‘Inclusion’ draws campus administrators, faculty, students

IUP President Michael A. Driscoll addresses a crowd of more than 60 gathered in front of the campus library on Thursday night in a demonstration of support for racial and religious inclusion. Photo by Logan Hullinger.

IUP President Michael A. Driscoll addresses a crowd of more than 60 gathered in front of the campus library on Thursday night in a demonstration of support for racial and religious inclusion. Photo by Logan Hullinger.

By Logan Hullinger

INDIANA –- On Thursday night, Indiana University of Pennsylvania administrators, faculty members and students doubled down on campus efforts to fight discrimination, during a “Vigil for Inclusion” in front of the campus library. The group held light sticks against a damp, windy night with temperatures in the mid-30s.

IUP President Michael A. Driscoll addressed the group and repeated the phrase “the IUP way,” a refrain borrowed from his hour-long Nov. 11 mid-semester speech That speech defined the phrase as “we know how to disagree with respect and civility . . . The IUP way is what sets us apart from everyone and everywhere else, so it seems right now.”

Rachelle R. Bouchat, an assistant professor of mathematics, and Theodore M. “Ted” Cogar, assistant director of student conduct and LGBTQIA advocacy, organized the event.

It was the second of the day at the spot overlooking the Oak Grove. Earlier in the afternoon, the Racial Justice Coalition for Change led another in a series of monthly Stand Against Racism events that began in January.

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News media, IUP students and the strike

An Opinion

Nikki Santiago, from her Facebook page.

Nikki Santiago, from her Facebook page.

By Nikki Santiago

INDIANA — As a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I have been grouped into the stereotypical party group from the start because, after all, IUP is a party school. For example, Pittsburgh-based Niche.com, a ranking and review website, ranks IUP among its top party schools in Pennsylvania and rates it B-plus in access to bars.

Family and friends, who for whatever reason decide to mention this fact whenever my parents are present, have bestowed this stereotype upon me. I usually roll my eyes and mumble under my breath that even though, yes, I do go out, that’s not all I do.

But how could I blame them when that’s how news media portray us? Following the 2014 IUPatty’s fiasco and chaos on frat row, my mom called me and asked whether I had been there.

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The Trump rally in Johnstown

An Opinion

Eve McInerney. Photo by David Loomis.

Eve McInerney. Photo by David Loomis.

By Eve McInerney

INDIANA — Friday, Oct. 21, was the beginning of a weekend which saw both presidential candidates visit Pennsylvania. This is one of the most important swing states in the election, and they came to fight for undecided voters. It was on this day that I traveled to Johnstown, to attend a rally for Donald Trump.

On my journey into Johnstown I was struck by the human landscape, dominated as it was by derelict factories, and by artifacts showing the mining history of this fascinating city. It felt like taking a step into a museum of America’s proud industrial past. It also felt like a city which was stuck in time, still trying to find its place in the 21st century economy.

Johnstown was in many ways the perfect place to witness Donald Trump, a man who has undoubtedly appealed to the victims of American deindustrialization and of globalization. His appeals to forestall the export of American industrial jobs must have been music to the ears of the people of Flood City.

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Poll: Plurality of IUP students prefer Clinton

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, presidential debate, Hofstra University, Sept. 26, 2016. Courtesy Daily Mail.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, presidential debate, Hofstra University, Sept. 26, 2016. Courtesy Daily Mail.

By Logan Hullinger

INDIANA – A plurality of Indiana University of Pennsylvania students are registered and ready to vote for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, according to a recent email survey.

The Qualtrics survey, sent to 2,500 undergraduate students Oct. 3-24, found:

* 91 percent of respondents said they are registered to vote.

* 40 percent said Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is their choice in next week’s general election.

* 30 percent said Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is their choice.

* 12 percent said they supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

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Critic faults ‘liberal’ IUP campus-climate study

Campus-climate-study critic Anthony T. Petrucelli, a sophomore political-science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at Stapleton Library, Sept. 23, 2016. Photo by Logan Hullinger.

Campus-climate-study critic Anthony T. Petrucelli, a sophomore political-science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at Stapleton Library, Sept. 23, 2016. Photo by Logan Hullinger.

By Logan Hullinger

INDIANA – A yearlong study of the cultural climate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania found an atmosphere that is comfortable for most and colder for some, its lead researchers reported last month. But according to one campus critic, the study pushes “a liberal agenda.”

Melanie D. Hildebrandt, Ph.D., and Melissa L. Swauger, Ph.D., assistant sociology professors at IUP, summarized the study’s findings in a Sept. 15 presentation at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Hildebrandt and Swauger led the study and authored the results along with a team of researchers.

A survey of IUP students and faculty members began in 2015, received 1,171 responses and was followed by 178 individual interviews conducted by Swauger.

The study concluded that members of religious, racial and sexual minority groups find the campus uncomfortable, Hildebrandt said.

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Senate candidates debate — by text message

Tony DeLoreto, Democratic candidate for the 41st District state Senate seat, Philadelphia Street, Indiana, Pa., Oct. 11, 2016. Photo by David Loomis.

Tony DeLoreto, Democratic candidate for the 41st District state Senate seat, Philadelphia Street, Indiana, Pa., Oct. 11, 2016. Photo by David Loomis.

By The HawkEye staff

Since January, state Sen. Donald C. “Don” White, R-41st, and Democratic challenger Tony DeLoreto, an Indiana restaurateur, exchanged scores of private cell-phone text messages that reveal unedited banter ranging from political issues to personal insults.

During the eight-month period, the candidates largely avoided each other in public, although they spoke separately at an annual meeting of the Indiana County Farm Bureau on Sept. 22. Recently they agreed to three debates, beginning later this month. The election is Nov. 8.

DeLoreto released the text messages in the form of screen shots in early October. He and his campaign staff also produced a transcript.

DeLoreto said a “slur” prompted him to release the exchange.

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A Briton endorses Clinton

An Opinion

Eve McInerney. Photo by David Loomis.

Eve McInerney. Photo by David Loomis.

By Eve McInerney

This is not just another election. This is an important moment in the story of the nation. Americans are asked to choose between two major candidates who represent alternative realities.

As a British citizen, I cannot vote for U.S. president. But I feel strongly that I have a stake in the outcome of the American election.

The candidate I endorse, Hillary Clinton, represents the mainstream of American life. She believes in a strong America. But she believes that America’s place in the world should not be based primarily on its military power. She believes that America is a great nation. But she believes that improvements are also necessary.

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‘My second time being shot’: Carriage House gunshot victim

Shooting victim Andre S. Arrington, 19, an IUP criminology major from Erie, shows the wound he suffered on Sept. 3. Photo by Amelia Atkins.

Shooting victim Andre S. Arrington, 19, an IUP criminology major from Erie, shows the wound he suffered on Sept. 3. Photo by Amelia Atkins.

By Amelia Atkins

INDIANA – The party at Carriage House Apartments was winding down at about 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, the start of Labor Day weekend. More than 50 people, many of them students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, were packed in the party’s second-floor apartment. More congregated outside the building.

That’s where Andre S. Arrington, 19, an IUP criminology major from Erie, was helping an intoxicated friend as they prepared to head home for the night, he said. Then, they heard the gunshots.

Arrington recalled hearing about 30 shots. Police reported about 40. The crowd stampeded.

As he and his friend ran, too, Arrington said he felt a blow.

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The coldest homicide case in Indiana County

A Civic Project story

Pauline Fumea Alexander at her kitchen table in her Blairsville home, August 4, 2016. Photo by David Loomis.

Pauline Fumea Alexander at her kitchen table in her Blairsville home, August 4, 2016. Photo by David Loomis.

By The HawkEye staff

BLAIRSVILLE — Pauline Fumea Alexander, 79, has known who murdered her husband since a couple of teenage boys found his decomposing bullet-riddled remains by a swimming hole near here on a broiling Sept. 23, 1985.

“He was the last person to see my husband alive,” Alexander said over coffee and pie on May 19 at Dean’s Diner on U.S. Route 22. “And he wouldn’t take a lie detector.”

Alexander’s allegations regale a group of regulars gathered around her vinyl and Formica booth, a Greek chorus recalling the killing, accusing their prime suspect and recounting the confrontations that have shadowed him here ever since, they say. The man they suspect, a Blairsville resident, has had run-ins with local authorities for offenses that range from moving violations to drug violations, police and court records report.

But Pauline Alexander says she does not know why authorities have not arrested the man she suspects of killing her husband, David John “Dave” Alexander, 34, an informant for a county-based state police drug-investigation task force, on the night of Sept. 16, 1985. Hundreds of times she has asked local, state and federal officials for information about the case, she says. The answers vary depending on when and whom she asks.

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The gunfire at Carriage House

By The HawkEye staff

INDIANA – News accounts attributed to local police and a spokeswoman for Indiana University of Pennsylvania reported that as many as 40 gunshots were fired during a late-night melee at an off-campus apartment development last weekend. A 19-year-old IUP student was injured by a bullet, and two cars were hit, according to the news accounts.

The student was treated and released from a Pittsburgh hospital.

One resident of the Carriage House apartments recorded the sound of several of the shots.

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