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The post-election agenda in Pennsyltucky

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – Local election returns confirm at least one thing: Indiana County voters turned out to set a latter-day record. Two cheers for civic participation and engagement. But what do voters want? Trump lost Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Indiana County’s post-election codas

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – Joe Biden’s win last week sent Philly dancing in the streets to Martha and the Vandellas’ eponymous 1964 anthem. But down-ballot, it looked more like David Crosby’s 1968 lament: “It appears to be… … Continue reading

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Covid-19, IUP retrenchment and the local real estate market

INTERNET NEWS ITEM: 20 U.S. Cities with the Greatest Uptick in Home Sales During COVID-19 #10. Indiana, PA Average rate of monthly home sales April-July: 46.33% Average number of new listings per month: 53 Median sale price (July 2020): $135K Source: https://insurify.com/insights/cities-with-greatest-pandemic-real-estate-booms/  By Wayne … Continue reading

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IUP Journalism numbers don’t add up

Retrenchment journal By Tim Hayes PITTSBURGH — The administration at IUP has stated that it intends to make IUP a “STEM University,” stressing science, technology, engineering, and math.  All fine and good.   But in the process, it has in … Continue reading

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PASSHE ‘redesign’: a blow to democracy

Retrenchment journal By Susan Comfort INDIANA — I cannot stop thinking about the PASSHE redesign plan and faculty retrenchments at IUP and across the system. This assault on IUP in particular delivers a harsh blow to democracy and prospects for … Continue reading

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Fact-check your media – local media, too

An opinion By Sara Stewart INDIANA — As we head into Election Day, the glut of online and print disinformation that has plagued our culture in recent years looks likely to multiply exponentially. There’s never been a better time to … Continue reading

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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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