Ames Pridefest, A New ISU "Green Initiatives Fund" for Student Green Innovation

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Dennis Hart gives a review of the past week's news from the Pages of the Ames Tribune and other local area papers.

Nicci Port from the ISU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Joel Hocjstein, Chair of Ames Pride discuss the founding of Ames Pride, a brand-new community-based organization for community-building among LGBTQA+ people, educating the community on issues affecting LGBTQA+ people, and for facilitating an environment that values the intersectional identities of all people living in and around the City of Ames, IA.

Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability at ISU and the City of Ames, together with Lia Gomez, Sustainability Director for Iowa State University’s Student Government, announce the creation of a new fund created by Student Government: The Green Initiatives Fund, to allow student organizations to have a dedicated funding source related to increasing and enhancing sustainability events, initiatives and projects at ISU.

DACA and Leonessa

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Originally broadcast 10/11/2017
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Leanne Harter Story County Outreach and Special Projects Manager, was on hand to give us news of the tree sale at McFarland Park sponsored by Alliant Energy's Operation ReLeaf at Easat Peterson Park, Thursday, October 19, 4:30 p.m. Our main story was about DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We have a couple of “Dreamers” to tell their stories. Rick Exner, local activist for immigrant rights, told us about Several events to inform people about proposed changes in the law. Jennifer Reese, founder of Leonessa LLC, a Green Business Incubator in Story City spoke with reporter Pat Schlarbaum about the concept and the buildings on Broad Street.

Puerto Rico, Central IA Symphony, Community Solar

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Originally broadcast 10/06/2017
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Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Megan Myers, a faculty member in the Latino/a Studies Program at ISU. Dr. Myers provided an historical perspective on the political and economic position of Puerto Rico. Students Laura Valderrama, Ashley Steen and Luis Gonzalez spoke about their family members on the island and how hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted them, as well as the difficulty of communicating with them and being uncertain of their safety.

Susan Franzen interviewed Bernard McDonald, from Simpson College, who will be guest conductor for Central Iowa Symphony's first concert of the season, Worlds Lost and Found. Susan Gwiasda, the Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames provided information on upcoming events and the Ames Community Solar Initiative.

Far Flung Iowa Festivals

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Originally broadcast 10/04/2017
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Elkader - Memoriam Festival for Emir Abdelkader September 29 - October 1 - Mayor Josh Pope and  Vice President of Elkader International Connections, Sharon Seney described the history of the relationship of this small Iowa town with the greatest hero of Algerian independence who inspired town founders to name their town for him in 1846.  This choice has led to many exchanges between Elkader, Iowa, and Mascara, Algeria, since they became official Sister Cities in 1984.  For this festival, distinguished visitors came from Algeria.  Kheira  Benkaddour, interpreter and one of the majors cooks for the Algerian buffet, gave us a personal comparison between Elkader and Mascara.
 
Colfax (Jasper County Fairgrounds) - TinyFest Midwest September 22-24 - Maggie Westvold and KHOI videographer Aaron O'Neill took a road trip to explore the "simple living" part of the festival.  Jay Shafer, the founder of the movement, talked about how his concept of the "tiny house" has developed since he was a student in Iowa City.  Among our most unusual interviews was with Paul Van Gorkum of GoServe Global showing the "Safety Houses" designed to provide shelter in hurricane plagued areas.  Renee McLaughlin summed up purpose and success for the Fest.   
 
Randall - Ragtime for Randall is celebrating its 31st year October 7 - President of the Randall Fine Arts Council, Don Brekke, described the upcoming concert and Randall's place in the world of ragtime music, followed by feature performer Daniel Souvigny.

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