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Apr 18

Oh a busy week, indeed

Look!

Spring! Spring is here! Again!

And it looks like it’ll hold for more than two days in a row this time!

We’re working a conference this week. I’ve been helping out with some of the details for a few months now. It’s a symposium on religion in media. And this evening saw the opening remarks and the keynote speaker. Here’s our dean, Jim Shanahan, welcoming the conference’s many guests:

And after hearing most of the keynote speaker, a former religion editor for Reuters, I had to hustle back over to our building and into the studio:

It was the last night in the studio for the news crew the semester, and we send off a small handful of seniors, ready to find their way and make their mark:

One of the soon-to-be grads will be working in northern Indiana, the other in Georgia.

More shows!

And tonight I got student evaluations, the only ones that matter to me:

And I wound down the night with The Dishwashing Sessions:


23
Apr 18

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20
Apr 18

Welcome to a lovely springtime weekend

It takes forever to get here, but for the late start and short term of it, the spring isn’t too bad at all. Here are a few quick flowering trees that prove the point:

Each of the last two years, this has been the weekend where we could really say, with resignation and weariness and confidence, that this was when spring had arrived. This is also the weekend of the big bike races. The women’s Little 500 was today. Here’s some of the pageantry:

And the repeat champions:

One of The Yankee’s students was on that team. I had students interview them the year before. They work hard, they all do, it’s a big race and the students that take part treat it like a big deal year-round. It’s a big part of the tradition on campus. They race hard and fast and put on a great show.

Tomorrow, the men will take their turns around the track.


12
Apr 18

Random Thursday things

I spent time in the television studio today. Here is a photo of a decorative lightbulb which descends from the conduits above to prove it!

But I obviously picked the wrong profession:

An installation at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto is more hands-on than your typical exhibition.

“YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED” by the 85-year old artist, musician and activist, asks visitors to do several physical tasks, including pick up river stones —some of which include handwritten inscriptions by Ono herself—and place them in a pile.

But one woman appears to have taken the “hands-on” suggestion a little too literally. Rather than place her rock in the pile, she allegedly stole it, Laura Snapes reports for The Guardian. The rock, valued at a cool $17,500, was inscribed by Ono with the words “Love Yourself.”

Things are worth what people are willing to pay. And what a person is theoretically willing to pay and willing to insure are different things. And we’re a nonsensical people when it comes to former almost-celebrities. But still … and this part is worth repeating …

Seventeen thousand dollars?

And this evening I discovered Durand Jones & The Indications. Now you will too. They’re IU guys and they have a lot of soul:

Tonight:

Yesterday:


10
Apr 18

Views around the building

Presidents Hall is set up for an event:

Sometimes it is a reading room. Sometimes there are lectures there. Sometimes they have meals and other sort of events. Up on the wall there are oil paintings of each of IU’s presidents. It’s a neat space.

Oh, thank goodness someone thought to post a sign:

I walked by one of the student archival projects the other day. An April 3rd, 1939 edition of the New York World Telegram was about to go in the scanner. Al Capone, the TVA and the war dominated the front page. (Roy Howard’s byline is why this paper was being scanned.)

The Roy Howard archive is at IU, and that’s what this effort is all about. Here’s the next story in her To Scan pile:

Tonight: