This is the first installment of a weekly column that will run Wednesdays. Since Larry King was unavailable for a weekly intellectual critique of culture and cinema, we had to make due with in-house film reviewer and former arts editor Martin Tsai. That's life.
John Mellencamp fancies himself a Good Samaritan. The Seymour native announced Tuesday he'll give a free acoustic performance at 1 p.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Field, at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 10th Street. Mellencamp has been performing free, impromptu concerts throughout the month of August as part of his Good Samaritan Tour. He announces the concerts on his Web site, mellencamp.com, a few days in advance and has played in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Boston. Though attendance has varied, a recent show in Chicago drew in 15,000 for his hour-long set. The Bloomington performance will be the last of the tour, according to his Web site.
The only thing missing is the glass slipper. Junior Justin Johnston is living out his lifelong dream of being an entertainer in what he calls "a Cinderella story." After pursuing a major in telecommunications and a minor in music at IU for three years, he is leaving Bloomington to join the national touring company of the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent."
University Information Technology Services has been working overtime to correct computer problems many students living in the residence halls have experienced during the last week, a University official said.
When senior Amanda Welter was entering her final year in high school she had a decision to make. Would she accept a scholarship to play volleyball, or would she accept one to play basketball? Luckily for the volleyball team, she took her aunt's advice and played volleyball. Now, Welter is IU's leading outside hitter.
Two years after a sophomore died at Pi Kappa Alpha, the fraternity is ready to begin again. The Pikes, residing at 1012 E. Third St., were officially reinstated May 15. The fraternity had to clear a series of hurdles, including an interview process conducted by the national organization.
Rausell "Rocky" Harvey ran for 2,500 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior in high school and blew up in his second Illinois football game for 215 yards and three touchdowns. But is was not until his 17th collegiate contest against Michigan last season that the 5-foot-9, 215-pounder gain respect from his critics.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, members of Alpha Sigma Phi gathered in their house for a meeting with Assistant Dean of Students Jim Gibson and IU Alpha Sig Corporation Board President Steve Pitts. They thought the meeting was about rush. Instead, members received an eviction notice, effective Sept. 6.
"Finally, The Rock has come back to Greensboro!" Those were the words that Duane Johnson, better known as World Wrestling Federation superstar The Rock, shouted Monday night in front of a sold-out crowd for Monday Night Raw in Greensboro, N.C. Raw, the highest rated show in cable television history, was pushed back from its usual time slot of 8-10 p.m. because of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. But this did not stop the show from beating its leading competitor, Monday Night Nitro, in ratings for the 90th week in a row.
Inequities in the national sports community leads to an inauspicious product on the playing field. While it seems as though several leagues have taken precautionary measures such as salary caps and exemptions to ensure and endorse team parity, our national pastime has fallen behind in producing a consistent, qualitative Major League Baseball federation.
Eleven days away from home is a long time. Practicing football continuously for 11 days in Marshall, Ind., 90 minutes west of Indianapolis, can make the time seem even longer.
Gov. Frank O'Bannon announced last week the state's suspension on the gas sales tax will continue until Sept. 15, then be discontinued. The gas tax suspension went into effect July 1, when Hoosiers were paying an average of $1.70 per gallon ' one of the highest prices in the nation.
When you spend some time away from a familiar place, you appreciate it a bit more when you return. I hope that's the case for students as you return to our campus for the fall semester.
I ran into an old friend from my freshman year at a party the other night. It was strange, because seeing him again was like visiting a past life. We still see each other occasionally, but we've moved on from our days of living in Wright Quad.
Some like it hot, and that some would be me. If I'm in the mood for spicy food, I want it to be fiery. I don't want it to be palatable, I want it to challenge me. Spicy food, as chauvinistic as it might seem, is a test of my manhood and my ability to stand it.
Two new exhibitions will be featured in the School of Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which opened last Friday will continue until Oct. 6. Featured are "Old Stories," paintings by Nancy Morgan-Barnes, and Robert Barnes' "Lunch Bags." The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the SoFA Gallery.
IU Art Museum 'Works of Eugene Goudin, Paul Signac, Jacob Jordaens and Matthias Stom are being displayed on loan from U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Steven Green. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon through 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 855-5445.
Two or three times a year, the clubs of downtown Bloomington join together and turn up the heat with music from local and regional bands. It is once again that time of year when the prolific local musical talent shakes and bakes Bloomington all night. This extravaganza of music, dance and booze is what has come to be called Jammin' on Walnut Street.