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With his new book “Play,” Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, has thrust playtime back into the national spotlight. but why is it so important? To find out, we sought out IU experts to talk about the benefits of a playful life at every age.
When Nicholas Hipskind sees a promising potential student who just
doesn’t look good on paper, IU gives the retired professor what he
calls “a gift.” If an applicant to the University gets denied, Hipskind can step in as
a faculty sponsor to vouch for the student’s character and help grant
him or her special admission.
IU’s exclusive contract with Coca-Cola expires June 30, and University officials are debating whether renewing it is the most ethical option.
IU students who traveled to Washington to witness Barack Obama's inauguration said the 44th president did a good job addressing the nation. But they could sense a change in the way the nation's first black president spoke. He has transformed, they say, from candidate Obama to President Obama.
Barack Obama raised a hand to history as he recited the oath of office
as the nation’s 44th president, declaring Americans have “chosen hope
over fear” and promising to rebuild the country in difficult times.
About 2 million people poured into the National Mall to watch the
country’s first black president address the crowd from the Capitol
building. The chanting throngs of spectators began to turn out before
dawn in sub-freezing temperatures and spanned from the Capitol building
past the Washington Monument.
Students traveled more than 600-miles from IU to Washington, D.C. to
get a peek at today's inauguration. Many are ticketless but are still
excited to be there. They planned to find a place to sit or stand on the National Mall and watch the ceremony on giant TVs.PODCAST: Hoosier Headlines
IU’s Singing Hoosiers will perform at the ball in the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington the night before President-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office.“We kind of get to show them what we’re made of and what kids our age can do,” said Natalie McRae, an alto in the group.The group received an invitation to perform and will sing for about an hour and a half, said Director Michael Schwartzkopf. He said the Singing Hoosiers have performed at inaugural balls before, but 15 to 20 years have passed since the last.
If you’re navigating your way from Fee Lane to 10th Street for the
first time or trying to determine the difference between the B bus and
the C bus – they’re very different, trust me – we want to help.
IU senior Audrie Garrison discusses the political nuance in everything from drink specials to baseball in our nation's capital
Thirty-eight years ago, the building that houses the IU Bookstore’s second location didn’t exist.\nIn that time, a check-cashing store out of the third floor of the bookstore’s Indiana Memorial Union location came and went. None of the IU memorabilia the store sold made any mention of the men’s basketball team’s 1976, 1981 and 1987 national championships – they were nothing but wishful thoughts. Barnes and Noble had nothing to do with the store – it was solely operated by IU.\nBut there was always Paul Hazel.\n“I love coming to work – almost – every day,” said Hazel, the director of the IMU Bookstore. “Nobody loves coming to work every day.”\nAfter working in the bookstore since the summer of 1969, the IU workdays Hazel looks forward to are numbered. He will work his last day as a bookstore employee on Feb. 15, after 38 years with the store, 43 years working with books and a lifetime in Bloomington.\nWith about 2,300 instructors placing orders, more than 5,000 titles circulating the shelves and more than 35,000 students roaming the store, every semester brings new people into the store and new challenges to deal with. Hazel said he loves going out onto the floor to help students find the textbooks they need.\n“Helping find books, getting books, answering questions,” he said, “that relationship with students, with customers, with faculty – that’s my favorite part of this job I’ve had all these years.”\nJack Spencer, executive director of administration for auxiliary services at IU, said throughout the last 38 years, Hazel has shown a dedication to his job and the bookstore. Spencer has known Hazel for about 30 years and was around when Hazel became director of the bookstore.\n“Paul’s just a fantastic guy,” Spencer said. “He loves people, he loves students and he loves his job.”\nHazel said he used to assure students every year that even though prices were rising, the cost of textbooks would increase less than all the other costs of school. That stopped about eight years ago, he said.\nAmong other factors, Hazel blames technology and the increased use of color photos, clickers and CDs for the increase. But faculty and publishers need to keep students’ budgets in mind, too, he said.\n“The thing that has always been a mystery to me is how they can put out a new edition of ancient history,” he said. “I honestly never got a straight answer to that.”\nHazel said his favorite time of year is graduation day, because everybody in the store and on campus is happy and excited. He also said he enjoys working during Alumni Weekend, where he’s had former students tell him stories of he they met their husbands and wives in the bookstore or used to meet with them there between classes.\nMen’s basketball national championships are some of Hazel’s favorite IU memories. Hazel said since the bookstore begins selling national championship memorabilia the day after the game, the printers make national championship shirts for both teams in the tournament, and then disposes of the shirts for whoever ends up losing the game. The shirts for the winning team are in the store the next morning.\nFor the 1981 championship, the t-shirt printer gave Hazel and his wife IU national championship t-shirts before they left for the game in Philadelphia. They wore the shirts under their sweatshirts, and once the team won, they took off the sweatshirts and were the some of the first people to sport the shirts. He said all the fans kept asking where they got the shirts, and the bookstore was a mad house the next morning.\nHazel’s friends said some of their favorite memories of working with Hazel included staff golf outings. Jack Hudson, who works on retirement plans for IU, has known Hazel for 20 years. Though their work-related interaction was always limited to the staff golf trips before now, Hudson is now working with him at IU to develop Hazel’s retirement plan.\n“I accidentally hit his favorite golf ball into the water, and he is still mad about it,” Hudson joked. “It was a Titleist, and he found it.”\nOne of the biggest changes for the bookstore since Hazel started was the construction of the bookstore in Eigenmann, which has been around for about five years. They added the store because students said they wanted it – and because they wanted a place with free parking and longer hours. The store eventually ended up being “too successful,” he said, because they did not predict the large number of textbooks students would demand in the store.\n“It was a phenomenal success. We were scared to death to spend that kind of money,” Hazel said. “That’s one of the things that I’ve been invested in that I’m very proud of.”\nHazel’s 38 years in the bookstore have been a challenging experience, and a lot has changed, he said, but he’s loved – almost – every day of it.\n“I love students,” he said. “I love the challenge of finding square pegs for round holes.”
A woman who told police Monday she had been abducted and raped twice by two unknown men recanted her report Thursday, IU Police Department Capt. Jerry Minger said.\nThe woman, a 19-year-old IU student, first told police the men abducted her while she was on the corner of 10th Street and Sunrise Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22. She said the men grabbed her by the arms as she was walking home from work and put her in the backseat of a car, drove her to a parking lot and assaulted her before leaving her at the original location.\nOn Thursday, when she went in for a follow-up interview with Detective Sgt. Leslie Slone, she said she had not actually been sexually assaulted or abducted, Minger said.\n“She had had consensual sex with a subject she met on the Internet at a Motel 6,” Minger said.\nMinger said the case is still being investigated and that police are waiting to confirm the identity of the male subject and interview him.\nIUPD has submitted for consideration an affidavit for charges of false informing to the Monroe County prosecutor’s office, Minger said.
An IU wrestler was in the intensive care unit of Bloomington Hospital on Monday evening after he jumped from the third floor of the Walnut Center parking garage early Sunday morning, police said.\nFreshman Eric Cameron, 18, fell onto power boxes and flipped, landing on the ground on his back after a three-story fall from the parking garage on the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets, Bloomington Police Department Detective Sgt. David Drake said, reading from a police report. As of Monday, Cameron was on a ventilator in the intensive-care unit at Bloomington Hospital, bleeding from his brain, Drake said.\nCameron, who lives in McNutt Quad, jumped from the parking garage after a friend he was with got into a fight with a 25-year-old man and four women at about 3 a.m. Sunday near Kilroy's Sports Bar, Drake said, reading from the report.\nThe 25-year-old man and the women were leaving Kilroy's Sports Bar when Cameron's friend began "hitting on" the women. Cameron and his friend, accompanied by a third friend, followed the women to the parking garage, Drake said.\nThe 25-year-old man told Cameron's friend to stop bothering the women, and one of the women told the man to go away, Drake said, reading from the report. The friend then punched the woman, a 22-year-old IU student, in the eye. She sustained a contusion on her right cheek, one loose tooth and two chipped teeth, Drake said.\nAccording to the report, the 25-year-old man then punched Cameron's friend, knocking him to the ground.\nWhen the 25-year-old man and the four women got in to their SUV, Cameron began punching the rear driver's side window of the vehicle, Drake said, reading from the report.\nWhen Bloomington Police Department officers arrived, Cameron "took off running and jumped over the wall" of the parking garage, Drake said. According to the report, Cameron smelled of alcohol when officers found him. Officers did not perform a Breathalyzer test.\nDrake said the two men Cameron was with disappeared sometime during the incident, and police have not yet found or identified them.\nSheila Ankney, Cameron's mother, said he has been improving since Sunday. He is still unconscious in the intensive-care unit, but he tried to open his eyes Monday, she said. \nA police officer called Ankney early Sunday with news about her son, she said. She, her husband and Cameron's father arrived in Bloomington at about 7 a.m. Sunday morning, after driving from Cincinnati.\n"When you have a child in the hospital, a 2 1/2 hour drive can seem like two weeks," she said.\nThough doctors are awaiting the results of a third CT scan to determine how well Cameron will recover, Ankney said she is still thankful for some things.\n"There are no broken bones; there's no paralysis," she said. "It's a miracle."\nThe past 36 hours have been like a bad dream, but Ankney has received tremendous support from the hospital, IU and Cameron's friends, she said. IU wrestling coach Duane Goldman visited Cameron in the hospital Sunday night, she said. \n"The wrestling team -- they've been wonderful," she said. "There are some wonderful students out there."\nAnkney said she believes Cameron was just trying to help his friend in the parking garage, and when police arrived, he ran
A 100-pound American bulldog is safely back in the hands of its owner after police cracked a case of dog-napping Wednesday.\nThe dog's owner, Brady Gillihan, 31, called police Wednesday morning and said he was inside the Pizza Hut at 110 E. Winslow Rd. on Tuesday night picking up a carry-out order. When he returned to his car, Gillihan found that his dog, which he had left in the car for a few minutes, was missing, said Bloomington Police Department Detective Sgt. David Drake, reading from a police report.\nGillihan received a call Wednesday morning from a man who said he had the dog and would be willing to return it for a monetary reward, Drake said. The two men arranged to meet later that morning in front of Kleindorfer's Hardware & Variety Store, 1401 W. Kirkwood Ave. Gillihan contacted police about the situation, and they accompanied Gillihan to the meeting.\nDrake said officers witnessed Lloyd R. Turpin, 34, 5010 S.Stanford Road, arriving at the meeting place with the dog. They arrested Turpin on preliminary charges of theft.\nDrake said Turpin was out on bond for other theft charges and has another pending case involving theft and forgery charges.
Police are investigating a series of events from late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning in which a woman was raped, a man was murdered and another man sustained gunshot wounds in a city an hour southwest of Bloomington.\nIndiana State Police suspect Roger Nicholson, 39, of Loogootee, Ind., drove to Red Wing Mobile Home Park in Lowell, Ind., Tuesday night, picked up a woman, drove her to a rural area on County Road 1300 East in Daviess County and raped her, according to an ISP news release. Police say Nicholson then drove her back to the trailer park and dropped her off.\nThe relationship between Nicholson and the victim will not be released because of the investigation, ISP Sgt. Todd Ringle said in the release.\nEarly Wednesday morning, police responded to the same trailer park after receiving a 911 call saying shots had been fired in the area. When police arrived, they found that Ronald Blackmon, 41, had been shot. He was transported to Daviess Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.\nPolice believe Blackmon, who also lives in the trailer park, was visiting the rape victim's family in a nearby trailer when Nicholson arrived, confronted Blackmon and shot him twice with a .410-gauge shotgun. When police reached the scene, the rape victim was not at the trailer, but her two children were.\nPolice received a tip that Nicholson was using the telephone at Casey's General Store in Dugger, Ind. When an officer arrived, Nicholson had already left. A Sullivan County sheriff's deputy saw Nicholson's vehicle on County Road 700 East. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, and Nicholson allegedly ran off the road and into a ditch. \nIndiana State Police said in its news release officers don't know "at this time" whether Nicholson shot himself or whether police shot him.\nNicholson was being treated Wednesday at Sullivan County Community Hospital.
The Indiana State Police responded to allegations that a Democratic Monroe County employee was found illegally holding overseas absentee ballots Tuesday.\nInitial reports from The Associated Press stated that the FBI was conducting an investigation into the matter. County clerk Jim Fielder and Jack Schmit, a Republican Monroe County Election Board member, both said the FBI began an investigation, but Indiana State Police First Sgt. Dave Bursten said the FBI was never involved.\nWendy Osbourne, spokeswoman for the Indianapolis office of the FBI, said she could not confirm or deny whether any investigations were being conducted. The FBI has jurisdiction over voter fraud allegations, she said.\n"We can't confirm anything until it becomes public record and any arrests are made," Osbourne said.\nSchmit, who is also an IU faculty member, said the Election Board determined the employee had a duplicate key, which she was not authorized to have, to a room in the Curry Building where the ballots were kept. Schmit said the FBI came and asked questions about the situation.\nSchmit said the employee had about 19 or 20 ballots in her possession and the Election Board will consider them provisional ballots and will review them within the next 10 days.\nSchmit said a team of Republicans and Democrats were working together Tuesday night to review the situation. He said the county had signed affidavits in their possession to verify the ballots that needed counted.\n"The FBI and the state police confirmed that the \nadministrative process was in place," Schmit said.\nBursten said that the state police only made a preliminary inquiry into the situation, which they do "quite regularly."\n"At this point, it's been agreed with the Republicans and the Democrats that they will more closely review the ballots that they feel may be an issue sometime tomorrow," Bursten said.\nAfter conceding to Democratic challenger Baron Hill, 9th District Congressional incumbent Mike Sodrel commented on the situation, saying he did not believe the votes in question were enough to make a difference in the final outcome of the race, but that he believed it was important to "preserve democracy for the future of the nation." He added that "stuffing the ballot box" was not the way to do that.\nFranklin Andrew, chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, said the FBI contacted him Tuesday and told him about the situation.\n"I think she should be ashamed of herself," Andrew said. "But we'll leave all that to the prosecutors, the FBI and the police."\nGlenn Murphy, chairman of the Republican party in Clark County, where Sodrel's campaign waited for the results, said Clark County experienced similar problems Tuesday.\n"That's what we've been finding in Clark County," Murphy said. "That's what we've been trying to protect against."\nSchmit said the woman, who is a temporary employee, was reassigned to another job in the Curry Building after being found with the ballots.\n--Staff writers Michael Reschke, Michael Sanserino and Brian Spegele contributed to this report from Bloomington. Staff writer Paige Ingram contributed from Jeffersonville, Ind.
The Indiana State Police responded to allegations that a Democratic Monroe County employee was found holding absentee ballots from overseas Tuesday.\nInitial reports from The Associated Press stated that the FBI was conducting an investigation into the matter. County clerk Jim Fielder and Jack Schmit, a Republican Monroe County Election Board member, both said the FBI began an investigation, but Indiana State Police First Sgt. Dave Bursten said the FBI was never involved.\nWendy Osbourne, spokeswoman for the Indianapolis office of the FBI, said she could not confirm or deny whether any investigations were being conducted. The FBI does have jurisdiction over voter fraud allegations, she said.\n"We can't confirm anything until it becomes public record and any arrests are made," Osbourne said.\nSchmit, who is also an IU faculty member, said the Election Board determined the employee had a duplicate key, which she was not authorized to have, to a room in the Curry Building where the ballots were kept. Schmit said the FBI did come and ask questions about the situation.\nSchmit said the employee had about 19 or 20 ballots in her possession and that right now, the Election Board is considering them provisional ballots and will review them within the next 10 days.\nSchmit said a dual team of Republicans and Democrats were working together Tuesday night to review the situation. He said the county had signed affadavits in their possession to verify the ballots that needed counted.\n"The FBI and the state police confirmed that the administrative process was in place," Schmit said.\nBursten said that the state police only made a preliminary inquiry into the situation, which they do "quite regularly."\n"At this point, it's been agreed with the Republicans and the Democrats that they will more closely review the ballots that they feel may be an issue sometime tomorrow," Bursten said.\nFranklin Andrew, chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, said the FBI contacted him Tuesday and told him about the situation.\n"I think she should be ashamed of herself," Andrew said. "But we'll leave all that to the prosecutors, the FBI and the police."\nGlenn Murphy, chairman of the Republican party in Clark County, where Republican Congressional candidate Mike Sodrel's campaign was waiting for the results, said Clark County experienced similar problems Tuesday.\n"That's what we've been finding in Clark County," Murphy said. "That's what we've been trying to protect against."\nSchmit said the woman, who is a temporary employee, was not given access to the voting process later in the day and was given other work to do in the Curry Building.\nMichael Reschke, Brian Spegele and Michael Sanserino contributed reporting from Bloomington. Paige Ingram contributed reporting from Jeffersonville.
Bloomington police arrested a woman early Saturday morning for driving at high speeds the wrong way down State Road 37, said Bloomington Police Department Detective Sgt. David Drake.\nAt about 3 a.m. Saturday, the BPD received a call reporting that a vehicle was driving south in the north-bound lane of State Road 37 in the area of Oliver Winery, Drake said, reading from a police report. According to the report, the person who called estimated the car was moving at about 80 miles per hour.\nOfficer Tracy Headley arrived at the scene and witnessed the vehicle traveling the wrong way, Drake said. Headley turned on the police lights on her squad car and drove out to the middle of the street so her car would block both lanes in an attempt to stop the driver. According to the report, the driver did slow down but drove off the roadway to avoid the car.\nDrake said police would not normally use these methods just to initiate a traffic stop, but this situation called for more "extreme measures."\nAnother squad car pulled in front of the vehicle, forcing the driver, Brooke Brown, 23, to stop. According to the report, when Brown exited the car, she had to hold herself up against the vehicle to remain standing. \nBrown's blood alcohol content level tested at 0.20, according to the report. The legal blood alcohol content level in Indiana is .08.\nBrown told officers she started drinking at Kilroy's Bar & Grill on Kirkwood Avenue at about 9:30 p.m., Drake said. Then, at about 12:30 a.m., she decided to go to Indianapolis to drink with her ex-boyfriend but changed her mind and decided to go back to Bloomington.\nDrake said she told police she did not realize she was driving the wrong way.\nPolice also arrested IU student Camille L. Navarro, 24, early Friday morning under similar circumstances. Drake said Navarro was traveling south on Walnut Street, a one-way northbound street, toward a squad car. The officer activated his lights and stopped, but Navarro continued driving toward him, and he had to veer to the right to avoid Navarro, according to the report.\nNavarro's blood alcohol content level tested at 0.17, according to the report.
An undergraduate science degree is an unusual educational background for an aspiring politician, but state treasurer Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said it's been helpful.\nMourdock said if he is elected, he hopes to work to provide incentives for technology entrepreneurs. For example, he said entrepreneurs researching ethanol could receive help from the state with paying back interest on loans.\nMourdock, who graduated from Ball State with a master's degree in geology, is self-employed as a private consultant in the environmental and energy business.\n"Very simply, new jobs, new wealth, new economy is generated with new technology," Mourdock said. "It's the itty bitty savings that make the difference between technology and deployment."\nIf elected, another of Mourdock's main goals is to implement a statewide reverse-911 system, he said. The idea is that once 911 dispatchers are alerted about a danger in a certain area, people who live in that vicinity would receive a call warning them. \nMourdock points to an incident last November, when 11 people were killed by a tornado at 1 a.m. in Vanderburgh County, where Mourdock lives and twice served as a county commissioner. He said he believes some of these people could possibly have been saved had a reverse-911 system existed at the time.\n"The technology is out there," Mourdock said. "We simply need to find a way to make it happen in various communities."\nAnother one of Mourdock's priorities has to do with Major Moves, the controversial lease of the I-69 toll road. Mourdock said he believes any money made from the project needs to be used for transportation. He wants to make sure politicians from either parties don't use the money for other purposes.\n"It's happened before," Mourdock said. "Our (legislature) has a history of taking people's money, and we can't let that happen."\nMourdock is also supportive of a statewide investment plan that would allow parents to save for their children's college educations tax-free, according to his Web site.\nMourdock said he believes Indiana is on the right track -- thousands of jobs have been created, and the budget is balanced for the first time in eight years -- and promised to keep it moving in that direction.\n"I'm not a bureaucrat. I'm not a patient person," he said. "I'm a guy that wants to see Indiana government keep going the way it has"
As an IU alumnus, Democratic state treasurer candidate Michael Griffin said he knows what students need.\nOne of Griffin's seven main plans for the office of treasurer involves an option in which future college students, or parents of future college students, could begin a pre-pay plan when the prospective students are young that would go toward funding an education at any state university. Those who participate in the program would then lock in the tuition rates and protect themselves from rising costs.\n"That's becoming an increasing barrier," Griffin said. "As a practical matter, I would have to be honest and say that we have world-class publicly supported universities. \n"I'd even say it about Purdue," he joked.\nGriffin finished his undergraduate work at IU in 1981 with a degree in political science and religious studies. He later went back to IU-Northwest in Gary for his master's of public administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He currently works as an adjunct lecturer at IU-Northwest.\nOne of the other main ideas Griffin touts is what he calls "the Griffin Plan," a plan to re-invest money made from Gov. Mitch Daniels' Major Moves toll road project to nearly triple the amount of money Indiana receives.\n"My plan would provide for three times the buying power and five times the investment reduction," Griffin explained.\nGriffin's career in public service began in 1992 when he was first elected clerk-treasurer of Highland, Ind. He has been elected to four consecutive terms and still holds the position. Griffin said the experience is applicable because the duties he performs every day for Highland are similar to the job description of a state treasurer, but on a smaller scale. "I really love that job," Griffin said. "One of the things that has been important to me, one of the ways I've consoled myself, is that I've (realized) I wouldn't be serving the people of Highland any less. I'd actually be serving them differently."\nGriffin said he is one of only seven certified public finance administrators in the state, which means he passed a review of public finance education and experience requirements. Griffin said he believes that if the state of Indiana hired for the job rather than elected for it, they would choose him after a comparison of resumes.\n"I think I'm uniquely equipped to be a servant in that office from day one," he said. "I do have a servant's heart"
Bloomington police arrested an IU student after he fired a gun at a party early Saturday morning, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joe Qualters said. \nBobby D. Davis, 21, faces preliminary charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon, a class C felony; criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.\nBloomington Police Department officers were dispatched to a house in the 100 block of North Roosevelt Street at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of shots being fired, Qualters said, reading from a police report. When they arrived, people already in the house directed them to Davis, who had no weapon on his person when they searched him.\nDavis told the officers that one of his friends got into a fight in which several people "took him to the ground," so he took a .45-caliber pistol from the waistband of his jeans and fired two rounds into the ceiling, Qualters said. Davis said other people in the house pushed him into the kitchen and took the gun from his hands.\nSeveral witnesses confirmed this story, according to the report.\nQualters said the rounds went through the floor of a second-story bedroom where someone was sleeping on a mattress on the floor. The occupant was unharmed, Qualters said, but told police the rounds hit the floor very near the place where he was \nsleeping.