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The IU Daily News Brief is a review of media coverage of news, people and events of interest to Indiana University, prepared by the Office of Media Relations. You will receive one every day there is news of interest. Please forward it to those in your office who should receive a copy. At the bottom of each IU Daily News Brief are instructions on how to sign up or opt out of receiving this e-mail.

Stick with what works (so far) on tuition increases
Lafayette Journal and Courier, Feb. 28 -- One way or another, Indiana lawmakers grinding their teeth over college tuition increases -- and their inability in recent years to do much about it -- are going to take their best swing at the state's universities, says this editorial. This year's version of the tuition cap (a proven perennial loser): a fixed-rate tuition plan that would lock university fees in over a student's four-year career. Key quote: "Before lawmakers spend a lot of time scratching in the sand and crowing about tuition caps, guaranteed tuitions and other means of slowing the rise in college costs, they should let the third governor in as many years, Gov. Mitch Daniels, try his hand at setting the friendly line on tuition. Because nothing else the legislature has come up with seems aimed well enough to do much good."

Universities deliver multitude of services
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 27 -- Column by Jeff Smulyan, chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications in Indianapolis, asked the governor and the legislature to remember public universities' role in the state's economic development effort. Key quote: "As the governor and the General Assembly look for solutions to the state budget crunch, they must demand a "do-more-with-less" attitude. But limiting resources for higher education would create a ripple effect that touches work-force development, technical assistance programs for Indiana business, cutting-edge research in technology and the life sciences, and support for entrepreneurial companies."

Indiana zones in on time; Some say they're hooey, others `Hoosier exceptionalism,' but the state's different times zones could get clocked if a bill legislating uniformity succeeds. Business favors it; cows might not
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 28 -- To its everlasting credit, the state of Indiana has brought the world steel, prescription drugs, sweet corn, the Indy 500, RVs and Cole Porter. But it still has not, after almost 190 years of statehood, figured out exactly what time it is. That could soon change. And then, maybe it won't because this is, after all, Indiana. Key quote: "Part of the state's identity is `Hoosier exceptionalism.' If everyone else is doing something and it looks stupid to you, you shouldn't do it even though everyone else does it," Bill Blomquist, a political scientist at IUPUI. "People here think we're the ones who got it right while everyone else is wrong.",1,282771.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

Wartell will continue as IPFW chancellor
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Feb. 25 -- Chancellor Michael Wartell will stay on at IPFW. Wartell said today he decided a few days ago to withdraw as a candidate for the job at 9,300-student Radford University in Radford, Va. He was one of three finalists for the job.

Bill would let students lock in rates for tuition; Colleges say the proposal could lead to higher fees overall
South Bend Tribune, Feb. 27 -- A proposal in the General Assembly would give college students the option to lock in tuition rates. But some university officials say the plan could lead to higher tuition costs. The proposal, which is part of the House's budget bill, would allow students to pay a fixed tuition rate that would not change during their four years of school. Key quote: IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre said colleges could face hard decisions if the General Assembly does not provide enough funding and some students have locked-in tuition rates. "It could cause us huge problems because then we would have no way to get money from either of our two major sources of revenues," he said.

IU freshmen are no politicians
Louisville Courier-Journal, Feb. 27 -- IU forwards Robert Vaden and D.J. White are sure to garner votes for the Big Ten Conference's All-Freshman team and even Freshman of the Year. But they are unlikely to turn those down, as they did in the IU Student Association elections last week. Vaden and White won seats in the student congress despite their attempt to withdraw their names.

Computer plan is drawing fire; Requiring freshmen at Indiana State to buy or lease laptops has glitches, some say
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 28 -- A proposal to require Indiana State University freshmen to buy or lease laptop computers as early as fall 2006 is drawing fire from some faculty and students. About 87 percent of ISU students already have their own computers.

Like father, like daughter
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 27 -- Maggie Daniels is putting a new twist on the adage: like father, like son. The 18-year-old daughter of Gov. Mitch Daniels was elected last week as a senator for the IU Student Association in Bloomington. One of 62 senators, she'll take office this spring for a year. She got the second-highest number of votes, 1,116, among a group of 17 candidates vying for six senator positions representing the University Division, an academic advising unit for new students.

Foundations aid cash-poor schools; Nonprofit groups now help to pay for books, class supplies and construction, too
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 28 -- A crisis in public funding, both in Indiana and across the nation, has left parents and school administrators looking to the private fund-raising power of a growing number of nonprofit education foundations to fill the gaps. And while such foundations once bankrolled student scholarships, field trips and new band uniforms, they now foot the bills for books and supplies inside classrooms, some after-school activities and even some construction projects.

Legislation flying under the radar
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 27 -- They are bills of significance, legislation that would affect everyone from adoptive parents to high school dropouts. But they've gained little attention while quietly moving through the General Assembly. As the 2005 legislative session nears the halfway mark, The Star Editorial Board examines six lesser-known bills that warrant watching.

From the Chronicle --

A new coalition of groups representing students, professors, high-school counselors, and admissions officers will unveil an advertising campaign this week that opposes legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would relax certain rules for-profit colleges must follow to participate in the federal student-aid programs.

The National Governors Association announced on Sunday that it was embarking on a $42-million effort to overhaul high schools throughout the United States, and the organization's leaders said that lawmakers would be prodding colleges to get involved.

Three advocacy groups, including one with links to a Christian organization, have filed a pair of lawsuits aimed at dismantling the $3-billion stem-cell-research institute that California voters approved in November. The suits allege that the institute's governance and conflict-of-interest rules do not comply with state law.

Female students have gone from being a minority to a majority of undergraduate enrollments in the United States over the last generation, and have increased their preparedness for college work and their graduation rates, according to a report released on Friday by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Temple University suspended John Chaney, its legendary men's basketball coach, for the remainder of the season on Friday after he admitted he had sent a backup player into a game with orders to commit intentional fouls. The player broke the arm of one opponent.

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