After living in Bloomington for two years, I’ve found a place that feels like home! That place is the Black Film Center/Archive located in the basement of the Herman B. Wells library on campus. After spending an entire semester conducting research in the archives, I became a part of the family this past summer as a Graduate Assistant. Continue reading
You’ve read a million chapters, completed assignments, and conquered your email inbox. What’s next?
College football Saturday is here. Put on your cream and crimson and grab your student ID (I’m assuming you already purchased your student season tickets). Walking to the stadium be sure to stop by tailgates hosted by departments, graduate student groups, and fellow classmates. Play a round or two of cornhole and begin your walk into the stadium.
Often graduate students become isolated in their research and work, it’s nice to take a Saturday and enjoy some football. I realize that football may not be everyone’s cup of tea…so college basketball is just around the corner.
Take all of this with a grain of salt as these are the confessions of a PAC 12/ Trojan alumna.
If you are checking out this post, you should be scheduling a trip to Bloomington soon! Indiana University Bloomington has high caliber academics and a vibrant campus life and community.
If you are a fanatic sports fan, join us at the football tailgates and basketball game watches. Don’t forget to buy your season tickets to see the game live too! You will love the atmosphere in Assembly Hall. WOW! The cheers and screams exhibit our school pride! Also, don’t forget our championship soccer and baseball teams. Most sports events are free of charge for students!
If you aren’t into sports, the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music has amazing ballet and opera productions. Watching a show in the Musical Arts Center is like being at the Metropolitan in New York City. Really! Don’t believe me, come and check it out yourself! Also, our IU Auditorium has traveling Broadway shows and concerts, and don’t forget the Union Board events in the Indiana Memorial Union. I’m watching a movie there tonight in Whittenberger Auditorium!
A short stroll off-campus through our front door – the Sample gates – brings you to Kirkwood Avenue. A downtown vibrant with ethnic food, nightlife, shopping, and leisure activities is a good excuse to take a break from studying. Festivals and events line the streets during the spring, summer, and fall. Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market at Shower’s City Hall.
If you are an outdoors person, go hiking in our rolling forests and watch the leaves change colors in the autumn. Brown County, one of Indiana’s most beautiful places in the fall, is only a short drive away. Check out boating and fishing at our lakes, and if you are a novice, check out and be a member of IU Outdoor Adventures.
IU and Bloomington is filled with fun activities to keep you busy! Come for a visit and you will feel right at home! See you soon and GO IU!
Every now and then I find myself thanking or apologizing to my future self. Eight years ago I visited Bloomington with my seminar group for dinner and the Lotus Festival our freshmen year. There were so many great performers that evening and I was truly impressed by the ambiance of the city. Walking around at one point I remember thinking to myself “I would like to live here one day…” Continue reading
This is a bit of an odd topic for me to blog about because I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN so there are innumerable things that I love about it. Where do I start?
Nature, art, and microbrews are just a few minutes away in Nashville, IN. This quaint little town is located about 15-20 minutes west of Bloomington in Brown County. I especially love going to Nashville, IN Continue reading
Yikes!! Reality can be painful but completely doable. If you’ve been out in the workforce this return to school will require adjustment to your usual spending habits.
Here are some ideas on reducing costs:
-Housing: Do share the cost and get some roommates. The Indiana Daily Student (IDS) has its very own housing guide to get you started. To furnish your place check out Freecycle Network, a website dedicated to saving good furniture and household items from being thrown away and keeping you furnished for free.
-Food: Do cook; and if you don’t know how check out these blogs
-Entertaining: Do get creative and check out all the free events on campus, there is always something going on.
-Car: On a campus like IU, you don’t need a car. You have the campus bus which takes you to major shopping areas, the city bus which has various campus routes and connects you to the rest of Bloomington. If you need a car you can always rent one from zip car, or get on one of the various shuttles to get to the Indianapolis airport.
Depending on what your income looks like now, the sacrifices may seem many but remember this is temporary and from my perspective well worth it!
Hello everybody! Today is the first day of spring! As a southerner, and person who believes in minimum 45 degree weather, I am thrilled that winter is coming to a close. I personally prefer Bloomington in the spring and fall. Mother Nature puts on a show with an array of flowers, colors, sweet smells, and sunshine. However, I can live without the bugs…but I guess we need them for pollination…oh well.
If you are interested in coming and visiting Bloomington, the perfect time is right around the corner. Come up, make some new friends, and enjoy what the city has to offer. My favorite activities are the Farmer’s Market, Taste of Bloomington (a summer event, but start deciding which restaurants you want to try now), an IU Softball game, or you can just take a walk around campus.
That’s all for me folks….Have a springy day!
For those who interested in providing social services while studying at IU, there are numerous chances for you to do so. Following the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Bloomington has a total of 1,082 nonprofit organizations (NGOs) in 2001 with a large percentage of arts and culture nonprofits. These NGOs focus mainly on human services and religious development. Living in a vibrant Bloomington community where there is large number of NGOs, the demand for your help and involvement is huge. While nonprofits in Bloomington are actively seeking for your help, IU also has lots of initiatives to connect you with the local community.
Asian Center organizes monthly meeting at the center to connect local organizations with students who wants to become a volunteer/intern for these organizations. Last time when I attended the meeting, there were representatives from the United Way of Monroe County, the Middle Way House, Stone Belt, Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington, Interfaith Winter Shelter. These organizations came to introduce their organizations’ programs and recruit volunteers/ interns to work for their programs. The purpose of the monthly meeting is also to discuss ways you as well as student organization group can reach out to the community. There are various funding options for you and the student groups to do these kinds of activities. Besides, IU Center for Student Leadership Development also has similar programs to enhance the connection between IU students and community organizations.
Getting involved outside of the classroom not only supplements your traditional education, but also helps to prepare you for life after graduation. You certainly will get lots of real-life opportunities while you prove your responsible engagement with the local community in which you live. And very important, you will have lots of fun joining in these community activities
Gronbjerg, Kristen and Tennen, Patricia, Bloomington Nonprofit Dimensions, (2005), http://www.indiana.edu/~nonprof/results/npsurvey/inscombloomington.pdf
First, allow me to state that I am neither gluten-intolerant nor celiac. I do, however, have several family members who have been gluten-intolerant/celiac for a number of years. Family get-togethers often involve switching to a celiac-friendly diet for the duration of the visit. Plus, since celiac, or as I like to call “gluten-intolerance set on high,” runs strongly in families, it’s better that I don’t eat much of the stuff and will often go for days without gluten. I don’t even know how to work with gluten anymore, only the gluten-free stuff. The good gluten-free stuff tastes waaay better than the regular stuff anyway. For example, I prefer Tinkyada brown rice pasta over regular pasta. It doesn’t get mushy. Period. In other words, I may not be gluten-intolerant, but I know how to live like a celiac.
So, what’s the dining scene for celiacs? You’ve probably know by now that Bloomington has an extensive list of options. Well, while gluten-free options are not as advertised as vegetarian options, Bloomington has a lot to offer. My sister, a celiac, says that she has an easier time eating out here than in East Lansing, MI. I’ll go through a small selection of places that aren’t national chains in increasing order of difficulty.
Darn Good Soup:
It’s fast, it’s cheap, it’s darn good, and all made from scratch. If you cook much, you know that soup can easily be made without flour as long as it’s made from scratch. Darn Good Soup changes its menu regularly, so it’s best to walk up to a worker and ask what’s gluten-free for the day. The worker will point out anywhere between 5 to half the soups listed. The hard part is picking a soup.
Bloomingfoods Market and Deli:
If your looking for a snack to pick up, Bloomingfoods is a good place to go. All gluten-free items and snacks are labelled on the shelf. The deli portion often keeps gluten-free cookies and muffins available, too. Bloomingfoods must have dedicated cooking materials somewhere because I have not run into any cross-contamination issues with the cookies.
4th street is a street full of restaurants, many of them ethnic, not psuedo-ethnic. As long as the place isn’t a buffet, gluten-free options abound. Mandalay is a good example. The restaurant specializes in Burmese cuisine and only uses fish sauce for the fish dishes, not soy sauce. So, anything with fish and no wheat noodles is gluten-free.
Ami is located on 3rd street and, last I recall, kept gluten-free soy sauce available. The workers may be a bit wary when hearing about the dietary restrictions, but they can do gluten-free. If you’ve been to Japanese restaurants before, this is neither a surprise nor a reason for alarm. Just remember to say, “no barley,” as well when ordering.
Talking to vegetarians about gluten-intolerance is often a two-fold scenario. On one hand, vegetarians are more likely to know what gluten is and are aware of how dietary restrictions work. One the other hand, vegetarianism often replaces meat with more grains, especially wheat, the exact opposite of what living with gluten-intolerance requires. So, vegetarian places understand, but may have trouble accommodating. The Owlery, however, tries to accommodate both at the same time. The vegetarian restaurant keeps a separate gluten-free menu and ships in breads from a gluten-free bakery in Florida. I haven’t been able to test this place out on any celiacs yet, but it looks like a good possibility.
Le Petit Cafe pick-up window:
During the Farmer’s Market, Le Petit Cafe opens a pick-up window along a path to the Farmer’s Market. The pick-up window offers small items for a couple dollars. It’s a good place to pick up breakfast after going to the market. Anyway, this past year the cafe began offering gluten-free quiche. I haven’t come across any contamination issues here, just yummy quiche.
“Gluten-free,” but not recommended for celiac:
Chelsea’s specializes in making a variety of organic baked goods. This bakery makes some good gluten-free items … next to some items with gluten. So, while the bakery has options for those with gluten-intolerance, I would not recommend this place to celiacs who cannot have any cross-contamination whatsoever.
4th St buffets:
As stated before, 4th street has numerous ethnic restaurants, but some are buffets. A situation begging for cross-contamination. If you arrive at a buffet just as it opens and before anyone else arrives, you can collect your lunch before anyone else has a chance to mess up the buffet. My sister and I did that with an Indian buffet on 4th St. She can test for gluten at a distance (I have no idea how she does it) and collect the gluten-free curries before the naan gets spread around. I would not recommend this for anyone new to the whole no-gluten thing or celiacs in general.