Hot town, summer in the city

Just over a week into summer at IU Bloomington, and the dog days are already upon us. But don’t let the current sultry, muggy, 100-degree heat fool you — this campus and the surrounding community are anything but sleepy. The significant foot traffic around Kirkwood Avenue, busy eateries, coffee shops and hotels, and a steady […]

A no-brainer for the brain campus

Sometimes the best idea is the one that makes the most sense or — to borrow from the principle of Occam’s razor — the one that’s the simplest. Yet it doesn’t take a beautiful mind (or a brain as big as one of the many fiberglass brain sculptures on display throughout campus and the surrounding […]

It’s a long way (with a few detours) to the top

Traditionally, there’s little that disrupts the serenity of summer at IU Bloomington. A few not-quite-ready-for-prime-time kids from one of the nearby high schools, perhaps. A little loud music now that the car windows have been rolled down. In terms of the overall vibe on campus and around town, though, the hottest months of the year […]

‘An irreplaceable and magnificent treasure’

With the passing of Elinor Ostrom this morning, Indiana University Bloomington and the entire campus community have lost an extraordinary scholar, researcher, teacher, colleague, friend and, in the words of IU President Michael McRobbie, “an irreplaceable and magnificent treasure.” Those of us who were here in Bloomington in October 2009 — when it was announced […]

Happy birthday, Herman!

Wells built an institution, and, in the process, became one himself. 
– Biographer James Capshew If he were still alive, Indiana University’s legendary 11th president, Herman B Wells, would’ve turned 110 years old today. A true IU icon, Wells was a remarkable man whose impact on IU and the Bloomington community continues to be felt […]

Remembering Lauren

This Sunday, June 3, marks the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of IU Bloomington student Lauren Spierer. Though it’s been a year since this sad and unfortunate event, Lauren remains in the hearts and minds of everyone at IU Bloomington, including the thousands of volunteers who have committed themselves to helping find her and the […]