Category: Features

Bloomington’s Black Leaders of Tomorrow

To choose Bloomington’s black leaders of tomorrow, Bloom was looking for students who are outstanding in scholarship, the arts, or other fields; who are involved in the community through volunteerism and activism; who show a generosity of spirit; and who demonstrate a commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of others.

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Athletic Director Fred Glass Looks Back On Ten Years at the Helm of IU Sports

On October 28, 2008, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie held a press conference to announce the appointment of George Frederick (Fred) Glass as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Glass replaced Rick Greenspan, who had resigned in the aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson recruitment scandal. He would become the fifth IU athletic director in eight years.

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Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

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A Magical Fish and the City it Spawned

One hundred and 11 years ago, work was completed on our courthouse in the Square. But the origins of that building, of the weathervane in the shape of a fish that adorns its summit, and of Bloomington itself, all took place—depending on how you look at it—either a century earlier or 250 million years ago. Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, novelist, teacher—our Mark Twain—casts a wondrous, pondering eye on that weathervane. This story first appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of Bloom. On the occasion of the city’s bicentennial, we felt it worthy of being published again.

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Galleries of Bloomington 2018

Among Indiana communities, Bloomington has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in the arts. It was the first city in the state to establish an official Statewide Cultural District (the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, or BEAD) through the Indiana Arts Commission and the first to pass a “percent for art” ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for publicly funded capital improvement projects go toward public art.

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Gardens Well Planned (PHOTO GALLERY)

All gardens are unique, of course, and reflect the individual passions of the people who conceptualize and create them. Behind every spectacular garden there is a defining purpose and a resolve to create a particular type of garden. Presented here are three gardens that successfully realize their owners’ ambitions.

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