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Despite the rainy weather, around 15,000 participants competed in the 5k, half marathon, marathon, and wheelchair races on November 5. Multiple athletes who competed in the Olympic trials, along with Luis Orta, who placed second in the marathon and competed in the 2016 Olympics. Jacob Heslington was the male marathon winner with a time of 2:18:56. Jennifer Pope was the female marathon winner with a time of 2:37:22. Tom Anderson won the male half marathon with a time of 1:03:34. Lauren Hurley beat the women's half marathon race record with a time of 1:09:49. The previous record was set by Molly Grabill last year at 1:10:43.
While attending college, students live, work and participate in recreational activities on campus. A major concern for many of them is simply staying safe.
Jagapalooza, the end of year carnival put on by IUPUI and the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB), returned for its first event since 2020.
“Rain or shine,” freshman Noah Thomas stated in a post shared across the IUPUI campus. Thomas, along with freshman Caeley Hayes, organized a peaceful protest Wednesday, September 22nd, to raise awareness on the most recent sexual assault case that was reported to the IU police department. Students of all backgrounds attended the protest to show their support despite the rain. Thomas expressed that his number one goal with this protest was to support and help his peers.“I just hope this makes [my peers] feel safer,” Thomas said. “Safety should be one of the top priorities on a campus, student’s safety. IUPUI prides themselves on being one of the safest campuses in Indiana and the United States, but here we are dealing with this sexual assault. Something has to be changed. I am looking out for my peers’ safety and well-being. That’s my number one thing.” Thomas believes that this can be achieved through the inclusion of more cameras in dorms across campus. The most recently reported case of sexual assault was a reported rape that occurred in a stairwell in University Tower on September 16th, where there are no cameras. Students have reported that there are no cameras in Ball Residence Hall, and only some functioning cameras in North Hall. “The campus needs to add cameras in University Tower stairwells, elevators, and hallways. They have one camera on each floor right when you’re leaving the elevator and that’s all they have. Change needs to happen now.”Along with speeches from Thomas and Hayes, students were welcomed to share their stories of personal sexual assault experiences. With cheers of love and support from their peers, survivors stepped up to share, in hopes of making a change. One of these students was freshman Annie Hadley, and she explained what she hoped to achieve with the protest. “I just feel like it doesn’t matter the conditions, we’re here to prove that we are trying to show our voice,” Hadley said. “And I think that by starting small, by showing our voices where we can on campus, that is a small step to show that we’re out here, and we support these women. We hear their voices, and we want something to be done. We want something to change.” Kimberly Minor, Detective Lieutenant at Indiana University Police Department (IUPD), said they are aware of the demands being made by the protesters. “We agree, we would love to have more cameras in the dorms, we would love to have them wherever they could be,” Minor said “The police department isn’t responsible for placing those cameras, but we absolutely concur.” Minor said that the number of these cases this year is similar to the number of these cases from August to November 2019. 2020 was excluded because there were fewer students on campus. Minor says that from August to November 2019, there were around 5 cases. While this year’s numbers are relatively close, there has been a slight increase. According to the IUPD crime log, there have been eight cases involving rape or sexual battery so far in the 2021 fall semester. “When people see reports go up, they’re concerned,” Minor said. “But, I offer a different perspective and that is, when reports go up, it’s not necessarily that more cases are happening, but more people are reporting.” Minor also says that more people may feel comfortable reporting their experiences because of encouragement from friends and people in their lives. However, one of these cases included a charge of Interference With the Reporting of a Crime, indicating that there is still resistance against those that come forward to report these crimes. “From talking to victims or survivors, they’ve had friends who have encouraged them to come forward,” Minor said. As far as possible prevention of these crimes, Minor says, “Because rape is such an intimate crime, outside of education there’s not a lot the police department can do to prevent it.” Students have been questioning why these perpetrators are still on campus in spite of IUPUI’S zero-tolerance policy. According to Minor IUPD would be “more than happy” to see these students removed from campus, but that responsibility is ultimately a student conduct issue. Students have only been clery noticed (notified) of one of these rapes, per the IUPD crime log. IUPUI also has a text message system that students can opt in to receive these notifications. Students can do that through the Emergency Notification Setting module on OneIU. Minor adds “What I would like for people to know is that if you are a victim, understand that if you make a police report, you don’t have to file charges but at least that puts it on record.”
The Woodruff Place Flea Market took place on October 2nd and 3rd. The flea market, normally held in the first week of June, was postponed this year due to COVID-19. The market held a variety of different items, from the vintage dishware and clothing of the neighborhood’s inhabitants, to ice cream and lemonade provided by the various food vendors.
David Certo, a homeowner in Woodruff Place, gave background on the flea market and the neighborhood’s rich history. Certo explained that there are many things, including funds, necessary to keep the neighborhood running. Woodruff Place has been around since the 1870s and is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This is due to the rich infrastructure, such as the fountains and the town hall.
“Our neighborhood is very active,” Certo said. “We have lots of things that we do together. It takes money to keep those things going. Neighbors donate their lawns, they sell things, vendors come and participate, and we just ask that anyone who participates donate 10% or more of their sales to keep the neighborhood going.”
Certo has been living in Woodruff Place since 1999, and participating in the flea market since 2000. Certo expressed that over the years, the flea market hasn’t changed in character, but has changed due to the fact that more people participate in the market. This can be attributed to the fact that the flea market attracts many types of people from all areas.
“This is a real neighborhood,” Certo said. “It has defined boundaries and very well organized civic infrastructure, and it shows. A neighborhood like this can put on a flea market because we want other people to have the same kind of success as we do in their neighborhoods.”
The flea market began in 1975, and over the years has grown from inhabitants selling odds and ends out of their yards, to vendors selling food and handmade art. Now, over 200 yards are filled with antiques, clothes, and more.
Aubrey Mullins, the owner of Silver Linings Jewelry, is one of the vendors that participates in the flea market. Mullins has participated for five years, and has had various friends and family that have lived in the neighborhood and allowed her to use their lawn.
“The flea market is really laid back, and the people are very friendly,” Mullins said. “It’s always a really great market to sell at. Even though people may think it’s just a flea market, people really show up, and it’s always very well attended. I always say that if I ever lived downtown I would love to live here because of the cool historic nature of the neighborhood.”
Martha Latta, the owner of Stomping Ground, recently opened a brick-and-mortar store in Windsor Park.
Latta has been attending and shopping at the flea market for 15 years, and just became a vendor this year. Stomping Ground is a gift shop that sells plants, shirts, soaps, candles and more.
“The flea market has gotten more popular,” Latta said. “It’s gotten bigger. You come and walk from porch to porch and visit your friends, and if you see something you want to buy, you buy it.”
Kashena Hottinger is both a homeowner in Woodruff Place, and a vendor at the flea market. Hottinger shares an apartment in the neighborhood with a few other artists, which were all selling from their front lawn. Hottinger began selling in the flea market this year, and has been coming to the flea market for at least 10 years. Hottinger sells handmade stained-glass, painted stones, and mosaics.
"Everyone is really friendly in this neighborhood,” Hottinger said. “People have some of the stuff they’re selling in their homes, and then you get to walk through their homes, and in a historic neighborhood that’s really amazing. My favorite part of selling is meeting everyone that goes by, that’s really fun."
Even though the flea market was delayed by COVID-19, vendors and shoppers alike still turned out to show their support and appreciation for the historic neighborhood and its inhabitants. As of right now, the flea market will be held once again next June, and more information about the flea market can be found on Woodruff Place’s website.
Despite the blistering heat, the students of Bridge Week still gathered outside of Carroll Stadium to show their school spirit. The students danced to songs such as the “Cha-Cha Slide” and the “Wobble” and listened to a welcoming speech from Chancellor Paydar.Bridge Week is a freshmen program at IUPUI that has been around since it’s introduction in 2001 with 19 students. This year, 1,100 students participated in 49 different sections offered by the program. The number of students involved in the program has generally increased by 200-300 students each year since its creation. Bridge allows freshmen to adjust to campus life before school actually begins.“I usually describe it as like a jumpstart,” Heather Bowman, Director of First Year Programs said.. “So this is a way that you can come to campus and all of the things you're nervous about and all the things you're confused about, we kind of hold your hand through those things. It's a mix of classroom activities and social things and field trips and activities to help you get to know the campus of a city and each other.” However, Bridge is not just about adjusting to college life. This year, a new program called the Jag challenge has been implemented into the Bridge routine. The Jag challenge is intended to have students address prominent problems in society and work together to create solutions for them. “Only about 10 of the different groups are doing it this year,” Bowman said. “But it's an innovation challenge. So we're giving groups like big picture problems like sustainability or inclusion and diversity or global engagement. And then we're asking you to go through a design thinking process where in small groups, they come up with solutions to the problem and they come up with a pitch for their solution.”Bowman discussed how impactful Bridge is to students, and how integral Bridge can be to setting students up for success in their college careers. For this reason, IUPUI has plans to expand Bridge Week to be a program that includes all freshmen. “Students who do Bridge can have really good outcomes, which means retention and GPA are higher for students who do bridge across the board,” Bowman said. “So the administration has been behind the program. We've had resources to continue to grow incrementally. We had a plan for this year originally to go to full scale, which means all freshmen would do Bridge, then the pandemic derailed us.”[envira-gallery id="4807"]