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Daily IU news update

IU's president responds to criticism
WTHR-TV, Aug. 17 -- Indiana University President Adam Herbert says IU is now standing on a solid foundation ready for the future. His comments come in response to concern about whether the university is truly moving forward. Key quote from Herbert: "I am even more fired up now than I was when I came here, about leading this institution to higher levels of distinction."

Nineteen IU students earn Fulbright awards
Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- Nineteen IU graduate students have received federally funded Fulbright grants for research and teaching in 2005-06. That's an increase from the 13 who received the awards last year.

IU football ticket sales improving; Season ticket sales up 21 percent over last year's total
Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- Through a tireless promotional effort from the athletic department and first-year head football coach Terry Hoeppner, 16,349 IU season tickets had been sold through Monday, an increase of 21 percent over last year. Student ticket sales are up even more -- 45 percent. Hoeppner plans to introduce a number of new team rituals that he hopes will become tradition, such as "The Walk," where he, his coaching staff and players march through fans from the west doors of Assembly Hall to Memorial Stadium two hours before a home game. He also has dubbed Memorial Stadium "The Rock." There is still time to buy tickets for the first home game on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m against Nicholls State. Key quote from Tim Fitzpatrick, who oversees athletic marketing: "Anyone who comes to a game this year, win, lose, draw, rain, snow, whatever, they'll know that we care about football at this institution. That to me is the most evident thing about places that have been successful. You go to Notre Dame, Ohio State or Penn State, you know those places care about football."

National TV favors IU over Purdue
Indianapolis Star, Aug. 18 -- The Big Ten Conference released its basketball schedule Wednesday, and the biggest difference between Indiana University and Purdue is exposure. The Hoosiers will be all over national television, while the Boilermakers apparently are not ready for prime time.

Do Online MBAs Make the Grade?; Their popularity is soaring, but some are diploma mills, making recruiters wary of virtual degrees. Here are tips for picking a good program
Business Week, Aug. 18 -- It's the high level of interaction between students and faculty that separates a solid program from a poser. At the Indiana University Kelley Direct program in Bloomington, Ind., the faculty members all teach in both the full-time and online MBA program. Key quote from Tom Croston, a 41-year-old student of Kelley Direct: "Knowing that all the professors teaching in the program are tenure-track professors really set my mind at ease."

The campus culture
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Aug. 18 -- This editorial examines minority enrollment at Indiana's colleges and universities and singles out Indiana State University as an example of how other Indiana colleges can improve in this area.

IU surveys high school students;
IU study reports teens unhappy at school;
Survey polled Indiana, Kentucky;
Many U.S. students feel unsafe at school; and
Female students more focused, IU study says
WTHR-TV, Louisville Courier-Journal, Washington Times, Science Daily (United Press International) and Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Aug. 17 and 18 -- Just 55 percent of U.S. teens feel safe in their high school, an Indiana University survey of 81,000 students in 19 states concludes.

Schools given poor grades by students
Indianapolis Star, Aug. 18 -- In this editorial, the newspaper takes the position that Indiana University's survey of high school students joins growing evidence that reform is a necessity.

Burns selected as a Wells Scholar at IU
Reading Advocate (Mass.), Aug. 18 -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced that Rebecca Burns of Reading, Mass., has been selected as a Wells Scholar at IU, one of 19 entering freshmen so honored. She will this fall join more than 300 others who have been named Wells Scholars.

UNR names Midwest researcher vice president/dean
Reno Gazette-Journal, Aug. 18 -- Mark Brenner, vice chancellor for research and graduate education at IUPUI, will become vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno. News&

Newsweek Names IU America's 'Hottest Big State School'
WAVE-TV (Louisville), Aug. 17 -- This is further coverage of IU being selected by Newsweek magazine as one of "America's Hot Colleges." IU President Adam Herbert said, "We are extremely gratified to be recognized again for the high quality of the educational experiences Indiana University offers its undergraduate students." Michael McRobbie, IU vice president for research and information technology, said students are sophisticated in their college choices and value fast networks, wireless capability and computer support services. "This is the sea that students swim in," McRobbie said.

Butler looks ahead as it toasts the past
Indianapolis Star editorial, Aug. 18 -- Newspaper recognizes that Butler University arrives at its 150th anniversary with much to celebrate and plenty to work on.

Purdue Creates New Cyber Center
Inside Indiana Business, Aug. 18 -- Purdue announced on Thursday (Aug. 18) the formation of a new cyberinfrastructure center to unite computer resources at all of its campuses, enhancing research and education, setting the stage for more federal funding and ultimately boosting Indiana's economy.

Brand: Agreement 'good for the game;' NCAA to pay NIT $56.5 million; NIT lawyer says settlement will 'enhance' tournament
Indianapolis Star, Aug. 18 -- Nine days into a trial in U.S. District Court, the NCAA agreed to pay the settlement to the NIT, which includes buying the operating rights to the preseason and postseason NITs.

IU voices in the news:

Somebody needs a nap
Louisville Courier-Journal, Aug. 18 -- If your preschooler acts out in school, sleep disturbances could be to blame. Inadequate or irregular sleep can contribute to social problems in children, said John Bates, a professor of psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Researchers ID risk factors for fatal heart disease in blacks
WRTV-TV, Aug. 16 -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have identified three factors that appear to significantly increase the chances for fatal heart disease in blacks. "Patients who had one risk factor had a 32 percent chance of dying in five years. Patients who had two risk factors had a 49 percent chance of dying, and patients with all three factors had a 59 percent risk factor," said IU's Dr. Stephen Sawada.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

In settlement, NCAA will pay $56.5-million to 5 colleges for rights to competing tournament -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association ended its antitrust dispute with the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday, agreeing to pay $56.5-million to purchase the rights to the NIT and settle all claims against the association.

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