Local News Headlines: November 13, 2023

Bystanders help to stop sexual assault at Bloomington’s IU Campus
IU Police Department crews were dispatched Friday at 5:34pm to Dunn Woods, which is South of the student building, on a report of an attempted sexual assault in progress. A man named Brian Jones, described as “unaffiliated with IU,” has been arrested on multiple charges after allegedly attempting to rape an Indiana University student, before bystanders assisted in stopping the assault.

Officers found Jones at 4th and Lincoln St. and transported him to Monroe County Jail, where he was charged with Attempted Rape, a Level 3 Felony; Sexual Battery, a Level 6 Felony; Battery with Injury, a Misdemeanor; Confinement, a Misdemeanor; and, Criminal Trespass, a Misdemeanor.

*Criminal Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law

IU Board of Trustees tables vote on Kinsey Institute proposal
The Indiana University Board of Trustees tabled a proposal Friday that would permit the university to set up a nonprofit entity to fund and operate a small portion of Kinsey Institute functions that have historically been supported through IU’s general fund. The proposal follows a recently passed Indiana law that prohibits IU from using taxpayer dollars to support the Kinsey Institute.

The tabled proposal would keep the Kinsey Institute at IU, including its name, faculty and collections. Only a small portion of operational and administrative functions would be conducted through the proposed nonprofit entity. Both Buckner and IU President Pamela Whitten noted that the board’s decision to table the proposal will provide time for the university — including faculty and staff, alumni and friends, and other stakeholders — to consider how best to continue the legacy of the Kinsey Institute while complying with state law.

Trustees will consider the topic again at a future meeting.

Grant Funding Available to Neighborhoods Through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant Program
The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability (BCOS), is launching the Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant program to provide financial support for small-scale neighborhood projects that enhance residential capacity to support Bloomington’s community-wide climate action goals. 

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant will fund capital projects with community-wide benefits that increase neighborhood adoption of and resident engagement with sustainability practices. The maximum funding award for each application is $1,000. Registered neighborhood associations; multifamily unit associations; civic or community service associations; education, ethnic, cultural or religious organizations; and designated non-profits are all eligible to apply for the Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant.

In order to apply, applicants must select a designated neighborhood liaison through whom all project-related communications will flow. In order to receive funding, applicant organizations must demonstrate neighborhood support with a minimum of four households in the neighborhood who will benefit from the project. 

Interested neighborhoods are invited to apply starting November 10, and should apply via the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development’s grant portal at cityofbloomington.smapply.io/.

This Week in Hoosier History


1888 – Charles Edward Henry began production at the Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo.  Still in business, the company is known world-wide for its high-quality hand-mixed sheet glass art and colored glass.

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