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Down on Skid Row


By Brooke Mantone, Sherman Hall, Lianna Levine, and Paola Santos

“Gee, it sure would be swell to get outta here/Bid the gutter farewell and get outta here/I’d move Heaven and Hell to get outta Skid/I’d do I don’t know what to get outta Skid Row,” eerily sings the male protagonist Seymour Krelborn of the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” in its opening number.

Through the musical direction of Terry LaBolt, Indiana University Summer theatre has put on Howard Ashman’s musical rendition of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The show runs from July 5 to 28 in the Wells-Meltz Theatre. Although the actors dazzle on stage, it is essential to know this production is no easy feat. Behind the scenes, dedication and creativity have made its success possible.

For instance, the renowned talking-plant, Audrey II, comes to life thanks to the puppeteer, Michael Bayler, a …
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Arts and Entertainment Students Getting Psyched about Psychics


by Alissa Firestone and Kelsey Pease

Tucked away on the top floor of a cooking supply store, Goods for Cooks, is a true example of the magical and unique treasures you can find in Bloomington’s busy hub, Kirkwood Ave. Scott Kellogg Tarot began all with just a single deck of cards that was given to his wife, Karen Knight, as a gift. This deck didn’t mean much to either of them, until, Kellogg decided to take a deeper dive into the world of Tarot. 

It was 1988, when he happened upon this deck of Tarot cards at his wife’s house. He began looking through the cards and observing each piece of art, noticing that there were some similar to Dungeons and Dragons, a game he had been playing since 8. It was at this very moment, Kellogg had become instantly fascinated. He …
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Big Cheese, Bigger Dreams


Bryce Schultz, a rising junior at Indian University, has worked at the Big Cheese for nine months.

Bryce Schultz serves a customer some “mozz sticks” a popular snack item at the Big Cheese.

Bryce Schultz has been working in restaurants since he was 14 years old, but he can immediately recall that his worst burn came from working at the Big Cheese food truck this past year.

“I’ve had a lot of burns, but my worst one was hot molten cheese fell on my arm,” Schultz said. “That was an awful experience while making some cheese fries.”

Schultz, a junior at Indiana University, spent a year looking for the perfect job that would provide a healthy environment but wouldn’t make him feel stuck. Now, having worked at the Big Cheese for around nine months, Schultz appreciates the small workforce that the company provides.

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Journalists Speak Out About Investigation Into Convicted Child Molester


Tims Evans (left) and Robert Scheer speaking to students at the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University.

A sudden step into the limelight was not what the reporters at the IndyStar were looking for when they began investigating Larry Nassar. But it was exactly what they got.

Tim Evans and Robert Scheer were two members of the team of journalists at the IndyStar that investigated accusations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar, the former doctor at USA Gymnastics and convicted serial child molester. On July 10, speaking to a crowd of students at the High School Journalism Institute about the investigation, Evans said that the inquiry started out as an investigation into allegations of Indiana teachers covering up sexual misconduct with students. After receiving a tip that implicated USA Gymnastics in a Georgia court case, the investigation took a …
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Costume designers prepare for upcoming productions



Jonathan Michaelsen teaches the real world on the theatre stage


“Artists take the world and internalize it and give something back,” Artistic Director and Theater Department Head of Indiana University Jonathan R. Michaelsen said. For Michaelsen, giving back is what his career is all about.

Michaelsen began his career at IU 12 years ago but has been participating in and teaching theater all his life. Throughout his journey, he has discovered that teaching is his ultimate passion. He considers himself lucky to be able to teach yet still allow students to develop on their own. One of the best parts of his job is allowing the students to have creative freedom with how they go about learning the role of the character and how they problem solve.

IU produces an average of three shows during the regular school year but also puts on shows for the summer theatre program. For …
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Facing the facts of gender inequality in college athletics


Indiana University Campus Lantern with “Inspire” On a Banner

Since the passing of Title IX, by Congress in 1972, universities have opened their door to creating many opportunities for female athletes. Or at least that’s what the gender-equity law is supposed to do. As the percentage of women participating in sports have increased, males still seem to dominate in terms of participation and creating a larger fan base.

With 24 competing teams at Indiana University – Bloomington, the most popular sports teams, which also happen to be the only two teams that bring in revenue, are football and men’s basketball. Although football and men’s basketball generate a large portion of the revenue from ticket sales and TV programs, the money isn’t kept within the sport. But instead it’s the athletic department’s revenue and they decide how that’s going to be …
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Indiana University paves way in sports technology



No money no problem


Bart Kaufman Field

Indiana University football fans pack Memorial Stadium on a chilly, autumn Saturday. On a cold, winter night in Bloomington, Indiana, thousands of fans flood into a sold out Assembly Hall. But, baseball fans sit in the stands of the new Bart Kaufman Field surrounded by nearly a thousand empty seats.

Former IU baseball player, Bart Kaufman, made a generous donation of $2.5 million to begin the funding for a brand new baseball stadium. This was a major upgrade for the team considering their former stadium was nothing special. Associate athletic director for budget and finance at IU, Scott Joraanstad described the old stadium as, “just a big bleacher behind home plate, the facility wasn’t anything special.” This new 2,500-seat stadium and artificial turf field was definitely an improvement and guaranteed to attract more fans to come out …
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The audience's role in theatre


Students and community members visit the Wells-Metz Theatre to enjoy “Sense and Sensibility.”

Jonathan Michaelson, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Dance at Indiana University, dedicates his time to the theatre.

Robbie Stanton, a costume designer for Indiana University, explains his part in bringing the show to the audience.

Jenny McNight and Grant Goodman, hired equity actors, are performing in “Sense and Sensibility” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“If we work well together, we’re better,” Jonathan Michaelson, the chairman of Indiana University’s Theatre Department said. The truth of this statement resonates, not just with thespians, but also with audience members.

“We come to a lot of the plays,” said Connie Hegarty, an audience member. Connie Hegarty and her husband Harv Hegarty have been on multiple theater boards and Connie Hegarty spent her childhood going to the theater.

“It’s live entertainment,” said Harv Hegarty, showing …
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