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Oct. 30, 2006

Don't laugh, but IU may go bowling
By Chris Korman
October 30, 2006

Get out that credit card.

We're assuming that's where you'll put those plane tickets and hotel reservations now that it looks like Indiana may go to a bowl for the first time since 1993.

But, if you had enough faith to work a post-Christmas jaunt to watch Hoosiers football into your family budget, then we applaud you.

We picked them to go 5-7 at the beginning of the season (and certainly didn't include beating Iowa or losing to Southern Illinois in the equation.)

But where the Hoosiers might end up if they can get one more win remains a mystery.

Big Ten bowl destinations are slotted, with the conference champion going to the Rose Bowl. The Capital One Bowl usually ends up with the second-place team, and so on down through the Motor City Bowl, which is contracted to take the seventh team.

But where a team finishes in the standings doesn't exactly determine which bowl they'll be invited to because the bowl committees still have some choice.

So, really, it's all too scrambled right now to make a projection.

But Dick Stemple, a representative for the Insight Bowl who watched Indiana beat Michigan State 46-21, likes what he saw out of the Hoosiers.

"I'm pleasantly surprised with how exciting this team is to watch," he said.

Stemple also said the Insight Bowl would welcome Indiana, despite it not having a reputation for drawing many fans.

"They've got alumni all over the country who would relish a chance to go to Tempe during December to see their team play," he said. "And it's always fun to have a team that hasn't been to a bowl in a long time. The fans come in wide-eyed and exciting and really enjoy the whole trip."

Grading the Hoosiers

QUARTERBACKS: Kellen Lewis continues to avoid mistakes. His lone interception came late in the game during what was essentially mop-up time. Lewis has an above average arm and exceptional speed. B

RUNNING BACKS: Marcus Thigpen showed he could grind it out when needed. Demetrius McCray struggled hitting holes and is still developing. B

WIDE RECEIVERS: James Hardy continues to dominate, and Jahkeen Gilmore had a few nice grabs over the middle. James Bailey dropped a pass and then took a dumb penalty during what could have been a critical point early in the game. B

OFFENSIVE LINE: Can't fault the line. Allowed two sacks but both times Michigan State brought extra blitzers. Rodger Saffold and Pete Saxon play with youthful abandon and are fun to watch. A-

DEFENSIVE LINE: Kenny Kendal's long sack of Drew Stanton set the tempo. Jammie Kirlew was a bulldozer. A

LINEBACKERS: Another solid effort against the run with gutsy Adam McClurg flinging himself at blockers and ball-carriers. B

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Tracy Porter should show up on one of the All-Big Ten teams. And apparently Joe Kleinsmith likes getting into the backfield — he had three tackles, all for loss. A

SPECIAL TEAMS: Indiana had a few lapses on kick coverage and needs to tackle better. Porter had a touchdown return called back. B-

COACHES: It's not easy to hype a game the way Terry Hoeppner did this one and then deliver. Indiana beat Michigan State in every facet and left very little doubt that they're miles ahead of where they were a month ago. A

Hoosiers at Gophers

RECORDS: Indiana 5-4, 3-2 in Big Ten; Minnesota 3-5, 0-4

WHEN: noon, Saturday

WHERE: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

BROADCASTS: IU Radio Network

Homecoming rocks!: Indiana win has Hoosier fans cheering
By Lanetta J. Williams
October 29, 2006

BLOOMINGTON — IU fans had a lot to cheer for Saturday: Great weather on Homecoming weekend; a John Mellencamp performance; and a big win for the Indiana Hoosiers, beating Michigan State 46-21.

While 36,444 fans celebrated with the Hoosiers inside Memorial Stadium, fans in the parking lot showed their spirit not only by cheering on IU football but by incorporating Halloween into the fun of things.

IU senior Andrew DiFilippantonio, sporting a Slim Jim costume, enjoyed the game out in the lot.

"(The game) is great except for the wind," he said as 13 mile per hour winds gusted through. "The IU spirit is better than ever this year. Plus alumni and people from all over the state are here."

Brian Finan wasn't quite sure what he was supposed to be. The IU student wore white tights, a large blue cowboy hat with an orange wig, suspenders, and a gun holster that, instead of pistols, held shot glasses.

He said he watched as Mellencamp performed his new song "Our Country" before kick off.

"John Mellencamp rocked the Rock," Finan said.

Two others drove from Jasper on a scooter reminiscent of the one used in the movie "Dumb & Dumber."

"We knew it would be a hit," said Kevin Flannagan. He and Alex Birkle dressed up as Harry and Lloyd from the film in pastel orange and blue tuxedos complete with canes, top hats and ruffled shirts.

They said they decided to dress up for the excitement of it all.

"We're adding to it too," Flannagan said. "The atmosphere around here, the fans are into it. IU football is back."

Hoosiers don Big Ten champions' caps: IU edges Wisconsin, 1-0, to win regular-season Big Ten championship
by Chris Korman
October 28, 2006

Julian Dieterle wore his hat to the side and cradled the Big Ten Trophy. His teammates, muddied and drenched, swarmed around him.

The Indiana men's soccer team had just claimed the regular-season conference championship with a 1-0 win against Wisconsin on a rainy, wind-swept Friday night at Armstrong Stadium.

Lee Hagedorn, a subtle-yet-effective reserve forward, scored the game-winner - which happened to be the first goal of his career - at 77:37 off a long throw-in. Brad Ring heaved the ball from the right wing and it caromed toward the box, on its way deflecting off Josh Tudela and Brian Ackley both, until it reached Hagedorn at the six-yard line.

He flung his leg out as he slipped on the soggy turf, flailing far enough to send the ball slip-sliding past Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle.

"Once it landed, I kinda had to slide for it and hope to get a toe on it before they could get there," Hagedorn said.

Last season Indiana failed to win the regular-season conference title for the first time in 10 seasons.

"We kind of slipped up last year," Ring said. "This year, it's back where it belongs."

Hagedorn was able to slip into openings on a night when the Badgers seemed to have a perfect plan for shutting down top scorers Brian Ackley and Darren Yeagle, as well as dangerous seniors Josh Tudela and John Michael Hayden. They all had strong chances but couldn't get them past Settle, whose four saves were all spectacular.

Indiana coach Mike Freitag said Hagedorn will continue seeing more playing time because he fixes one of Indiana's flaws this season: its inability to get behind defenses.

"A lot of times people don't understand what it is to be a good player," he said. "A lot of people just look at the touch on the ball. There's a lot of aspects of the game. Lee is one of those kids who has good timing to get behind defenses. He makes good decisions on the ball. He's a good soccer player."

It only makes sense that it would take a player scoring his first career goal to push Indiana to this title. Generally so overpowering, the Hoosiers have relied on depth this year more than they have in the past. That's why players such as seniors Dieterle, who was a starter for both the 2003 and 2004 national championship teams, and John Michael Hayden, one of top offensive players in the country during the '04 run, have spent a good portion of the year on the bench.

"It's been tough," Dieterle said. "It's not the ideal situation, but you show up everyday and try to contribute any way you can."

Dieterle started on senior night because Greg Stevning was unavailable. He's still suffering from post-concussions symptoms and is day-to-day.

Freitag, who is in his third year as head coach after taking over for Jerry Yeagley, has watched his young team grow up quickly thanks to leadership from the four seniors who were honored on senior night.

"I'm proud," he said. "This really was a new team this year. There are lots of young guys out there. But the leadership from our seniors has been great."

Reclaiming that trophy Dieterle held so tightly was one of Indiana's original goals. The path to this point hasn't been conventional - at least by Hoosiers' standards - but it made sense to the guys wearing Big Ten championship hats.

"It's like I always say," Freitag said. "This is a team. We have plenty of guys who can do the job."

"Everyone feels good," Dieterle said. "We're finally meshing together at the right time."

Indiana now has a bye in the first round of next week's Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Myers' fate will be in jury's hands: Judge expected to issue six pages of instructions to jurors after final arguments today
By Laura Lane
October 30, 2006

MARTINSVILLE — Defense attorney Patrick Baker will argue today that there is no beyond-a-reasonable-doubt proof that his client killed 19-year-old Jill Behrman six years ago.

"We don't have to prove a thing, or offer anything. It's the state's burden," Baker said Friday afternoon, loading six Bankers Boxes into a Chevrolet Trailblazer after testimony in 31-year-old John Myers II's murder trial concluded.

Eleven days of testimony revealed no direct evidence connecting Myers to Behrman's death by shotgun in a clearing surrounded by trees near Paragon.

But Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega is confident he presented enough layers of circumstantial evidence to convince jurors to convict Myers of the murder charge against him.

"They have tried to take the jury's eye off the ball, and that is not unusual. How successful they were, however, is for the jury to decide," Sonnega said. "The defense has gone to unusual means to bring in other theories. But we believe the jury stayed focused on the evidence against this man, whose own family testified about their concerns he was involved."

Sonnega was disappointed, and Baker pleased, that jurors did not hear testimony about Myers' past violence toward women, a family brawl during which he assaulted his parents and brothers, and an incriminating police interview with his parents a month after Behrman disappeared on a bike ride.

Even without that evidence, "we can connect the dots," Sonnega said.

Six pages of instructions

This morning, he and Baker each will have 90 minutes to convince jurors what decision they should reach. Myers faces a jail sentence of up to 65 years, of which he would serve half, if he is convicted.

Morgan Superior Court Judge Christopher Burnham will read jurors six pages of final instructions before they begin deliberating today. He will explain that circumstantial evidence is evidence "that proves a fact from which an inference of the existence of another fact may be drawn."

Jurors also will receive the following instruction: "It is not necessary that facts be proved by direct evidence. Both direct evidence and circumstantial evidence are acceptable as a means of proof. Where proof of guilt is by circumstantial evidence only, it must be so conclusive in character and point so surely and unerringly to the guilt of the accused as to exclude every reasonable theory of innocence."

The judge's instructions will guide jurors in their decision making. All 12 must agree on Myers' guilt or innocence; if they are split, a hung jury and mistrial will be declared. If that happens, Myers could be tried again, If he is found not guilty, he cannot.

"A defendant must not be convicted on suspicion or speculation," one jury instruction reads. "It is not enough for the state to show that the defendant is probably guilty. On the other hand, there are very few things in this world that we know with absolute certainty. The state does not have to overcome every possible doubt."

'It will never end'

Despite a myriad of theories presented during the high-profile trial, Eric Behrman believes Myers killed his daughter, and that he acted alone. Trial rules kept him and his wife Marilyn out of the courtroom, but friends, family members and media accounts kept them abreast of the developments.

"We have followed along, like we have for six and a half years, because we have to. We have to be aware of what is going on," he said. "It's not been easy for either of us. But this is what we live with. Even after the trial, let's say there is a guilty verdict, there will be appeals."

And, he said, "It will never end. No matter what happens in that courtroom."

Defense wraps up its case: Jury to hear closing statements Monday, then deliberation will begin on the guilt or innocence of Myers, charged with murder
by Laura Lane
October 28, 2006

MARTINSVILLE - After displaying to jurors a giant and torn piece of dirty opaque plastic found when investigators drained Salt Creek searching for Jill Behrman's body, defense attorney Patrick Baker rested his case Friday morning.

Members of the jury were sent back to their hotel for a long weekend. They will return to the Morgan County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Monday to hear the attorneys' closing statements and the judge's instructions.

Then they will begin their deliberations and decide whether 31-year-old John R. Myers II of Ellettsville killed 19-year-old Behrman six years ago.

The trial's end on its 11th day came as a surprise - it had been expected to last at least three weeks, and possibly as long as five weeks.

The defense team called just two witnesses, former FBI agent Gary Dunn, the initial lead investigator in the case, and Jason Fajt, an Indiana State Police evidence technician who verified evidence found in Behrman's bedroom and also the sheet of plastic dredged from the bottom of Salt Creek.

Dozens of witnesses notified they might be summoned to testify never were called into court. The prosecution presented evidence from 53 people.

"This trial has obviously moved along pretty quick," Morgan Superior Court Judge Christopher Burnham told jurors. "We will bring you back on Monday fresh to hear final arguments, my instructions, and then you will start your work."

The judge announced that the first 12 jurors selected - six men and six women - will be the ones to decide Myers' fate.

If convicted, Myers faces a jail sentence of between 45 and 65 years. Inmates in Indiana generally serve just half of their sentences before being released.

A father goes on, without his daughter
by Laura Lane
October 28, 2006

MARTINSVILLE - Rain poured down the wall of windows at the City Delicatessen on Martinsville's town square.

Inside, Eric Behrman talked about his daughter, and the memories he will carry with him always: 5-year-old Jill racing off on her older brother's bicycle; a trip the two took to New York a few weeks before the 19-year-old disappeared on a bike ride and never came back.

A lifetime.

"I think about all those things," he said, tears in his eyes reflecting the rain against the window. "She will always be 19."

It had been a difficult week: allegations that his daughter may have been involved with a married man; evidence that she had condoms, morning-after birth control pills and books on reproduction in her bedroom; rumors that she was pregnant when she was killed by a shotgun blast to the back of the head.

"There was no reason for her to be portrayed as a slut," the angry father said. "Especially by someone who did not know her, does not know us."

He and Jill were close. "It's that way with fathers and daughters," Behrman said.

When Jill wanted a $1,000 Cannondale bicycle, it was her dad who helped convince her mother they could split the cost and buy it. When Jill was out of the baby carrots she loved, all she had to do was call her dad, and he would pick up a bag on his way home from work.

And when she didn't return from a bike ride on May 31, 2000, he drove all night, searching hilly roadsides, worried she might have crashed and be lying injured somewhere.

"I would stop and get out of the car and look to see if I could see an area where a bike could have gone off the road. I would call her name, stop and listen for a response."

More than three years later, Behrman thought his daughter would be found. There was evidence she had been stabbed, her body dumped into Salt Creek.

Her family wanted to know for sure that she was dead. They wanted closure and an opportunity to conduct a memorial service, to properly grieve.

When Behrman suggested draining Salt Creek after divers found nothing, people told him it could not be done. "I could see myself sitting there in a chair next to Salt Creek every day for the rest of my life, wondering if Jill was in there," he said. "I could not face never knowing."

In September 2002, volunteers worked for weeks to drain 15 million gallons of water from the Lake Monroe tributary. He took them food, and shook the hands of the dump truck drivers who hauled tons of rock to build dams.

No trace of Jill was found.

Heavy rains came and they had to shut down the Salt Creek search. The dams gave way. "I went over and saw all the water coming through."

He saw grown men cry that day. "We'd been there so long. Everyone tried so hard. I knew at that moment there was nothing more we could do."

Another six months passed. Then, the Behrmans learned that skeletal remains found near Paragon were those of their daughter.

Three years later, a grand jury listened to testimony from 93 witnesses and indicted John Myers II for the murder of Jill Behrman. His 11-day trial concludes Monday with closing arguments from defense attorney Patrick Baker and Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega.

A witness separation order barred the parents from the courtroom during the trial, except for when they were on the witness stand. But they will be there Monday morning, confident jurors will find Myers guilty.

"I'm putting my trust in 12 people who will do the very best job they can," Behrman said. "I don't want him out again to hurt another female."

And if Myers is found not guilty?

"If he walks, that will be a tough one, especially for my father," Behrman said.

Jill's grandfather, 78-year-old Lester Behrman, drove 60 miles from his Bartholomew County farm to the courthouse every morning, then 60 miles home each night. He and Jill had a special relationship; they were supposed to have lunch together the day she disappeared.

But his granddaughter never showed up at Lennie's restaurant.

"He is one of those people who believes that when you are truthful and honest, things are supposed to work out right. How could it be any other way? He believes in the justice system, that it's fair," Behrman said.

On Sept. 17, 2001, Jill Behrman would have turned 21. Like they did with her older brother, Eric and Marilyn Behrman would have taken her to Nick's for her first legal beer.

"We all went anyway," Behrman said. "We celebrated her birthday."

With no clue what had happened to her.

"I've learned something," Behrman said, wiping away a tear. "There are too many things I can't control."

Music beat: Master bow maker crafts means to produce great music
by Peter Jacobi
H-T columnist
October 29, 2006

BLOOMINGTON- Michael Duff's mindset encompasses both the scientific and the artistic. His formal university training covered the fields of microbiology, chemistry and immunology, and he first came to Bloomington from his native New Zealand in 1971 to join IU's faculty in microbiology, concentrating also on medical virology.

He came, however, with a love for music and discovered that Bloomington was just the place to be for its enjoyment. Actually, his musical thirst, from early on, reached beyond the listening level.

Somewhere along the line, he had taken up the violin, determined to master the instrument. Little encouragement came from his mother who told him, "Don't bring that screech box in the house." Later, still serious about violin study, he heard his teacher say that he was starting too late to catch up with far younger artists who already had been at the quest for years.

Life, therefore, led him in a different, though affiliated, direction, to what he has become: a master bow maker. That path began when he befriended the locally based luthier Ole Dahl, who did restoration work for the IUJacobs School of Music and also taught a course on string instrument technology. Dahl passed on to Duff a love for bows, apprenticed him, and let him assist in the technology course.

After time and experience, Duff struck out on his own and opened a repair shop, one that before long switched emphasis to his true post-microbiology passion, the making of bows.

His living/working complex borders two sides of East 10th Street, with a house south of the thoroughfare serving as living space, and a second house with a garage on the street's other side that contains his business. Plenty of land around those structures offers Duff sufficient space to take care of still another passion, the raising of water lilies.

Duff's contribution to bow making - aside from the fact that he makes awfully good ones which are used by musicians of stature and renown - is that he's perfected bows that look to be made of wood but which are composites and that, according to one fan, IU violist Alan de Veritch, "are responsive and pull really nice sound out of the instrument, and at a price far more reasonable than comparable wooden bows. In Michael's, you get clarity of articulation and a really warm sound, and that's rare in anything but the most expensive bows. I love to play with his bows, and I find that, for my students, some of whom might be working with a hundred dollar Chinese bow of very little capability, a switch to Michael's is the right next step."

Duff's basic bows, as distinguished from those with silver or gold inlay and fancy decorative adornments, cost about $2,500, and "the great thing about them," explains de Veritch, "is that every bow Michael makes, no matter the price range, is equally good. The quality is consistent. You don't find that with wooden bows. There, anything less than twice that amount gives you something far less responsive and incapable of producing those desired rich sounds."

Among those from close by who favor or favored Duff's product - labeled "Berg Bows" in respect for the New Zealand bow maker whose business Duff purchased - are the late Rostislav Dubinsky, Joseph Gingold and Franco Gulli, along with current IU masters Jaime Laredo, Federico Agostini and Mimi Zweig. Zweig was an early booster. Corey Cerovsek is another familiar figure who has praised Duff's bows.

A musician recently added to the list of supporters is Augustin Hadelich, gold medalist in the just completed International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. A Duff/Berg bow was among the winner's prizes. Hadelich, shortly after the competition, sent Duff an e-mail from Ottawa, where he was giving a recital: "I have tried your bow, and it is excellent. The sound is very beautiful, and it has a great balance."

To enter Duff's domain is to enter a contained world of detritus and strange contraptions: heaters, dust extractors, a dentist's cabinet given over to tools of all sorts, and molds (for violin, for viola, for cello). To an outsider, there seems to be no order in and for anything, but Duff knows what's where and why. He speaks of "mathematics that goes into a curve," of gram weights, of bow parts, of stress factors and chemicals and resin mixes.

"I don't make my bows to become investments," he says, "but to be workhorses to be used for years."

He shows off his handiwork with obvious love, caressing the bow on temporary exhibit for my inspection. He proudly beckons for his visitor's response. I do respond, impressed with what I see, an elegant, well-turned thing that Duff has handed me. It feels so light and balanced in my grasp, like a natural extension. If I were a player, I'm sure I'd be tempted.

"I have no interest in mass producing my bows" says Duff. "I want each to be special, to have the level of quality that attracts the most exacting musician. Only hand molding makes that possible, and that's time consuming. But I cannot cut corners. Molds are molds, and materials are materials. It's how the equipment and materials are used. It's what the bow maker adds to the process. My skills make the difference."

Michael Duff: One of Bloomington's back-of-the-scenes artists who helps make the fine artists we do see and hear on our concert stages play even better.

Commentary: IU law professors dismayed by new Military Commissions Act
by Mike Leonard
October 29, 2006

There are those who say that television commentator Keith Olbermann may have overreached when he described the recently-passed Military Commissions Act of 2006 as the beginning of the end of America.

He described the legislation sought by the Bush administration as creating "A government more dangerous to our liberty than is the enemy it claims to protect us from." He said the new law essentially guts, for anyone accused of aiding or abetting terrorist activity, the fundamental right to habeas corpus, or the ability to challenge criminal charges in a court of law.

At least two Indiana University law professors don't think Olbermann was so off-base.

"I can not state strongly enough out how outrageous the act is," professor Dawn Johnsen said last week. "There doesn't seem to be a mechanism to get before a court to make a challenge if the president has declared you to be a suspect. And if you're detained and tortured, the act taken as a whole does put limits on the government's ability to use harsh interrogation, but at the same time it takes away any remedy to go to court and complain that the government has violated the statute."

"It's in the complexity of the issues where the debate seems to get lost," observed fellow professor David P. Fidler. "It's so complicated that people like the black-and-white approach that Bush put on it: You're either for the terrorists or you're for us."

Fidler said the act appears unconstitutional, from his point of view, in investing in the president the sole authority to determine when detainees are unlawful combatants against the United States, when the Constitution ascribes to Congress the power to regulate captures on land and sea.

He bemoaned the provision that even American citizens can be denied fundamental rights. But beyond that, he said, "For me it's not just the stripping of habeas corpus issue. …. Perhaps more troubling is how it allows torture and the cruel and degrading treatment and punishment of prisoners.

"In virtually all of the conflicts we've been engaged in, many enemies will not engage in those laws of protection, but we've always maintained for our troops the highest standards of behavior," Fidler went on. "The U.S. military has always been opposed to the way the Bush administration has dealt with detainees (through the C.I.A.), and the American military is quite happy to continue to embrace the higher standard.

"We have had an honorable tradition of upholding the rule of law above everything else. Once we move outside of that, we've entered very dangerous territory."

Fidler described himself as a conservative and a Republican, to underscore his ire. "What's astonishing to me is that a bunch of people who call themselves conservatives are now saying, 'Trust us. We're from the government.' That's usually anathema to conservatives," he said.

Fidler had choice words for the war in Iraq as well, saying, "Iraq was a war of choice … a war based on fraudulent grounds and not in our national interest. … Iraq only became a part of the war on terrorism because we made it that."

He went on to describe the neoconservative rationale, that the terrorist attack on the U.S. gave the country the "hegemonic moment" to make use of its military and economic might to launch a pre-emptive war and bring a democratic order to Iraq and the Middle East.

"It's a radical strategy based on abstract theory - not something conservatives typically embrace," the law professor said.

Fidler went on, as did Olbermann, to put the Military Commissions Act in the same league as the Alien and Sedition Acts requested by President John Adams, the Espionage Act that Woodrow Wilson used to go after peace advocates, and the Executive Order Franklin D. Roosevelt used to imprison Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"Every single time we've gone down this kind of road, we've looked back with hindsight with shame at what was done in the name of national security," Fidler said. "I think this is one of those events we'll look back on with deep, deep regret."

Guest column: IU Labor Studies provides valuable connection to modern workplace
October 29, 2006

This guest column was written by John Clower, secretary of the White River Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, based in Bloomington.

White River Central Labor Council wishes to express its concern about the fate of Indiana University Labor Studies.

We do not understand why the IU administration has not sought an opportunity to clarify publicly and in detail why its account of Labor Studies' financial health and prospects differs so markedly from Labor Studies' own account. We do not understand why the IU administration has appeared to foist most of the work of finding a new departmental home on Labor Studies itself. For details, visit

What we do understand and affirm is the importance of keeping a strong Labor Studies presence on the Bloomington campus.

As Division of Labor Studies director Peter Seybold explained in 1996 on the occasion of the Division's 50th anniversary, Labor Studies at IU has two goals:

  • To give students "an accurate understanding of the bigger picture in which workers find themselves - that is, the political economy."
  • To give them practical skills "that will allow them to adequately represent the people at the workplace they represent."

These two goals have been accomplished very successfully, as many members of our local unions can testify. Steward training, collective bargaining, grievance handling, occupational health and safety, workplace discrimination, labor in the political system, fair employment and comparative labor movements - these are only a few of the educational and occupational topics our members have studied at IU. Without Labor Studies, students cannot depend on receiving these kinds of information and training. Unsurprisingly, Labor Studies probably has a closer connection to nontraditional students and working people in general than does any other division or department in the university.

The department developed in large part as a gateway for veterans of World War II to enter the world of higher education and to help them transition from service back into civilian society and the workplace. It helped further the idea that all people deserved a chance at higher education and that by teaching and training our whole population, we increase our collective skill base, our earning power and our ability to contribute to society.

In addition, many IU-Bloomington faculty members whose fields of expertise intersect with Labor Studies have testified that they depend on the department for information, resources and classroom presentations. The continuation of Labor Studies on the Bloomington campus is crucial for giving students the opportunity for a well-rounded education and for fostering new and socially relevant research projects for faculty.

White River Central Labor Council strongly urges the IU administration to work hard and in good faith to find a departmental home for Labor Studies. Not only is Labor Studies at IU one of the leading and largest such programs in the country, but it plays a unique role in connecting the university to the modern workplace.

Running and Racing: End zone run brought out the female runners
by Jerry Ruff
H-T columnist

October 28, 2006

In the aerobic scheme of things, this third installment of "Magnificent Expectations, Past, Present, and Future" isn't exactly Roger Bannister's 3:59:4, but it could prove reasonably interesting to a stout-hearted microcosm called Mag-7 junkies.

From the recent past, we have the Jill Behrman 5K. Repeat overall winner was James Grimes with 16:32 on that hilly USATF-certified course. The 23-year-old Terre Haute native was an accidental negative-split runner. He accidently ran an ultra-cautious 5:38 first mile, then blistered that final downhill mile with an astounding 4:24. That 16:32 is a PR despite running only 20 miles per week and very little speed work.

We've not done an exhaustive background check, but so far we've uncovered no convincing evidence that perennial women's winner Judy Wilson is less than world-class runner or coach. She'd hoped for a sub-19, but 19:06 ain't bad for 40.

Most track fans know Wilson's the IU women's distance coach. Only hardcore junkies know that her 72-year-old mom, Luella Bogenshutz, has never lost in her age group at Jill's race, and she's one of the swiftest female septuagenarians in the state. Obscure factoids often determine post-race lottery winners, so remember the following: almost 60 percent of the second 120 finishers in the Jill Behrman Run for the Endzone were females. This could be a first for unrestricted races with 1,000 or more participants.

The near future is packed with exhilarating aerobic adventures. Leading off Nov. 4 is the Central Lions Club 5K and 8K, featuring the Middle School 5K Challenge. We're expecting the Edgewood boys to cruise to a third consecutive championship. Expect a nail-biter in the girls' race. Edgewood will be very strong. However, this time around, very strong may not be strong enough to cope with the St. Charles Hawks and Brooke Bierhaus-Riggins.

Wilson won this year's Jillathon. Another coach finished third with an excellent time of 20:42. Brooke also carded a 20:42, but coach Julia Riggins nipped her at the tape. Sometimes Brooke calls Mrs. Riggins "Coach," but mostly she just calls her "Mom."

Brooke ran her first 5K at age 4. She's always loved running but never to the exclusion of other activities. She currently excels at basketball, volleyball, diving, modern dance and academics. The average 13-year-old American child spends about 42 hours per week vigorously interacting with TV and computer games. Brooke's about 40 hours below average.

If Brooke's addicted to distance running, at least part of the problem is genetic. While at Vincennes Rivet, mom ran in the state cross country finals. Uncle Jim and Uncle Jeff ran for Marshall Goss in high school, and now Uncle Jeff runs for Maggie-7. Sister Allie runs at Bloomington South, and several cousins have inherited aerobic propensities.

How did something called the Cabin Fever 5 get displaced to Nov. 18? The short answer is Chris Curtin. Chris founded this Brown County classic as remediation for a wretched malady called mid-February. When BC Parks and Rec resurrected the race, they decided to keep the name as a tribute to Chris, one of our sport's genuine heroes. Nov. 18, Chris will be your official starter and your unofficial Cabin Fever prophylaxis.

Speaking of unofficial, Sue Aquila's second annual Turkey Trot is as unofficial as it gets. With no awards, no T-shirts, no timers, and no entry fees, this unofficial member of Mag-7 Nation will kick start your foodfesting at 7 a.m. Turkey Day. The 5K pseudorace starts at Bloomington Bagel's Dunn Street location.

Kick start December with an exhilarating Reindeer Romp through Brown County State Park. The 8K run and 5K walk start at 1 p.m. Dec. 2, and Dr. Santa suggests you utilize them to boost your cabin fever antibody titers. Proceeds go to the Brown County YMCA, where Kim Robinson and staff are boosting anti-indolence antibodies well beyond official expectations.

Race schedule

NOV. 5

CENTRAL LIONS CLUB 5K AND 8K: Featuring the Middle School 5K Challenge, 8:30, Highland Park Elementary. Contact Dale Hepfer, 332-5728..

Little evidence of pediatrician malpractice crisis

Pediatricians accounted for less than 3% percent of all malpractice claims, just 5% of malpractice suits against pediatricians went to trial, and 4out of 5 of those were found in favor of the pediatrician, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine report in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics. Full Story >>

Pneumonia top cause of post-stroke hospitalizations

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More hospital readmissions after stroke are for pneumonia or for heart disease than for another stroke, according to a study published in the June 2007 issue of the journal Stroke by an Indiana University School of Medicine-led team of researchers. Full Story >>

Infants most at risk of elevator injuries

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Children up to two years of age had the greatest percentage (28.6%) of elevator-related injuries in the first large-scale epidemiological study evaluating elevator-related injuries in children throughout the United States. A team led by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine reported that 28.6 percent of the injuries, many of which are preventable, occured to the young children. Full Story >>

Making the most of protein disorder

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With her company Molecular Kinetics, Ya-Yue Van is taking the research by her husband, IU bioinformatics expert Keith Dunker, to the marketplace. Full Story >>

Sean Mooney: Encouraging biomedial entrepreneurs

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Bioinformatics expert Sean Mooney, assistant professor in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the IU School of Medicine, knows the value of networking when it comes to starting a life sciences business. Full Story >>

Paper on off-label prescriptions wins Kelley award

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Blake Kuhlenschmidt's paper on the implications of "off label" drug use on the pharmaceutical industry was named winner of this year's Undergrad Research Award for the Best Life Science Industry Paper at the Kelley School of Business. Full Story >>

Komen grant expands IU cancer research tissue bank

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A $1 million grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Research Grants and Awards Program will expand a unique tissue bank at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center into a national respository. Full Story >>

Glicks donate $30 million for eye institute

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INDIANAPOLIS — Community leaders and philanthropists Eugene and Marilyn Glick are donating $30 million to establish the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Full Story >>

IU studies benefit of creatine for Parkinson's

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The Indiana University School of Medicine will participate in a large-scale national clinical trial to learn if the nutritional supplement creatine can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Full Story >>

Promoting life science business in Bloomington

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After 22 years at large life sciences firms George Telthorst joined the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership to work with smaller companies and develop industry-academic collaborations. Full Story >>

IU spinoff firm boosts hearing aids effectiveness

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Only one of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one, but that could change thanks to a hearing-aid training program being developed by Bloomington-based Communication Disorders Technology, Inc. Full Story >>

The business (school) of life sciences

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Business Professor Larry Davidson talks about what IU's Kelley School of Business is doing to promote the Life Sciences Initiative. Full Story >>

Strength in numbers: IU and Notre Dame's partnership

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The emphasis is on new at the IU School of Medicine's medical education center at South Bend: a new director, a new building, a new curriculum, new faculty, new business initiatives and a renewed emphasis on the research partnership with the University of Notre Dame. Full Story >>

Fatty liver woes accompany growth in childhood obesity

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IU School of Medicine physicians are studying vitamin and drug therapies to combat fatty liver disease, which is on the rise along with obesity in children. Full Story >>

Anxiety disorders common yet often untreated

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Nearly 20 percent of patients seen by primary care physicians have at least one anxiety disorder, according to IU School of Medicine researchers, who say a new screening tool can alert busy family doctors to those patients. Full Story >>

Relearning to Hear and Speak

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IU psychologist David Pisoni studies speech and hearing in children with cochlear implants in his career-long quest to understand the complex interaction of speech and hearing in the brain. Full Story >>

Hoosier high school students get hands-on science at IU

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Fifty of Indiana's top high school students will gain special insights into the worlds of science, medicine and genetics during the annual Molecular Medicine In Action Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine March 11-12. Full Story >>

Events mark 100th anniversary of eugenics in Indiana

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One of the darkest chapters of social policy will be explored in a public symposium and exhibit in April focusing on Indiana's enactment of the world's first eugenic sterilization law in 1907. Full Story >>

Jasper hospital joins IU Cancer Center to fight cancer

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Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center of Jasper and the Indiana University Cancer Center announced an affiliation agreement that gives the Jasper hospital priority access to the resources and services of the IU Cancer Center, an IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership. The affiliation includes clinical, research and educational components, with the clinical component ensuring priority access to IU Cancer Center. Full Story >>

Cook Pharmica boosts Indiana's life sciences profile

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Cook Pharmica meets the manufacturing needs of companies that have discovered a promising protein or other biological agent but lack the capacity to produce enough of the material to conduct tests necessary for FDA approval. Full Story >>

To keep kids' weight down, live near park

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Living in greener neighborhoods or closer to grocery stores is associated with reduced risk of being overweight, according to a study by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Full Story >>

Colon cancer screening: "Back to the future"?

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Colon cancer screening rates continue to lag behind those for breast and cervical cancer. To do better, an IU School of Medicine researcher says, we may need to re-emphasize a new form of the traditional fecal sampling test because many people are not willing to have a colonoscopy. Full Story >>

Taking AIM at post-stroke depression

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Activating patients and developing a monitoring and evaluation system was highly effective in ending or reducing post-stroke depression in patients. Full Story >>

Depression symptoms may signal coronary artery disease

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Depressive symptoms—especially physical signs, such as fatigue and loss of appetite—may be associated with thickening arteries, which may reflect an early sign of coronary artery disease, according to research by IUPUI scientist Jesse C. Stewart. Full Story >>

IU joins the fight against fat

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IU researcher Lloyd Kolbe helps young Hoosiers battle obesity. Full Story >>

IU startup firms hold promise for kidney function test

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Indiana University School of Medicine's expertise in microscopic imaging has produced two new companies, one that promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of acute kidney failure and another that is helping pharmaceutical companies bring new drugs to market. Full Story >>

Todd Pederson of IEDC talks jobs and life sciences

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"Our mission is to increase the per capita income in the state, and that takes high skilled, high paying jobs. And obviously we need more life sciences companies to create those jobs..." Full Story >>

Todd Peders of IEDC talks jobs and life sciences

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"Our mission is to increase the per capita income in the state, and that takes high skilled, high paying jobs. And obviously we need more life sciences companies to create those jobs..." Full Story >>

Providing doctors for tomorrow's rural Indiana

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How to get young doctors to practice in smaller towns once they've seen the big city? IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute's partnership with Indiana State University may be one way. Full Story >>

Mark Long: Bringing IU discoveries to the marketplace

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As president and CEO of both the IU Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC) and the IU Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC), Mark Long explains how ideas and technologies that begin in university labs can lead to new businesses, an influx of venture capital and products that can improve the health and lives of Hoosiers. Full Story >>

Can mentally ill thrive within the community?

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With $2.5 million from the National Institute of Mental Health, Indiana University researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment, a popular care management model which provides highly individualized psychiatric, social work, vocational and other services from a dedicated team to help severely mentally ill individuals live at home rather than in a hospital, nursing home, jail or on the streets. Full Story >>

NIH funds IU study of nature's strongest glue

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A $1.2 million National Institutes of Health grant will enable Indiana University and Brown University scientists to investigate the properties of a natural glue secreted by the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, a substance they believe is the strongest natural glue known to science. Full Story >>

Roundtable gathers Indiana life sciences CEOs

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Leaders of fourteen Indiana life sciences companies, several with Indiana University ties, have formed a CEO Roundtable to share practical guidance, experiences and other helpful information with one another. The CEO Roundtable is being led by James F. White, Ph.D., president and CEO of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Claire Deselle, CEO of CS-Keys, Inc. Full Story >>

When robots see red

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An IU researcher builds brainy bots that are giving new insights into human diseases and addiction. Full Story >>

IU scientists assess flu pandemic airline risk

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An Indiana University School of Informatics-led team of researchers has constructed a model that predicts how an emerging pandemic influenza might spread across the globe by airliners.

The study, "Modeling the Worldwide Spread of Pandemic Influenza: Baseline Case and Containment Intervention," appears in the January issue of the journal PLoS Medicine. The model they devised is said to be the world's largest-scale epidemic simulation of its kind. Full Story >>

Driving technological innovation

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American research universities and their medical centers, such as IU and Purdue, advance new ideas and spur innovation as they prepare the next generation for the challenges of the future. Now is the time to leverage our strengths, writes Michael McRobbie, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Indiana University. Full Story >>

Curbing bullying requires the right techniques

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School-based programs can reduce bullying but many common methods of dealing with the problem don't work, IU researchers found. Full Story >>

Child Magazine Ranks Riley a Top Children's Hospital

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Riley Hospital for Children and its physicians, who are IU School of Medicine faculty, were ranked 11th of nearly 250 children's hospitals in the country in the annual rankings produced by Child magazine. Riley's neonatal and pulmonary care departments were ranked in the top 10 among those specialties that were ranked. Full Story >>

IU researchers discover unique marker to identify breast cancer protein

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Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a way to identify a key protein in breast cancer cells, raising hopes that it will lead to a significantly better method for early detection of the disease. Full Story >>

Klaunig Named to Environmental Protection Agency Board

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James E. Klaunig, Ph.D., the Robert B. Forney Professor of Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has been appointed to a third term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board. Dr. Klaunig will provide independent expert advice on scientific issues underlying EPA policies and decision making. Full Story >>

Violent Video Games May Emotionally Arouse Players

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Adolescents who play violent video games may exhibit differences in activity levels in areas of the brain associated with emotional arousal and self-control, according to new research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and announced Nov. 28 at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in Chicago. Full Story >>