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December 3, 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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IU students conduct LGBTQIA+ health care needs survey to establish free student-run clinic

A group of students at the IU School of Medicine surveyed LGBTQ+ Indiana residents during the fall semester about their health care needs and experiences. The survey was designed to help the students establish a free LGBTQ+ health clinic in Bloomington. Keeley Newsom, a second-year medical student who co-led the effort for the study and the clinic, said the main purpose of the study, which received 312 responses, was to identify health care gaps in the region for those identifying as LGBTQ+ so that the clinic she and her classmates are seeking to establish integrates well into the resources that already exist. One of the barriers to health care access the survey found for the Bloomington LGBTQ+ community is a lack of trust over the medical provider respecting the patient's identity. ... Dr. Juan Carlos Venis, assistant professor of clinical family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, said physicians' use of inaccurate terminology such as referring to being gay as a lifestyle can discourage LGBTQ+ patients from accessing the care they need. ... "We shouldn't rely on our patients to be our teachers," Dr. Venis said.

Golf Digest

Why the lore of Bandon Dunes gets stronger with Sheep Ranch, our 2020 best new winner

The course-construction recession was considered a temporary squall, but course openings have remained maddeningly scarce over the past 10 years, and this year's class consists of just 15 graduates. But feeling that new course openings are now more newsworthy than ever, we've decided to proceed with the prize... Our third-place winner is the Pfau Course at Indiana University, another complete remodel, by Steve Smyers, of the school’s narrow, tree-lined 1950s-era layout. Smyers' views on classical strategy have changed in recent years, particularly as they relate to elite players, and at Pfau he put his evolving design theories into practice. ... The holy grail of golf design has always been to create courses that optimize the greatest fun for the greatest number, but that can also challenge the game’s best. Pfau becomes an attractive addition to that ongoing quest, and along with Sheep Ranch and Troubadour, represents the latest chapter -- so far -- in the never-ending story of American golf design.

Journal Review

Concert promoter compiling Indiana's rock history online

When (IUPUI alum) Steve Sybesma launched the Indiana Rock History website and Facebook group this summer, he was more than a music fan compiling decades of concerts in a database. Sybesma played a large role in thousands of shows that happened in Indiana, thanks to his time as co-owner of concert company Sunshine Promotions from 1974 to 2000. As the ultimate live music insider, Sybesma is sharing event details that can't be found anywhere else. Beyond the basics of a concert's date, headlining performer and supporting acts, the Indiana Rock History project frequently discloses attendance figures, what artists were paid and how much money was collected in ticket sales. ... The Indiana Rock History project carries legitimacy ... because of Sybesma's involvement. More than 1,100 people have joined the Facebook group. ... Sunshine was given the opportunity to work with the Rolling Stones when their tour visited Bloomington and Louisville. At IU's Assembly Hall, $140,000 in tickets were sold and the band was paid $93,000. ... Sybesma said he devoted 60-hour weeks to entering the first batch of concert dates online. Keeping up with new entries also takes time, but Sybesma is eager to fill in gaps in the state's live music story.

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CBS-2 Chicago

As COVID-19 spreads, Indiana ICU beds fill: 'We just can't sustain this pace'

A normal work week is a thing of the past for hospital workers in Indiana as days stretch to 14 to 16 hours, sometimes for 15 days in a row. Open ICU beds are scarce as hospitalizations in the state have tripled since October. Now the concern is that the Thanksgiving spike is just delayed a bit. "We just can't sustain this pace," said Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "The problem is all of us working in the hospitals are staring down doing this for the next who knows how long." CBS 2 looked into available ICU bed data in Northwest Indiana. Around Labor Day 40% were available, but in the three months since, it's more than cut in half. Of the 242 total ICU beds in the region, only 48 are avaialble. And for the first time more than half in those beds are COVID patients.

Education Week

Schools could see U-turn on civil rights under Biden

Under a new administration, civil rights activists want to see a dramatic U-turn from the past four years. But it's more than just bringing back some of the guidance from the Obama administration, they say: The coronavirus pandemic has deepened inequities between student groups and the Black Lives Matter protest has brought historical attention to these disparities. Civil rights advocates say the department has a role to play in addressing those issues. ... The Civil Rights data collection, conducted every two years and encapsulating data from all of the nation's public schools, offers one of the deepest looks at the state of public education. The Education Department said it will delay the data collection that would cover the 2019-20 school year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But even before this announcement, some were concerned that the data has been messy and thus hard to use for guiding policy or underpinning litigation by advocates. ... "The CRDC is our main collection of data on early-childhood and preschool discipline. In fact, in one of the more recent reports prior to the Trump administration, one of the big pieces of news was that there was disproportionality in suspensions in preschool," said Russell Skiba, a professor in counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University-Bloomington. "It was certainly one of the most striking things to take out any data about suspension and expulsion at this point, but especially to take out disaggregated data."

Fox 59

Elementary, middle school students falling behind in math during the pandemic

A new study found many low-income and minority students were absent from fall school assessments. Researchers with NWEA analyzed data from nearly 4.4 million U.S. students, including 223,000 Hoosiers, in grades 3-8. The company, which administers standardized "MAP" testing, said the missing data complicates efforts to measure the pandemic’s impacts on students. "The number of students taking the test this year is substantially lower than what we've seen in the past," said Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Jessica Calarco. Calarco said the students likely missing from the data are students that come from disproportionately disadvantaged backgrounds -- like students from low-income families and students of color. "Many students in rural areas in Indiana don't have access to the kinds of high-speed internet that they need to get connected," said Calarco. Calarco said missing data could lead to a false sense of hope regarding the impact the pandemic has had on children.

Kentucky New Era

The pandemic lays bare our information problems

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent U.S. politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes. The coronavirus has wreaked untold suffering and damage to this country through the deaths it's caused, the illness it's produced, the strain it has placed on the lives and well-being of health care workers, and the incredible damage it's done to the livelihoods and prospects of millions of Americans. It has been able to do this because we had a major failure of government. ... Today, people stick to the news sources they agree with, creating a muddle of American public opinion and making it extremely difficult for policy makers to find the common ground needed to accomplish difficult and ambitious policy goals. This is a significant challenge for the United States, and we have got to get on top of it sooner rather than later.


Jana Hocking on why men should always pay on the first date

Equality might dictate that it's fair to go Dutch but a Sydney radio producer says if a man doesn't pay, he doesn't get a second date. Now listen, I am well aware that I'm going to have to ignore my DMs after this comes out, and completely avoid the cesspit known as Twitter all together, as this topic seems to really stir people up, but let's look at it from an evolutionary point of view. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, said it perfectly in a recent chat when she said: "Women want to know if a man will spend his resources on her." Adding: "For millions of years they needed a partner to provide for their young, and they keep looking for that signal." It goes back to the caveman days. It's basically in our DNA. Not only that, but if you look at it from the current structure of society, in Australia in 2020, women are making only $0.81 for every dollar a man makes, based on ordinary full-time earnings.

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