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Trustees working on response to IU faculty votes; Changes in IU's administrative structure could be on the table
Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 12 -- Indiana University trustees are looking to make changes in IU's administrative structure when they conduct a special meeting Saturday to respond to faculty concerns about university leadership.But just what changes the board could make was apparently still being hashed out this week in a series of e-mails, phone calls and one-on-one talks. "We're pretty close," trustee Sue Talbot said Wednesday. "We've all been working very, very hard. We really are trying to cover all the bases." Full story.

IU trustees respond to faculty; IU Trustees Work On Response To Faculty Concerns
Indianapolis Star (associated press) and The Indy Channel, Jan. 12 -- Indiana University's trustees are considering possible changes to the school's leadership structure as they prepare a response to the push by faculty members for a special review of President Adam Herbert's performance. Full story 1. Full story 2.

Black legislators stand by Herbert, ask trustees to reject call for review
Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 12 -- Black state legislators reiterated their support for Indiana University President Adam Herbert in a campus news conference Wednesday. Members of the Black Legislative Caucus called on IU trustees to reject a call from Bloomington faculty for a review of Herbert's performance. The trustees will meet Saturday to respond to faculty resolutions calling for a review of Herbert and for giving top priority to Bloomington-campus needs in hiring a new chancellor. "President Herbert was evaluated by the trustees in June and obviously his performance was found to be satisfactory," Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, chairman of the caucus, said in a statement. "A midterm review would be inappropriate and not consistent with the manner in which the IU board of trustees has dealt with previous IU presidents." Full story.

Trustees meet to ease faculty concerns; Special session to discuss Herbert, chancellor qualms
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 12 -- The IU board of trustees will meet in an executive -- and therefore private -- session Saturday to discuss the job performance of IU President Adam Herbert and the structure of the chancellor position. Two-thirds of the Bloomington faculty voted for two resolutions that ask for a review of Herbert's performance and a splitting of the jobs of chancellor and senior vice president for academic affairs. Trustee Cora Smith Breckenridge said a change for IU will come out of the meeting."Oh, we'll take action," she said. "Now is the time to take action." Full story.

Black legislators support Herbert; Indiana Black Caucus met at IU to discuss racism in treatment of president
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 12 -- The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus gathered at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Wednesday to publicly declare its support for IU President Adam Herbert, calling the push for a midterm review a "slap in the face for the African-American people and the University." "We are concerned with the fairness of the treatment of this current president," said Greg Porter, chairman of the IBLC and state representative for District 96 in Indianapolis. "We want to show our respect for this great African-American who is leading one of the best universities in the country." Full story.

Simpson skeptical of report on sharing insurance plans
Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 12 -- Indiana state colleges and universities are finding ways to save money with joint purchasing agreements and shared contracting for insurance and services, says a report to legislators. The Dec. 29 report was produced in response to legislation by Sen.Vi Simpson, which called on colleges and universities to study the potential for sharing the costs and risks of insurance and purchasing. "This remains an important issue to us. We're doing everything we can to be as efficient as possible," said J.T. Forbes, director of state relations for Indiana University. Full story.

Our opinion: Subbaswamy's gain a loss for IU, state of Indiana University
Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 12 -- This editorial salutes Kumble Subbaswamy's energy, knowledge curiosity, vision and sense of humor and says that "his departure from the university is a loss for IU." Subbaswamy's, IU dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has accepted a position as provost at the University of Kentucy. Full story.

New provost needs a running start
The Kentucky Kernel Jan. 11 -- The editorial states that Indiana University's Kumble R. Subbaswamy, who was selected as the University of Kentucky's new provost, appears to have the right skills and experience to push UK forward on its goal of becoming a top-20 public research university, though he needs to make sure that he has the right priorities upon taking office in July. Full story.

Indiana University Northwest's scholarship gala honors dental school
The Times of Northwest Indiana, Jan. 8 -- Indiana University Northwest decided to really sink its teeth into this year's scholarship gala at the elegant Avalon Manor in Hobart. The university dental school is in need of updating much of its equipment and since many of those students who graduate from the dental school wind up working in Northwest Indiana, the university decided to dedicate this year's gala to the IUN Dental Instruction Stations. Full story.

The envelope, please: IU athletes excelled in 2005
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 11 -- Columnist David Woods writes a column about his eighth annual awards for state athletes in Olympic and amateur sports, and those with Indiana University ties are especially prominent. Full story.

IU voices in the news

The Economics of Altruism; The who, where, when and why of charity and giving
Science & Theology News, Jan. 12 -- The distinction between egoism and altruism comes up in the work of economists who study philanthropy, charitable giving and volunteering. "The main difference between altruism and egoism in economic research is that altruism is more responsive to changes in the other person in need," said Mark Wilhelm, an associate professor of economics and philanthropic studies at Indiana University, and a researcher in the university's Center on Philanthropy Panel Study. Full story.

Fish oil can prevent airway constriction in asthma;
More support for benefits of fish oil for asthmatics; and, Nutra Ingredients-USA and News-Medical.Net, Jan. 10-12 -- Adding fish oil supplements to the diet can prevent the constriction of the airways brought on by exercise in asthmatics, a very common problem in this patient group, new research shows. In an earlier study, Dr. Timothy D Mickleborough, research professor from Indiana University in Bloomington, and colleagues had shown that fish oil supplements can improve lung function in elite athletes with bronchoconstriction (EIB), but their use in asthmatics with the condition had not been well studied. Full story 1. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Trucking industry delivers the jobs; State's central location is boon to transportation work
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 12 -- Indiana just keeps on trucking. Big rigs, massive warehouses and delivery services abound in the Hoosier state, and more could be on the way. Truck transportation was Indiana's second-largest industry segment in 2003, behind primary metal manufacturing, according to an InContext report from Indiana University and the state of Indiana. Full story.

Should you stick to your exercise schedule when you're sick?; Docs say it depends
Lansing State Journal, Jan. 12 -- As the cold and flu season kicks into high gear, fitness buffs face challenges beyond which cough drop to take: Should I exercise when sick? Exercise will further drain your body of the energy it needs to fight infection and will worsen dehydration. If anything, maybe a little walking, stretching or low-intensity exercise is OK. Common sense, right? Not for everybody. "The Type A personality will wake up with a fever and feel miserable and push themselves to the gym anyway," says Dr. Kevin Gebke, fellowship director of the Indiana University Center for Sports Medicine. Full story.

Bush defends Iraq war in town hall-style meeting in Kentucky
The Herald Today, Jan. 11 -- President Bush told a select group of Kentucky and Indiana residents Wednesday that the U.S. military's progress in Iraq is "good" and promised ultimate victory -- although he gave no timetable. While giving answers on a wide range of topics, Bush alternated between plugging initiatives his administration already started and hinting at new proposals to come. For instance, after Sandra R. Patterson-Randles, chancellor of Indiana University Southeast, asked what can be done to improve education, the president touted his No Child Left Behind plan for instituting more measurements of student progress. Patterson-Randles said later that she'd like to hear officials pledge to beef up all curricula, from the arts to civics to literature. Full story.

From the Chronicle:

College endowments earned "respectable" returns in the 2005 fiscal year, though on average they did not earn as much as they did in 2004, according to a survey scheduled to be released today by Commonfund, which manages the endowments of 1,600 colleges and nonprofit organizations. Full story.

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