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Daily IU News Round-Up

Nov. 3, 2011

Former U.S. secretary of state urges audience at IU to apply critical thinking to personal conceptions of truth
Bloomington Herald-Times and Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- Some of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's earliest childhood memories are of fleeing with her family from their home in Prague to England during World War II, and of singing songs with her new British neighbors in bomb shelters during air raids. Now, the concepts of war and peace are not as cut and dried and clearly defined, Albright told those in attendance at Wednesday's evening lecture at the IU Auditorium, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences' 2011 "Making War, Making Peace" themester. Full story. Full story 2.

IU's Bradford Woods receives an Endangered Places Grant
Bloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 3 -- Bradford Woods, Indiana University's Outdoor Center in Morgan County, recently received a $2,500 Endangered Places Grant from Indiana Landmarks. The matching grant will pay for a conditions assessment and rehab plan for the historic Bradford house. The Bradford Home, built c.1850, is one of the buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places on the Bradford Estate. Full story.

Panel named to find IPFW successor
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Nov. 2 -- Purdue University on Tuesday appointed 23 people to a search committee tasked with finding a replacement for outgoing IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell. The committee includes nine IPFW professors, the chancellor of Purdue University-Calumet, and the chairman of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. Full story.

IU visitor reports Saturday assault
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- A student visiting the IU campus this weekend reported being assaulted early Saturday morning, according to an IU Police Department report. Full story.

Professor advocates for human trafficking victims
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- Professor Stepanka Korytova, a visiting scholar-in-residence at IU's Center for the Study of Global Change, combats human trafficking. "It's a crime that doesn't have enough coverage," Korytova said. "If there's any coverage, it's sex trafficking and it's usually about some really violent cases." Full story.

Vocal group brings a little Christmas to Covelli
Tribune Today, Nov. 3 -- It's never too early for a little Christmas cheer from Straight No Chaser. SNC was formed as a vocal ensemble at Indiana University in 1996, and a student group continues on campus today. Full story.

Federal criminal agents discuss job opportunities
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- Several federal agents were in town this week. The IU Criminal Justice Student Association had a federal law enforcement panel Wednesday with agents from six federal agencies. "Looking on the Internet can only get you so far," said Mitchell Morris, CJSA president. Full story.

IU voices in the news

The 'rich club' that rules your brain
New Scientist, Nov. 2 -- Not all brain regions are created equal - instead, a "rich club" of 12 well-connected hubs orchestrates everything that goes on between your ears. This elite cabal could be what gives us consciousness, and might be involved in disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. As part of an ongoing effort to map the human "connectome" -- the full network of connections in the brain -- Martijn van den Heuvel of the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Olaf Sporns of Indiana University Bloomington scanned the brains of 21 people as they rested for 30 minutes. Full story.

Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, and sexual harassment
BBC News Magazine, Nov. 2 -- News of old claims of sexual harassment against Herman Cain reveal how much has changed since the 1990s -- and what has stayed the same. In 1991, during the Justice Thomas confirmation hearings, public opinion was very much in favour of the judge, says Jennifer A Drobac, professor at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Full story.

Class action questions NCAA's football injury policy
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Sept. 20 -- As a lawyer, Joseph J. Siprut works to bring high-stakes, high-profile cases against large defendants. Siprut, founder of Siprut P.C., a commercial litigation boutique in Chicago, said the class-action lawsuit he recently filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and NCAA Football "qualifies and then some." The suit, filed Sept. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that the NCAA fails to prevent student athletes from sustaining concussions and later suffering from related conditions like early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Andrew R. Klein, a professor who teaches tort law at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, finds the medical monitoring claims most interesting. Full story (PDF).

Adding insult to injury for victims of State Fair stage collapse?
Indianapolis Star, Oct. 30 -- In a recent article in The Indianapolis Star, Torts expert Professor Andrew Klein commented on the state's liability limits, while Professor Rob Katz, an expert on corporate and tax aspects of health care, also commented on the system devised by officials for rapid distribution of funds to victims. Full story.

Greek PM calls for referendum on bailout
WIBC-FM, Nov. 2 -- A professor at Indiana University says he's a little surprised that Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou has called for a referendum to approve the plan by the European Union to bail Greece out. Franklin Hess, Coordinator of Modern Greek Studies at IU, says it's a toss-up whether the plan will pass the referendum. Full story.

Mother continues fight to get her son back from Greece
Fox-59, Nov. 2 -- Alissa Zagaris said she won't rest until she has her son, Leo, is back on American soil. Nikos, Alissa, and Leo lived in Noblesville until September of 2007. Zagaris said she split from her husband, Nikos, because of his abusive and controlling ways. In 2008, he was even charged with domestic battery and strangulation. There's still a warrant out for Nikos Zagaris in Hamilton County for interference with the custody of a child. Frank Emmert specializes in international law at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He said getting the child back to the U.S. is a fairly easy process, on paper anyway. Full story.

Study finds charitable giving remains stagnant
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- Charitable giving in the United States has remained stagnant in the past 40 years. This continues to be true despite the number of natural disasters tripling and the number of armed conflicts nearly doubling, according to a report released Friday by two IU professors. Jen Shang, the world's only philanthropic psychologist and assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Adrian Sargeant, the Robert F. Hartsook chair in fundraising at the Center on Philanthropy, co-authored "Growing Philanthropy in the United States." Full story.

Traces of Tibetan plight go global
Tech News, Nov. 2 -- Pro-Tibet activists are holding a Global Day of Action Wednesday, but when the demonstrations are over, they're hoping another, quieter protest will continue to gain momentum online. Elliot Sperling, an associate professor of Central Eurasian Studies and an expert on Tibetan history and Tibetan-Chinese relations at Indiana University, has helped spread the word about Chalk Tibet. He said it represents a departure from traditional forms of protest, which often require gathering a large group of people and considerable organization. Full story.

Williams speaks out against Beshear's cross cultural experience
WAVE-3 Louisville, Nov. 2 -- David Williams, the Republican candidate for Kentucky governor, is raising eyebrows with his comments on Gov. Steve Beshear attending a Hindu ceremony. Johny Alse, a professor at Indiana University Southeast, said the comments by Williams are narrow-minded and shows a lack of diversity. Full story.

BUPD adds new vehicle, operations center
The Butler Collegian, Nov. 2 -- Butler University Police Department added a brand new Dodge Charger to its fleet to replace a car with upwards of 100,000 miles on it. BUPD Police Chief Ben Hunter said the new vehicle was the best option for the department and the university. The Dodge Charger is a sedan with a muscle car's reputation, something Hunter acknowledged. "We know [the Charger] doesn't look like a traditional police car," Hunter said. "But the Indiana University Police Department uses them, and the state police just ordered 900 of them." Full story.

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