IU Chief To Ask Trustees To Strike Name Of Eugenics Backer

Sep 25, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The president of Indiana University says he'll recommend the school’s trustees remove from the Bloomington campus the name of one of his predecessors who was a proponent of eugenics. President Michael A. McRobbie announced Thursday he'll ask the trustees next week to remove the name of David Starr Jordan from a classroom building, a parking garage and a campus creek. Jordan served as IU’s president from 1885 to 1891 and was a professor of zoology from 1875 to 1885.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he talked with the presidents of Purdue and Indiana University ahead of the decision to resume Big Ten football this fall.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The counties that include Indiana and Ball State universities are listed as the highest-risk locations for coronavirus infections on the state health department’s updated county-by-county map. The agency on Wednesday also added 12 more confirmed or presumed coronavirus-related deaths to the state’s toll, raising it to 3,472, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus cases since mid-March.

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Firefighting foams with the toxic chemicals PFAS have contaminated water at military bases around the country. But less is known about how they find their way into rural water supplies — like private wells. Two Indiana universities have received grants to study that question. 

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Indiana University said Thursday that in some fraternity and sorority houses, more than half of the residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

However, since IU does not own these houses, it cannot compel them to close.                        

“The houses are owned by housing corporations and the parents and students are paying rent to those housing corporations,” said IU Provost Lauren Robel.

The recommendation does not affect the Evans Scholars or Christian Fellowship houses.


IU's Vice Provost for Student Affairs sent out an email today to members of the IU community regarding COVID-19 outbreaks in Greek houses. 

IU Quarantines Members Of Some Greek Houses

Aug 28, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University says members of eight Greek houses and students living in two other houses off the Bloomington campus have been ordered to quarantine because of positive COVID-19 tests. IU said Thursday it has directed all of the affected houses, including the Evans Scholars and Christian Student Fellowship houses, to suspend in-person organizational activities, other than dining and housing for live-in members, until at least Sept. 14. No IU residence halls are included in these measures.

IU President McRobbie To Retire Next Year After 14 years

Aug 15, 2020
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie plans to retire in June 2021 after a 14-year tenure as one of the school's longest-serving leaders. McRobbie informed the school's trustees of his planned retirement several months ago. But he made those plans public during Friday's virtual meeting of the trustees, who approved a search committee to find his successor. McRobbie says he's "immensely proud" of the school's accomplishments during his term as president.

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Head football coach Tom Allen told media members during a Zoom press conference that there will be limited physical contact during drills.

“Even today’s practice, there’s no tackling, no blocking, it’s close to that because you get your hands on people,” Allen said.

Allen is pleased with how players have adhered to social distancing guidelines inside the practice facility.  He has told players they also must be disciplined outside the facility:

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The most recent measure of the U.S. economy showed a historic drop due to the coronavirus. This comes even after the federal government gave aid to businesses and individuals.


Dr. Blessing Ogbemudia graduated from Indiana University’s medical school in May. As he was celebrating with a few friends, he received an anonymous message on Instagram. It contained an audio clip of someone talking about him. 

He says, “Essentially it was saying that, 'Blessing thinks, you know, he’s all that. He just got into medical school because he was Black. And you know why he was called Blessing right? Oh, because his mother was a crack addict.'”

Ogbemudia was shocked and confused. He recognized the voice as a white student at the medical school. 

Many Of Indiana's Counties Named For Men Tied To Slavery

Jul 19, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One-third of Indiana’s 92 counties are named for men who had ties to slavery or supported otherwise racist policies. Eric Sandweiss, a history professor at Indiana University, says that reflects slavery’s inescapable legacy across the country. Indiana’s counties were named in the early-to mid-1800s. Sandweiss tells The Indianapolis Star that revisiting names and removing monuments is Americans’ way of taking a step forward.

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Indiana's two largest public universities are throwing their support behind a lawsuit challenging a new federal student visa policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Big Ten Eliminates Non-Conference Football Games In 2020

Jul 9, 2020

The Big Ten Conference won’t play nonconference games in football or other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league made the announcement on Thursday citing medical advice, but also added the caveat that that’s only “if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports.” The announcement came a day after the Ivy League Conference canceled sporting events until at least January.  


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University plans to review the names of all buildings and structures across its nine-campus system following the school's decision to rename an intramural center that once honored a segregationist after its first black basketball player. IU President Michael McRobbie announced the planned review last week after the school's trustees unanimously approved a resolution to name the Bloomington campus' intramural center after Bill Garrett, who broke the color barrier in Big Ten basketball when he made his varsity debut in 1948.

IU Trustees Rename Intramural Center After Bill Garrett

Jun 13, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana University Trustees have unanimously approved a resolution to name the intramural center on the Bloomington campus after Bill Garrett, the school’s first black basketball player. Garrett, from Shelbyville, broke the color barrier in Big Ten basketball when he made his varsity debut in 1948. He went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. The trustees approved the resolution Friday. The center formerly was named after Ora Wildermuth, a former IU trustee and judge from Lake County.

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The IU football team will begin voluntary workouts June 15th. Other sports will follow in July and August.

Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass announced a phased in return of athletic activities for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — To those who knew former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, it was no surprise that he would participate in a protest over the death of George Floyd. That a man they saw as a “gentle giant” who brought positivity everywhere he went would turn up dead in an alley after a peaceful demonstration turned violent was unfathomable. Michael Cranfill, a restaurant and craft beer taproom owner, says Beaty was someone ”who would take every opportunity he could to bring people together.” Beaty's body was found Saturday night not far from his apartment.

Indiana University announced its plans for the 2020-2021 school year, including a mix of online-only and in-person classes throughout both fall and spring semesters and eliminating fall and spring breaks.

A news release from the university says during the fall semester (Aug. 24-Dec.20), classes may meet either in person or online until Nov. 20. And beginning Nov. 30, classes will go virtual for the remainder of the fall semester.

IU Spokesman Chuck Carney says the university hasn’t worked out specifics on what classes will be in-person and what classes with be virtual.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 48 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,764. The state announced nearly 30,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 203,000 Hoosiers tested.

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A class action complaint has been filed against the Indiana University Board of Trustees for COVID-19 related tuition reimbursements. 

The complaint was filed May 6, by Indianapolis-based Cox Law Office and Charleston, South Carolina-based Anastopoulo Law Firm in the Monroe County Circuit Court. 

The plaintiff is Justin Spiegel, an undergraduate student on the Bloomington campus from Illinois studying informatics, according to the complaint. 


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trustees at Indiana University have allowed school leaders to borrow up to $1 billion to counter a potential budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The trustees approved the request Friday. University spokesman Chuck Carney says the university is in good financial shape, but the request offers peace of mind for the university to continue operations during difficult times.

The university’s largest source of revenue is tuition. The school remains in operation during the pandemic, but has stopped in-person classes for the spring and summer.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 30 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 203. The state announced nearly 6,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 30,000 Hoosiers tested.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box also ordered new reporting requirements for COVID-19 to improve data collection. 

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Two Indiana University student dorms are being offered to healthcare workers to rest and isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said in an email that 60 rooms will soon be available at Briscoe Quadrangle in Bloomington and up to 300 rooms available at University Tower Residence Hall in Indianapolis.

He says IU Health is coordinating the availability, but rooms at IUPUI’s University Tower are also being offered to Eskenazi Health, the VA hospital, and the Marion County Health Department.

IU Researcher Begins Work On Coronavirus Vaccine

Apr 6, 2020
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Indiana University Associate Professor of Biology John Patton is modifying an existing vaccine that he hopes will become a vaccine for COVID-19.

Patton, and students in his lab are building on work they have done exploring the rotavirus. Rotavirus causes nausea and diarrhea in children, and its vaccine may work on coronavirus patients.

“Using genetic engineering technology to modify that vaccine,” Patton says.

Patton says he’s making viruses in his lab that will eventually become “vaccine candidates" for the coronavirus.

IU Postpones Times For Students To Move Things From Dorms

Mar 25, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb's order to people to stay at home has led Indiana University's main campus to postpone times when students can move their belongings from residence halls.

With IU now holding classes online instead of in person, students who had not yet moved out of on-campus housing were asked to schedule times to retrieve belongings, beginning Wednesday.

However, Holcomb this week asked Indiana residents to remain home through April 6.

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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Sunday night that the university will conduct the remainder of spring semester classes entirely online and cancel all IU-sponsored events for the rest of the academic semester, amid growing fears of spreading the new coronavirus throughout the country.



Michigan State University say that as of noon today the campus in East Lansing is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction.  This will last until April 20. 

In a statement, MSU says, "On March 11, MSU learned of a probable case linked to our campus, which the Ingham County Health Department is currently investigating and monitoring."

Learn more about MSU's announcement here.

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Today IU President Michael McRobbie issued a university-wide letter in response to the evolving situation with the coronavirus. In the letter McRobbie states that there will be a sspension of classroom teaching following spring break (March 16-22) with students returning to campus April 6.

IU Honors Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Mar 7, 2020
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IU President Michael McRobbie presented Yovanovitch with the inaugural Richard G. Lugar award at the conclusion of the fifth annual America's Role in the World conference.

Yovanovitch praised the late senator for his work in helping reduce the world’s nuclear stockpile.  She recalled how Lugar, and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, convinced Congress to pass a bill that would allocate taxpayer funds to the destruction of nuclear stockpiles around the world.