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Songs, poetry reflect on life of music student

Robert Samels liked to put himself in his music. His opera "PILATVS," which he wrote about the life of Pontius Pilate, was described as "witty," "genius" and "enjoyable" -- all traits his friends attribute to him. Even in his notes in the margin, friends noticed how he poured himself into his work. "I was looking through the score," said senior Nicole Beemsterboer, a close friend of his, "and towards the end he had underlined the lyrics, stolen from Walt Whitman: 'Waste your days inventing ways to be remembered before you rot in the ground.' "I thought, 'What a fitting tribute.'" Hundreds of friends gathered Wednesday night at the Buskirk Chumley Theater to provide another "fitting tribute" to Samels, a graduate student in the Jacobs School of Music who was killed in a plane crash May 20.

IU might investigate logo use in Playboy

IU officials plan on looking into potential trademark infringement as nine female IU students posed nude next to IU logos in Playboy's "Girls of the Top Ten Party Schools" -- the magazine's most recent issue. Four of the girls were photographed at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, according to several ATO members. Dean of Students Dick McKaig said he has not seen the issue and had not heard of any IU logos in photos, but would be contacting University Counsel and Jenny McDaniel, vice president of licensing and trademarks with the IU Research and Technology Corp.

Trustees react to diversity worries

Members of IU's Black Student Union assembled Friday to let IU administrators know they're concerned about a lack of diversity in University leadership.

Coulter speech still drawing complaints

Conservative author Ann Coulter spoke at the IU Auditorium on Thursday, but students on campus are still talking about her controversial speech. E-mails, Facebook groups and even a student-led petition have questioned Union Board for bringing such a "divisive" speaker -- and at such a high cost.

Little 500 concert up in the air

Little 500 has had a rich tradition for not just amateur athletics, but also for music. Since 1960, five years after the first race, a big-name concert for students has been part of the tradition of the "World's Greatest College Weekend." But for many seniors, last year's Little 500 concert featuring hip-hop band The Roots was the first since their freshman year.

Ann Coulter splits IU's crowd

Conservative author Ann Coulter drew a large crowd to the IU Auditorium Thursday night. More than 2,500 of the auditorium's 3,200 seats were full, but that number dwindled throughout her speech as many students were ejected for disruptions and others simply walked out after certain comments.

Inside the reporter's notebook: Ann Coulter

A look at some of the notes reporter Adam Aasen made while covering Ann Coulter's speech at the IU Auditorium Thursday. Some made the final story, while others didn't. Ann Coulter "You don't want the republicans in power, does that mean you want a dictatorship, gay boy?" she said. "Evan Bayh isn't as insane as other democrats," she said. "But he certainly isn't as good as the worst republican."

Leveling the playing field

"Women need not apply." It was those four words that convinced former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh to change America. They say behind every powerful man is a great woman and Bayh, an IU School of Law alumnus and Indiana native, knows this to be true. His wife, Marvella, had been like his campaign manager. Marvella, the daughter of a wheat farmer, already had a list of achievements when she met Birch in December of 1951. In Oklahoma, she was a straight "A" student, the first female president of her student body, governor of Oklahoma Girls' State, president of Girls' Nation and had met President Truman. "It was love at first sight," said Bayh, now 78.

Maggie Daniels: Indiana's first daughter puts school first

When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was mentioned at a recent IU College Republicans meeting, one girl in the room buried her head in her arms as her face turned bright red. The governor's daughter, Maggie Daniels, a sophomore at IU, was noticeably embarrassed. "I'm just a face in 40,000 people," Maggie said. "I don't have 'governor's daughter' stamped on my forehead, so people don't really notice. I'm just a sophomore in college."

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