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December 18, 2020
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IU Kelley School helps hundreds with HOPE digital project

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business says it has helped more than 360 small businesses and public organizations around the state through the Kelley HOPE Digital Project. Since May, IU has been working to provide no-cost assistance to organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project, which is in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the Indiana Small Business Development Centers, was designed to help small businesses and community organizations establish or increase their online presence and improve digital capabilities.

South Bend Tribune

Civil rights activist joins South Bend Board of Public Safety after president steps down

South Bend Board of Public Safety President John Collins has stepped down and will be replaced by Darryl Heller, a professor and civil rights activist who has criticized the board as weak on police oversight. ... Heller, the director of the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, was sworn in Monday. (Mayor James) Mueller said the first opening on the board during his tenure as mayor was a chance to build trust with the community. "I ran on reforming public safety systems and building greater trust between the community and city," he said. "I've known Darryl a number of years, and worked with him in previous roles and believe he is one who can really bring folks together and has important perspectives to share."

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The Indianapolis Star

How Pete Buttigieg's role as transportation secretary would boost presidential aspirations

Pundits say Buttigieg as a former mayor is well suited for the job,and the cabinet post would give the 38-year-old résumé-building opportunities and a chance to prove he belongs in Washington, if it goes well. "I think the critical thing to understand about this position is that in the past it has not been particularly high profile," said Elizabeth Bennion, a political science professor at Indiana University South Bend. "But right now, the signaling from Biden administration is that it will be a critical position, given these plans for a rebuilding of U.S. infrastructure." ... Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University Bloomington argued Secretary of Transportation historically hasn't been a major stepping stone -- and it could matter even less now. "It does give Mayor Buttigieg the chance to expand his policy portfolio -- something that, as a policy wonk, he undoubtedly relishes," Hershey said. "I think our traditional expectations about political leaders rising through the ranks by gaining positions known to be 'key' are not so relevant now that we've seen someone move from a platform consisting mainly of self-promotion to the presidency of the United States."

The Christian Science Monitor

Will election become a new 'lost cause' for evangelical conservatives?

While the judiciary has said the law and evidence come down decidedly on one side, "I've seen a lot of historians and others say that we will probably watch a new 'lost cause' kind of mythmaking basically happen in real time now, just like with the Civil War what happened in the South," says Andrew Whitehead, professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. It is a framework with which he agrees. "A lot of people are trying to understand this current cultural moment in light of religious history, given how widespread support for President Trump remains, and what this might mean," he continues.

Fox 59

Indiana businesses hope for relief from potential COVID relief package

As legislators in Washington, D.C. continue to negotiate a potential COVID-19 relief bill, small businesses in Indiana patiently wait for help. ... "These events are always harder on smaller business because their pockets are not as deep, and these create fixed costs are harder for a smaller company to absorb," explained Indiana University economics professor Eric Schansberg. He believes any funding must go to those who need it most, including any potential stimulus checks. The handout was a key part of the last round of COVID relief, but has been added and removed from a potential bill several times. "My job was unaffected, I shouldn't have gotten that stimulus check," said Schansberg.

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