Bloomington Symphony Orchestra collaborates with IU’s Latin American Music Center

Post by IU Newsroom intern Laura Ellsworth:

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert, presented in collaboration with Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center, at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

The entire Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at a previous concert. Photo courtesy of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

The concert, titled “Scene Change: Untold Musical Stories from Latin America,” will feature selections from the Latin American Music Center library. The performance will include the world premiere of a piece titled “Ash Wednesday” by Chilean composer Juan Orrego-Salas, the founder of the Latin American Music Center.

“Pizza – lovely, delicious pizza – played a role in the genesis of this collaboration,” said Donna Lafferty, executive director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

The symphony committee responsible for selecting the music to perform during the year frequents Mother Bear’s Pizza for its meetings. Lafferty said the symphony’s most successful events often involve collaboration, so the idea proposed at one of these meetings by committee member Christine Wisch to collaborate with IU’s Latin American Music Center was well received.

Wisch – a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Jacobs School of Music, staff member at the Latin American Music Center and violinist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra – was well aware of the music the center offered when Lafferty suggested finding a collaboration partner for the next season.

“I thought this collaboration would offer the Latin American Music Center a chance to highlight some of its rare holdings, while also providing orchestra musicians and audience members the chance to discover some really great music and composers,” Wisch said. “I think it’s important to introduce this music to musicians and audiences alike to show how rich and diverse this literature really is.”

Javier León, director of the Latin American Music Center, has been looking for opportunities to broadly promote Latin American music repertoires.

“One of the main motivations for this partnership was to bring audiences a much broader and diverse sense of what Latin American music can be,” León said. “Our partnership has given us an opportunity to champion important and musically diverse voices from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru – voices that have not been heard enough within the art music world.”

Broadening cultural perspectives through music is a particular goal of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra artistic director Alejandro Gomez Guillén, who has a personal connection to some of the music included in the concert.

Guillén grew up in Bogota, Colombia, surrounded by music, and he often listened to his grandfather’s family choir rehearse. In November, he called his mother to tell her that he had attended a concert in Bloomington and Juan Orrego-Salas was in the audience. Orrego-Salas composed one of their favorite pieces, “Romance Segundo.”

Alejandro Gómez Guillén conducts at a previous concert.

Alejandro Gómez Guillén, artistic director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, conducts at a previous concert. Photo courtesy of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

“Here I was, in the same room as this great man and brilliant composer, so of course I told my mother and she just started crying on the phone,” Guillén said.

The music planned for the concert spans the 20th century, from 1904 to 1999, and is geared toward South America. Two of the included composers are still living, including Orrego-Salas, who is scheduled to be in attendance.

“Orrego-Salas is a known figure in music. It’s quite an honor to have him attend,” Guillén said.

“I’ve fallen in love with all of these pieces while studying them,” he added. “I have a great sense of responsibility in doing it well. The audience deserves the best from any concert, but it would be hypocritical to shy away from a huge part of my identity.”

Additionally, Guillén wants to challenge the audience to look past stereotypes of Latin American music to the rich symphonic pieces that are also a part of Latin America’s music culture. He also believes that symphonic music should be inclusive of a wide audience.

“We need to think more like pop artists and recognize their accessibility,” Guillén said.

He added that a repertoire of Latin American music that deviates from the expected is a risk, since many titles and composers are not recognizable, but Bloomington’s mix of cultures translates into a community open to learning more about cultures with which they are unfamiliar.

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra makes many of its performances educationally rich and conversational to give context to the music performed. Guillén said that patrons should “come as they are,” adding that the Buskirk-Chumley Theater offers popcorn.

Tickets for the concert are available via the Buskirk-Chumley website and in person at the box office. More about the music included in the repertoire for “Scene Change,” including links to other recordings of some of the music, is available on the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s website. Details about other upcoming performances are also available online.

IU honors those who capture the vision, spirit and leadership of MLK

Post by April Toler, who normally writes for the Student Experience and Health & Vitality blogs:

Hundreds of Indiana University administrators, faculty, staff and students, alongside members of the Bloomington community, gathered Monday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the university’s annual MLK Leadership Breakfast.

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Honoree’s of the 2017 Building Bridges Award: Mary Ann Tellas, Stanley Njuguna, Larry Gonzalez, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers and Willy Palomo. Photo by IU Communications

During the ceremony, five special participants were honored with the Building Bridges Award, which recognizes people who capture King’s vision, spirit and leadership.

“The recipients of these awards are students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who have embodied the vision, spirit, and legacy of Dr. King through their selfless work and actions,” said James Wimbush, vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and dean of the University Graduate School. “Each of the recipients has demonstrated passion for change, dedication to empowering others and leadership in promoting the values of unity, equity and diversity at Indiana University and in the city of Bloomington.

“All five of our honorees have truly exemplified the theme of this year’s celebration: ‘The Power of One.’ Each of them has demonstrated that through courageous and compassionate work, we can improve the lives of others. Not only have they furthered the causes of diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community, but they have emulated the values that Dr. King lived by in doing so.”

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IU World’s Fare to celebrate international students’ cultures and traditions

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Members of Indonesian Student Association perform during a previous IU World’s Fare. Photo by IU Communications.

Guest post by April Toler, who regularly writes for the Student Experience and Health & Vitality blogs:

Indiana University Bloomington will celebrate a night of cultural displays, international food and traditional performances at the 10th annual IU World’s Fare from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11.

Hosted by the IU Office of International Services and IU Union Board, the free event is in celebration of International Education Week. Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

“World’s Fare is the signature event for International Education Week,” said Mai-Lin Poon, associate director of student life. “It brings together the IU community to share in the rich and diverse culture that exists in our campus community and allows for students to share and celebrate their cultural heritage with others through performances, interactive activities and food.”

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Members of the African Student Association at a booth during the Fare. Photo by IU Communications

A total of 24 student organizations, representing cultures from throughout the world, will participate in a cultural booth/interactive activity. The night will also feature 12 performances from groups such as the Filipino Student Association, Central Asia Dance Group, International Latin Ibero American Student Association, HooSher Bhangra and the Malaysian Student Association.

Visitors will have an opportunity to sample and enjoy international food throughout the evening. All recipes are submitted by international students and prepared by IMU Dining Services staff. They are later shared online in the IU World’s Fare cookbook.

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‘Sing With Pride’ honors and celebrates LGBTQ people

Post courtesy of IU newsroom intern Sheila Raghavendran:

Jacobs School of Music graduate student Synthia Steiman and second-year master’s student Chris Seefeldt organized Sing With Pride, a recital of graduate voice students celebrating the experiences of LGBTQ people and honoring the victims of the June 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Steiman, Seefeldt and Lauren McQuistin, one of the recital’s performers, talk about the inspiration and importance of the event.

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

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Grafton Trout watches intently as Josephine Decker and Russell Sheaffer create an experimental film live in front of the audience Oct. 3, 2014 at IU Cinema. Photo by Eric Rudd.

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 of Art. He was everywhere.

Grafton kept a particularly vigorous schedule attending arts and cultural events on the IU campus, together with his wife, Laura, and often alone.

IU Cinema director Jon Vickers described him as “the most intellectually curious man that I have ever met.”

Grafton Trout passed away July 30, 2016, at the age of 87.

A former sociology professor and later director of the IU Bloomington honors program in foreign languages, he earned master’s degrees in sociology then economics at IU in the 1960s before earning his sociology Ph.D. in 1971.

In recent years, Grafton was an art museum docent (“He was our patriarch”) and a staunch supporter of fine film. He had been scheduled to speak at the Eskenazi Museum earlier this month. Instead, Tom Rhea led his “Must Art Be Beautiful?” tour, dedicating it to his good friend.

At many cultural events this fall, one seat looks particularly empty. When I glance around IU Cinema, I still expect to see Grafton there, taking it all in.

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Grafton was, without a doubt, IU Cinema’s most dedicated patron and the most intellectually curious man that I have ever met. He was a model for anyone who has an appetite for culture. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the cinema — staff, students, other guests and visiting filmmakers.

There are few people in Bloomington, if any, who have seen as many international films as Grafton. As a programmer, he kept you on your toes.

We were able to bring some of his cinematic idols to him, which he loved, and he almost always asked our guest filmmakers questions during the audience Q&As.

— Jon Vickers, Indiana University Cinema director

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I spent more time talking to Grafton before and after the films, than I did my girlfriend. He was (IU Cinema’s) fifth Beatle.

— Matt Starr, IU Bloomington graduate, class of 2013

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Grafton was such a loyal and committed museum and arts supporter. It was very rare indeed if he missed an event and he always asked such engaging questions. Over the years my admiration for his continual quest to learn just grew. He will be greatly missed.

— Heidi Gealt, Eskenazi Museum of Art director emerita

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While I was the executive director of the Friends of Art, an organization that supports IU fine arts students, Grafton Trout was in my office every week, sometimes every day.

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Grafton Trout, 1980. Photo courtesy of IU Archives.

He loved to haunt the bookstore across the hall from my office. He knew my name from my years of writing art reviews for the Bloomington Independent. He was supportive of all our initiatives, with a near-perfect attendance record for lectures, auctions, openings, studio visits and trips.

Nearly every trip I organized had some counsel and input from Grafton. In addition, we roomed together on every trip he took since we were often the only men traveling alone. He “packed” light for these trips, (with) everything in one narrow briefcase. On the train from the airport to the hotel in Washington D. C., he pushed the case into my arms as we came to the stop for the (National) Mall and told me to stow it in our room. He jumped out at an earlier stop because he couldn’t bear to waste time on checking in that could be spent at the museum! On the return, his limited luggage required him to parcel out to other travelers the dozen or so art books he had purchased.

Even after he slowed down with the years, and gave the impression of being more frail, he could amaze you with his acuity. He lectured without notes in the gallery that featured some of the marvelous Japanese woodblock prints from his collection, with a precision for places, names and 50-year-old publications that was astonishing.

Grafton’s widow Laura told me that when he retired from teaching, he regarded his pursuit of art to be his new profession.

He was a great mind, a great man, and a great friend.

— Tom Rhea, artist, illustrator and Eskenazi Museum docent

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Grafton impressed me as being such a knowledgeable person and graciously shared his expertise with all of us.

— Linda Heath, Eskenazi Museum of Art docent

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Grafton Trout was a loyal supporter and an enthusiastic cheerleader for The Ryder Film Series from day one. In the early ’80s, he helped pave the way for us to host screenings on campus. I can say unequivocally that Grafton holds the record for “Most Ryder Films Attended.” And it’s a record, I’m certain, that will never be broken. Grafton was the Cal Ripken of moviegoers. I’m sure that other arts and campus organizations would say something similar, although they might avoid the baseball analogy.

He always had something of interest to say — a quip or an observation or a story to tell — not only to me but to our ticket takers and projectionists, some of whom were aspiring filmmakers. Grafton always took a sincere interest in their film projects and, more significantly, in their lives, and offered words of encouragement about the work they were doing.

Grafton usually attended Ryder films on campus but occasionally he came to Bear’s Place. I recall one such visit in the 1990s. At that time, we screened our movies on 16mm film, with two projectors side by side, each loaded with a film reel. Our projectionist that night had failed to lock the second reel into place, and so when we made the switch from Reel 1 to 2, it soon slipped off of the projector and landed on the head of one of our patrons — Grafton.

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Grafton Trout, right, speaks with IU Cinema’s Barbara Ann O’Leary at the “From Cinematic Past to Fast Forward Present” symposium in November 2015.

Those reels were heavy, and I was concerned that Grafton might be seriously hurt. Someone went to get a glass of water. Meanwhile, I could see a prominent bright red welt emerging through his scalp – his hair was thin, even then. I asked if he was OK and he didn’t answer – he just stared straight ahead and downward with a look of distress in his eyes. I followed his gaze and there, several feet away, on the floor, under a table, was the reel of film. After landing on Grafton’s head it had rolled between several chairs, under a table, and was now beginning to unravel at an alarming rate. We both just stared for several seconds as foot upon foot of film spun away the reel and formed a spaghetti-like pile on the floor. Suddenly Grafton leaped from his seat and was on his hands and knees, reaching under the table to rescue the reel of film – I hadn’t realized he could move that fast. And rescue it he did. We reassembled the reel and resumed the screening; one of the servers bought Grafton a drink on the house. (This was probably not proper concussion protocol.)

This is what made Grafton special: He had little concern for his own well-being that night; his only concern was in the value and integrity of the performance. The show must go on. He was much more than someone who bought a ticket and attended an event – he was an active participant, he was invested, emotionally and intellectually…. Grafton had all of the wit and enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity and optimism of a much younger man. He had a kind word for everyone. He will be missed.

— Peter LoPilato, The Ryder magazine and film series founder, publisher and curator

IU Communications has collected these remembrances and personal stories about Grafton Trout — and many others — in an unabridged tribute PDF

Grafton Trout at Beth B lecture 2015

Grafton Trout attended Beth B’s excellent anti-violence talk “Psychotic to Erotic,” which was presented as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series Feb. 6, 2015.

IU’s Pi Lambda Phi fraternity hosting Elimination of Prejudice Week

IU student Bennett Wheeler explains the Wall of Prejudice to a passing student.

IU sophomore Bennett Wheeler, left, explains the Wall of Prejudice to a passing student. Photo by IU Communications.

Guest post by April Toler, who regularly writes for the Student Experience and Health & Vitality blogs:

The words written on “The Wall of Prejudice” — a portable wall where Indiana University students can write words or phrases that are offensive to them — are harsh and sometimes shocking.

“Bossy.” “Fat.” “Retarded.” “Slut.” “Stupid.”

While seeing such words can be uncomfortable for some, the point of it is necessary, said Pi Lambda Phi member Thomas Mandel. The fraternity is hosting the wall as part of this week’s Elimination of Prejudice Week.

“The purpose of the wall is really to raise awareness to the injustice in our current society and to the sometimes off-handed things people can say that can be hurtful,” said Mandel, a senior at the Kelley School of Business. “Students can write something on the wall they want to see eliminated and can take a moment to reflect on some of their behavior they might not be aware of.”

Throughout Elimination of Prejudice Week, Pi Lambda Phi, in collaboration with on-campus organizations and departments, is hosting a number of panel discussions that will address issues such as mental health, gender identity, Islamophobia and environmental racism.

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Home is where your tribe is


Post courtesy of Janae Cummings, strategic communications specialist with the IU Office of the Provost: 

Think back to the moment you found your tribe. Your people. The ones who supported you, pushed you, laughed and cried with you, and made you feel like you belonged. We find our tribes in different places and different ways. But none are so important as the ones we find during periods of transition and change.

These experiences define life at Indiana University. They’re how we grow, evolve and become who we’re meant to be. But when you can’t find your footing — when you can’t find your tribe — the questions flood in. Am I on the right path? Are there really people out there I can relate to? Is this the place for me?

In those times, when the outlook seems dark and self-doubt creeps in, #IUisHome shines through with the answer: Yes. Keep going. You belong here.

#IUisHome launched in mid-August with profiles of Hoosiers from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. From undergraduates to alumni, the tie that binds these individuals isn’t courage in the face of adversity or perseverance when the going gets rough; it’s the thoughtful words and actions that guide their peers in the right direction. For the unmoored, these acts often serve as a lighthouse in a sea of uncertainty, spelling the difference between merely surviving and succeeding.

Story after story, helping others find their place comes down to the little things: the simple words of encouragement or reassurance, the invitation to Starbucks for coffee, the proactive step to act as a mentor. They’re simple and small, but they’re the things we need to find our tribes — our community — and our sense of belonging. Isn’t that what home is all about?

For the following Hoosiers, #IUisHome:

And as the new academic year kicks off at IU Bloomington, we welcome home the new Class of 2020 to campus where #IUisHome.


Remembering Dick Bishop

Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who regularly blogs at Policy Briefings.  

Indiana University and the Bloomington community suffered a great loss Monday night with the death of Dick Bishop, a longtime IU Foundation official and WFIU jazz host.

Bishop shared his love for and encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and American popular song with WFIU listening audiences for over 50 years. He was also a valued employee and great friend of IU; he was a key member of the IU Foundation leadership team from 1988 to 2005.

Dick Bishop.

Dick Bishop.

He was many things: A lover of music, a baseball fan, a devoted husband, a regular at Nick’s English Hut. Most of all, friends and co-workers knew him as a thoughtful, dependable and gracious person who would see the people at the heart of every campaign, performance and event.

“There was not a single program developed for which he did not remind all of us that we were dealing with individual people, not statistics,” said Curt Simic, IU Foundation president emeritus and Bishop’s close friend. “The university and foundation could not have been served better and with more loyalty than they were served by Dick.”

Bishop presented jazz as a volunteer host at WFIU, the Bloomington public radio station, starting in the 1950s; he started as a student announcer and moved on to create and host “The Big Bands,” “Afterglow” and “Standards by Starlight,” the latter a celebration of American popular song.

When he returned to WFIU in 2012 after a seven-year absence, an article in the station’s newsletter said, regarding “Afterglow,” that he took the title from a composition by pianist Marian McPartland but “all of the rest — the elegance, the passion, the laid-back expertise, the congenial charm and the delivery with a ‘martini moon’ quality to it — came from Dick himself.”

“Dick set the tone for WFIU for over 50 years,” said Perry Metz, executive director of IU Radio and Television Services. “From his first 15-minute jazz program, Dick demonstrated that there would be strong audiences for high-quality local programming. His urbane and knowledgeable style drew people of all ages to big band and jazz standards. We were lucky to have his leadership and example.”

WFIU is planning programming in tribute to Bishop on Thursday afternoon during “Just You and Me” and Friday evening during its regular block of jazz shows.

An only child, Bishop spent his early years in Grosse Point, Mich., and later moved with his family to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he graduated from Concordia High School. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, served as senior student manager for the IU baseball team and made lifelong friends at IU as a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. On his initial 15-minute program on newly established station WFIU, he played recordings by his favorite artists including Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael and the Four Freshmen.

He was also a jazz drummer who became friends with renowned faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music and often interviewed famous musicians and band leaders for his radio programs.

At IU, he earned a B.S. degree in education in 1961, an M.S. in 1971 and an Ed.D. in 1977. His varied career included stints as the first university relations director at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and positions in the IU Bloomington alumni office, the dean’s office of the School of Education, Radio and Television Services, and the IU president’s office under Joseph Sutton and John Ryan.

For 29 years, he was a devoted and loving husband to Nancy Harvey Bishop, who died in March 2007. In her memory, he established the Nancy Harvey Bishop Student Support Fund at IU.

At the IU Foundation, he was liaison to the IU Student Foundation, serving as mentor to generations of students and providing invaluable support for the Little 500 bicycle races. He received the School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jazz from Bloomington Al Cobine Award, the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award and the IU Foundation Herman B Wells Legacy Award.

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

It’s become an annual tradition: trying to somehow summarize the drive, dedication, drama, pride, pageantry, guts, glory and more that make Indiana University Bloomington’s Little 500 race so special. Thankfully, the video above, shot and produced by our talented videographers in IU Communications, allows viewers to experience the men’s and women’s races in beautiful, breathtaking fashion.

Not surprisingly, Little 500 leads the list of recent activities and events that have fueled the campus’ sprint through the last leg of spring semester. And what a sprint it’s been. So without further ado, here’s a chance to catch up on a number of other notable happenings that have had Btown buzzing these past few weeks.

Call it breaking away to breaking bad. In the days preceding Little 500, IU alumnus and actor extraordinaire Jonathan Banks graced the IU Bloomington campus once again. He met with students, including those in the Media School and Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance; spoke before a packed house at the IU Cinema; and delivered a moving and inspiring speech upon receiving an honorary doctorate at IU Bloomington’s annual Honors Convocation. Banks, best known for his portrayal of Mike Ehrmantraut on the award-winning drama “Breaking Bad,” also took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Media School Dean Jim Shanahan for an illuminating conversation about his ties to IU and his illustrious acting career. Their discussion was featured on the campus’s new weekly podcast, Through the Gates: IU This Week.

Everywhere he visited last week, Banks talked about the road he took to get to IU and the transformative impact the university had on his personal and professional growth. Despite vast changes in the composition of IU Bloomington’s student body over nearly 200 years of the campus’s existence, the IU impact — showcased in the IU Newsroom’s latest long-form story, “Tried and True” — continues to resonate in our students, no matter where they come from, be it Indiana or halfway across the world.

IU Bloomington is, indeed, enriching the lives of our students in many ways, providing them — from the time they set foot on campus — with valuable opportunities to work with first-rate faculty and to find, develop and refine their scholarly and research interests. The campus’ 2020 Sustainability Scholars program offers evidence of just how much IU is helping students get ahead of the curve, give back to their communities and reach their fullest potential.

The campus also continues to find creative ways to support our students’ growth potential, doing so through such initiatives as the annual BEST Competition for young entrepreneurs hosted by the School of Informatics and Computing and the Kelley School of Business. The BEST Competition recently marked a milestone with $1 million invested in student-led projects over the past five years, including $200,000 to two student teams this year. Among the winners was Ellie Symes, a student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and one of the founders of the Bee Corp., which monitors the health of bees in the hive and grew out of the Beekeeping Club that Symes and several of her peers started on campus. Sykes and the Beekeeping Club were featured in the IU Newsroom’s long-form story Keeper of the Bees, published last year, on the growing network of IU students, faculty and Bloomington residents who have taken up the plight of the honey bee.

Sticking with the bee theme for just a bit longer, students from the School of Education have been working alongside faculty members from the school and Department of Biology on efforts that help young children learn about complex science topics. Through their BioSim project, they recently employed an activity where local school children used electronic honey bee puppets to highlight the many moving parts of how humans work together toward a common goal. The activity represents one of the many ways IU students are translating the campus’s growing “maker movement” — which promotes the use of new technologies to enable more people to design and build their own inventions and products — into opportunities for young people to engage in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Early in May, a talented group of undergraduate and graduate students at IU Bloomington will be given a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to brush up their Shakespeare — as the Bard would’ve heard his words spoken back to him when he was writing and directing. Murray McGibbon, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, will present the first original pronunciation performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” since the 17th century. The groundbreaking “OP” performance, which McGibbon promises will deliver far more “punch” than “posh,” will feature a cast of 14 students and be staged May 5 to 8 at the Wells-Metz Theatre.

Finally, no summary of the past several days at IU Bloomington would be complete without a nod to the many members of the IU community here in Btown and all around the world who made the first-ever IU Day celebration on April 12 a smashing success. The all-day event promoting participation, university pride and giving reached a whopping 9.4 million people on social media with the hashtag #IUday and attracted nearly 17,000 unique visitors to the IU Day website in 24 hours. For a solid part of the day, the hashtag trended nationally on Twitter and was used more than 10,000 times, reflecting a massive sharing of what we all have come to love about IU, such as IU basketball and Assembly Hall, both proudly showcased in the No. 1 most popular video on IU Day.

Generations of Little 500

Post by IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino. 

In the Krahulik household, Little 500 is a family affair. Andy and Joe Krahulik are the second generation of Little 500 riders in their home, racing for Sigma Alpha Epsilon this year. In the 1980s, their father Dave raced for Sigma Nu.

To many of the riders, Little 500 is more than just an intramural race requiring an amazing amount of preparation. It is an event that helps to shape their college careers, and in some ways, who they become.

Dave, an attorney from Indianapolis, raced from 1986 to 1989 and will tell you that his team didn’t win until the year he graduated. He said it doesn’t bother him, though. Little 500 was much more than winning and losing.

“The race is so mixed in with spring,” he said. “We had beautiful weather every time.”

Despite being associated with spring, Dave said the event was a year-long endeavor.

“When it’s over, no matter how you did, there’s relief and already a little bit of regret, already a little bit of planning for next year,” Dave said.

Dave still has a bright yellow racing jacket and a blue uniform shirt from two of his four years of cycling, and he said he thinks things like these are what inspired his sons to race.

Sophomore Joe Krahulik said he knew he wanted to be a part of Little 500 when he was junior in high school after seeing his brother race.

“I just remember it was a beautiful day,” said Joe, a physics major. “Spring time on the Bloomington campus, it just looked gorgeous.”

Joe said seeing his brother perform so well his first time at the race was incredible, but it was not the first time either of the brothers had raced.

Senior Andy Krahulik said he remembers having racing posters up in his bedroom when he was a child. By fourth grade, Little 500 was already so ingrained in his mind that he and his brother decided to find their own way to participate.

“My brother and a few kids on the street actually kind of copied the idea and tried to host a ‘Junior 500’ which was 50 laps around the neighborhood cul-de-sac,” said Andy, a biology major.

Despite copious amounts of advertisements, Andy said only three people showed up. Since then, he said, people have been much more supportive of his riding endeavors.

“I do love Little 500,” he said, “It’s been probably the defining choice in my undergraduate career.”

After briefly being part of the Cutters, Andy rushed Sigma Alpha Epsilon and became one of the founding members of a new, improved cycling team. Through a restructured, more personalized approach to training, he said the team was able to move from placing in the high 20s to finishing on the leader’s lap.

“It’s kind of sad that it has to come to an end, but I’ve really enjoyed my four years doing it, and I hope to still stay connected in one way or another,” he said.

For more of the Krahuliks’ story, see the video in the player above.