Posted by Avery Walts
Following Valentine’s Day weekend, it seems as if more than a few single hearts were broken around IU.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the men’s basketball game against Iowa was postponed due to a large piece of the ceiling that fell from Assembly Hall. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the impact to fans could have been life-threatening.
The sudden “heat wave” also elevated the atmosphere around campus, until the 60 degree weather brought heavy downpours and wind causing campus bus services to delay on Thursday, Feb. 20. The best day was saved for Saturday, Feb. 22, when the sun was shining, winter coats were put away, and KOK opened the patio for drinking. Is it spring yet?
Posted by Sarah Whaley
Undergraduate Caitlyn Finton looks over new research data on mouse vocalizations.
We sit in class all day only to spend all night doing homework. At times this begs the question: what do professors do outside of class time? While we do homework, most professors go to their offices or labs to do research.
According to Vice Provost for Research, Sarita Soni, IU is one of 62 universities in the Association of American Universities and “highly recognized as a research-intensive institution.” Most of what undergraduate students see is limited to the classroom, but the research professors do directly affects the classes they teach.
“At a university like this, it’s not so easy to divide research and teaching,” Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Tom Gieryn, said. “We’re better teachers because we’re better researchers.”
Hollywood’s spin on what constitutes research leaves most of us thinking of test tubes and multicolored chemicals. But research is not limited to a chemistry lab. Research is done in all departments and across all majors. Some professors research empathic reactions to storytelling. Others work with dogs to study how their cognition might relate to human cognition.
Soni shared the IU campus also has “a number of multidisciplinary research centers, institutes and museums that offer […] collaborative research opportunities” across departments.
Part of that collaboration happens not only between professors, but between professors and graduate or undergraduate students. According to Soni, there are more than 190 IU Bloomington graduate programs and a number of undergraduates like Cox scholars come to IU specifically to work with active research faculty. All a student has to do to get involved with research is ask.
Undergraduate biology major Caitlyn Finton thought professor Laura Hurley’s research sounded interesting. Now she works in the Hurley Lab studying mouse communication.
“No one really knows how mice communicate with each other, so it’s really groundbreaking stuff,” Finton said.
Currently, the best way to learn about a professor’s research is to ask them or look for their page on the IU website. However, Gieryn said IU is in the process of creating a faculty information system that shows grants, abstracts of their papers and who professors collaborate with locally to internationally.
For students interested in studying an aspect of their major in depth or something outside their major, doing research with faculty is a prime option.
“You’re going to discover something no one else has found,” Gieryn said. “You’re going to show the world something new. That’s a value in itself.”
Over the course of this semester, Inside will look into faculty research at IU from a Canine Behavior and Cognition Lab to a Galaxy Formation and Evolution Lab. Continue following this blog to learn more.
Posted by Avery Walts
After college, students are faced with a number of harsh realities. Realizing how expensive cocktails are at bars not in college towns is one of those abrasive, brutal realities. Thankfully, Kilroys on Kirkwood offers food and drink specials every night of the week to ease your mind and wallet. We have narrowed down the top five nights to take advantage of KOK’s specials.
1. Tuesday a.k.a “$2 Tuesday”
For $2 all day long, Kilroy’s offers $2 bottled beer, burgers, breadsticks (which are actually heaven), wings, and most liquor. Two dollars people! There’s honestly nothing more we can say to convince you of how great Tuesdays can be.
Every Thursday night, a line wrapping around the inside and outside of KOK can be seen, usually starting around 8 p.m. For a $3 cover charge, students are given the newest KOK T-shirt, or on special occasion, a basketball jersey. The T-shirt is like a unifying indicator around campus that you had a good time last night. To top it off, all the specials from Tuesday carry over to Thursday in a $3 special.
If we can find one person who likes Mondays, it’s most likely due to the $1 wells on Monday at KOK. Otherwise, please share your secrets with us. The weekend doesn’t have to end when there’s $3 Long Islands, $4 domestics, $5 imports, 25 cent wings, and 50 cent breadsticks to be had.
KOK hosts a trivia night every Wednesday where the competition is fierce and the topics change each week. The laid back atmosphere of trivia night is scattered with $3 pints, $5 Big Gingers, $5 margaritas, and drum roll please … half-priced tequila. These Wednesday KOK specials are the perfect way to shake off the “hump day” itch.
Rounding out our list is everyone’s favorite day of the week, Friday. Not that we encourage skipping class or anything, but the $5 Big Gingers, Long Islands, and margaritas are probably worth skipping lecture only half the class attends anyway. The weekend gets off to an even better start with no cover charge on Fridays, so really, there’s no reason not to be at KOK. We’ll cheers to $5 margaritas any day of the week.
Posted by Sarah Whaley
Summer does not seems to be coming anytime soon, so we may as well take advantage of snowy days. (Not snow days though, because IU has made its stance on those clear.) In between stomping from class to frigid class, try one of these activities to get your blood pumping and to melt your cold, cold heart.
1. Build a snow creature.
Anything but a snowman, really. Been there; done that. At this point, the only snowman worth making is Olaf from Frozen, or one of those baffling upside-down ones. Embellish your snow creation with items from nature like small twigs, berries, stones or leaves. (Alternative: try creating artwork in the bark of a tree, like in the photo above. The snow has to be good packing snow for this to work.)
2. Grab a tray from one of the food courts and go sledding.
Please return the tray afterwards though, undamaged. The best hills are on the north side of campus.
3. Try footprint tag.
Grab some friends and decide who is “it.” That person can only run in footprints of those trying to run away. The catch is that the more the others run, the more paths the person who is “it” has to choose from.
4. Make footprint designs.
If the snow is not sticky enough, you can always fall back on snow angels. (Pun intended.) Or, if you have an excess of time to kill, you could fill entire fields with snow circles like in the photo above. Add color by putting a few drops of food coloring in a spray bottle of water and squirting it on the snow.
5. Blow bubbles outside.
The temperature has to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for this to work, but supposedly the bubbles turn into opaque, glass-like balls.
6. Make snow ice cream.
Collect 4 to 5 cups of fresh, clean snow. Set the snow in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Mix together 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until the sugar is dissolved. Add the snow slowly, stirring constantly, until the consistency resembles ice cream. Yum!
(Original snow ice cream recipe from Family Crafts.)
Posted by Rebecca Kimberly
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and most people are either getting excited or increasingly dreading it. Either way, it’s almost inevitable you’ll be surrounded by happy couples gazing into each other’s eyes, like this couple lounging in Dunn Meadow in 1948. Or at least your Instagram feed will be full of similar gag-worthy photos. Here’s hoping this look back on dating in the ’40s helps prepare you for what’s to come.
Posted by Avery Walts
Bloomington is notorious for attracting the best local and national music artists. Seen as a hotspot for artists passing through, the city offers a variety of music venues, from intimate settings at The Bishop to rowdier, more party-driven concerts at The Bluebird Nightclub. We’ve made a list of the top five music venues to make your selection process easier.
1. The Bluebird Nightclub
Located at 216 N. Walnut St., The Bluebird ranks high for its historic value and atmosphere. The venue has hosted legendary acts such as Lou Reed and John Mellencamp, to the up-and-coming Indiana band Houndmouth that performs at The Bluebird tomorrow night. A bar serving an immense range of craft brews sure to please any beer connoisseur greets visitors at the door, while the sunken in, brick-lined walls surround the stage in back. If you’re lucky enough to catch a performance on a Wednesday night, the 15 cent beers are an added and much appreciated bonus.
2. The Bishop
This venue is the perfect opportunity for fans to watch their favorite artists perform up close and personal and make friends with strangers you’ll undoubtedly be rubbing shoulders against. A single stage sits at the head of the venue, while a bar lined with local hipsters stands on the opposite side of the wall. The Bishop usually holds events that are 18+ and 21+, but don’t be discouraged from checking out the event calendar that often plays host to local bands like Charlie Patton’s War.
3. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Once a silent movie house built in 1922, The Buskirk-Chumley Theater boasts a grand atmosphere for live performances. Located just off the square downtown, the theater has hosted national acts like Andrew Bird and Regina Spektor, where fans can gather at the front of the stage, or take a seat in the lower level or balcony. Despite its large appearance, performances still feel intimate, and there’s really not a bad seat in the house.
4. Rachael’s Cafe
If you’re looking for a more laid back atmosphere where the coffee and tea is flowing, Rachael’s Cafe on Third Street is the perfect spot. Rachael’s promises to “create a friendly, inclusive, peaceful atmosphere for all” and “bring understanding, education, and acceptance over a cup of coffee.” The cafe regularly hosts open mic nights, poetry slams, and local bands. Kick back on one of the many mismatched and worn-in couches and enjoy a unique Bloomington experience.
5. The IU Auditorium
Conveniently located on campus, the IU Auditorium offers a packed calendar of events each school year. If you’re willing to cough up the money, the auditorium provides an atmosphere for music that rivals the Buskirk. The vaulted ceilings provide the perfect acoustics for performers, orchestras, and lecturers. The auditorium also regularly showcases traveling Broadway shows like “Beauty and the Beast” in March and “West Side Story” in April.
Posted by Michela Tindera
So yeah, I do yoga now.
Over winter break I discovered a new favorite workout routine. Because running on the treadmill and looking like a dying worm doing crunches on the ground got boring, I went to a hot vinyasa yoga class at my gym in Carmel, Ind. instead.
It was the best thing — ever. I ended up going at least four times a week while I was home.
Good music, a warm room and relaxation made for an effective, enjoyable workout. Unfortunately, as soon as I returned to Bloomington the financial reality of $30/hour yoga classes set in. My pranayama was crushed.
So where else did I turn? YouTube.
My roommate and I joked about some of the amateur videos I tried out via my Apple TV. But I was determined to find something. Eventually I found my new favorite thing, the 30-day yoga challenge.
I was saved.
Erin Motz, a certified yoga instructor, partnered with doyouyoga.com to create 30 free, online yoga classes. Each video is less than 20 minutes long, and they send them directly to your email inbox one day at a time, keeping you on track with the challenge.
Motz’s videos are easy to follow, and most importantly — effective. Each day she adds new poses and challenges, working different muscles and enhancing your yoga knowledge.
- By Matthew Bloom
Posted by Sarah Whaley
What better way to spend 60 seconds than playing a “Minute to Win It” game? Challenge yourself or friends. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Back Flip
Start by placing two pencils across the back of your hand, then flipping and catching them with the same hand. Add two more pencils each time until you do it with 12 pencils.
Photo from Shoplet Blog.
2. Face the Cookie
Start by placing an Oreo (or other similarly-sized cookie) on your forehead. In 60 seconds, get the cookie from your forehead into your mouth using only your face.
Photo from The Talking Box.
3. Don’t Blow the Joker
Place a deck of cards on top of a glass bottle. Blow off the cards, leaving only one on top.
Photo from Minute to Win It Wiki.
Can you beat the clock? For more game ideas visit the official NBC site.
Posted by Rachel Wisinski
With the IU basketball team playing at Nebraska tonight, let’s take it back to 1974.
Tom Abernethy, shown here, played for the team from 1972-76. The Los Angeles Lakers drafted him in the third round of the 1976 NBA draft, and he also played for the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers in his career. He accumulated 1,779 points throughout five seasons.
In 1996, Abernethy founded the Indiana Basketball Academy in Indianapolis for Indiana basketball youth to develop their skills.
Tonight, the 13-7 Hoosiers will look to defeat the 10-9 Cornhuskers. Only time will tell if a Tom Abernethy-caliber player is on the court.
Posted by Avery Walts
Students took full advantage of the three day weekend Monday by celebrating MLK day at Kilroy’s on Kirkwood for their famed “Open to Close” event. However, tragedy struck a little too close to home when a shooting occurred at Purdue on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The shock was felt by all IU students and staff, and the rivalry was suddenly nonexistent. Bitter cold temperatures gave students hope for class cancellation, but apparently the negative degree windchill was nothing us “hearty Hoosiers” couldn’t handle. Instead, we all trekked to class looking like a clan of Michelin men. The weather didn’t stop those attending the annual Bloomington Pride Film Festival, hosted by the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Jan. 23-25.