May 2012 Archives

May 31, 2012

A Civic Project story

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May 31 screenshot of IUP SGA website shows no meeting minutes for academic year 2011-2012.













By Andrew N. Williams

INDIANA -- Amber N. Sherman began co-advising the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Government Association in the fall of 2010. During her tenure, she said she has seen the SGA website improve.


"The website has actually come a long way since 2010," said Sherman, assistant director of student life, conduct and engagement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in a March 29 email. "It just isn't maintained and/or updated as frequently as it should be."

May 31, 2012

A Civic Project story

By Joseph Stango


INDIANA -- Benjamin J. Ferra understands the dangers of texting while driving. But he does it anyway.


"I almost wrecked before, but I still do it," said Ferra, 29, a 2009 hospitality-management graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, during a May 3 interview at an Oakland Avenue pizzeria opposite the campus.


He said he texts out of necessity. 

May 22, 2012

A Civic Project story

By Tammy Stonecypher


INDIANA -- Amanda L. Musachio, 18, of Massapequa, N.Y., was excited early this year when Indiana University of Pennsylvania accepted her into its deaf-education program.  But within weeks her excitement turned to disillusionment when a March 5 letter from the university's admissions director told her deaf ed no longer was offered.


She was crushed.

May 18, 2012

A Civic Project story

Negrete Negrete Everson.jpg Stephen L. Negrete, daughter Cassidy M. Negrete and Shawna M. Everson, Feb. 11, 2012. Submitted photo.

By Schamika Laguerre


INDIANA -- Shawna M. Everson, 22, a junior psychology major and criminology minor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has more than schoolwork to worry about. She is the mother of an infant child.


Everson, 22, said she found out she was pregnant in March 2010. Her boyfriend said they weren't ready for a baby.


"It seemed like he was hinting towards getting an abortion," said Everson in a March 29 interview at Stapleton Library.


Nevertheless, when Everson was eight months pregnant, she called Indi Kids, the Indiana County Child Day Care Program in Davis Hall. Her name went on a waiting list and didn't get off until September 2011. By then, her daughter, Cassidy M. Negrete, born Nov. 21, 2010, was 10 months old.


While Everson waited, friends would babysit Cassidy for free. And when they couldn't, Everson and her boyfriend would..

May 10, 2012

A pothole review


By Michael A. Sullivan


In 2010, the Reason Foundation published its "19th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems."  The report lists Pennsylvania as 38th on the list in rakings of quality and performance of state highways.


Some Indiana locals responded that it's not just Pennsylvania's highways that need repair. It's also Indiana borough's streets.

May 6, 2012

A Civic Project story

shmacked.jpg An unidentified male chugs a beer from an IUP glass in the trailer released for "I'm Shmacked, the Movie: A weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania." Still photo excerpted courtesy of YouTube.





















By Crispin Havener and James Zackal


INDIANA -- Beer-chugging, vodka-slugging, girls making out with drinks in hand, as hip-hop star Lil' Wayne raps about sex, drugs and reckless abandon in the background. Search "IUP" on YouTube and one of the first videos that appears is a trailer showing these antics and more.

The Feb. 7 posting of "I'm Shmacked, the Movie: A weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania" shows that IUP's reputation as a party school endures. Even students on the campus refer to IUP's acronym as "I Usually Party."

"I have always known IUP to be a party school," said Mitchel J. Kanagy, an English major, during an interview in the IUP Oak Grove, April 12.

The YouTube video is not the first medium to bash IUP's reputation.


May 3, 2012

shmacked.jpg  A scene from "I'm Shmacked, The Movie: A weekend @ Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2012," posted on YouTube

The HawkEar's final radio-news show of the spring season featured:

--- IUP gets "shmacked": A series of short videos posted on YouTube, including one purported to feature students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, shows undergraduate college students behaving like, well, undergraduate college students. Local reaction has ranged from shock to shrugs. Crispin Havener discusses his reporting on the subject for The HawkEye online newspaper, where his story, with co-author James Zackal, is scheduled to be published.  Reporter: Sean Yoder.

--- IUP SGA elections raise questions -- again: On March 28-29, Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Student Government Association sponsored elections for its top officers. Preliminary figures for voter turnout indicated a substantial increase in voting participation, although the actual number of student voters remained small. What inspired IUP's usually apathetic student electorate?  Other questions are arising from the electoral tea leaves. Such as, why did the March 28 email signaling students to start voting look like spam? Sounds familiar: Such questions have surrounded SGA elections in years past. Fred Speaker discusses his reporting on the issue for The HawkEye online newspaper.  Reporter: Sean Yoder. 

--- Is PC-based IUP going Mac? Recent trends at Indiana University of Pennsylvania suggest that students and faculty are pushing the predominantly Microsoft-based campus toward Apple's operating systems and products. Case in point: the new Apple iPad3, a tablet dominating the market and creeping into classrooms and academic departments campuswide. Andrew Hesner discusses his reporting on the issue for The HawkEye online newspaper. Reporter: Sean Yoder.

Listen to the HawkEar April 26.mp3

May 3, 2012

The HawkEar's fourth radio-news show of the spring season featured:

--- How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Exhibit A:  IUP music professor Henry Wong Doe is scheduled to perform a solo piano recital at the legendary New York City music venue on March 26. Reporter: Jeremy "J" Hartley.

--- Church and state: Rob Boston [IUP JRNL '85] is a senior policy analyst for Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C.  On March 26, he revisited his alma mater to discuss his career with students at a Journalism Jobs Boot Camp event sponsored by the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  For The HawkEar, he spoke of constitutional church-state  issues in the context of the 2012  presidential-primary season. Reporter: Jake Williams.

--- Sports wraps. Reporters: Adam Harring, Chris Galiszewski.

Listen to the HawkEar March 29.mp3

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