Fall is in the air, the leaves are changing color, and Arts and Sciences faculty are being interviewed about seasonal concerns. It’s hunting season in Indiana, and the first question on the Indiana ballot will be whether or not the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife should be protected in the state constitution. Wane.com interviewed Associate Professor Andy Downs (political science) about this issue for their feature “You Decide: Should Hunting and Fishing Be Constitutionally Protected Acts?” Downs explained that if the amendment was passed there wouldn’t be a noticeable difference right now, but that organizations like the NRA support this type of legislation because making the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife part of the Indiana constitution might “make it difficult to limit someone’s ability to use a weapon for hunting and fishing.” He encourages everyone to do their research before voting and read the amendment (which can be found here).
In another segment, 21 Alive reporter Kelsey Kushner interviewed Associate Professor Jordan Marshall (biology) about the unseasonably warm October weather, and the weather that might impact leaves changing color. Marshall explained that the changes in weather aren’t going to have a major effect on the trees. Plant specialist Deb Zumbrun added that the shorter days and moisture changes will have a larger impact on the rate of color change. See the full article here.