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April 9, 2020
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU working on future celebration for grads

Indiana University's spring 2020 commencement is postponed, but it has not been canceled. And there's a chance the makeup celebration might be an even bigger party than what was originally planned. Exactly what will happen is still being worked out. But IU officials are open to suggestions from students and one particularly influential alumnus. Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, talked about organizing a series of concerts for spring 2020 graduates when he was interviewed for the Hoosier Hysterics podcast. The concerts would take place on college campuses after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. ... University officials have not spoken directly to Cuban about this plan, but they want to hear more about it, said Chuck Carney, IU spokesman. "He is a valuable IU alumnus and someone who obviously has the resources to make something like this happen," Carney said.

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Indianapolis Recorder

'Netflix and engage': viewing guide to Madam Walker series

Madam C.J. Walker is a legend. Born Sarah Breedlove, Walker worked as a laundress before becoming an entrepreneur and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the first female self-made millionaire in the country. Now, thanks to the Netflix original series "Self Made," Walker's story is being shared around the world. But how much of what the series shows about Walker is true? Tyrone Freeman, professor of philanthropic studies at IUPUI, studied Walker's life and philanthropy as part of his doctoral project. The series, he said, is a highly fictionalized adaptation of Walker's life. "It deviates significantly from the historical record," he said. "They made some decisions to add and develop new types of drama that aren't necessarily a part of her story. I was surprised, because Madam Walker's life was already dramatic and had a lot of highs and lows."

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The Conversation

Here's how Americans coped during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Melissa Cyders, associate professor of psychology, and Christiana Prestigiacomo and Melissa Liu, Ph.D. students in psychology, IUPUI. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life for Americans. How well are people across the country dealing with the new reality of closed businesses, shuttered schools, social distancing and the threat of the coronavirus itself? As psychology researchers, we decided to conduct an online survey to find out. On March 26, we asked 500 adults from age 19 to 78 a series of questions to help us better understand how Americans are mentally coping with the pandemic. The group represented 47 U.S. states and roughly matched the age, race and gender demographics of the nation. Though not yet peer-reviewed, these responses provide a snapshot of Americans' mental health as the coronavirus pandemic really started to ramp up, as well as a hint about groups who might struggle during this unprecedented time.


Indiana teachers fought for better pay. The coronavirus could mean cutbacks instead.

Experts say Indiana's schools are left particularly vulnerable, which creates the potential for future budget cuts and layoffs. "I just think the momentum is gone," said Ashlyn Nelson, an Indiana University professor who studies school finance. Indiana's revenue has already started to decline after the coronavirus closed a long list of non-essential businesses and prompted an ongoing stay-at-home order. ... Sales and income tax revenue depends entirely on how much people spend and how many people are employed -- two factors that change quickly when the economy downturns. "In situations like right now, where people aren't buying anything and a huge share of our tax base is unemployed, we aren't going to generate income and sales taxes," Nelson said.

Tribune Star

Patience advised: Recovery may be slower to evolve than hoped

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout in the economy and stock market, financial experts are urging people to be patient with their investments. Joseph Fitter, director of the Strategic Finance Academy at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, said now is not the time to be selling or cashing in a 401k savings plan, as the market has fallen 30 to 35 percent. While under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or "CARES Act," people can access 401k funds without penalty, people will still have to pay taxes on that money. "I don't recommend that. I don't recommend tapping the 401k as that is money set aside for long-term savings for retirement, and spending it now is not a wise decision [in the] long term," he said.

Indianapolis Business Journal

County privacy policies on COVID-19 cases creating tensions over transparency

Jim Sparks, director of geoinformatics for The Polis Center at IUPUI, said he understands why many residents want to know how many people infected with the virus are in their city or neighborhood. “We want to understand as individuals what our risk level is. The more granular that information is, the more comfortable we are in assessing our risk level as we move about our everyday lives," Sparks said. The Polis Center works to measure and improve community health, well-being and resilience by using geographic data to discern larger patterns. Despite that mission, Sparks said it's probably best for now to assume the virus is everywhere. ... Shandy Dearth, a lecturer and faculty member of the epidemiology department at IUPUI's Fairbanks School of Health, said health care experts work with local governments on a case-by-case basis to determine how much information is too much to disclose for a given population.

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