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“On the podium above him, there was a can of Foster’s beer.”

In Design, IDS, Photography on March 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I remember every interaction I’ve had with IUPD Chief Keith Cash. He was a good friend to IU Student Media. In fact, in 2011 he was awarded the Trevor R. Brown Award, given each year to honor “a news source in the community who has been exceptionally supportive of IU Student Media.”

When he died Wednesday, I came into the newsroom and it was quiet, but reporter Hannah Smith was already on the phone with administration officials. After almost a week of some really intense, first-time reporting from the campus editor, the IDS gave it’s respects to the chief.




An urn bearing the IU emblem rested on a table below the auditorium stage. Between the American and Indiana flags was the police chief’s official department photoOn the podium above him, there was a can of Foster’s beer.

At 4 p.m., police officers filed in to the sound of a bagpipe. They were dressed in their formal uniforms, distinctive to their rank and department. Some wore black uniforms with flat caps, and others wore brown sheriff’s attire or navy dress pants with short-sleeved shirts.

They walked down the aisle and in front of the stage, filing into the rows, while the audience behind them stood, watching silently.

The officers stopped behind their seats as the rest filed in. They stood with their backs to the stage. In the overhead lights, their different badges twinkled on their chests.

Taped across their badges were strips of black cloth, matte against the gleaming gold or silver.

All had entered and the bagpipe stopped, replaced by ringing silence.

No one so much as coughed or moved. Then came the sound of whispered counting.

A group of officers filed past. The first held an American flag, folded into a triangle. The second carried the urn, embossed with the red-and-white IU emblem. Four officers followed behind them, one keeping time.

As they walked past, the hundreds of standing officers saluted.

In the back row, one officer removed his hat and bowed his head. His face crumpled as he began to cry.

This service was the final time they would salute IU Police Department Chief Keith Cash.

The IDS sent a team of three photographers (Chet Strange, Clayton Moore and Anna Teeter) to the memorial service and subsequent police procession. They came back with striking and emotional images. Freshman design chief Lacey Hoopengardner put it all on the page tastefully and with great class.

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Hannah’s story was full of emotional details about a man who was beloved in this community that absolutely hit you in the gut.

On Wednesday, Keith didn’t come to work. He wasn’t feeling well.

Coworkers said the absence was unusual for him.

Flint, a short officer with blonde hair in a ponytail, grew up in IUPD with Keith. Keith had been there 29 years, and she’s been there for 31. They started as cadets in the student cadet program and worked their way up.

For Keith and most IUPD officers, work is a 24/7 job. Friends said Keith was always working, even when doing other things. Minger said coworkers would get emails from Keith time-stamped at three in the morning because he worked so much.

“We had a staff meeting scheduled at 2:30, and he did not show up for the staff meeting,” Flint said.

For several weeks, Keith had been feeling as if he had the flu. During the staff meeting, he called Lee.

“He had called me in the meeting and said, ‘Hey, when you’re done with the staff meeting, can you give me a call?’” Lee said. “My wife’s a nurse practitioner, and he wasn’t established with a family doctor, so he said, ‘Do you think she could see me today?’”

Lee said she could, so he picked Keith up and drove him to the Internal Medicine Associates. On the drive over, Lee said Keith was joking and in good spirits.

“In there he was joking with the staff, and he was joking until they decided that he needed to be transported to the emergency department,” Lee said.

Lee asked him then, “Do you want me to go with you?”

Keith said no and said he had been feeling dehydrated. He said he expected they’d give him some fluids and release him.

However, he did ask Lee to do one thing.

“He actually called me from the hospital, to tell me he’d left his coat,” Lee said, shaking his head. “He asked me if I’d get it for him, and I said I would.”

While Lee went to get Keith’s coat, Minger headed to the hospital to be with Keith so that Keith would know someone was there with him.

Before Lee could bring Keith his coat, he got a call.

“The director called me from the hospital,” Lee said. “Then he called me back and said he’d passed.”

He had died of a heart defect he’d had his whole life but that had only now surfaced…

…The line of cars, stretching for several blocks, drove to Indiana Avenue and then up to 17th Street. At 17th and Woodlawn Avenue, the cars streamed beneath an American flag stretched between two fire trucks.

When they reached IUPD, dispatch sent out the final call over the radio for all officers to hear.

“This is dispatch,” the officer said, “and he’s gone home for the final time.”

When that came over the scanner in the newsroom, man oh man. What a fitting tribute.

Congrats, folks. You sure gave the chief a good send-off.



New semester, new Writer’s Block

In Design, IDS, Photography on January 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Well it’s been quite a while since this blog has been updated, so I figure it’s about time to re-up. What a better time than a new semester and a new year, am I right?

And as students return to campus, the IDS starts off with a fine edition with a few solid hidden gems.

Like this front-page story about local artist Joel Washington…


Joel Washington’s skateboarder name used to be “Rad Rat.”

On Friday, the 52-year-old Bloomington skateboarder-turned-artist used his colorful pop art to teach children about color theory at the WonderLab Museum of Health, Science and Technology.

Joining him were portraits of Michael Jackson, B.B. King and four of his own brightly designed skateboard decks.

“I’m a color fanatic,” he said. “There’s little colors I have to put in.”

Also this wonderful quote from a creative youngster at WonderLab.

Rosie Black, a 4-year-old preschooler from Bloomington, was experimenting with popsicle sticks.

“I have a shed, and it’s snowing cats,” she said of her abstract design.

Also some great ASF work by Lacey Hoopengardner and Anu Kumar on the region page…


…and Will Royal on the opinion page.


That text reads…


After seeing several prospective sorority members trek through the snow, I began to wonder what their motivation was. I could not see myself walking from house to house in formal attire. Their dedication is truly admirable.

I asked myself, what would motivate me to rush? While sisterhood is not something I dream of, I do have desires that could encourage me to bear the cold.

Clever stuff. In the back section, some really solid design by Chelsea Coleman and photography by photo editors Amelia Chong and Clayton Moore on the arts pages.


Overall, a great start. Can’t wait to see what else these folks pull off this semester.