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Indy Gay Market empowers queer scene in Indianapolis

Big Gay Halloween is one market in a continuing series of installments, allowing local queer artists and vendors to showcase their work. The initial goal behind the creation of the first market in July 2021 was to expand upon safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community in Indianapolis.  

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Remembering the Holocaust Through Eva Kor

Antisemitism, or Jewish hatred, can be traced back to the third century. This racial hostility toward the Jewish community has been a consistent theme throughout history, and perhaps the largest and most well-known antisemitic period is the Holocaust.  The Indiana Historical Society museum in Indianapolis is bringing awareness and remembrance towards the recent revival of Jewish hatred with their new exhibit, “Eva Kor from Auschwitz to Indiana.” Eva Kor, Auschwitz survivor and Jewish activist, voices her experiences in the concentration camps and how these persecutions forever changed her life.

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Islam in Indianapolis

Over the past month, Muslims around the world were unified through fasting from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one the five pillars, or tenets, of Islam, alongside having faith in one God, praying five times a day, giving charity, and making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (if one is physically, mentally and financially able to). There are many Hoosiers who participate in Ramadan. According to Indiana Historical Society Press, Muslim sects have established themselves in Indianapolis as early as 1926. Today, a culturally diverse Muslim population calls Indianapolis home. At IUPUI, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Pakistani Student Association (PSA), Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) and IUPUI International Club have all hosted iftars— meals consumed when breaking the fast, traditionally starting with a date or water and in a group setting— over the past month.

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Veganism in Indianapolis

Acclimating to a new environment at IUPUI, many vegan students, or students interested in trying vegan food, may wonder how Indianapolis fares in terms of vegan cuisine. Considering Indiana’s reputation for traditional Midwestern dishes and a plethora of food deserts in and around Indianapolis, students may be surprised to learn that farmers market vendors, small business owners, local organizations and established restaurant owners have been working to increase the vegan options in Indianapolis for over a decade. One example is Soulshine Vegan Café, which is one of the only vegan breakfast spots in Indianapolis. Located in Broad Ripple, a 20 minute drive from IUPUI’s campus, Soulshine provides a welcoming space to relax, study and enjoy a variety of vegan menu items, with its mission of making veganism more accessible.

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Behind the Curtain: A Look at Indiana's Lesser Known Tradition

Show choir is an integral part of the Indianapolis cultural scene. Throughout the calendar year, thousands of people cram into venues across the metro area to see some of the most prestigious groups in the nation present shows that rival Broadway productions and inspire a whole new generation of performers. The most impactful facet of show choir is its effect on inspiring the next generation of performers to carry on its legacy of entertainment as well as embrace the same friendly yet competitive spirit that makes the performing art so distinctive.

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What You Need to Know: Breaking Down Indiana Bills Impacting the LGBTQ+ Community

Over the last few months, there have been a variety of House and Senate bills presented in Indiana courts related to the LBGTQ+ community. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is currently tracking 451 bills of this type across the country. HB 1608, SB 480, SB 354, SB 12 and HB 1569 are five of the most widely covered bills in this legislative session. Throughout this process many people have vocalized their support or opposition for these bills. Here's what you need to know.

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A Trip to the Eiteljorg Museum

Located within walking distance from IUPUI is the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. It is one of the major art museums located in Indianapolis and is home to paintings, sculptures, clothing and more.The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to reward IUPUI students who are looking to enrich themselves in cultures different from their own by giving them an opportunity to do so for free.

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Stress Relief Session at the Indianapolis Nine Lives Cat Café

Researchers have found that animal connection helps relieve stress; the Nine Lives Cat Café assists in this manner. The café is located ten minutes from campus in the Fountain Square area. The cat café has seen over 1,500 adoptions, and there is no shortage of stories ending with a happy ever after for cats that are worth sharing.  


Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett shares goals for upcoming election

On Nov. 15, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced his intention to run for a third term, despite supporting term limits during his 2015 campaign. On Wednesday, he discussed more about his vision for the future of the city, including redevelopment plans downtown, the IUPUI split, crime, conservation, and the importance of local politics and getting young people involved. 


The Hunt for Vintage: Not Just a Trend

The importance of sustainable shopping and the mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle have been emphasized to the general public for years. Environmental movements have identified many issues associated with fast fashion and the mass production industry. For college students especially, finding affordable and sustainable items, and finding places to donate used or upcycled items, can often be a struggle. Consignment and second-hand stores offer one work-around to this dilemma. Indy’s very own Retro Metro is the epitome of such a concept.


Five Things To Do in Indy’s Irvington Historic District

From antique stores to restaurants, Irvington has much to offer college students looking for something to do on the weekend. Irvington is a protected historic district east of downtown Indianapolis, just a short drive from campus. It is best known for the Irvington Halloween Festival originally established in 1927, for being Butler University’s original location in the late 1800s/early 1900s and being home to the creator of Raggedy Ann.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2022

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. 


An Addict's Guide to Coffee: Bovaconti Coffee

Welcome to the third review of my series: An Addict’s Guide to Coffee! Quills Coffee and Hitherto Coffee and Gaming Parlor have previously been reviewed.Sunday is always a weird day for me. On some Sundays, I am overwhelmed with homework. On other Sundays, I am deeply entrenched in the NFL slate, ...

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Fishers Residents Debate the Role of Public Education

A debate is raging in Fishers, Indiana and across the country over the role that public education should play in the lives of students. HSEqual and Fishers One are both community organizations offering different views. HSEqual is pushing for an equal outcomes approach, while Fishers One is pushing for an equal opportunities approach. Their disagreement points out a central issue in American politics. 

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An Addict's Guide To Coffee: Quills Coffee

My name is Zachary Barnett, and I love coffee, specifically espresso beverages. I have my usual coffee shop: whichever Starbucks is near me. However, I want to spice up my coffee-tasting life by visiting every local coffee shop in Indianapolis. I want to gauge how each coffee shop makes the same beverage ...


Jingle Rails: Indy’s Favorite Holiday Family Tradition

“The Fifth Third Bank Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure” is back for it’s 12th year at The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The display showcases landmarks throughout the American West while also paying homage to the city of Indianapolis.  The massive and whimsical ...

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