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Front Page News at Indiana University

January 12, 2009

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IU selected by Princeton Review as a "Best Value"
Foremost Americanist Werner Sollors to speak at next Patten Foundation lectures
National organization honors National Survey of Student Engagement
IU Auditorium to present an evening with Robin Williams on March 26
Sonya Stephens named IU Bloomington vice provost for undergraduate education
Thomas Gieryn named IU Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs
IU's activities commemorating Martin Luther King to include presentation by Elaine Brown
World premiere, noted artists, local gems featured at IU dance concert
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU selected by Princeton Review as a "Best Value" -- Indiana University is one of just three Big Ten universities included among the 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to the widely-known education services company, the Princeton Review. Also listed in the Top 50 were Purdue University and the University of Michigan. No other public or private universities in Indiana were selected. Read the complete story.

Foremost Americanist Werner Sollors to speak at next Patten Foundation lectures -- Werner Sollors, one of today's foremost Americanists, will present two lectures at Indiana University Bloomington next week. The Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English and professor of African and African American studies from Harvard University, Sollors will speak on "African American Intellectuals and Europe between the Two World Wars" on Jan. 20 (Tuesday) and "'Heil, Johnny': Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair or The Denazification of Erika von Schlütow" on Jan. 22 (Thursday). Read the complete story.

National organization honors National Survey of Student Engagement -- National organization honors National Survey of Student Engagement -- The National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI) has recognized the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) -- a part of the Indiana University School of Education -- with an Honorable Mention in its 2009 Leveraging Excellence Awards. Every year, NSSE surveys students at several hundred four-year colleges and universities, inquiring into their participation in programs and activities that promote learning and personal development. Read the complete story.

IU Auditorium to present an evening with Robin Williams on March 26 -- Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams will continue on his first U.S. stand-up comedy tour since his critically acclaimed 2002 tour with an appearance at the Indiana University Auditorium at 8 p.m. on March 26. Entitled "Weapons of Self-Destruction," the show will highlight Williams' trademark free associations and riffs on social and political absurdities. Read the complete story.

Sonya Stephens named IU Bloomington vice provost for undergraduate education -- Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson announced Jan. 8 that Sonya Stephens has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for undergraduate education. Stephens is professor and chair of the Department of French and Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Her appointment takes effect immediately. Read the complete story.

Thomas Gieryn named IU Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs -- Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson announced Jan. 8 that Thomas F. Gieryn has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. Gieryn is Rudy Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. His appointment as vice provost takes effect immediately. Read the complete story.

IU's activities commemorating Martin Luther King to include presentation by Elaine Brown -- Indiana University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with activities on Jan. 18-19 that include a speech on Jan. 18 by Elaine Brown, an activist, author and former Black Panther Party leader. Other events will include a day of activities for elementary school children at the IU School of Education, an interfaith prayer service, a leadership breakfast and a unity summit. Read the complete story.

World premiere, noted artists, local gems featured at IU dance concert -- The focus is on "community" as modern dance majors at Indiana University perform two guest artist pieces as well as original faculty creations during the IU Contemporary Dance Program's annual guest artist and faculty concert. Performances include works choreographed by internationally known choreographer Bill Evans and Martha Wittman, member of the dynamic and provacative Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Both artists worked with IU dancers in recent months as visiting artists. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Jan. 9:
Women's Swimming: After a month break from competition, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team returned to collegiate with day one of a meet with Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Tennessee currently leads the meet with 1023.5 points, followed by Indiana (925.5), Michigan (579) and Illinois (111). Full story.

Results from Saturday, Jan. 10:
Women's Swimming: The Indiana women's swimming and diving team wrapped up its first competition of 2009 with the final session of the Indiana Quad featuring Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and the Hoosiers. Tennessee finished first with a score of 1,454, followed by Indiana (1,294.5), Michigan (714) and Illinois (186.5). Full story.

Men's and Women's Track: The Hoosiers opened the 2009 indoor season at the Indiana Open. Senior Tiffany Howard and sophomore Ben Stephen led the way, both recording provisional qualifying marks to win the shot put. The Hoosiers won nine events on the day and had 35 top-five finishes. Full story.

Men's Swimming: Senior Matt Lenton put his name in the Indiana record books as the fastest swimmer in school history with a time of 19.84 in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight a double dual meet with No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Tennessee Saturday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Michigan was a double winner with victories over Indiana (176-104) and Tennessee (200-98). Indiana topped Tennessee by a 159-133 score. Full story.

Men's Basketball: Host Illinois started the game on a 21-2 run and never looked back in defeating Indiana, 76-45, Saturday in Champaign. The Hoosiers, will now have a quick turnaround and travel to Ohio State on Tuesday. Full story.

Wrestling: The #19 Indiana University wrestling team came up just one match win away from upsetting #9 Wisconsin at the National Duals on Saturday. Four individual Hoosiers arose victorious in the 19-15 team defeat, including a pin by redshirt freshman Matt Ortega in the 133-lbs. bout. Full story.

Results from Sunday, Jan. 11:
Women's Basketball: The entire Hoosier (11-3, 4-1) starting five reached double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Penn State, 84-77, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, on Sunday, Jan. 11. Full story.

Schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 13:
Men's Basketball: Ohio State, 7:00 p.m., Columbus, Ohio

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IU in the news

IU makes prudent cuts in its budget
Bedford Times-Mail, Jan. 9 -- Facing a sour economy and the promise of less revenue from the state, Indiana University is taking a prudent and proactive approach to its own pocketbook. The State Budget Agency recently sent out a notice that 2008-09 funding for IU and other Indiana public universities is being reduced by 1 percent. So, on Wednesday, IU President Michael McRobbie announced that IU vice presidents, chancellors and deans from all eight campuses must cut their current fiscal year budgets by a total of at least $4.9 million -- or 1 percent of IU's state operating funds. Full story.

Study supports use of no-sedation colonoscopy
American Medical News, Jan. 12 -- A desire to continue providing colonoscopy, combined with a lack of resources, led one physician to offer the procedure without sedation. Now, that solution may lead to no-sedation colonoscopy becoming a more widely considered option. Dr. Rex, who is also professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of endoscopy at Indiana University Hospital, has performed a small number of colonoscopies on unsedated patients and has undergone one without sedation himself. "For the great majority, having sedation offers a lot of advantages and a lot of positives," he said. Full story.

Obama Pick to Analyze Broad Powers of President
New York Times, Jan. 7 -- When Dawn Johnsen read a newly disclosed Justice Department legal opinion last April that blessed the president's broad power to authorize rough interrogation tactics, she was outraged. The legal memorandum, she wrote in a blog entry, was "shockingly flawed," the constitutional arguments were "bogus," the broad reading of presidential authority "outlandish," and the "horrific acts" it encouraged against prisoners were probably illegal. "Where is the outrage, the public outcry?!" Ms. Johnsen, a constitutional law professor at Indiana University, demanded in the posting. Now, Ms. Johnsen will have the chance to overturn some of the legal opinions she so harshly condemned. President-elect Barack Obama said this week that he would nominate her to lead the Office of Legal Counsel. Full story.

Gap in what we say vs. what we do about racism
Associated Press, Jan. 8 -- Think you wouldn't tolerate a racist act? Think again, says a surprising experiment that exposed some college students to one and found indifference at best. "The failure of people to confront or do anything about racist comments is pretty widespread in the real world," said Indiana University psychologist Eliot R. Smith, who co-wrote a review of the experiment. "People may feel uncomfortable if someone makes a remark like this, but it's rare they will actually confront them." Full story.

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