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Herald-Times articles

Oct. 16, 2006

Indiana University: IU business school ranked 18th by magazine
Herald-Times Report
October 14, 2006

The MBA program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has again been ranked 18th in the country by Business Week.

"While we are pleased with this ranking, we are by no means content and will continue to find ways to make a great program even better," Dan Smith, dean of the school, said in a statement.

The rankings of master of business administration programs are included in the Oct. 23 issue of Business Week, which was available on newsstands Friday.

Produced every other year by the magazine, the rankings are based on surveys of MBA program graduates and the corporate recruiters who hire them.

The Kelley School ranked 20th in 2000 and 2002 and 18th in 2004.

Smith left Thursday for a seven-day trip to India, where he will visit with government ministers of economics and commerce and with administrators of companies and universities.

In a statement, he credited previous MBA chairwoman Idalene Kesner, current chairman Jim Wahlen and program staff for the rankings success.

Business Week's Web site praised IU programs in management and marketing. Students gave the Kelley School an 'A' for teaching; recruiters gave IU MBAs top marks for communication, teamwork and analytical skills.

The magazine ranked Purdue's Krannert School of Management 24th and Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business 26th for MBAs.

The University of Chicago was ranked No. 1.

Gordon the first step in restoring IU to prominence; Hoosier hysteria
by Doug Wilson
October 14, 2006

Before even starting his first season at Indiana, Kelvin Sampson has done what Mike Davis failed to accomplish in six years at Indiana.

Sampson said when he was hired six and a half months ago that he would keep Indiana's top high school basketball talent at home. With Eric Gordon's decision Friday to play at Indiana, Sampson has landed, against the odds, an in-state recruit of a prominence to grab the attention of recruits across the country.

"When you get a player like Eric, he's the kind of guy other players want to play with," former Hoosier Kyle Hornsby said at Friday night's Hoosier Hysteria event at Assembly Hall. "And he's an in-state player, which will help with recruiting in Indiana. Coach Sampson is really scoring in a lot of ways in getting Eric."

Hornsby said he was shocked Sampson was able to get Gordon to change his mind after he'd earlier given a verbal commitment to Illinois.

Gordon will be a starter at Indiana and one of IU's best players from the moment he arrives in the fall of 2007.

"This is great because you look at the last several years, we haven't gotten the top kids," said Wayne Radford, an Indianapolis native who was Indiana's MVP in 1977-78. "For (Sampson) to pull this off, I think he's probably getting one of the best guards we've had in a long time."

A big crowd at Friday's night event filled most of the lower level of Assembly Hall. The chants of 'Eric Gordon, Eric Gordon' started almost right away after Gordon and his family entered the arena and took their seats near courtside.

In deciding to play at Indiana, Gordon made it easier for Hoosier coaches to get into the living rooms of the country's best players, said national recruiting director Dave Telep.

"The really good players want to play with each other," Telep said. "I think it's safe to say that this could be the first of many."

Davis demonstrated the domino effect among recruits after he got verbal commitments from in-state standouts Robert Vaden and James Hardy in the summer of 2003. That helped lead to D.J. White and Josh Smith, both ranked among the nation's top 15 seniors, committing to IU about a month later.

But Gordon is a far better prospect than Vaden or Hardy. He is rated the first- or second-best player in the class of 2007 by the various recruiting analysts. At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Gordon is an outstanding shooter and scorer who is also more athletic than he looks at first glance.

He's of the caliber of the big in-state recruits that have been getting away - Sean May, Josh McRoberts, Greg Oden. He's Indiana's biggest-name recruit since Jared Jeffries, later named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, decided in November 1999 to stay home.

"He's the best No. 2 guard in the country and right now he's our highest-rated player," Telep said. "He's big-time weapon offensively in high school and he will be at Indiana."

Radford said he believes the word is already out among high school players that Indiana now has a much different coach, one full of discipline and competitiveness, who will develop his players and teams into champions.

"It depends on who the top guy is," Radford said. "Yes, guys will want to come here now that coach Sampson is here and a player like Eric Gordon is coming."

New community writers will start in November
Monday morning
by Bob Zaltsberg
October 16, 2006

Thank you to Julia Copeland, Vallia Youngs, Rebecca Robbins, Ben Wendell, Erin Hollinden, Kathleen Plucker and Michael Wilkerson for their work as community columnists at the H-T the last 18 months (more for Copeland and Youngs). Their time is running out.

In November, we will beginning running nine new columnists and Bill Zerface as a holdover. The new columnists are:

  • Kevin Haggerty is director of the Research Computing Lab at the Indiana University School of Optometry. He describes himself as a longtime Monroe County resident with one son, an urban farm and an overactive imagination.
  • Rosie Piga Pizzo, a 10-year Bloomington resident who describes herself as a teacher, a writer, a runner, a coach, a friend, a roommate, a cyclist, a graduate student, a wife, a communications coordinator, a mother, a supervisor.... Now she can add community columnist to the list.
  • Gerry DiNardo, the former coach of the Indiana University football team, who owns DeAngelo's Restaurant with his wife and works for ESPN as a national football commentator. He promises the perspective of a guy who gets around to a lot of campus communities (he coached at Vanderbilt and LSU before coming to IU, and he travels a lot in his ESPN role).
  • Amy Cornell, a 15-year Bloomington resident who is PTO president at University Elementary School and works as an administrative assistant and academic adviser at IU.
  • Irene Bushaw, a Hoosier transplant from Ann Arbor, Mich., who says she can see Bloomington with fresh eyes and is still learning, questioning and researching about the community. She hopes to share the discoveries of a relatively new resident of our city.
  • Scott Dompke, a former Bloomington city employee who grew up in Michigan City and went to college in Evansville but has lived in Bloomington since he graduated about 20 years ago. He expects to write about professional and personal interests, which include accepting life in his 40s.
  • Erick Gjerdingen, a graduate of Bloomington High School North just eight years ago, who spent six years getting degrees in Minnesota and Massachusetts and two years teaching at a university in Thailand. He recently moved back to Bloomington with his fiancee.
  • Rob Hunter, a Purdue graduate who has worked in what he calls blue-collar jobs in Bloomington for 30 years. He operates a business and says he can relate to readers making house payments, meeting deductibles and planning for retirement.
  • Elizabeth von Buchler, a 30-year-old who has lived in Bloomington for 12 years. She's a teacher who said she finds herself "entering a new decade of my life and wondering what the next decade has in store for me."

Those nine individuals, and Bill Zerface - who is on his second tour of columnist duty - are our new group. Enjoy.

Robbins still writing: If you hadn't noticed, community columnist Rebecca Robbins is now our Hotline columnist and a member of the H-T editorial board. She will continue to contribute occasional columns to our Sunday H-T.