Monthly Archives: October 2020

An open letter to local lawmakers

INDIANA, Pa. Oct. 30, 2020 Dear Sen. Pittman and Rep. Struzzi: Hope you are well. Maybe you caught the online videos and live streams this week of IUP students and faculty members protesting in the Oak Grove. At a microphone … Continue reading

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IUP: You’re cutting Journalism in this political climate?

An opinion By Marty Weaver INDIANA — When I woke up on a Friday morning and learned that my home since I transferred in spring 2019 – the IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department — was on the chopping block, … Continue reading

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The Driscoll video: an apology, an emergency

By David Loomis INDIANA — As protesters prepared to publicly shame him in the Oak Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Michael Driscoll posted a seven-minute video addressed to them. He opened with an apology — for … Continue reading

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‘IUP NextGen’: not ‘student centered’

An opinion By Kyle Heide INDIANA — IUP NextGen is President Michael Driscoll’s plan to take Indiana University of Pennsylvania into the future. You read that and might think things like progress, innovation or transcendence. Yet, the flashy name is … Continue reading

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President Driscoll: Reconsider!

An opinion By Megan Heise  INDIANA — I shouldn’t be writing this right now. I should be working on my course homework — revisions to an academic paper for publication and the creation of a sample course design for a … Continue reading

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Student protests preempt IUP Halloween axe

By David Loomis INDIANA – Graduate voice major Bridget E. Sagolla-Slamp helped organize the #ShameOnIUP coalition of students seeking “to save our programs, professors and staff” from the university’s axe. The coalition posted petitions online a week before the Oct. … Continue reading

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Local election 2020: critiquing a candidates debate

  A review By David Loomis INDIANA – Four white guys running for seats in the state legislature to represent Indiana County debated on an Oct. 15 webcast sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. Lincoln-Douglas it wasn’t. Neither was … Continue reading

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A different narrative on downsizing faculty

Following are prepared remarks delivered Oct. 14 by faculty union president Jamie S. Martin, Ph.D., to a virtual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Martin represents faculty members at 14 PASSHE university … Continue reading

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Local election 2020: the economy

Coronavirus Diary By David Loomis INDIANA – At Indiana Feed and Supply, second-generation owner Ken Marcoaldi has been catering to homeowners and  “hobby farmers” (“the bulk of my business”) without need for federal Covid-19 relief. “We were not entitled to … Continue reading

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Caution: partisan ‘reform’ of Pennsylvania elections

By Anne E. Simmons INDIANA – A measure in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives proposes to establish a “Select Committee on Election Integrity” composed of three Republican representatives and two Democrat representatives to investigate, review and make findings and recommendations … Continue reading

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