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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Campus is back in action . . . . .

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture

As things slowly pick up on campus and classes begin for the spring semester those interested in dance might want to check out the IU Contemporary Dance Program's annual guest artist and faculty concert.   The concert, "The Community of Dance," will be held on Jan. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre at IU Bloomington. There will be pre-concert talks on both nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. A public reception will follow Friday evening's performance.

An exciting note for the IU Singing Hoosiers, as  they will be a part of history in the making on Jan. 19 when they perform at the Indiana Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., one of several inaugural balls celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

Next time you're in town try staying at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center.  The hotel recently earned a "three-diamond" distinction (out of five) from the AAA (American Automobile Association) Motor Club.  This hotel located in the heart of campus, is in the IMU or student union and is an attraction in itself. 

I can't end my blog without addressing a sad issue with the basketball team and no it isn't that they have continued to struggle and lose games.  It's the fact that Coach Crean not only has to coach the kids on the floor, but the fans in the stands as well.  He has enough on his plate coaching a very young, unexperienced team that he shouldn't have to worry about the lack of enthusiasm with the fans.  I have seen him send managers to speak to the cheerleaders at the far end bleachers to get the fans "up" and  witnessed it again as he tried to get fans at the end of the IU bench excited. 

We all know fans help make a competitive atmosphere and I guess I thought that was what the cheerleaders were for . . . .

Laura Newton

Laura Newton

A proud Indiana University grad, Laura blogs primarily about IU related events, athletics and other happenings on campus. Laura is the Chief Operations Officer for Visit Bloomington.