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College can be a bed of nails or a cushion for inquiry as new IU student Sean Lewis discovered Aug. 25 at the College of Arts and Sciences' Expo in Bloomington. During Welcome Week festivities, 59 departments and programs in the college staffed display tables to introduce new students to potential academic majors. What is the cultural "mindset" of traditionally aged entering students, who were born in 1987? Click on "Editor's choice" below and read the Beloit College Mindset List.

Additional top stories
Creating a new climate for research.

External funding for IU research and teaching reached a monetary milestone in 2004-2005: $477 million. The record achievement fits with IU President Adam Herbert's vision to double the value of sponsored research in a decade. "Our faculty deserves congratulations...," Herbert said. Hear more from Herbert on the subject as he outlines his goals for the university in his second annual "State of the University" address Tuesday, Sept. 27. All IU campuses across the state are providing a live telecast.
Don Quixote--now 400 years old--was the first modern novel, captivating and inspiring millions. As the Bloomington campus gets ready to celebrate the novel's anniversary with a special weekend of events, three Spanish professors illuminate Quixote's enduring appeal. In a separate anniversary milestone, IU Kokomo launches its year-long celebration of its 60th anniversary. Lectures, art exhibits and a film series are just a sampling of the events the Kokomo campus has in the works.
No time to hit the gym for your daily workout? Don't worry, just vacuum the living room. A new IU study suggests daily housework may lower blood pressure. Read the study's findings before you scrub the kitchen floor.
An educational agreement with a southern Indiana U.S. Naval base will increase opportunities for IU School of Informatics students. "This newest initiative with Crane will enable students at IU to gain critical, real-world experience in the use and application of advanced information technologies," said Michael McRobbie, vice president for research and information technology.

Today’s feature

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Pitching in
The IU community is reaching out to Hurricane Katrina survivors in a big way. IU campuses offer displaced students an academic home. Nursing students from South Bend and a housing director at IUPUI travel south to assist. An entire residence hall in Bloomington stands ready to house displaced Gulf Coast residents. Meanwhile, researchers take steps to improve hurricane predictions.