March 2012 Archives

March 28, 2012

Crowd copy.jpg  Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, many wearing hooded sweatshirts, gathered at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in front of Pratt Hall on the northern end of the IUP campus. Photo by Marlene Rivera.













By Marlene Rivera

INDIANA -- One month after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin  in Florida, Lauren P. Hamilton, 20, a sophomore psychology major, decided Monday to organize a commemorative hoodie march at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, thanks to a social-media-assisted promotional blitz, a crowd of more than a hundred showed up at 8 p.m. at Pratt Hall, drawn to the event by banners, speeches, poetry and song.

 "No justice!  No peace!"  marchers chanted.


March 28, 2012

Bomb Squad.jpg  An Allegheny County bomb squad member approaches what Indiana borough police described as a "suspicious" package on Tuesday in front of the Indiana County Courthouse on Philadelphia Street. Photo by Crispin Havener.


By Crispin Havener


INDIANA -- Borough police closed a section of the main street in the downtown business district for several hours Tuesday after a gift-wrapped package was spotted on the sidewalk in front of the Indiana County Courthouse.


Police also called in the Allegheny County bomb squad to investigate what police called a  "suspicious" box shortly after 10 a.m. Borough police closed off Philadelphia Street between Eighth and Ninth streets for more than four hours at midday.

March 28, 2012

Rob Boston.jpg  First Amendment author Robert "Rob"Boston. Photo by Charlene S. Wilson-Adams

By Andrew Hesner


INDIANA -- Print news may not be so profitable as it was in the recent past. But the future of journalism is bright, a 1985 Indiana University of Pennsylvania alum and First Amendment activist told a standing-room-only campus crowd at the Hadley Union Building on Monday.


Robert "Rob" Boston49, a senior policy analyst at Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State  and a 1985 IUP journalism alumnus, spoke to about 80 students, largely journalism majors, about job prospects and career opportunities at an afternoon event sponsored by the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


"More outlets [are] spreading news, spreading positions and advocating," said Boston, in a tie and navy blazer. "But not all of them have figured out ways to make money. And that certainly is affecting writers."

March 20, 2012

An Opinion

Gerald Smith.jpg  Gerald E. Smith


By Gerald E. Smith


At the Wednesday night, March 14, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hearing in Homer City on the proposed scrubbers at the Homer City Power Plant, I was among the small group of community members who, thanks to inflammatory remarks from state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, had to be escorted to the parking lot by security guards for our own protection.


Before that, I heard speaker after speaker state what I know is true -- that folks in Indiana County are hard-working, skilled people who deserve family-wage jobs. I live in Indiana with my family. I support community growth and organized labor, and I appreciate that nothing builds community like good jobs.

March 20, 2012

The HawkEar's third radio-news show of the spring season featured a preview of the 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference scheduled for Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 23-25, 2012.

Interviewees include IUP English professor James M. "Jim" Cahalan, an organizer of the event, and Si Kahn, singer-songwriter and conference keynoter.  Hear Kahn's songs "Government on Horseback" and "Talking Politician" from his "Politics" recording.  Reporters:  Jake Williams and Charlene Wilson-Adams.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-2013 K-12 school-funding budget means adjustments for Indiana County public school districts, including Penn's Manor and Indiana borough. Reporter: Sean Yoder.

Sports coverage included a roundup of IUP hoops, reported by Chris Galiszewski.

The HawkEar's next show is scheduled to air March 29, 2012, 4-5 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. David O. Loomis at the IUP Journalism Department, phone (724) 357-4411 or email .

Listen to the show.HawkEar March First.mp3.


HawkEar March First.mp3

March 8, 2012

APSCUF event.jpg  IUP psychology professor John A. Mills, Ph.D., distributes literature to students in front of Stapleton Library, March 7, 2012. Photo by David Loomis.

























By Tammy Stonecypher


INDIANA -- Hundreds of students and handfuls of professors convened an impromptu workshop on legislative lobbying in front of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania library on Wednesday. 


Around 10 a.m. professors propped up a white banner reading "United we stand, underfunded we fail" suspended over a folding table covered with postcards and literature -- and free candy.


For several hours in unseasonably warm and sunny weather, students bunched and read -- or grabbed and ran with -- postcards addressed to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and letters addressed to parents. One skateboarder sped past and took a handoff from a professor.

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