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August 7, 2020
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Big News

Extended schedule, drive-thru check-in will keep students, staff safe during IU Bloomington move-in

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Fox 59.

IU Voices in the News


AUDIO: Health experts: COVID-19 crisis is far from over

States continue to reopen, but the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, according to experts on Indiana Public Broadcasting's All IN talk show. The experts discussed the current state of the pandemic and how state officials have responded -- as well as the need for more data. Indiana paused its phased opening plan as positive cases began to rise. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' Josh Vest says there has been a resurgence in cases across the country and there is still active transmission in the community. ... Brian Dixon, director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute and professor of epidemiology at (the Fairbanks) School of Public Health (at IUPUI), says collecting race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 cases is challenging. ... All IN also spoke with Shandy Dearth, director of epidemiology education at (the Fairbanks) School of Public Health.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Some St. Louis students are switching to private schools to attend class in person

No public school in St. Louis city or county will open five days a week to all students this fall. No private school is likely to open 100% online. School reopening plans are creating a scenario where in-person learning is mostly available to those who pay for it. The situation has renewed discussions around inequality in education as school leaders acknowledge that virtual school is less effective academically for most students. Virtual school "puts a huge burden on parents with limited time, resources and academic knowledge," said Jessica Calarco, an associate professor at Indiana University who studies schools and inequality. In addition to the strain on families, the diverging reopening plans can have a negative impact on employers if parents have to assist with virtual learning, Calarco said. "This pandemic has made deeply clear how dependent our economy is on public schools," she said.


Stress experts say 'Go outside!'

Does the state of the world have you feeling more stressed out? A stress expert says it's time to take some time off. Going on vacation right now might not seem like a possibility, but a local stress expert says it's doable. "Especially right now, it's important because of COVID-19," said Dr. Evan Jordan, Indiana University, Department of Health & Wellness. "Right now, everyone is experiencing a lot of additional stress, so it's especially important to take a vacation but probably do them a little bit different than you've done before." He said he's not advocating for a week-long trip to Disney in Florida. "Yeah, it might mean vacation, not travel," Dr. Jordan said."You can actually do a vacation in all sorts of different places in your own neighborhood. Around Indianapolis, there is a ton of great parks and a ton of great green spaces."

The Korea Times

Keeping secrets: 'I am hiding that I am a K-pop fan'

Why do people raise eyebrows at K-pop followers? Experts gave some possible reasons. "Fans of pop culture are often derided for having low-brow taste," CedarBough Saeji, a visiting assistant professor of Korean Culture at Indiana University in the U.S., said in a recent email interview with The Korea Times. "The most destructive narrative is the one that dismisses all K-pop fans as immature little girls. I hate to see age and gender wielded like a weapon against K-pop fans."

The Telegraph

Could an army of Tik Tok teens really bring down the president?

K-pop is a dog-eat-dog business. Every year, up to 70 new groups debut, trying to dislodge one of the 50 or so already on the circuit, says CedarBough Saeji, an academic at Indiana University’s Institute for Korean Studies. ‘Most don’t even make it to the second release,’ she continues. ‘It’s 
a cut-throat market.’ One of the most popular at present is BTS, a boy band nicknamed The Korean Beatles. Earlier this year, their album Map of the Soul: 7 sold four million copies before it was even released. ... This obsessive devotion is in service of a BTS world view that few parents would disapprove of: the band espouses social consciousness and self-worth, and has partnered with Unicef on a campaign. ‘Their public behaviour is humble, they never cause a fuss, never punch a photographer, never trash a hotel room, never have sex with a groupie,’ says CedarBough Saeji. ‘These are good upstanding members of society ... someone you could take home to meet Mom.’

The Indianapolis Star

A cheating Olympian: Why honeysuckle does not play fair

When it comes to competing with others, honeysuckle is like an Olympic sprinter. On serious performance enhancing drugs. With a 20-meter head start. "They're just so good at getting all the resources for themselves," said Victoria Schmalfhofer, assistant director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. ... The roots of native plants are effective in holding soil together, preventing nutrients and sediments from being washed out during rains. However, honeysuckle's roots are shallow. When honeysuckle displaces native plants, its shallow roots leave soil particles at the mercy of the elements. "You now have this water moving over bare ground, and it's going to pick up sediment. When it makes its way into the streams it's going to have a higher sediment load," Schmalfhofer explained. "This sediment pollution is the major pollutant in Indiana waterways. Probably the major pollutant in a lot of waterways, across the country."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Commentary: Do not underestimate persistence, resolve of Black women

Written by Audrey T. McCluskey, Professor Emerita, African American and African diaspora studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. This month, we celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment that granted women suffrage. Although this constitutional addition transformed American politics -- like our present reckoning with long stymied racial equity -- it was a long and hard-fought battle. In the sweep of American history, we have overcome a lot and have elected a Black president. Now a woman occupying that office is no longer unthinkable. But as unextinguished embers of our dark history of racism and sexism erupt and smolder today, it is fitting to acknowledge forgotten Black women pathfinders.

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