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, March 30, 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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Campus, business leaders prep for IUPatty’s party weekend

The Hawk Report, Feb. 23, 2014

Michael Driscoll

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Michael A. Driscoll speaks at a public forum in Gorrell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall, Feb. 26, 2014. Photo by Alaina Whoolery.

The Feb. 23 broadcast of The Hawk Report included interviews with town and gown leaders about prospects for the weekend of March 6-8, when Indiana University of Pennsylvania students plan annual IUPatty’s celebrations.

Producer Kelsey Breunig interviewed IUP President Michael Driscoll, Indiana borough council President Nancy Jones and IUP Student Government Association officer Elijah C. “Eli” Rosenthal about preparations to prevent the rowdiness of fall Homecoming weekends at IUP.

Among their remarks:

  • Borough council President Jones: “Nothing seems to happen if you get arrested. We need to take the next step.  I don’t know what that is.”
  • IUP President Driscoll: “We do a fair amount of enforcement.”
  • SGA official Rosenthal:  Look for “increased security.”

Producer Dave Gershgorn interviewed Downtown Indiana Inc. President and restaurateur Tim McQuaide about borough business interests and student revels. Among McQuaide’s remarks:

  • Borough security has amounted to a “police state” downtown.
  • To engage students in the “communiversity,” students “should reach out to us.”
  • Should local government pay alcohol-related businesses to shut down during St. Patrick’s Day party weekends (as practiced at Penn State University)? “Absolutely not.”

Listen to the Feb. 23 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 9, 2014, at noon on WIUP-FM 90.1.

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The Hawk Report debuts on WIUP-FM

The inaugural broadcast of The Hawk Report, a local broadcast-news program, aired Sunday, Feb. 9, on WIUP-FM 90.1, the independent, non-commercial radio station on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.

Dave Gershgorn and Kelsey Breunig, producers, The Hawk Report. Photo by Dave Loomis
Dave Gershgorn and Kelsey Breunig, producers, The Hawk Report. Photo by Dave Loomis

The half-hour, every-other-week show combines the best journalism of the campus newspaper The Penn, the online newspaper The HawkEye and the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to report timely news, features, profiles and analysis relevant to the community.

The Feb. 9 broadcast featured interviews of two local newsmakers:

Taralyn E. Federoff.  Photo by permission of The Penn

Taralyn E. Federoff. Photo by permission of The Penn

Taralyn E. Federoff, a senior IUP political-science and anthropology double major who last fall ran a competitive but unsuccessful write-in campaign for a seat on Indiana borough council to represent IUP students amid fractious town-gown relations. Producer Kelsey Breunig reports.

Marissa A. Olean. Photo by permission of The Penn

Marissa A. Olean. Photo by permission of The Penn

Marissa A. Olean, president of IUP’s Student Government Association, reviews a busy agenda, including paying students to fill empty seats at SGA meetings, changing SGA’s constitution, paying more than $20,000 of student funds for software that facilitates communication between student groups on campus, and more. Penn editor Dave Gershgorn reports.

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

Listen to the Feb. 9 Hawk Report.

Next scheduled broadcast of The Hawk Report: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, noon, on WIUP-FM 90.1.

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Borough residents: Rowdies lack respect

A Civic Project series: Town-gown relations wearing thin

Indiana University of Pennsylvania students gather on the 400 block of Fisher Avenue, Oct. 5, 2013, for a Homecoming party. Photo by Caitlin Birch.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania students gather on the 400 block of Fisher Avenue, Oct. 5, 2013, for a Homecoming party. Photo by Caitlin Birch.

By Caitlin Birch and Angela Lupinetti

INDIANA – When John and Lisa Avolio moved to South Seventh Street near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus 27 years ago, all their neighbors were families. Now, only five of their neighbors’ homes are single-family residences. The rest are occupied by college students.

“Three of my neighbors are widows,” said Lisa during an Oct. 10 telephone interview. “It’s hard for them, especially during Homecoming. They’re afraid.”

Ditto for the Avolios’ 5-year-old granddaughter, who is scared in her own home, Lisa said.
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IUP officials: Rowdies are a minority

A Civic Project series: Town-gown relations wearing thin

Ryan C. Murphy, fifth-year exercise-science senior, in Folger Food Court, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Nov. 7: “Yes, we’re a party school, but not everybody goes out.” Photo by Rachel Jones.

Ryan C. Murphy, fifth-year exercise-science senior, in Folger Food Court, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Nov. 7: “Yes, we’re a party school, but not everybody goes out.” Photo by Rachel Jones.

By Rachel Jones

INDIANA — Ryan C. Murphy, a fifth-year senior exercise-science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, lives in a residential neighborhood off campus near Stright Hall.  He says he rarely talks to his older, year-round-resident neighbors, and a lot of other students don’t either.

“Many of the students keep to themselves, and the residents do the same thing,” Murphy said in a Nov. 7 interview at Folger Food Court.

Increasingly, however, such unfamiliarity is breeding contempt, particularly among voters in neighborhoods near the IUP campus.

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Oak Grove preachers spark raucous debate

Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus police monitor an unidentified member of a traveling group of evangelical preachers in the Oak Grove in front of Leonard Hall at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Tia Kordell.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus police monitor an unidentified member of a traveling group of evangelical preachers in the Oak Grove in front of Leonard Hall at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Tia Kordell.

By Tia Kordell

INDIANA –- A group of traveling evangelist preachers on Tuesday afternoon drew a rowdy crowd to the Oak Grove, where campus police responded to raucous debates over such issues as homosexuality.  Officers intervened but made no arrests, a university spokeswoman said.

“People were civil, and they were loud,” spokeswoman Michelle S. Fryling said Wednesday. “There were no arrests or injuries.”

The group travels a college-campus circuit to preach in the open about Christianity, said group member Michael Marcavage in a 2:30 p.m. Tuesday interview outside Leonard Hall.

“The core message we bring is to love God and to love our neighbor,” Marcavage said. “That’s why we’re out here today.”
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Macroeconomic lessons for Tea Party members

An opinion

Everett Dembosky

Everett Dembosky

By Everett Dembosky

Because of low voter turnout in 2010, Tea Party candidates were elected to Congress.  Their positions are now secured by gerrymandering, a perversion of democracy whereby politicians now pick the voters instead of the voters picking the politicians.  The mainstream GOP has come to regret the albatross that is now around its neck.

Confusing microeconomics (the way individuals and businesses operate) with macroeconomics (the aggregate national economy), Tea Party congressmen and -women demonstrate ignorance in telling their constituents that the debt is going to drive the United States to bankruptcy.
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Warning: ‘This school will make you fat’

1)Mark Edgar, former food services director for Aramark at Foster Dining Hall on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, says students overindulge at all-you-can-eat dining facilities.  Submitted photo.

Mark Edgar, former food services director for Aramark at Foster Dining Hall on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, says students overindulge at all-you-can-eat dining facilities. Submitted photo.

A Civic Project series: Aramark chronicles

By Hillary Clark

INDIANA — On a rainy morning in March, Mark Edgar, 52, of Indiana, sat at a small table in Giant Eagle Express and recalled a career in institutional food service. He worked for various companies for 36 years, 15 of them at university dining facilities. Until November, he was food services director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Aramark, the university’s long-time contractor.

Edgar grinned at the thought of “the freshman 15,” the weight gained by students during their first year of college. Nutrition provided at on-campus dining facilities is not the problem, he said; it’s selection. Students gain weight because they have too many food options.

All-you-can-eat dining halls, like those at IUP, are reminiscent of a scene from the 1978 movie “Animal House,” Edgar said. John Belushi’s character overloads his lunch tray to overflowing.

Real students do the same, Edgar said. They don’t read nutritional information. Under stress, they overeat.

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