Farewell to a fan: Grafton Trout was a true connoisseur of art, cinema and the humanities

Post courtesy of Karen Land, IU Communications arts specialist: Even if you didn’t know Grafton Trout, you might know his face. He was one of Indiana University’s greatest fans. Instead of Assembly Hall or Memorial Stadium, you might have found him at a lecture hall, the Lilly Library, IU Cinema or what is now the Eskenazi Museum […]

The pride of Little 500 and keeping pace with the spring semester sprint

Little 500 leads the list of recent activities and events that have fueled IU Bloomington’s sprint through the last leg of spring semester. And what a sprint it’s been.

All abuzz about Jonathan Banks

For a guy who’s built a career in film and on TV for playing sinister types and villains, including Mike Ehrmantraut on the award-winning TV drama “Breaking Bad,” Jonathan Banks seemed to have no trouble embracing the part of happy homecomer during a whirlwind visit to IU Bloomington last week. Best known for his memorable […]

King Kevin returns

Kevin Kline, the man who brought us the clueless criminal Otto from “A Fish Called Wanda” and has famously portrayed Shakespearean kings, pirate kings and presidents, among many other classic characters of the stage and screen, made a triumphant return to Indiana University Bloomington this afternoon, earning standing applause for a new honor to accompany his Oscar and two Tony Awards.

Mini University provides a learning vacation for students of all ages

For those who want to experience that first-week rush, the IU Alumni Association and IU Lifelong Learning are sponsoring the 43rd Mini University, giving people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to take five days of classes taught by IU faculty, right here on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

One-on-one with Robby Benson

This is a pretty amazing time in Btown — the IU baseball team made it back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles, underwater science researchers at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington are investigating the recent potential discovery of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria, the Kelley School of Business made it to the big Nasdaq screen in New […]

Btown welcomes the king of the B movie

Just yesterday, I was talking to my dad about one of his favorite films: the 1979 cult classic “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” featuring the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. Dad was telling me about the day he and one of his middle-school teaching buddies decided it would be fun to show a particularly […]

Things I love

I admit, I’m a bit of a romantic, especially when it comes to IU and Btown, where I’ve lived for the last 15 years. I received a master’s degree here. Met my lovely wife my first day of school. Have two kids who are growing up great here. My 11-year-old got to rush the Assembly […]

Giving thanks

It’s Thanksgiving break week and I, for one, am grateful. This semester has felt like it’s gone by at breakneck speed, providing me with little opportunity to give thanks for some recent big happenings in Btown. Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Indiana premier of what will almost certainly become the next […]

Lights, Camera, Action! It’s Homecoming!

Being that it’s both Homecoming at IU and a presidential debate week, it only seemed fitting to prep this blog banter with a primer on “the great homecoming debate.” For those who haven’t heard, there’s a historical battle raging about who started this quintessential college and university tradition. True to its Fighting Illini spirit, the […]