Indiana students demand action on climate change. Lawmakers respond with hard 'no.'

It’s obvious to a lot of people. To the Indiana cities that are taking steps to cut their emissions. To the Hoosier farmers who are seeing reduced crop yields from wetter springs and hotter summers. To the high school students who are scared for what their future may look like, demanding Indiana leaders make a change. 

January 21, 2022 - Letters from an American

On Wednesday, January 19, by a vote of 8 to 1, the Supreme Court refused to block the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from releasing documents produced by the Trump White House to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Last night, NARA handed over hundreds of pages of documents to the committee. Today, Betsy Woodruff Swan at Politico published one of them.

Hoo, boy.

Amidst Pandemic, Dramatic Increases in Economic Inequality, the Rise of Racism, and Climate Disaster, the Danger of War Increases

“The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.” This year marks the closest estimate of the possible midnight disaster in 75 years.

Harry Targ

Where are all the women?

In an environment historically saturated with men, women have recently become the majority.

The year 2015 was the first in which a higher percentage of women than men held bachelor’s degrees, according to Time magazine. In fact, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that nationally, women are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college than men.

But that’s not true at Purdue.

Purdue’s fall 2021 enrollment sits at a 57-43% split between men and women, respectively, according to the Purdue Data Digest.

Supreme Court Rules for Death by Covid

Judge Johnny, star of the Corporate People's Court , by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY 2.0

When the Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s vaccine-or-test mandate on Thursday while upholding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ vaccine requirement for all health workers, you might think this was a split decision with the justices just calling balls and strikes. You’d be dead wrong.

Senate education committee hears conflicting testimony over who should control school curriculum

Brownsburg elementary teacher Christianne Bebe testified against SB 167, which would require teacher materials to be posted online and create a materials advisory commission. Bebe said that as an elementary teacher, she teaches seven subjects and uses over 75 materials a week, making the expectation for each material to be reviewed and approved unreasonable.

Help is Available for IN Students Facing Food Insecurity

This week, the holiday break is over for many Indiana students, and local food banks say their goal is to ensure kids have enough to eat this semester.

One in every seven Hoosier children faces hunger at home, according to the nonprofit Feeding America.

Emily Weikert Bryant - executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry - said food banks across the state can help those kids and their families get what they need, on and off school grounds, this semester.

Holcomb sizes up COVID surge … and AG Todd Rokita fanning ‘flames of confusion’

Gov. Eric Holcomb, with Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner, and Dr. Lindsay Weaver, the state’s chief medical officer, address the state’s response to the the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

As Gov. Holcomb and his team talked, the state released the biggest single-day COVID numbers of 2021. About that … and the choice words Holcomb had for Attorney General Todd Rokita

Redistricting Over, IN Voting Rights Group Looks to the Future

Indiana's redistricting process concluded in October, but one voting rights group is eyeing ways to ensure fair representation in the future.

From introduction to final approval, it took Indiana lawmakers less than three weeks to adopt new legislative and congressional maps. Julia Vaughn, policy director with Common Cause Indiana, said that timeline meant few opportunities for the public to weigh in on the process.

Letter to the editor: Why our English department deserves more respect

Avi Kak teaches electrical and computer engineering at Purdue

As a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, I am obviously delighted that my department was able to grow by leaps and bounds even during the last two years of the pandemic while hiring in most of the rest of the departments was put in the deep freeze. I suppose that this unprecedented hiring spree was driven by our surging enrollments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.