Spring 2013 Civic Project Stories

Posted on 6/14/2013 1:32:36 PM

The online newspaper the HawkEye has just published a fresh batch of stories in its long-running, award-winning Civic Project series of public-service enterprise reports by students in the Journalism Department’s News Reporting classes.

This season’s stories include:

  • “Warning: ‘This school will make you fat”
    Experts, administrators and students agree: All-you-can-eat food services, like those found at IUP, put on the pounds. A survey of students found that two-thirds said they had gained weight since arriving on campus. And a majority said they wanted healthier eating options.
  • “IUP meal plans: Dining at double the inflation rate”
    Like most college expenses, campus meal plan costs are rising. But prices of the meal plans are rising faster than most expenses. A lot faster. A survey of campus chow at IUP.
  • “Troubling suicide trends in Indiana County”
    Thirteen people committed suicide in Indiana County in 2012, according to the county coroner’s office. The number was the highest since 2009. Countywide efforts are ramping up to reverse the trend.
  • “SGA broke bylaws amid low-turnout April election”
    Spring 2013 voter turnout reflected a sharp decline from the Student Government Association election held a year earlier. In the process, the unopposed winning ticket violated SGA Bylaws.
  • “A case study in academic advising at IUP”
    A saga of student academic advising paralleled the priority the Student Government Association placed on the issue in the 2012–2013 academic year. SGA will continue to press the issue in 2013–2014.
  • “The face of homelessness in Indiana County”
    A rare look inside homelessness in Indiana and surrounding counties. As told by those in need and those in positions to help, the problem is both expanding and largely invisible.
  • “Music piracy persists at IUP; Big Brother in background”
    Nearly two-thirds of IUP students say they illegally download copyrighted music and other media, as defined by U.S. copyright law. Nearly one-third of respondents said they download digital media illegally “multiple times a week.”