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Some top selfie spots to visit on the IU campus



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Frank E. McKinney, Jr. fountain outside Merrill Hall. Yulin Yu Buy Photos

IU's campus is home to many sights and landmarks. Here is a list of some of the most memorable places you can visit on campus for a picture or selfie.

1. Sample Gates


The Sample Gates are on Indiana Avenue next to Franklin Hall. The gates are one of the most recognizable symbols of IU. Victor Gan Buy Photos


Perhaps one of the most iconic shots at IU, the Sample Gates serve as both a physical and symbolic entrance to campus at the crossway of Kirkwood and Indiana avenues on the west side of campus. 

While the gates are now almost synonymous with IU, the gates are a relatively new addition to campus and at one point, that entry was not as welcoming. Edson Sample, who funded the gates in 1987 to honor his parents, said a one-way exit road was originally in front of Franklin Hall rather than the pathway and gates that are there now. Traffic signs reading “Do Not Enter” stood on either side of the road.


2. Showalter Fountain


People rest on a bench May 25, in front of the Showalter Fountain.  Zheng Guan Buy Photos


"The Birth of Venus" at the Showalter Fountain is the centerpiece of the Fine Arts Square and one of IU’s best-known public art works. Designed by IU fine arts professor Robert Laurent, it depicts the Roman goddess Venus rising from the waves. Its origins begin in the 1950s, when then-IU President Herman B Wells first commissioned it and traveled to Italy where the bronze was cast in 1958.

Made possible by a gift from Grace Showalter, "The Birth of Venus" was dedicated Oct. 22, 1961.

The statue has also been at the center of numerous pranks and vandalism.

All five fish disappeared when IU won the NCAA basketball championship in 1987, according to a report by the Indianapolis News. They were soon recovered, according to an IDS report. A fish had also been taken when IU won the NCAA championship in 1976.


3. Rose Well House


The Rose Well House is a small structure built in 1908 from stone door gates that were originally part of the Old College Building. The well house is located on the northeastern edge of Dunn's Woods. IDS file photo Buy Photos


One of the oldest structures on campus, the Rose Well House has also served as a major source of water and a romantic fixture since its completion in 1908.

The Rose Well House is a place where couples can be found late at night. According to IU Archives, a woman was not considered a "true coed" until she kissed her romantic partner there at the last stroke of midnight. Back in those days women studying at IU had a curfew of 11 p.m., which made this romantic getaway a risky move.


4. The Light Totem at the Eskenazi Art Museum 


An Orientation leader tells his group about the IU Art Museum's collection while they put their feet up against the wall. This was one stop of many included in the Campus Legends Tour for incoming freshman students.  IDS file photo Buy Photos


One of the first things new students might end up doing during First Year Experience and Orientation is visiting the light wall at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Taking a picture under multicolored, changing light display is a common activity for freshmen. 


5. The Jordan Hall Greenhouse


Potted plants hang from the ceiling of the Jordan Hall Greenhouses. The greenhouses are free to enter for public observation. Mallory Smith Buy Photos


Right next to the IU Biology Department building is a hidden gem, the Jordan Hall Greenhouse. The greenhouse allows students, faculty, staff and visitors to take a stroll through green gardens, flowers and exotic plants. It is a thriving greenhouse of unusual, exotic plants from every corner of the world. 


6. IU Arboretum


The arboretum receives national recognition for its plant diversity. It was for the former site of Memorial Stadium, then known as Tenth Street Stadium. Ty Vinson Buy Photos


The IU Arboretum is a relaxing place to hang out in the midst of campus with dozens of trees and greenery all around. A gazebo overlooks numerous paths as well as a pond. Originally home to IU's Tenth Street Stadium and the Little 500 bicycle race, the current site of the Arboretum is near the Herman B Wells Library and the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 


7. Beck Chapel


Organist Janette Fishell plays the organ during a free lunchtime concert in Beck Chapel.  IDS file photo Buy Photos


Located near the heart of campus by the Indiana Memorial Union and Ballantine Hall, Beck Chapel is a quiet oasis of peace for many students in the midst of finals.

Completed in 1956, Beck Chapel blends different styles of religious architecture and symbols from different religious traditions.

Beck Chapel can be reserved for weddings, memorial services and other events of a religious nature. It is open to the public for prayer and meditation every day, unless it is reserved for a private event.


8. South Lounge at the Indiana Memorial Union (quiet room)


The South Lounge in the Indiana Memorial Union. IDS file photo Buy Photos


If you're walking by the Starbucks inside the Union, you might see a large room adjacent full of sleeping and studying students. That's the South Lounge. Throughout the week, students in the room keep noise to a minimum so people can catch up on much-needed sleep on the couches or study for that finance exam they have in two hours.

The room also boasts an impressive set of windows facing out to campus, which provides excellent lighting for both study and selfies.


9. Any red clock tower


Pictured is one of IU's red clock towers June 26, which can be found throughout campus. Matt Begala Buy Photos


Around IU there are a number of red clock towers, most noticeably near the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center and Woodburn Hall. The Ohio-based Verdin Company installed the clocks more than a decade ago and since then they have become iconic landmarks around IU. 


10. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall


Fans wait in line at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall prior to the doors opening for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 21. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos


In a basketball-crazed state like Indiana, there could be no more iconic place to have your selfie taken than in front of the famed arena. Home to the IU men's and women's teams, the arena underwent a renovation three years ago to keep it looking picture-perfect for decades to come.


11. Dunn's Woods


A path leads through trees May 29, at Dunn Woods. The woods are located at 107 S. Indiana Ave., right by the Sample Gates. Matt Begala Buy Photos


Dunn's Woods is a beautiful wooded area on IU's campus. In 2016, new lights were installed throughout the area after students had complained for years, saying it was difficult to see who was coming down the paths at night. Now, the area is lit throughout the night and offers a scenic path through the Old Crescent part of campus.


12. Jordan River


Then-senior Anita DeCastro studies along the Jordan River.  IDS file photo Buy Photos


Jordan River is a creek which winds its way through campus. Originally the small creek was known as "Spanker's Branch," but it was formally renamed to "Jordan River" in 1994 to honor David Starr Jordan, a former IU president.

13. Frank E. McKinney Jr. Fountain


Frank E. McKinney, Jr. fountain outside Merrill Hall. Yulin Yu Buy Photos


The yellow fountain just outside the Jacobs School of Music Simon Music Center is beautiful when on full blast. Home to many a practicing student, the shaded benches near the fountain offer a nice reprieve from studies and work.


14. Statues of Herman B Wells and Hoagy Carmichael


The Herman B Wells statue can be found by Owen Hall. Many students sit next to Wells and shake his hand as a tradition. IDS file photo Buy Photos


The likeness of Herman B Wells sits cheerily on a bench near the former IU President’s original office, hand outstretched and palm down — the way Wells would have held it.

Harold “Tuck” Langland, a former IU-South Bend professor and the sculptor of the Wells statue, said the statue was revealed to an emotional audience in October 2000. It's a tradition among new students to shake Wells' hand, so as to receive good luck throughout their four years.

Another iconic image on campus is that of Hoagy Carmichael who can be found near the IU Auditorium and the School of Global and International Studies, as he plays his piano. Carmichael was born in Bloomington in 1899 and earned his bachelor's degree from IU. As a student at IU, he began to compose songs and perform regularly. Students can now share a bench with the famous composer.


The Hoagy Carmichael statue can be found next to the IU Cinema. Michael McAuley, the artist of the statue, unveiled his statue of Carmichael at the Indy Jazz Fest in Bloomington in 2007.   IDS file photo Buy Photos



15. The Conrad Prebys Amphitheater


Pictured is the IU Conrad Prebys Amphitheater on July 10, next to Bryan House.  Matt Begala Buy Photos


IU President Herman B Wells had a vision when he was alive for an outdoor performance venue. That vision was realized in 2016 with the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater. It is located next to the Bryan House in the heart of the Bloomington campus.

The amphitheater includes more than 300 pieces of custom, machined and hand-carved limestone and has a seating capacity of around 275 people. Outdoor movies and performances occur throughout the school year and summer.

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