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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