Paul Coover

Professor Steve Weitzman and departing IU Foundation President Curt Simic could not have taken more different roads to get where they are today. For the past seven months, they have headed opposite sides of a debate about investing in companies linked to funding the genocide in Darfur.

Leaders such as IU Foundation President Curt Simic said they are not worried about how divesting only $6 million from companies linked to the genocide in Sudan could affect overall financial returns for the University. Rather, they worry about setting a precedent that would allow activists to sway Foundation officials – a precedent officials said could just be the beginning of “a slippery slope.”

Many universities, including IU, have programs that offer inmates in correctional facilities the opportunity to get a college degree. IU, however, only offers inmates distance learning courses, which are taught through mail correspondence.  PODCAST:  Hoosier Headlines

Mar 4, 2008 3:51 pm

Breaking through the bars

A number of inmates are pursuing associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, hoping to one day walk out from behind those walls, through the facility gates and into the outside world with a college education.

With the presidential primaries commanding much of the media’s attention, November’s concurrent congressional elections might not yet seem pressing to voters.

Freshman Brooke Smith said she already enjoys trips to the IU Art Museum, having last visited several months ago. But sitting at Starbucks at the IMU sipping a Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino, she said she might be even more likely to visit again if the museum offered attractions other than visual art alone.

President Bush announced that he signed a defense spending bill Tuesday morning, ensuring U.S. troops have “the full support of the federal government,” during a speech he gave at The Grand Convention Center in New Albany, Ind.

Nov 2, 2007 12:17 pm

Higher education

Richard Shiffrin’s academic resume is, by almost anyone’s measure, distinguished. He has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctoral degree from Stanford University.

A proposed $42 million expansion of Bloomington’s water treatment plant is described by the city’s utilities department as necessary to protect Bloomington’s clean water supply, but some local politicians – including mayoral candidate David Sabbagh – are reluctant to promote the plan without a second opinion.

Rear Adm. Adam Robinson, Jr.’s medical career that began with an undergraduate degree from IU will reach a high point Monday when he is promoted to the position of Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy.

The world’s most famous love story will take a Bloomington angle when Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is performed in September on the outdoor Third Street Park stage. Auditions for the play, produced by The Monroe County Civic Theater, were hosted Monday and Tuesday at the park’s stage.

IU students and Bloomington residents sipped coffee and nibbled on muffins and banana bread Saturday as they listened to a presentation by Fair Trade Bloomington about opening a fair-trade retail store in Bloomington.

sports  •  Dec 1, 2006 12:11 pm

Following in the footsteps

Two-time national champion Joe Dubuque left some enormous shoes for IU wrestlers to fill when he graduated last year, even though the 125-pounder has only size seven feet.

Nov 29, 2006 11:00 am

The Web That Binds Us

Fifty years from now, historians will look back on the ’90s as the dawning of the Internet era – a period that shaped the future in every way imaginable. That same stretch of time just happens to be our childhood. We are the products of the Internet age. But what does that mean? The Internet has grown up right along side us, but how has that shaped who we are? Sure, the Web has changed us – made things easier – but has it all been for the better?

In a march Wednesday from the Indiana Memorial Union to Ballantine Hall, a group of 14 students protested IU's contract to sell Coca-Cola products. The students were members of No Sweat!, a student organization opposed to labor abuses and corporate globalization, according to the group's Web site.

arts  •  Sep 14, 2006 12:19 am

Haute in here

Haute couture is high fashion design. It's known for being expensive and impractical for day-to-day wear.

arts  •  Aug 24, 2006 12:27 am

Off-the-wall art

When Americans hear the word "wallpaper," many may think of The Brady Bunch or bad kitchen designs.

When Chris Johnston describes "ethical capitalism," the term he coined to describe his approach to running his Bloomington-based record label, Plan-It-X Records, it doesn't sound like a very good business plan. "Don't charge more than necessary," he offers as his advice to become an ethical capitalist. "Figure out what you need to maintain whatever project you're doing and make that the price. ... Unless you're increasing the quality of the product, there's no reason to increase the cost."

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