Rick Newkirk


May 4, 2006 11:39 pm

Applying for life

Full Legal Name: Richard Did The Last Four (OK, Five) Years Really Happen Newkirk Age: 23 DOB: Saturday, really Social Security: Not looking good Home Phone: The same one from my childhood. Again.


Apr 12, 2006 12:53 am

The worst-case scenario

When you work with the news, your media can sometimes be fickle. On slow news days, we run an entire front page of filler. On other days, like Tuesday's paper, we have to make room for several huge stories at once.


Feb 24, 2006 4:32 pm

From the Editors

If you take a look at today's front page, you'll see a photo of an Ann Coulter protester holding up his middle finger. I want you to know the decision to run the photo was not arrived at impulsively.


Feb 8, 2006 12:30 am

To the man who called in

The other day, a concerned reader called to tell me he thought a story we ran was biased and "belonged on the Opinion page." He thought a piece we did on the president's State of the Union address was neither objective nor complete. He had every right to call me and complain, and I commend him for doing so.


Jan 10, 2006 11:41 pm

Check out our new Opinion front

When you pick up a paper, the first thing you see is the front page, what we call "P1." It contains the day's most important news and is generally arranged with the most relevant story at the top and the most visual story in the middle, called a centerpiece. This evolution is widely accepted to be the best way to present you the most important news in a way that is easiest on the eyes.


Today the School of Public and Environmental Affairs is hosting a Hurricane Katrina teach-in discussion, incorporating several diverse panelists in all areas of the disaster.


Welcome Week -- the first few days of the year set to acclimate freshmen to the perils and pearls of IU life. But when I was a fresh high school graduate in my first week at Arizona State, I got a deeper lesson in life. My brother was in a drunk driving accident and nearly died. His friend was behind the wheel of a loaded Corvette. They had both been drinking. It was merely coincidence that my brother was the passenger and not the offending driver.


sports  •  Jul 15, 2005 5:30 pm

5 questions with ESPN's Joe Lunardi

Editor's Note: Indiana Daily Student Senior Writer Rick Newkirk interviewed ESPN "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi via e-mail, asking him five questions about IU's NCAA Tournament fate. Lunardi is a weekly columnist on ESPN.com and regularly contributes to ESPN broadcasts regarding college basketball.


May 11, 2005 10:04 pm

'Major Taylor' review held back

Charlie Nelms sent a University review of The Major Taylor Foundation back to its authors for revisions.


May 8, 2005 7:19 pm

Israeli fest draws 600

Hundreds of people united in the field behind McNutt Quad Sunday to support the state of Israel with the second annual Israelpalooza, sponsored by the Simon G. Hillel Center.


Three former riders of the Team Major Taylor Little 500 cycling team are accusing the president of The Major Taylor Foundation of illegal recruiting practices, which prompted a University investigation late last year.


While Father Dan Atkins drilled along during St. Paul Catholic Center's business meeting Tuesday afternoon, a fellow cleric's cell phone interrupted discussions. He suddenly had a premonition. "I looked over and said, 'Habemus Papam.'"


IU Police Department officers handed out 19 arrests and 23 citations this weekend, a tall drop from the last four years. IUPD made 125 arrests and wrote 76 citations during Little 500 weekend last year. If last year's charges were a can of beer, this year's total would only amount to two-and-a-half ounces. The mostly alcohol-related cases were counted from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.


It began as a small gathering Tuesday night, about 100 greek students arranged jaggedly along the entrance to the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. But like a magnetic wave, it grew larger and larger as it moved toward Kappa Kappa Gamma, the home of Ashley Crouse, who died in a car crash early Tuesday morning. Several people make a crowd. A few dozen is a line. One hundred Greek students is a good start. More than a thousand is nothing short of a parade. It was a mourner's parade.


Sophomore Ravi J. Patel, the driver of the van that struck a concrete light pole in the Assembly Hall parking lot Thursday night, was arrested for resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious injury, reckless driving, criminal recklessness, illegal consumption of alcohol and reckless possession of paraphernalia, according to the IU Police Department.


Mar 22, 2005 12:34 am

Swatting a state insect

Something was bugging Lisa Conrad, so she did what any warm-blooded American schoolteacher might do. She wrote a poem to the State Congress.


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