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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 11, 2008

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Olympics 2008: Tips for the Beijing Olympics
This Week on Sound Medicine
Early Childhood Center at IU to conduct audit of Indiana's First Steps system
School of Education leads delegation to Lithuania
IU Jacobs School of Music appoints new associate director of Band Department
Students of Today, Yesterday Herald Opening of IUPUI Campus Center
IU ballet at the BCT focuses on choreography
Indiana history journal examines Indianapolis minister's theory of "parasite paupers"
5,667 Students Eligible to Receive Degrees at IUPUI Commencement Ceremony
Multicultural understanding awards given at IU Bloomington
2008 Big Band Extravaganza at IU features Delores King Williams and Everett Greene
IU's Archives of Traditional Music a national leader in preserving audio history
IU residence halls battle it out for energy conservation
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Olympics 2008: Tips for the Beijing Olympics -- Indiana University professors Phil Henson and Scott Kennedy discuss the political climate surrounding the Olympic Games. Read the complete story.

This Week on Sound Medicine -- This weekend, April 12 and 13, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, focuses on electroshock therapy for depressed elderly, depression and pregnancy and two conflicting studies on memory loss and "the use statins." Read the complete story.

Early Childhood Center at IU to conduct audit of Indiana's First Steps system -- The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has asked the Early Childhood Center at Indiana University to conduct an independent evaluation and audit of the Indiana First Steps Early Intervention System. The Early Childhood Center is part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, a research, education and service center affiliated with Indiana University Bloomington. Read the complete story.

School of Education leads delegation to Lithuania -- A delegation from the Indiana University School of Education leaves on Friday (April 11) for a week-long visit to Lithuania on a trip designed to help a young democracy teach its young about democracy. The trip to the former Soviet-bloc country is part of a continuing exchange between the IU School of Education and the state of Indiana with Lithuania. It's part of the Civitas International Civic Education Exchange Program. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints new associate director of Band Department -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced April 10 that Jeffrey Gershman has been named Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands/Wind Conducting. He will join the Jacobs School faculty at the beginning of the fall semester. Read the complete story.

Students of Today, Yesterday Herald Opening of IUPUI Campus Center -- Calling the IUPUI campus "a crown jewel," of Indianapolis and the new Campus Center, a shining "beacon," Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis alumni and student leaders enthusiastically heralded the opening of the building during its dedication Wednesday (April 9, 2008). The $56-million IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard, is the fulfillment of long-held dreams of generations of IUPUI students and the culmination of collaborative efforts of students, alumni, benefactors and construction crews, dedication speakers said. Read the complete story.

IU ballet at the BCT focuses on choreography -- Continuing its ongoing partnership with the community, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents the annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington on April 15-16 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Presented by the IU Department of Ballet, the workshop will feature 13 new works choreographed and danced by its ballet majors. Read the complete story.

Indiana history journal examines Indianapolis minister's theory of "parasite paupers" -- The March 2008 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History offers two articles on the lifework and legacy of Rev. Oscar McCulloch, nationally known pastor of Indianapolis's Plymouth Congregational Church from 1877 until his death in 1891. Read the complete story.

5,667 Students Eligible to Receive Degrees at IUPUI Commencement Ceremony -- A total of 5,667 students will be eligible to receive degrees at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis's (IUPUI) commencement exercises on May 11, 2008. Some 4,559 students will receive degrees from Indiana University and 963 from Purdue University. This number also includes graduates from the IUPU Columbus, where there are 104 IU graduates and 41 Purdue graduates. Read the complete story.

Multicultural understanding awards given at IU Bloomington -- The Indiana University Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) will honor five individuals and one program April 17 (Thursday) at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center with its 2007-08 COMU Awards. This event is open to the public, with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by the award presentations at 5 p.m. Read the complete story.

2008 Big Band Extravaganza at IU features Delores King Williams and Everett Greene -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host its annual Big Band Extravaganza, featuring IU jazzmen David N. Baker and Pat Harbison, on April 19 (Saturday) at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. The Big Band Extravaganza merges two outstanding jazz ensembles of student performers trained by Baker and Harbison. This year's concert, "It Don't Mean a Thing . . . If It Ain't Got That Swing," will present masterpieces of the swing era and guest performances by vocalists Delores King Williams and Everett Greene. Read the complete story.

IU's Archives of Traditional Music a national leader in preserving audio history -- Trekking around Congo, Burundi and Rwanda in the early 1950s with a vacuum tube reel-to-reel tape deck, Alan and Barbara Merriam recorded the sounds of people in those locations performing local political and war songs. The Merriams returned to the United States with 76 open reels and more than 40 hours of recordings. Alan Merriam became a professor at Indiana University and his work, now housed in IU's Archives of Traditional Music, reveals much about political culture and music in lands then emerging from Belgian authority. Read the complete story.

IU residence halls battle it out for energy conservation -- At its half-way point, students at IU's Briscoe and Eigenmann dorms are battling it out for first place in IU's Energy Challenge competition. For the past two weeks students at Briscoe and Eigenmann, along with eight other Indiana University Bloomington residence halls, have been participating in the campus's first IU Energy Challenge, a dormitory energy and water conservation competition. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Friday, April 11:
Baseball: Iowa, 3.p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Ohio State, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.

Schedule for Saturday, April 12:
Women's Tennis: Illinois, 11 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Iowa, 12 and 4:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Purdue, 1 p.m., West Lafayette, Ind.
Softball: Ohio State, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Soccer: Notre Dame, 7 p.m., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.

Schedule for Sunday, April 13:
Women's Tennis: Purdue, 11 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Illinois, 1 p.m., Champaign, Ill.
Baseball: Iowa, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

Escalator Injuries Rise in Older Adults
New York Times, April 8 -- Riding an escalator is not ordinarily considered risky, but a new study reports that from 1991 to 2005, nearly 40,000 people older than 65 were injured while doing so, an average of 2,660 a year. Nobody knows why the rate is rising. "Perhaps the exposure is greater than it was in 1991," said the study's lead author, Dr. Joseph O'Neil, an associate professor of pediatrics at Indiana University. "We don't know if there are more escalators, but there are certainly more active older adults." Full story.

Crean adapting to new job
Indiana Daily Student, April 9 -- Out with the blue, in with the red. For Tom Crean, that means his wardrobe. And his gameday drink. "I was killing the Diet Pepsis the last few years during the games -- three or four a game," the new IU men's basketball coach said. "My wife would just be miserable with me. Win or lose, she'd be more miserable with me for how many Diet Pepsis I drank during the game." But IU's a Coke school -- just another adjustment for Crean, hired last Tuesday to coach the Hoosiers after nine years at Marquette, whose colors are blue and gold. In an interview Tuesday with the Indiana Daily Student, less than a week since he agreed to coach in Bloomington, Crean talked about the challenges and the thrills of his new job. "It hits me, not every day, but really about every hour about how big this job is -- how big a deal it is to be the Indiana coach," he said. "But at the same time, it drives me." Full story.

IU To Honor First Female President Of An African Nation
WBIW.com, April 9 -- Indiana University has announced the days on which their commencement ceremonies will be held this year, and has already announced one honorary degree recipient, from the nation of Liberia. Not only is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the African nation, she's the president. And, not only is she the president of Liberia, she's the first female president of the nation, and of any nation on the African continent. To that end, Indiana University, which has had a long-standing relationship with the African country, will award President Sirleaf an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Saturday, May 3rd, at the Assembly Hall. Full story.

IU Asteroid Program Records Final Chapter
Space Daily, April 8 -- The Indiana Asteroid Program began with a borrowed lens and a bet over a chocolate ice cream cone. Almost 60 years later, its final chapter was written with the naming of a heavenly body after one of the most dedicated staff members Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Astronomy has ever seen. Full story.

Little 500 regains shine once tarnished by out-of-control party label from the '90s
Bloomington Herald-Times, April 10 -- It is again becoming "The World's Greatest College Weekend," in the best sense of the slogan. Indiana University's Student Foundation is staging the 58th annual edition of its Little 500 race this weekend -- starting with today's Little 50 run, followed by the women's bicycle race at 4 p.m. Friday and the men's bike race at 2 p.m. Saturday. The IUSF is employing the "Weekend" slogan more often these days, now that its MTV-fueled partying connotations are muted compared to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The especially troublesome years were 1988 and 1991, when gigantic outdoor parties turned riotous at Varsity Villas apartments. The overall arrest totals are down lately, and the event seems to be returning to its roots. Full story.

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