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In brief: BMI’s Joshua Wolf Shenk, the anti-bullying bill and more

Anti-bullying bill Last week, the Nevada Assembly passed SB 504, an anti-bullying bill now awaiting Gov. Sandoval’s signature. The law would redefine the state’s definition of bullying and create a new Department of Education entity called the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, which will operate a 24-hour hotline you can call to report bullying. LGBTQ lobbying organization Human Rights Campaign lauded the passage for the bill’s inclusiveness of LGBTQ youth. –Mark Adams

In the running Music, mushroom clouds, hot air balloons and snowboarding. With these imaginative designs, students made Henderson’s Foothills High School one of five finalists in Vans Shoes’ Custom Culture Competition. The young artists are in the running to win $50,000 for their school’s art department, plus a chance to have their designs produced. The winner will be decided June 9 in New York City. Here’s to stomping the competition! –Kristy Totten

The new guy at BMI He wrote the most-read story in the history of The Atlantic’s website, he advises The Moth storytelling podcast, he champions mental health, he has webbed toes, and now Joshua Wolf Shenk is the director of the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. The author/journalist/activist has penned New York Times-acclaimed books and contributed to all the impressive national magazines, and now he’s bringing literary journalism to BMI, which outgoing leader Carol Harter hopes will one day rival the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. –KT

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