Erich Reinhard

Sep 14, 2008 9:07 pm

Superstition checkup

If you’re crazy enough to switch majors at the outset of your junior year, or feeble minded enough to regurgitate others’ viewpoints while believing them to be your own, you’d not only fit the mold of a good many others on IU’s undergraduate scene. You wouldn’t just share something unexpectedly in common with me (at least occasionally). You might also be ripe for your latest superstition checkup.

Sep 7, 2008 8:03 pm

How’s your history?

If you’re like me (younger than 25), your most reliable sense of history probably begins around the time you were born. Even so, our generation has filled out voter registration paperwork, watched CNN or Fox News daily and often perused USA Today or the New York Times (because, as students, we get it free) so as to pretend we’re reading something not spooned out for us on a digital platter.

Aug 25, 2008 11:37 pm

The gray dilemma

It was the single least-stressful day in my recent memory: fishing, swimming, lazing about and reading on a lake in northern Maine, followed by a delicious nap until dinner. I’d indulged in a pleasant lack of hygiene, having not showered in some time.

Aug 3, 2008 4:05 pm

Longing for the long run

Cross-country running in high school proved to be a most rewarding experience. My first season got me acquainted with the burly captain of the wrestling team who took running as seriously as he did studying. One of those self-proclaimed “seniors-who-just-don’t-care,” he taught me an invaluable lesson of high school (and formal education)’s true value and purpose.

Jul 27, 2008 5:54 pm

Luv: It just ain't enough

Instead of taking a road trip to the Sunshine State this past spring break like many of my friends, I stuck around B-Town and took up a challenge on a topic I’d never even thought about before. A New York Times Magazine essay competition for college students challenged writers to answer the question: “Modern Love: What is it now?” Although the deadline would not be until the end of March, something drove me to the library well in advance to get a hold of at least a few inspirational tomes, everything from “The Beatles And Philosophy” to “Hemingway on Love.”

Jul 20, 2008 3:32 pm

Enviable place, unenviable time

I know more than a few IU folks from the Chicago area. I use the term “area” because I wouldn’t want to spoil the racy feeling one gets by saying they’re from Chicago, when in truth they happen to be from Evanston, Arlington Heights or somewhere else on the unfashionable “outskirts” of the city.

Jul 14, 2008 12:00 am

Twain-based truth

One of my first college literature courses surrounded me mostly with folks of Hoosier background, with sprinklings of Illini. They filled the cramped Ballantine Hall room with a din of unmistakable dialects and raucous humor that irked my professor. Having met someone who would later become a lasting friend in the class, this atmosphere did not start out bothering me.

Jul 6, 2008 3:28 pm

Summer of Schadenfreude

As orientation reaches its peak and the Class of 2012 starts gagging on the campus literature that’s being perfunctorily crammed down their throats, my feelings drift between pity and “Schadenfreude,” the German word for finding mirth in other people’s misfortunes. I’m not proud of it. It’s just a wretched impulse that seizes me when I walk past all those misty-eyed, pasty-faced “pre-frosh” on my way to work, flitting and gibbering at the heels of their parents. They thought they were ready for college, I chortle to myself. But all they’re ready for are the forces of fate that will soon swallow them whole. How will they be swallowed whole? And why? These are serious questions.

Jun 30, 2008 1:52 pm

An overrated legacy

Charlton Heston most certainly isn’t rolling in his grave. If anything, his cold dead hands have temporarily come back to life and tightened their grip on the antique rifle he’s no doubt entombed with in a posthumous victory. One of his most cherished beliefs was validated by the country’s highest court last week: the civilian right to keep and bear arms.

Jun 23, 2008 1:16 pm

A call from the mountaintops

Have you ever noticed how, in the humdrum of casual, college-kid conversation, the topic of politics is regarded with aversion and distaste? I fully understand the ominous feeling that overtakes you when you really aren’t ready to reveal some of your most personal convictions, especially to someone who gets a kick out of finding some superficial basis for argument.

Jun 15, 2008 4:41 pm

Gotta love gas (and travel)

In a political season like this, things are said to change rapidly. But here’s an example of what hasn’t changed in this historic year thus far: my ambivalent attitude towards the New York Times. While sifting through a June 9 article on how gas prices affect citizens across the country’s various regions, one line caught my eye.

Jun 9, 2008 1:35 pm

What's in a tribute?

For the denizens of Ernie Pyle Hall, last week marked the anniversary of two people’s deaths, two people whose sense of humanity and range of accomplishment transcended the reaches of IU and the country. One was former Director of Student Media Dave Adams. The other was former Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

May 26, 2008 2:47 am

Bond, James Bond

The New York Times, that beacon of cutting-edge journalism and cultural exploration, surprised me this week with its scathing portrait of the late novelist Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond 007, who would have turned 100 this month.

May 12, 2008 1:56 pm


The most memorable words of my freshman year came from my acting teacher: “Don’t think that you can impress me ... I’ve seen Helen Mirren, the greatest living actress in the world, perform in London from a front-row seat.”

May 11, 2008 4:52 pm


The most memorable words of my freshman year came from my acting teacher: “Don’t think that you can impress me ... I’ve seen Helen Mirren, the greatest living actress in the world, perform in London from a front-row seat.”

arts  •  Feb 4, 2008 12:16 am

‘Meta’ Metes Out Magic

Just taking your seat before IU’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” can be an unusual experience. Younger theatergoers at the Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center giggled at the bare-chested and toga-clad cast Friday night, whose physical endeavors conveyed a freshness of expression and an ethereal ease.

In conjunction with International Day of Action in Bali, Indonesia, activists demonstrated at the local level Saturday morning on Kirkwood Avenue to get people to urge Rep. Baron Hill and other lawmakers to take prompt action against the perceived threats of climate change.

It would be unfair and undeserved to call the Monroe County Civic Theater’s boisterous, one-act adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” amateurish. It’s unfair because of the scant attention, publicity and money that is usually the plight of community theater, and undeserved because these actors are as committed to their artistic progress and achievement as those strutting the halls of IU’s Lee Norvelle Theater & Drama Center.

This week, Bloomington will embrace an entirely new spirit of the holidays as Monroe County Civic Theater’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted to one 60-minute act by local playwright Russell McGee, opens for a three-week run. The production will be featured at seven locations across Bloomington and Spencer starting today through Dec. 17. The first performance is at 7 p.m. today at Rhino’s Youth Center and All-Ages Music Club, 331 S. Walnut.

Thursday’s televised mayoral debate featured candidates Mark Kruzan and David Sabbagh heatedly defending their views as they fielded questions from panelists and viewers at WTIU, IU’s official television studio.

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