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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Nadene A. L’Amoreaux, Ph.D., president of the IUP chapter of APSCUF, the statewide union of faculty members and coaches.
By Nadene A. L’Amoreaux
INDIANA – Next week, faculty members and coaches at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and our sister universities across the commonwealth will vote on whether to authorize a strike. We will vote in the face of a threat to college education in the state of Pennsylvania.
We grow increasingly discontented with a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that has failed to implore the General Assembly to adequately fund higher education. That has allowed tuition increases across the State System to place greater financial burden on students and their families, thereby making the possibility of higher education to become further out of reach for our students.
Pennsylvania ranks third highest in the nation for student loan debt. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, funding cuts are accompanied by tuition hikes and cuts in campus staff and programs, which in turn lead to decline in the quality of education. Cuts to our higher education system are making college less affordable and are threatening the quality of education students receive at the state’s public four-year and community colleges. Per-student funding for our public colleges and universities is 33 percent below 2008 levels, while tuition costs have increased more than $2,200. Only five states have cut higher education funding more than Pennsylvania (Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama).
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania police Sgt. Tami L. Cramer leads a class of faculty and staff on active-shooter response strategies. Photo by Ethan C. Brogan.
By Ethan C. Brogan
INDIANA –- Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff heard how to respond to a shooter who is attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area: Run. Hide. Fight. Some of the 17 who attended the Stephenson Hall session said it was good advice.
IUP police Sgt. Tami L. Cramer led the hour-long morning meeting using a Federal Emergency Management Agency online presentation that includes 48 slides and a six-minute video.
“We stress the importance of always being prepared,” Cramer said during the training.
Sutton Hall signage, July 2016. Photo by David Loomis.
By Ethan C. Brogan
INDIANA –- By summer’s end, Indiana University of Pennsylvania will have erected 2,000 new signs, including street, parking and disability guideposts, the administration reports.
L&H Sign Co. in Reading laid the groundwork for the Signage Project by digging an estimated 3,000 holes around the campus.
Sutton Hall signage, June 2016. Photo by David Loomis.
IUP adopted the project in 2012, according to June and July emails from Michelle S. Fryling, executive director of communications and media relations. Campus administrators approved the $1.4 million “complete navigation system” in 2015.
Ethan A. Isenberg, 25, of Homer City (left), and Chad A. Corle, 24, Justice S. Cowen, 14, and David C. Williams III, 28, of Indiana, play Pokemon Go on Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s campus, July 11. Photo by Ethan Brogan.
By Ethan Brogan
INDIANA –- Indiana University of Pennsylvania has become a hotspot for Pokémon Go.
Familiar name? It is the latest wrinkle of a wildly popular game that emerged from Japan in the 1990s, sparking “Pokemania” then. Since the updated, free-to-play, augmented-reality mobile game was released in selected countries on July 6, it has achieved “craze” status, The Wall Street Journal reported July 11. The phenomenon has boosted game-developer Nintendo’s stock value by $9 billion in a week.
And it drew more than 90 players to IUP’s campus in the wee hours of Sunday morning on the game’s debut weekend.