Indiana Daily Student

Orienter 2014

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Editor-in-chief Rachel Wisinski

A note from the editor

Indiana Daily Student Editor-in-chief, Rachel Wisinski, offers the Orienter as a guide for new students on the IU campus.

Ronni Moore • Orienter
A statue of former IU president Herman B Wells is a popular campus sight, located near the Sample Gates.

Tricks of the trade

It’s up to students to make their schedule a successful one, but University Division advisers are there to help. Joyce Miller, an assistant director of advising for University Division shares several ways students can schedule their classes with ease.

Bad habits to avoid

As a freshman, you'll take on a number of  unfamiliar responsibilities. With them come some challenges you'll look to avoid at all costs. Don't fall into these bad habits, and it'll get easier. Here are some suggestions on how to stay on the right track.


Our study abroad program director holds a plate of vermillion during Bonalu. A pinch of the powder is traditionally applied to the forehead while visiting temples.

Study abroad

The IU Office of Overseas Study facilitates more than 250 programs on all eight IU campuses to more than 2,500 students and gives more than $100,000 in need- and merit-based scholarships annually.


Senior Joe Masek poses with one of the piece that will be featured in the "Candy Coated Chaos" exhibition that is the final project for Masek's Individualized Major Program on Thursday at the McCalla School. Masek, who is pre-art therapy, created some of the pieces in the show with children from the foster home where he grew up as a way to demonstrate how art is helpful in healing emotional wounds.

Students create their own majors with IMP

IMP is the Individualized Major Program. It allows students to pull from the major classes of multiple departments to create a custom course of study and a personalized major.


Teter Little 500 riders freshman Ashton Dehahn, left, senior Susan Laurie, sophomore Emma Coughlin and senior Lisa Hutchenson warm up on sationary bikes Saturday at the Student Recreational Sports Center. Teams competed to see who could produce the most energy by cycling.

Fighting the 'freshman 15'

There’s so much to worry about going into your freshman year: getting lost, making friends and avoiding the dreaded “freshman 15.” Fortunately, IU makes it easy for students to get fit and stay in shape with its two recreational facilities.


Just FYI

Here are a few key terms that are useful to know around campus. They’ll help you blend in so it’s not obvious you’re new.



Senior David McNamara sits in the Union to study for an up coming history exam. McNamera is also majoring in history.

Best study spots

Choosing where to study in Bloomington means knowing how you like to study. Group thinkers don’t have much fun in quiet locations, and wallflowers can be terrified by the sheer size of the Herman B Wells Library. Knowing who you are, or just how you like to absorb information, will make life easier when crunch time rolls around.


The textbook dilemma: rent or buy?

Buying at a bookstore tends to be the most expensive option. Although there are a variety of alternatives, some students still prefer the traditional way. However, with the help of the Internet, students now have the option to rent or buy books online, and they can even purchase them in the form of e-books.


Suzanne Collins is the author of the Hunger Games triology.

A distinguished campus: famous IU alumni

Today IU boasts more than 600,000 living alumni. Some names are more familiar than others. Here are a few, past and present, you might recognize.


Get to know your administration

The IU administration is made up of more than 100 administrative offices and services, each of which carries out a different task. With so many departments, it’s hard to remember who does what.


Words of wisdom

Leaders from across campus offer advice on how to prepare for the first year at IU. From the practical to the philosophical, they’ve got you covered.


Senior Andrea Newbauer drives to the basket during the game against USC Upstate on Sunday at Assembly Hall.

IU sports to watch

So you know about Assembly Hall and the five championship banners. By now, you get it — the men’s basketball team is sort of a big deal here. But IU has 24 NCAA Division I teams. And, with the exception of football and men’s basketball, all home games are free with your student ID.



This is where all of the Indiana Daily Student's coverage of the 2016 Little 500 races will live. The IDS will be adding more content as the season goes on, so continue to check here for continued coverage. 

The biggest little race

Each spring, hundreds of students turn into athletes in the largest collegiate cycling race in the country, and the biggest intramural event at IU, when they ride in the Little 500.


Lotus Festival

The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which will take place Sept. 18-21 this year, is an annual celebration of the cultures that make up Bloomington.


Members of Sigma Delta Tau rush into their house with their new members on January 7, 2007 during Bid Day.

Going greek?

IU is home to one of the largest greek communities in the nation. But with four major councils, which one’s right for you? Here’s a rundown of the nationally recognized greek organizations on campus.


Local band Best Friends performs during Chocolate Prom  on Friday at Rhino's.

Sounds of Bloomington

In a college town with one of the top music schools in the nation, there is bound to be local music talent. Throw in a variety of bars and live music venues, and almost every day of the week offers a new musical opportunity.


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