Calling all Cinderellas: Breaking down the bracket of inaugural Hoosier Hysteria competition

Herman B Wells, Hoagy and Homecoming. Mark Cuban, Kinsey and candy-striped pants. They represent just a few of the Btown legends and traditions vying to win the inaugural “Hoosier Hysteria: The Bloomington Bracket” competition.

Renewal, restoration and the campus canopy

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since IU Bloomington sustained some of the worst tree damage in its history, the result of violent storms that swept through our campus and the surrounding community. More than 300 trees, including several large, old-growth trees, were lost during the May 2011 storms that cut a […]

Meet the parents

It’s Parents Weekend at IU Bloomington, which, for this blogger, always brings back special memories. Parents Weekend 1995 was my introduction to IU and the Btown community—that’s when mom, dad and I ventured away from the shores of Connecticut to visit my younger sister, then a freshman. Expecting to see a few big academic structures […]

A special place

Today, along with some much-needed rain, came some new confirmation of Bloomington’s status as one of the nation’s premier college towns. Bloomington has just been named one of the “Top 10 College Towns for 2012” by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of the best places to live and visit in the […]

Stardust at the Statehouse

Before he moves on to his new gig up north, Indiana governor and Purdue University President-elect Mitch Daniels is getting an office makeover, courtesy of IU. IU Campus Art took the opportunity yesterday to jazz up the governor’s office with a portrait of American music legend, IU alumnus and Bloomington native Hoagy Carmichael, composer of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy 40th, Collins!

Here’s some guest banter about a milestone anniversary at IU Bloomington — courtesy of my newsroom colleague and Collins Living-Learning Center alumnus George Vlahakis: This is a big weekend at IU Bloomington’s oldest and most intimate residence hall, Collins Living Learning Center (originally known as the Men’s Residence Center). Alumni residents are returning from all over […]

‘An awesome energy’

For those of us who don’t skip town for the summer, the first week after graduation ceremonies at IU Bloomington is typically greeted with a strong sense of relief (“Eureka! A parking spot!”) and fond recollections of the past year. First, the relief. True to this time of year, this morning I easily found a […]