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Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Daily IU news update

September 5, 2007

IUPD finds 'distressing' number of partiers unconscious
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 5 -- Adding to the 108 citations the Indiana State Excise Police issued Friday and Saturday, the IU Police Department recorded 41 arrests during the weekend. Out of the 41 arrests, six individuals were unconscious, needing some sort of medical assistance, IUPD Capt. Jerry Minger said. During the Aug. 22-26 Welcome Week period, IUPD had 13 cases involving medical assistance. Full story.

IU Faculty Council: Faculty tackle issue of overused classrooms
Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 5 -- Indiana University classrooms are overused and in many cases long overdue for renovation, the Bloomington Faculty Council heard Tuesday in a series of reports that surprised no one in the room. Roland Cote, the IU Bloomington registrar, said classrooms are so heavily utilized that it's hard to find time for maintenance, let alone the opportunities for faculty to try different methods of instruction. "We have virtually no flexibility for any kind of innovation," he said. Full story.

No match: Dating criteria, actual choices don't agree; IU professor's study finds real factors driving men's, women's choice of mates
Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 5 -- Men look for physical attractiveness when they choose a mate. Women look for a mix of traits, including not only good looks but wealth, social status and commitment. And for both sexes, what they say they're looking for doesn't mesh with the choices they make. Those are among the findings of a study that used speed dating to examine how men and women make decisions about finding and getting to know potential partners. Peter Todd, a professor in the cognitive science program at Indiana University, is the lead author of the study, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Coauthors are from universities in Germany, England and Scotland. Full story.

Commentary: Time for straight talk about game tickets and student enrollment
Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 5 -- Gerry DiNardo, former IU football coach and an H-T community columnist, writes this commentary on game tickets and student enrollment. "Recently there have been two related articles published in the HT. One article on page 1A was about IU sports, and the other on page A3 was about IU student enrollment, but really they were both about the same thing. Times are a changing." Full story.

Killer at college: Meningitis threatens students; Mandatory vaccine for deadly bacterial disease sparks debate
MSNBC, Sept. 5 -- Ashley Lee thought it was just the flu coming on. A little headache, an upset stomach — nothing to skip a hometown frat party for, reasoned the 18-year-old as she cruised the 90 miles from Indiana University in Bloomington back home to Terre Haute, Ind. But at the party, the college freshman ran to the bathroom to vomit every half hour and eventually headed home, where her parents figured she'd feel better after a good night's sleep. The next day, she collapsed on her way to the bathroom. Her dad carried her to their car, and they sped toward the local hospital. At the emergency room, she lost her vision for several terrifying seconds. "That scared me half to death," Ashley says. "I knew something wasn't right." Full story.

Hiring practices might 'burn' IMU Dining Services
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 5 -- Steve Mangan, general manager of Indiana Memorial Union Dining Services, said he is not afraid of hiring convicted criminals and empowering them with a second chance. In fact, he has done just that on multiple occasions -- both knowingly and unknowingly. Mangan and the supervisors that fall under his jurisdiction do not conduct background checks on all new employees, only those that the University absolutely requires them to. According to IU's policy, only specified hourly employees are required to have their credentials checked, which is a business practice that Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joe Qualters suggested might be unwise. "It's a matter of erring on the side of caution," Qualters said. "Businesses could get burned because they haven't taken what seems like an easy step." Full story.

IU voices in the news:

Fort Wayne hurt most by job losses, study shows
Indianapolis Business Journal, Sept. 5 -- John Stafford, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW comments in this story about research the institute conducted on maufaturing layoffs in Ft. Wayne. "It's very easy to get discouraged looking at the numbers," said Stafford. "It's like you tell somebody, 'I'm going to take your left arm, your right leg, a couple of organs ... and you're going to function.' Well, you're going to function differently." Full story.

Polar Grid: entering the ice age
International Science Grid This Week, Sept. 5 -- "Things that took 100,000 years to change are now changing in ten years," says Geoffrey Fox. "This was a relatively sleepy field. It has come rapidly to the forefront." Fox is director of the Community Grids Lab at Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Labs. A computer scientist by trade, he's been swept into the fever of ice-sheet science. "In the last ten years something has happened," he says. "Ten years ago the ice sheets weren't melting. Now they are. And we don't know why." Full story.

Morgan, Hendricks counties see sharp rise in poverty; Dramatic increase from '05 to '06 adds to strain on medical, social services in the suburban communities
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 5 -- Phil Powell, a professor with IU's Kelley School of Business, follows Central Indiana's economy. He comments on a recent U.S. Census Bureau Report on poverty in Morgan and Hendricks counties. Powell said the downturn in Morgan and Hendricks stems from their recent influx of people with modest incomes and modest education levels. "When the economy hiccups, they (those with modest incomes) get hit first," said Powell, who lives in the Hendricks County town of Brownsburg. Full story.

Study abroad blossoms into big business; As overseas programs grow in popularity, colleges struggle with cost, quality, and oversight
The Chronicle of Higher Education, issues dated Sept. 7 -- Kathy Sideli, director of the IU Office of Overseas Studies, comments in this story regarding the growing prestige and popularity of studying abroad. "To understand the gargantuan task each institution faces in monitoring the quality of its study-abroad programs, consider Indiana University at Bloomington. The university sends 1,600 students, with more than 60 different majors, abroad every year. Even though the university has 150 programs in foreign countries, roughly one quarter of the students going abroad each year use programs run by other American universities, other foreign universities, or independent companies. That adds up to about 300 programs for the staff of 12 to monitor, according to Kathleen A. Sideli, director of the university's office of overseas study. Every one of those programs must be vetted for its academic quality, safety standards, costs, and housing options."It's like a mini-university rolled into one that's all over the world," says Ms. Sideli. "It's a very complex enterprise." Full story.

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