Parade promises a long-denied but better-played tribute

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

It’s been a long time coming, but on Saturday, the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School state championship boys basketball team will finally get its public due.

For the first time in the 500 Festival Parade’s 58-year history, it will make a planned stop on Monument Circle. Twenty-first-century technology will allow the world to witness the sights and sounds as members of the Attucks team get the on-the-Circle celebration they were denied following their historic 1955 win.

Traditionally the Indiana champs would parade through downtown Indianapolis on a city fire truck and then party on the Circle. But Jim Crow and his relatives — Racism and Ignorance — had other plans for the Attucks team.

No parade for Attucks team

Greatest champs, but no parade for Attucks team: Indianapolis Recorder, March 26, 1955.
From Indianapolis Recorder Digital Collection, IUPUI University Library

After one trip around the monument, a police escort ushered the victory parade into a black neighborhood park for their party.

Now, 60 years later, the team has been designated the 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade grand marshals.

It is much too late to assuage any disappointment, sadness or even anger that the Attucks teens had to swallow as they were denied the traditional honor awarded state champs. But perhaps the fact that today’s 24-hour Internet news cycle, smartphones and YouTube will give people around the nation front-row seats to this weekend’s celebration might, for those boys long since turned men, cast aside any lingering dregs of that bitter drink.

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International service trip offers insights into healthcare in U.S.

By Rich Schneider, IU Communication Specialist:

More than miles separate the U.S. and Ecuador when it comes to health conditions in the two countries. Still, Karen Klutzke says she will draw on her experiences in that South American country when she begins her career as a physician assistant later this year.

Klutzke will be among the first students to graduate in August from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Students spend 15 months of the 27-month-long academic program in the classroom and the remainder in clinical rotations, some of which can be chosen as electives. For an elective, Klutzke joined an international service trip March 6 to 14 that was organized by Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.

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Digital libraries are diamonds of a better kind

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Children in Chicago, 1949 Credit: Charles W. Cushman Collection: Indiana University Archives, Bloomington, Indiana.

Forget diamonds and pearls.

Give me a string of digital library collections.

Publications, photographs and cultural heritage artifacts preserved and protected in the digital collections of libraries, museums and archives of Indiana University campuses and like-minded institutions are as priceless as well-cut, colorless, flawless diamonds.

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Football may be coming to IUPUI, thanks to the IUPUI Robotics Club

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

A T-shirt sold at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis boasts, tongue in cheek, that IUPUI is undefeated in football since 1969.

The joke is that IUPUI, founded in 1969, has never fielded a football team. But that may change this coming academic year, if the IUPUI Robotics Club has its way.

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‘Beauty Pays,’ according to noted economist who wrote the first book to measure how

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Beauty is only skin deep, but it affects our lives across a large variety of economic dimensions, according to noted economist Daniel S. Hamermesh.

Hamermesh’s “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful,” published by Princeton University Press in 2011, is the first book to seriously measure the advantages of physical beauty.

On a scale of 1 to 5 — a subjective ranking of the “homely” to the “strikingly attractive,” to use the author’s preferred terms — those in the top third can expect to earn about $200,000 more over their lifetimes than those in the bottom seventh, according to Hamermesh, who will lecture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this month.

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Hectic, busy, long hours and IUPUI tourism student can’t wait to do it again

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

Protestors marched outside. It was organized chaos inside. Security was heavy, with police dogs and heavily armed Secret Service agents. There were long lines. And IUPUI student Tami Cornelius loved every minute of it.

In fact, Cornelius hopes to repeat her experiences at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C., where she served as a volunteer in March. The conference, held annually to help shape U.S. policy and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, drew 16,000 people, throngs of protestors and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at the conference the day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Cornelius, a student in the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, had sought out the experience of working at the large conference held in the seventh-largest convention center in the U.S.

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IUPUI lecturer creating a boogie wonderland outside the NCAA Final Four

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

IUPUI lecturer C. Thomas Lewis was hard at work April 2, turning the street under a railroad overpass near the site of this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Final Four into an immersive disco environment.

When he and student volunteers assisting him were done, 351 disco balls were suspended from the 360-foot overpass, representing the number of Division I colleges. Theatrical lights bounced off the mirrored surfaces, creating points of light sparkling overhead. A fog machine and a DJ playing disco tunes during peak pedestrian times over the weekend will complete the atmosphere.

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The story at last: The chancellor emeritus was indeed a G-man (Part 2)

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

This is the second of a two-part series: Part 1

IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus Gerald L. Bepko and other FBI agents working the 1966 March Against Fear were responsible for identifying Ku Klux Klan members and other troublemakers or would-be assassins, deflecting any violence, and providing daily and hourly reports via teletype to keep President Lyndon B. Johnson advised of march conditions.

Except for the attack on Meredith, the marchers experienced relatively little overt violence during the walk that ended with an estimated 16,000 African American and several hundred white marchers at the statehouse in Jackson, Miss. The march was successful in terms of community organizing and registering thousands to vote.

According to the Milwaukee Journal, “the lack of real violence was probably due to armed Mississippi Highway Patrol officers who assisted city and county law enforcement officers along the way.”

Small-town law enforcement officers reflected the attitudes of their town fathers and local merchants and reacted to the presence of feds such as the FBI agents as “the north invading the south again,” Bepko said.

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The story at last: The chancellor emeritus was indeed a G-man (Part 1)

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches got me thinking about bits and pieces of conversations regarding IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus Gerald L. Bepko  having once been a G-man.

For more than decade I’ve wanted a legitimate opening to question the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor about the details, which I knew had something to do with the civil rights movement.

To my surprise and delight, googling his name recently justified requesting an interview for this blog entry.

“What would people find most surprising about you?” a Chicago-Kent College of Law writer had asked Bepko, in a bio posted two years ago when the school designated Bepko as one of 125 “Alumni of Distinction.” Read more…

Taylor symposium lets you be a witness to Indy’s religious diversity

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

If you didn’t attend the Taylor Symposium this year, or if you want to relive that exhilarating experience, your laptop can take you back.

Thanks to the on-demand video services of Indianapolis Channel 16 Government Access Television, the 26th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is available for viewing as a three-part series in MP4 video format.

Simply click the blue on-demand button, enter “Joseph Taylor Symposium “in the Search Archives box, then pick from one of three selections from 2015.

Be prepared to go to church, mosque, and/or temple.

This year’s theme was “Encountering Religions Through Performance.” Presented by the School of Liberal Arts under the leadership of the Department of Religious Studies, the event allowed attendees to experience how various religious groups approach “worship and also inform understanding, teaching and celebrating through song, dance and performance,” Dean Bill Blomquist said in his welcome.

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