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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has refused to block a plan by Indiana University to require students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Barrett's action Thursday comes in response to an emergency request from eight students, and it marks the first time the high court has weighed in on a vaccine mandate.

Some corporations, states and cities have adopted vaccine requirements for workers or even to dine indoors, and others are considering doing so.

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Indiana’s men’s basketball program reached into its storied past to try to revive a program that recently has failed to meet expectations, hiring former star player Mike Woodson as its head coach. 

 Mike Woodson may be a name unfamiliar to today’s players, but it is one that resonates with long-time fans of Indiana basketball.  And as the new head coach of the Hoosiers, Woodson is eager to remind the players of today what it means to play at Indiana.     “It’s going to be my job to bridge the gap between the young people who don’t know who coach Woodson is and the old timers who do know who I am,” Woodson said. 

AP Source: Hoosiers To Hire Mike Woodson As Coach

Mar 28, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will hire former star player and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson as its new head coach. A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed the hiring to The Associated Press on Sunday. The person requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made. Woodson has spent 22 of the last 23 seasons coaching in the NBA, including stints as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. He has never coached at the college level, but played for Bob Knight. Woodson finished his college career as Indiana's second 2,000-point scorer.


Defense Dominates, Hoosiers Beat Belmont In Women's NCAA Tourney Game

Mar 25, 2021
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Indiana had barely earned its biggest win in NCAA Tournament history when coach Teri Moren emerged from her locker room soaked from head to toe.

There could still be a lot of basketball ahead for the Hoosiers, but Moren saw no reason to stop the party after Indiana secured its first Sweet 16 appearance with Wednesday's 70-48 win over Belmont.

"Those kids were pretty excited, got me pretty good in the locker room," Moren said. "That's OK. Wet pants, wet shirt, wet hair ... Just to watch the pure joy these kids have right now is well worth it."

IU Fires Archie Miller After Four Seasons

Mar 15, 2021
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Updated March 15th at 2 p.m.

Indiana University fired men’s head basketball coach Archie Miller Monday after four seasons. 

The move comes one day after Selection Sunday, when the Hoosiers failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. 

Indiana finished 12-15 overall and 10th in the Big Ten with a 7-12 record. The Hoosiers lost their final six games of the season, including their Big Ten tournament opener to Rutgers. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis high school is naming a new scholarship fund in honor of alum Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and businessman who was slain in downtown Indianapolis last May during unrest following the death of George Floyd. Cathedral High School announced last week that $100,000 donated to the school from a GoFundMe campaign will go toward the new Chris Beaty ’00 Endowed Memorial Tuition Fund.

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Nine cities in Indiana will work on projects to reduce their impact on the planet: Bloomington, Carmel, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Gary, Goshen, Richmond, West Lafayette and Zionsville. They’re taking the next step after completing their greenhouse gas inventories.

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A study at Indiana University aims to shed light on so-called COVID-19 immunity, after a person has been infected or after being vaccinated. Studies like this one could also help shape what the COVID-19 vaccine response looks like. 

UPDATE: Purdue v. IU Football Game Canceled

Dec 8, 2020
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NEW (Dec. 9):

Indiana and Purdue have canceled Saturday’s football game because of an increase in COVID-19 cases at each school.

It’s the first time since 1919 that the annual in-state rivalry will not be played.

Both teams canceled practices Tuesday, pausing all team activities. On Wednesday, Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson and Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski mutually agreed to cancel the game.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man has been charged in the May 30 killing of former Indiana University football player and businessman Chris Beaty in downtown Indianapolis last May. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and pointing a firearm for his suspected role in the murder of Beaty and three downtown robberies.

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The small amount of economic growth Indiana University economists forecasted a year ago vanished with the pandemic. Authors of the 2021 forecast expect that it will take next year and beyond to fully recover.

The latest forecast from IU’s Kelley School of Business shows while most economic levels are returning to where they were pre-pandemic, unemployment numbers will lag through next year and likely not recover until sometime in 2022.

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.

(Courtesy of Indiana University and Purdue University)

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.