said. So he shops at online retailer Amazon.com  and saves a couple hundred dollars each semester.

“I don’t buy books unless they’re cheap,” Burke said during an April 22 interview at his University Square apartment.  “It’s hard enough to pay for college, let alone having to take out extra loans for books.”

Some of his professors understand and have advised him and other undergraduates not to buy certain high-priced textbooks, Burke said. But some other professors have required students to buy textbooks that they rarely if ever used.

“I bought a $240 physics book that I never opened,” Burke said.

 

BURKE IS among 85 percent of IUP undergraduates who say they have “declined to buy a required textbook from the Co-op Store because of the price.” The finding was one result of an April 16-23 email survey of a random sample of 1,500 students.
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Cramming for exams? Join the crowd

: IUP geography-and-regional-planning senior David J. Higgins, April 23, 2014, in the campus Oak Grove. Campus. Photo by Justin Gerwick.

IUP geography-and-regional-planning senior David J. Higgins, April 23, 2014, in the campus Oak Grove.  Photo by Justin Gerwick.

By Justin Gerwick

INDIANA – A month before Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s spring-semester exams were scheduled to start on May 6, student David J. Higgins knew what he would be doing on May 5, the eve of finals. It was something he rarely had done all semester:

Study.

Higgins, a senior in geography and regional planning, said he has prepared for tests and research projects the same way for as long as he can remember.

“I usually cram on purpose,” Higgins said in an April 3 email interview. “I feel that I retain the information better if I’m studying the whole night before.”

The verb “to cram” is defined as “to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.” And Higgins has a lot of company at IUP when it comes to cramming.

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Reporters for The HawkEye continue winning ways

Journalism students Rachel Jones, left; Caitlin Birch, center, and Angela Lupinetti display awards received April 2 in Hershey from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Photo by Becky Jones.

Journalism students Rachel Jones, left; Caitlin Birch, center, and Angela Lupinetti display awards received April 2 in Hershey from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Photo by Becky Jones.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania journalism students Rachel H. Jones, Caitlin E. Birch and Angela E. Lupinetti were honored at the annual Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Collegiate Keystone Awards luncheon on April 2 in Hershey.

Their series of Civic Project stories on strained town-gown relations in Indiana, Pa., were published Dec. 28, 2013, in The HawkEye.

The press association awarded them second-place collegiate Keystone Awards in the Public Service/Enterprise category.

Journalism professor David Loomis, Ph.D., editor of The HawkEye, praised the students’ investigative work for his News Reporting class and noted that the contest included Temple and Penn State universities, two of the state’s largest institutions.

“Our winners faced some pretty stiff competition,” Loomis said. “But the quality of their reporting and the multimedia presentation seemed to impress the Keystone jury.”

Loomis said this year’s winners continued a string of awards for stories published in The HawkEye. Five times Civic Project stories have been submitted to the Keystone competition, and five times they have won either first- or second-place honors.

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Lobbying for a farmers market; remembering the Holocaust

The Hawk Report, March 30, 2014

Indiana County Farmers Market director Chloe Drew, with daughter Madelyn and dog Rocco. Submitted photo.

Indiana County Farmers Market director Chloe Drew, with daughter Madelyn and dog Rocco. Submitted photo.

The March 30 broadcast of The Hawk Report featured interviews with citizens involved in the Indiana County Farmers Market’s proposed move to a new centrally located park downtown and with a reporter who covered a well-attended campus presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

First: Indiana borough council prepares to vote on a proposal to move a midweek farmers market from its cramped space at Eighth and Church streets to the new IRMC Park at Seventh and Philadelphia streets. Proponents say the new park is perfect for community- and family-oriented events like theirs. But opposition is evident among council members and the proprietor of a North Seventh Street funeral home. Hawk Report Producer Kelsey Breunig reviews the proposal and previews the council’s April 8 vote.

Second, Hawk Report producer Dave Gershgorn interviews Sam Sullivan, a staff reporter for the IUP student newspaper The Penn, who elaborates on Monday’s well-attended guest lecture by a survivor of the Holocaust.

Listen to the March 30 edition of The Hawk Report.

The Hawk Report invites listener and reader comments. Contact faculty adviser David Loomis, Ph.D., at doloomis@iup.edu.

Next scheduled broadcast of The Hawk Report: Sunday, April 13, 2014, at noon on WIUP-FM 90.1.  A podcast of the broadcast will be posted here on The HawkEye.

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IUPatty’s delivers culture punch to international student

Tore Økland. Photo by Ethan Brogan.

Tore Økland. Photo by Ethan Brogan.

By Ethan Brogan

INDIANA — On Sunday, March 9, at about 2
a.m., Tore Økland, 22, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania finance and legal studies foreign-exchange student, walked from a house party near Giant Eagle Express on South Seventh Street to his residence near The Pita Pit at Philadelphia and Eighth streets. Around him, IUPatty’s, the annual student revel, was winding down.

Upon entering the parking lot behind his apartment building,  Økland later recounted, he saw two men beating a third man on the ground. Økland went to intervene. He was greeted with a fist to the back of his head that knocked him unconscious.

At that moment, Økland had been talking on his cell phone with his girlfriend, IUP nursing student Alexandra N. Manning, who recalled in an interview that she was just down the street approaching Økland’s apartment on foot. When Manning reached Økland, she dialed 911.
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Civic improvements: Progressives and Greeks

The Hawk Report, March 9, 2014

Gerald E. Smith (left) and Eric M. Barker (right) at the Indiana Theater during the Feb. 21 Center for Community Growth showing of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” Photo by Kelsey Breunig.

Gerald E. Smith (left) and Eric M. Barker at the Indiana Theater during the Feb. 21 Center for Community Growth showing of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” Photo by Kelsey Breunig.

The March 9 broadcast of The Hawk Report featured interviews with local progressives and campus Greeks separately seeking community improvements.

First: “Smile When You Say Liberal”: Indiana, Pa., progressives Gerald Smith and Eric Barker are active in the recent local revival of the left-leaning Center for Community Growth. They have organized a film series now screening at the downtown Indiana Theater. The “Forging Connections for Change” series features five films with progressive themes, including live panel discussions, through May 31. Producer Kelsey Breunig talks with Smith and Barker about their agendas, both cinematic and political.

Second, “Greeks Bearing Trash Bags”: Indiana University of Pennsylvania administrators and others have worked to prevent what critics have called “rowdiness” among IUP students during such annual revels as Homecoming 2013 and IUPatty’s 2014. How did that work for the March 6-8 party weekend? Producer Dave Gershgorn reports from the front lines of the mop brigade as administrators and representatives of campus Greek social organizations on Sunday morning cleaned sidewalks and streets of the mess left after IUP’s latest party weekend.

Listen to the March 9 Hawk Report.

The Hawk Report invites listener and reader comments. Contact faculty adviser David Loomis, Ph.D., at doloomis@iup.edu.

Next scheduled broadcast of The Hawk Report: Sunday, March 30, 2014, at noon on WIUP-FM 90.1.

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