Stories of the Week

Honors Program overcomes challenging online transition

By: Alyssa Foster

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The Honors Program’s transition to online has recently sparked some struggles as they conduct new events. 

Throughout the year, the Honors Program plans several events so that members can attend to receive credit towards their honors program completion. Members must attend at least three of the events each semester in order to meet the honors program criteria.  

“The Honors Program and Club work together to provide service projects and events for our students to attend as a way to help our students build community on our campus, keep them engaged in co-curricular and extra-curricular events, and encourage them to learn both within and outside of the classroom,” Neovi Karakatsanis, Honors Program Director, said. 

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American Democracy Project using Discord to connect during debates

By: Kate Luce


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This pandemic is forcing campus organizations to get creative with how they communicate with one another. The American Democracy Project uses Discord, a messaging program that uses channels, to connect with students, not just at IU South Bend, but throughout the United States.

“The national American Democracy Project, an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) came up with the idea as a way to encourage all of their member campuses to watch and discuss the political debates. They contacted us at the same time that we were trying to figure out how to replace our normal in-person debate watch parties. We knew we would not be able to gather in a large group to watch in person with food and drinks and were looking for an online option,” Elizabeth Bennion, founding director of IU South Bend’s American Democracy Project, said.

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SAC Athletic Facilities still operational, new procedures put in place

By Eva Monhaut


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For students looking to stay healthy and get in a workout between classes, the Student Activities Center (SAC) facilities are currently open and operational with new COVID-19 protocols in place. Students can use the facilities Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Executive Director of Athletics and Activities, Steve Bruce relates these updates policies which include a mandatory temperature and healthy screening before entering, single point entry, advanced cleaning stations and protocols, extra staff to cover updated cleaning responsibilities, limited capacity, locked shower area and masks required except for those partaking in strenuous cardio activities.

For some students, returning to public gym facilities during the pandemic may be a source of anxiety, but the SAC staff has taken the recommended precautions to make the facilities clean and safe for all of its visitors.

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