Btown bands together for the bees

When members of the IU Newsroom began work on their latest in-depth, long-form story, “Keepers of the Bees,” even though the collapse of the bees had become a hot issue in the news and attracted the attention of the White House, I was still shocked to learn just how potentially disastrous of a problem this is; bees are the most important pollinators of flowering plants and, along with other insects, directly produce a third of every bite of food we eat and are responsible for more than $15 billion annually to the U.S. agricultural sector.

IU student veterans and the ‘experience of war’

This afternoon, on Veterans Day and as part of IU Bloomington’s year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, three IU student veterans will gather in, fittingly, the Great Room of the Hutton Honors College to share their thoughts on what soldiers-turned-authors Remarque and Ungaretti so artfully expressed — the weight of war and, more specifically, how war affects and changes the perspectives of those who play a role in it.

Btown students making the mark

Churchill. Truman. Goldwater. Fulbright. Luce. The names read like a who’s who of some of the most influential figures of the 20th century. They’ve also come to reflect the considerable academic prowess of IU Bloomington students and newly minted alums, who, in recent weeks, have earned several of the nation’s and world’s most prestigious and […]

Double ‘value’ talk

As the post-holiday haze begins to clear, we at Btown Banter thought it worth noting a couple of special honors received by IU in the final days of December, capping a busy and bountiful 2012 at the university. (Check out “Year in review: Top stories from IU in 2012.”) On Dec. 27, IU’s Bloomington campus […]

“An essential college experience”

Full confession here. I didn’t study abroad while in college, and I never really considered it, aside from an occasional fleeting notion. In fact, about the closest I got to an international experience was when the occasional new acquaintance would mistake my school (UConn) for that part of Canada bordering Alaska. Eventually, I made it overseas, […]