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Abortion pill step in right direction

The Food and Drug Administration finally approved the use of the abortion pill RU-486 in the United States last Thursday. Mifepristone, as it is known by its chemical name, gives women the choice of a chemical abortion opposed to a surgical one.

Crime and punishment - on the rink

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Politics more than donkeys and elephants

Those who read the IDS opinion page on a regular basis have probably noticed a recurring political column called "Head to Head." This column, written by leaders of the IU College Republicans and IU College Democrats, features a different topic each week discussed from each organization's own perspective. These topics sometimes correspond with the issues being run into the ground by our two erstwhile bastions of presidential potential, Al Gore and George W. Bush.

Trustees and the 'spirit of the law'

Wasn't there something in the new Code of Conduct about acting in a forthright manner with people? No deceptive answers? No half-truths? And aren't athletes, being representatives of the University, expected to operate to a higher standard than other students? So shouldn't the president and trustees be expected to operate at an even higher standard?

Administration should appreciate greeks' activities

All right, enough is enough. This is ridiculous. Fraternities and sororities have taken enough abuse from this University. We understand that alcohol is a big problem on many campuses across the country, but how much more flack are we going to have to take for it? The University has cracked down on the greek system way too hard.

Homosexuals need the right of marriage

The Boys Scouts' anti-gay policy has recently been defended by Randy Brown, executive of the Hoosier Trails Council. It isn't really discriminatory, he claims, because the Scouts want leaders who will exemplify their values about abstinence before marriage and fidelity during it.

Skateboarders ruin campus appearance

I am writing about the skateboarding ordinance recently passed by the Bloomington Common Council. I would like to remark that this is something that perhaps IU should consider also. I am a recently graduated IU alumna, and I passed by countless limestone curbs and low walls last year on campus that had been ruined by the ugly skid marks left by skateboarders.

Alumni should redirect contributions

I read with great interest two stories featured on your front page: "IU rejects alum's offer" and "United Way celebrates start of campaign year" (IDS, Sept. 29). While in the first story, Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban's kindly offer of $540,000 to defray the cost of bandwidth for using Napster had been rebuked, the second story noted United Way of Monroe County struggled to raise the same amount during last year's charity drive.

University should support students with disabilities

Years ago, I attended IU as a student in the MBA program. It was at IU where I met my wife of 32 years. I have been proud of being a graduate of IU and of the quality of education I received. When my son informed me that he wanted to attend IU, my wife and I were very happy.

Hostettler votes against legislation

I find it extremely disturbing that Congressman John Hostettler voted against the hate crimes bill last week. It is appalling that our "representative" can disregard the importance of an issue such as hate crimes.


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'Jekyll & Hyde' comes up short

Every so often, a story strikes such a chord that it becomes a part of the vernacular. Such is the case with Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which was published in 1886.

48-plaintiff lawsuit filed

A lawyer representing 48 plaintiffs is filing a lawsuit today claiming IU President Myles Brand purposely avoided state laws.

Pat Knight takes new job

Pat Knight, former assistant men's basketball coach and son of former coach Bob Knight, accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Akron's men's basketball team. Knight will replace Saint Crawford, who is looking at another position elsewhere. Knight's official start date is Oct. 16.

IU quarterbacks coach succumbs to lymphoma at 52

Assistant football head coach and quarterbacks coach Pete Schmidt passed away Friday in Bloomington after battling lymphoma for almost a year. Coach Cam Cameron hired Schmidt, 52, in 1996 after serving as head coach at Albion College from 1983-1996. Schmidt was the first assistant hired by Cameron. Throughout Schmidt's illness, Cameron said he managed to visit him once a day.

Political science professor to spend 9 months researching in Croatia

Assistant Professor of Political Science Yvette Alex-Assensoh was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to spend nine months in Croatia. The award will allow Alex-Assensoh to further her research on ethnic politics and teach a political science course at the University of Zagreb during the 2001 spring semester.

Backup goalie starts first collegiate game

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- IU fans leaned from the stands to pat Colin Rogers on his head to congratulate the junior goalkeeper for his performance in the Hoosiers' 3-2 win against Penn State.

IU 3, Penn State 2: Men's soccer upsets No. 2 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- On paper, the IU men's soccer team wasn't supposed to defeat the No. 2 team in the country Friday night. But in a time of seemingly bad luck, IU halted its season-long offensive woes, defensive inconsistency and received solid play from junior goalkeeper Colin Rogers in a 3-2 upset against Penn State.

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