Adam Aasen

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 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.

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.

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.

Feb 28, 2006 1:16 am

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.

Feb 24, 2006 11:24 am

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.

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."

sports  •  Feb 14, 2006 1:25 am

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.

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."

Feb 7, 2006 1:32 am

Trustees reconsider searches

After an unsuccessful search for an IU-Bloomington chancellor, the IU board of trustees discussed possible changes to IU's search and screening process. Interim Provost Michael McRobbie presented his suggested priorities to the trustees' External Relations Committee meeting Friday. He said IU needs to consider the size of committees, quality of the members, University involvement and use of search firms. IU officials are currently searching or will be searching for several positions including IUB provost, IU-Purdue University Indianapolis executive vice chancellor and six deans on the Bloomington campus, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Feb 7, 2006 1:32 am

IUPUI faculty: 'What about us?'

In January, the IU board of trustees passed sweeping reforms to the University's structure, including the creation of a provost position and an increased presence of the IU president in Bloomington. Still, IU-Purdue University Indianapolis faculty members have asked "what about us?" In an emergency meeting Monday, Jan. 30, IUPUI faculty members passed resolutions urging IU President Adam Herbert not to forget about IUPUI in his plan to restructure IU.

Top University officials unveiled IU's $1.3 billion strategic plan to build its future around life sciences at the IU board of trustees' meeting Friday. Not only will the plan create hundreds of jobs, but it will also attempt to solidify IU as one of the top research universities for life sciences.

Feb 3, 2006 11:14 am

Ann Coulter coming to IU

Whether you think she's a bright, conservative speaker or a misinformed, narrow-minded shock artist, Union Board expects a packed crowd for author Ann Coulter, who is coming to speak at the IU Auditorium Feb. 23.

It's on billboards, T-shirts, Assembly Hall's scoreboard and now even on Dasani water bottles. IU is Red Hot. This summer, Newsweek named IU the "hottest big state school." As a result, IU leapt right onto this honor to create its recent "IU is Red Hot" marketing campaign and experts say the swiftness paid off. "The 'IU is Red Hot' label is a simple, distinctive message that is easy to communicate and conveys a positive image," said IU marketing professor Ray Burke. "It's a great platform for a marketing campaign."

Dr. Craig Brater doesn't know if there are any other vice presidents of life sciences around the country. He hasn't even ironed out all the responsibilities of the job. But one thing he does know is that IU's Department of Life Sciences is already strong. He is just looking to making it even stronger.

IU President Adam Herbert recently told the board of trustees that "the life sciences is now our highest University priority." So where does that leave the liberal arts at IU? University experts say right where it was -- at the heart of the mission of the campus. Although they don't receive as much press as IU's life sciences initiatives, the ever-growing School of Informatics or the consistently prestigious Kelley School of Business, educators say the arts still play a vital role in IU's elite reputation.

Jan 20, 2006 12:46 am

Team leader wanted due process

Little 500 teams, students and administrators have accused the IU Student Foundation of banning former Team Major Taylor director Courtney Bishop without due process.

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