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Christina Jewett

Students in Washington witness controlled chaos

About 10 minutes after senior Samantha Bingham's train pulled out of the Pentagon Metro station, a plane under terrorist control crashed near the military complex. She wouldn't find out until she arrived at work in Washington that the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon had crumbled after the worst terrorist attack ever waged against the United States.

IU faces budget cut, tuition hike

Facing budget cuts of $55.5 million from the state, the University will have to make cuts in information technology and campus maintenance and raise tuition again next year, IU President Myles Brand said Friday. The cuts will affect the budget period ending in 2003. The state is also withholding $37 million in IU operating funds for June 2002, a move that will force the University to dip into reserves to meet payroll expenses. "The reserves just about cover (the $37 million). There isn't much more there," Brand said.

Looking on the sunny side

The police are pulling a body out of the bay right now. Can you run down to the pier to check that out?" That was the idea of a message from my editor that flashed across my screen one day this summer. I was interning at a Florida newspaper as a reporter on the city desk. My mission was to find out who died -- and how.

The real world isn't so bad after all

This column was never supposed to happen this way. I had planned to eventually write a column urging you to stop and smell the IU tulips because the "real world" of working in a city from 9 to 5 is no eternal picnic.

Professor calls for policies to end terror

While bombs and fighter jets cloud the skies over Afghanistan, M. Nazif Shahrani is more interested in examining the policies that allowed terrorism to take root initially. Shahrani, chairman of the IU Department of Near Eastern Languages, lived in Afghanistan until his second year of college. He spoke with Bush's top aid on Afghan affairs and advised the president of the Afghanistan Northern Alliance, the leading Taliban opposition group.

Geriatric revolution in policy

I'm not the wagering type, but I'd bet money that our vice president will be 70 percent prosthetic before the Bush administration is through. First it'll be a hip, then he'll need a kidney. Next thing we know, a robot with remote-controlled facial expressions will air live from the White House.

Kundabuffer conundrum

No one at Yogi's Grill and Bar seems to know what a kundabuffer is. Customers ask the employees every day, especially when the fluorescent green signs facing 10th Street near Indiana Avenue are lit up at night.

How to survive in D.C.

There are certain things in life that everyone should do: fall in love, eat fresh mangoes and live in a house with a porch swing. Working in Washington, D.C., tops the list of important experiences -- right up there with waiting tables.

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