Stories of the Week
Speak Out Against Hate goes virtual
By: Kate Luce
Active Minds, the Queer Straight Alliance and the Honors Program all teamed up to host Speak Out Against Hate. This event comes to IU South Bend after recent attacks against Asian-Americans, a changing political system and the midst of the pandemic.
Speak Out Against Hate typically partners with other organizations on campus, with a focus on mental health.
“We also want to make the event as widespread as possible to reach as many students as we can, so by involving our fellow clubs in our events, we’re able to expand our event to more students than we would just by ourselves. I approached both the Queer Straight Alliance and the Honors Program. I’m also an Honors student, so that connection was relatively easy to make. I just met Reagan, from the QSA, for the first time for this event, but they have shown great interest in helping us and making this a valuable experience,” Nicole Haas, Co-President of Active Minds, said.
The unexpected enemy: IU South Bend geese
By: Cassidy Martenson
When someone thinks of the scariest animal, what comes to mind? Sharks and snakes are both valid answers. However, both are wrong. The most feared animal is the IU South Bend goose.
The geese at IU South Bend are typically seen near Campus Housing, but this year, the geese are spreading throughout campus. The geese have always been heavily present on campus.
“Up through 2019 we were removing approximately 125-150 geese from campus annually,” Mike Prater, director of facilities management, said.
This process is done in the summer when the geese cannot fly, and they are relocated per Indiana Department of Natural Resources guidelines.
Canada Geese are a migratory species. They travel from one place to another during specific times of year for things like breeding and nesting.
Inclusive games improve everyone’s experiences
By: Peter Miles Hamilton
March was Women’s History Month. March 31 was Transgender Day of Visibility, and April has brought in Autism Acceptance Month. As I consider this time of recognition, I cannot help but notice how poorly represented these groups are in the medium I love.
Although the representation of women in gaming is far better than it ever has been, I realize that it is still uncommon enough in the games industry to be remarkable when women workers are recognized for their contributions, or even just are not the subject of harassment.
Just last year, Ubisoft was the focus of a scandal involving covering up egregious sexual misconduct at all levels of the workplace. The games industry has always had a reputation of being something of a “boy’s club,” and any developer or game that purposefully breaks away to represent marginalized peoples are often met with backlash. While this industry may be littered with products that have difficulty making certain players feel safe and welcome, there is one series in which I cannot say that I have ever felt unwelcome or uneasy.