Indiana Collegiate Weekly Wire (June 10, 2024)

Happy Monday!

A lot has happened on campus this week. From criminal investigations to protests and more, there is a lot to catch up on. The Collegiate Commons, however, took the time to highlight the work of two researchers on campus.

Indianapolis

The National Federation of College Republicans convention met over the weekend for their annual convention at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis. Notable speakers included Pete Seat, Vice President of Bose Public Affairs Group, Liam Hansen, Purdue freshman and Indiana College Republicans chair, John Koons, former Republican National Committee Youth Director and Anne Hathaway, Indiana State GOP Chairwoman.

Last week, the University of Indianapolis held their annual Teacher Prep Academy, a program targeting high schoolers interested in pursuing a career in education. Students live on-campus for a week while taking part in a dual-credit course and being paired with a college student mentor currently in an educational program at the University. (Baillie, WishTV)

Today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., professionals from Ivy Tech and IU will be available at Ivy Tech’s North Meridian Center to help students through the FAFSA process (Wright, Indiana Public Media)

Lucas Oil Stadium was converted into an Olympic-sized swimming pool to host the Olympic Swim Trials this week, June 15-23. Tickets can be purchased here. In past years, the trials have been held at the IU Natatorium.

West Lafayette

Purdue University adopted a statement on political neutrality with the aim of aligning with the requirements set forth by Senate Enrolled Act 202, which is set to go into effect next month. (Bangert, Based in Lafayette)

Bloomington

55 anti-Israel protestors were charged with various crimes (trespassing, resisting arrest, battery, etc.) at IU Bloomington recently. Chief Deputy Prosector Jeff Kehr claimed the process of enacting and enforcing the IU policy banning temporary structures was “constitutionally dubious” and refused to prosecute any of the cases. (Gonzalez, Indiana Public Media)

Jamey Noel, former Clark County Sheriff, has been charged with 31 felony counts, mostly relating to theft and money laundering. The ongoing investigation into his financial dealings has involved dozens of records from IU, including payment history, flex transactions and application documents for two of his daughters, who have not been charged (Skebba, WHAS11).

Indiana University Police Department Captain Christopher Collins and Robert Casad were arrested on felony fraud and theft charges, accused of stealing thousands from a local medical device company. Collins has been placed on administrative leave. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for Oct. 28.

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