Indiana University

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In the wake of campus shootings at Purdue and Florida State Universities this year, Indiana University Tuesday held an exercise for the first time, designed to simulate an active shooter on campus.

Parts of campus were blocked off, a building was shut down and two police departments responded to a drill meant to prepare the campus in case of an armed individual.

About 150 people were involved in the drill including university police, Bloomington police and fire departments, and IU emergency management.

Purdue University

Purdue’s two-year-old tuition freeze appears to be lowering the amount of debt Boilermakers are assuming.

In the 2010-2011 school year, students on the West Lafayette campus had amassed about $223 million in debt. Through the first month of this school year, that number is about $40 million smaller – an average decrease of about $1000 per student.

IU Researcher Working To Preserve Endangered Language

Sep 15, 2014
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An Indiana University researcher has begun a two-year effort to preserve a language spoken by just a few thousand people in a mountainous region of Mexico.

The Ayook or Mixe language contributed the word "cacao" to English, but has remained distinct from the other languages which arose in and around south central Mexico‘s Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountains.

Linguistic anthropologist Dan Suslak is working on an Ayook dictionary, but his research doesn‘t stop with the language itself.

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A former Indiana University student was among the victims on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing everyone on board.

Indiana University rowing team head coach Steve Peterson confirms 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer was a passenger.

"She was a very good student," Peterson says. "She was Academic All-Big Ten, she was a national scholar-athlete. And that was in grad school in chemistry. On top of that, she was arguably the best rower on our team that year."

Keijzer is from Amsterdam and rowed for the university in 2010.

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Leaders at some of Indiana’s other universities say they’re keeping an eye on Purdue’s plan to freeze tuition for a third year, but it’s not impacting them.

The plan will be formally presented to Purdue Trustees Friday morning by President Mitch Daniels, who says he’s not sure how long the school will continue the practice. It keeps Purdue’s overall cost lower than most, if not all, of the state’s private colleges.

About this time of year, college students are getting their things together for a return to campus.

For those going for the first time, their parents are preparing themselves for daily life without a son or daughter.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity is out with a ranking of institutions based on the performance of their professors.

The center created its list by looking at the composite teaching scores that schools received on the website RateMyProfessors.com.

Wabash College in Crawfordsville is the only Indiana school on the Top 25 list. The all-male college comes in at number 21. Number one is Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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