Education & Workforce Development

Firm helps area high schools sell themselvesRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Continental Enterprises, an intellectual property consulting firm, launched a service this summer to help area high schools register their logos, names and mascots as trademarks and establish licensing programs, assuring that schools will get a cut of all merchandise sales bearing their mark. This month, North Central High School, one of the state's largest, signed with Continental, and six to eight more schools are expected to follow suit within 60 days.


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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilitiesRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

From 1979 to 1982, IUPUI inherited three world-class athletic facilities that have since hosted Olympic trials and world-record performances by top-flight amateur and professional athletes. But that inheritance has turned into a financial albatross around the university's neck. It's grappling with how to pay for their upkeep and the improvements necessary to keep the facilities--and the city--in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.


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VIEWPOINT: Recruiting: If you lie down with dogs ...Restricted Content

August 18, 2008
Jon Ford
The recent episode involving former IU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson underscores how badly broken is our system of recruiting and qualifying top leaders. Reference checks by highly paid professional recruiters failed to turn up the true nature of this leader. Yes, we all were aware of his lack of character at the University of Oklahoma, but were there signs of this lack of character in his past at Montana Tech or Washington State University? One would hope the recruiters went...
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Divisive U of I business school dean departsRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Chris O'Malley

Six current and former University of Indianapolis professors who in late 2006 alleged business school dean Mitch Shapiro violated hiring practices and created a hostile work environment got what they wanted last month.

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VIEWPOINT: Recruiting: If you lie down with dogs ...Restricted Content

August 18, 2008
Jon Ford
The recent episode involving former IU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson underscores how badly broken is our system of recruiting and qualifying top leaders. Reference checks by highly paid professional recruiters failed to turn up the true nature of this leader. Yes, we all were aware of his lack of character at the University of Oklahoma, but were there signs of this lack of character in his past at Montana Tech or Washington State University? One would hope the recruiters went...
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Commentary: Let's invest in criminal justiceRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Brian Williams
Indianapolis has spent more than $2 billion on worthy civic projects such as the new airport terminal, Lucas Oil Stadium, and a new Central Library. The same sense of civic pride must be mobilized for funding improved criminal justice. Strong, coherent mayoral leadership is required to address the causes of increased criminal activity here, but a lasting solution requires a community-wide effort. Criminal activity is not simply the result of an individual's motivation to offend. For crime to occur, the...
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Commentary: Energy woes need quick, lasting fixRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Last month, the front page of The Wall Street Journal featured 25-yearold Saeed Khouri, who paid at auction the equivalent of $14 million of our increasingly worthless American dollars for a license plate bearing "1." His cousin, Talal Khouri, threw in $9 million in pocket change for tag "5" to tool around Abu Dhabi in his Rolls Royce. Get this, the Khouris declined to be interviewed because they didn't want to be the center of attention. I am not particularly...
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Commentary: Please copy this columnRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
(In deference to '60s radical Abbie Hoffman and his 1971 cult paperback "Steal This Book," I hereby relinquish our copyright to this column and give you permission to copy it. I'll tell you what to do with it later.) Silly me, I thought Mitch Daniels had really shaken things up and done a great job in his first four years as governor. To hear his Democratic opponents in the upcoming election tell it, you'd think he had provided uninspired leadership...
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A&E: On stage, the kids are alright

August 4, 2008
Lou Harry
Last year, American Cabaret Theatre's young adult production of "High School Musical" was, well, a very good high school musical. If you happened to be talked into going because your niece was in the cast, you would have had a surprisingly good time. This year ACT's young adult "The Wiz" (running through Aug. 17) is similar. If this were a high school show, you'd be amazed at the vocal talent. If you approached it as children's theater, you'd be impressed...
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Commentary: Every office should have a defibrillatorRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Tim Russert died last month at age 58. He was Washington bureau chief for NBC and the moderator of "Meet the Press." His physician, Michael Newman, described the cause of death as coronary thrombosis-sudden cardiac arrest. Russert's untimely death was possibly preventable. We can learn something here that may save lives at our businesses. Russert had been diagnosed with asymptomatic coronary artery disease that he controlled with medication and exercise. According to Newman, his stress test in April was normal....
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EYE ON THE PIE: Taking the con out of economicsRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Morton Marcus
A marketing professor at the Kelley School of Business used to proclaim he could teach all one needed to know about economics in a week. That was back in the days when faculty would spend a few minutes of the morning hours in the coffee room engaged in friendly banter as well as serious discussion. The coffee room and my friend are both gone, but to me, a teacher of economics, the insult remains. Imagine-denigrating my calling, my faith, with...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Steely-nerved investor double dips on ITT stockRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Greg Andrews
Richard Blum is a former mountain climber who once led an Everest expedition. In his day job as a professional investor, he's almost as daring. Twice in the last four years, his San Francisco-based money-management firm, Blum Capital Partners, has bet big on locally based ITT Educational Services at times other investors were terrified of the stock. Blum, husband of Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, began scooping up shares in the for-profit education company in February 2004-one day after federal...
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Carmel's play for the arts: Some fear it will come at Indianapolis' expenseRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Chris O\'malley
The $80 million-plus Carmel Performing Arts Center, a neo-classical-styled concert hall designed to be an acoustical masterpiece, is still two years from opening. But it's already the source of some dissonance in the Indianapolis arts community to the tune of Mozart's String Quartet No. 19, in C major. On one hand, Indianapolis-area performing arts groups would sacrifice to theater god Dionysus for a chance to perform at the 1,600-seat music hall or at its adjacent 500-seat theater. But others fret...
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New Martin University president draws ire

July 21, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
In less than four months, new Martin University President Algeania Freeman said, she hit her two main objectives for the state's only predominantly black university: cut costs and increase fund raising. But her whirlwind of activity has not come without controversy.
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Angie's List CEO buys Greek church for opera: Arts group hopes Meridian-Kessler digs will help it growRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle has paid nearly $1.5 million to buy Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood and is renting it to the Indianapolis Opera to use as a multi-function center offering rehearsal space, classes and small performances. "I would have been hard-pressed to tell you much about the Indianapolis Opera before all of this. But I think they'll be great neighbors," said Oesterle, who lives on Washington Boulevard, directly north of the church parking lot....
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Fishers planning tech incubator: Town hires former IU Emerging Technology Center chief to lead biz parkRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Fast-growing Fishers has the kind of assets economic developers dream about-strong schools, affordable housing and median family income of $81,971. Now the town wants to build on that foundation by adding a high-tech business park to its list of amenities. "Businesses are looking to come to a site where they can find employees with the requisite level of education and the ability to get additional education close by. Education is the key," said Fishers Town Council President Scott Faultless. "We...
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More firms adding diversity coordinators: Law practices, others see benefit to encouraging diverse workplaceRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Scott Olson
Brita Horvath celebrated her first year on the job late last month as Baker & Daniels LLP's diversity and pro bono coordinator. Even in a part-time capacity, paying someone to tackle diversity issues within the workplace would have been unthinkable 30 years ago, recalls Greg Utken, a firm partner who co-chairs its diversity committee. "When I got out [of law school] in 1974, the firm I was with had no women and no people of color; it was white male,"...
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Commentary: Two worlds, one languageRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Do you speak Chinese? I don't, but I had a great conversation with two non-English-speaking Chinese artists and educators last week. I was moderating a roundtable discussion at the governor's residence for Joyce Sommers and the Indianapolis Arts Center. The roundtable kicked off a two-month summer exhibit at the center called "Two Worlds, One Language through Art." (You can read more about the exhibit on page 37.) It was my first time as a moderator in a situation requiring the...
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SPORTS: Lamentations-and a recommendation-for old IURestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Bill Benner
Adam Herbert, who may go down as the sorriest presidential hire in the history of the Big Ten, is nowhere to be seen, those velvety crimson jumpsuits disappearing about the same time Sampson was shown the door. Certain members among the IU trustees-who so violated the trust part of their duties, first in hiring Herbert and then in bringing in Sampson-are not about to step up and take responsibility for their actions. I guess it will all come out some...
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VIEWPOINT: Business needs a different mind-setRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Gregory P.
Daniel H. Pink, in his intriguing new book, "A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age," said, "The new era we are entering will be characterized by 'right brain' processes as opposed to the 'left brain' functioning of the more technical information age we're exiting. These days, left-brain functioning is being done more efficiently and effectively by computers." "Right-directed thinking," as Pink calls it, is uniquely human and is about design and interpersonal relationship. My...
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A&E: Chinese art from within and without

July 7, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, China art at the Indianapolis Art Center. And a famous scroll finds itself in remarkable company at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Anyone who has set foot into the Indianapolis Art Center has bumped into the name Fehsenfeld. It is, after all, half the moniker of the center's Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery. And so I think some skepticism was to be expected when I heard that one of the two artistic worlds showcased in the Indianapolis Art Center's "Two Worlds,...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Go ahead, let your employees work and play onlineRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Tim Altom
On June 18, CNN (www.cnn.com) had a story about a study in CyberPsychology and Behavior Journal (www.liebertpub.com) that examined how people use the Internet for personal use at work. It was supposed to be eye-opening, but it wasn't to me. The study showed that managers who fret and make rules about Internet use by employees are probably using it themselves for the same purposes. Of course, no manager would ever let himself be seduced into wasting company time, would he?...
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Candidates surface for IU's athletic director jobRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Well-known names are bubbling to the top as speculation heats up about who will replace embattled Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan and how much money the job will command. Greenspan announced June 26 that he'll step down at the end of the year. The decision came after the NCAA added to the list of charges facing IU's men's basketball program over rules violations under former Coach Kelvin Sampson.
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Simic leaving big shoes to fill at IU: Foundation leader will serve as president emeritus and stay involved with schoolRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Curt Simic has spent 31 years as a student and in various positions at Indiana University. That's nearly half his life devoted to the Bloomington campus. So it's no surprise that Simic, 66, views his retirement as president of the IU Foundation-his most recent post and one he's held the past 20 years-with mixed emotions. While he's looking forward to having time to go bike riding-as a student in the early 1960s, Simic competed in the school's Little 500 Bicycle...
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EYE ON THE PIE: It's not just the economy, stupidRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Morton Marcus
No doubt, the Daniels administration will trumpet the fact that Indiana was the ninth-fastestgrowing state in the first quarter of this year. That's right; personal income in the Hoosier state grew at an annual rate of 5.1 percent, while the nation advanced 4.6 percent. But, as noted by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, which generates these data, Indiana was among the fastergrowing states because of dramatic increases in the prices of corn and soybeans. North Dakota came in first,...
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