5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana

Former and current Elkhart students were the targets of cyberbullying, Goshen College’s LGBTQ hiring policy is explained in detail and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Anonymous Facebook pages target Elkhart students, former students

Several Elkhart students were the targets of cyberbullying when two anonymous Facebook sites popped up Saturday, May 17. The sites used profane language to detail the alleged sexual activities of several young women in the area. The Facebook sites even included the women’s full names. The sites were reported to Facebook and were taken down on Tuesday, May 20. Elkhart Community Schools spokeswoman Shawn Hannon said students from the district were among those targeted. The sites were made anonymously, and it is unclear if any follow-up action can be taken.

Goshen College's LGBTQ hiring policy explained

A lesbian staffer at Goshen College resigned from her job earlier this week, saying that she worried about being in violation of the school’s LGBTQ hiring policy. Employees are required to agree to a document called the “commitment to community standards” when they are hired, which states that sex should be between a man and a woman. These standards are legal, according to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. There is no federal or state law that requires an employer to hire or not hire a person based on their sexual orientation.

One weekend changed everything for 4-year-old in constant pain

Four-year-old Adler Carris has been in constant pain since September. Adler suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition where there is too much liquid in the brain, and he has a tumor in his spinal column. The Carrises visited Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago and was taken to the ER on Friday, May 16. Adler underwent surgery and now has a shunt in his brain which drains the liquid into his abdomen. He is now able to walk without any dizziness, his headaches are gone and he does not have to rely on morphine to manage his pain.

Senator Joe Donnelly honors fallen Indiana service members on senate floor

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly spoke on the senate floor and honored several Indiana service members who died in the last year, including Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Williams of Elkhart. Donnelly also honored Air Force Tech Sergeant Dale Matthews of Rolling Prairie and Army Staff Sergeant Randall Lane of Indianapolis.

“I was proud to see my fellow Hoosiers come together in reflection and remembrance when we lost these three American sons, and I’d ask that we do the same this Memorial Day.” Donnelly said.

Notre Dame sells over 1,100 patches of stadium field grass

The University of Notre Dame sold 1,100 patches of grass from their football field through online pre-sales. Notre Dame initially sold the sod online for $150 a piece and later sold what’s left at a reduced price of $100 on Tuesday, May 21, outside the stadium. After struggling with maintaining natural grass, the university announced in April that it would install artificial turf in time for the 2014 season.


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