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September 2, 2020
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Sports Industry Workshop at Kelley School has support of top executives from NBA, NFL, NCAA and NHL

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The Indianapolis Star

50 years ago, IU swimming assembled the greatest team ever -- in any sport

Fifty years ago, as Indiana University students returned to Bloomington, they were probably unaware some classmates represented the greatest college team ever assembled. Not the greatest swimming team. Greatest in any sport. For a span of 19 days from late August to early September, out of 12 individual world records, Hoosier men held nine. It was the peak of a 19-year period in which at least one world record always was held by a present, past or future Hoosier. "That will never be done again," said Ray Looze, who has been IU's coach since 2002. "It's one of those things that's just so off the charts. I've always tried to shy away from comparisons to Doc Counsilman. It's not something that people can do."

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PsychCentral

Older adults more vulnerable to depression in pandemic but strong social ties can help

Older adults have been more vulnerable to depression and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic, but having strong relationships can help protect against mental health issues, according to a new study published in The Journal of Gerontology: Series B. "What we found is the pandemic was associated with worse mental health outcomes for many older adults," said study author Dr. Anne Krendl, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University (IU). "However, for some, having close social networks seemed to serve as a protector against negative mental health outcomes." For the study, Krendl and Dr. Brea Perry, professor in the Department to Sociology at IU Bloomington, looked at whether social isolation due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders was linked to greater feelings of loneliness and depression among older adults, and, if so, whether declines in social engagement or relationship strength moderated that relationship.

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USA Today

Speakers at the RNC often referenced history. But how much of it was correct?

The devastation of the Great Depression, combined with the promises of programs of the New Deal, led Black voters into the Democratic Party. The vast majority of Black voters supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for president in 1936. The passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 led to an even greater shift toward Democrats, who sponsored both measures. "(T)he two parties exchanged positions on civil rights (as well as on big government) during" this period, Marjorie Hershey, a professor of political science at Indiana University, explained to USA Today. "The result is that ever since the mid-1960s, the national Democratic Party has officially been pro-civil rights and in favor of a strong national government, and the Republicans have officially opposed national government action on civil rights and moved toward a more rural, more states' rights, and much more conservative constituency."

The Washington Post

Why conservative men are more likely to fantasize about sharing their wives

Written by Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. In the wake of allegations that he spent years watching his wife have sex with another man, Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned this week from his post as president of Liberty University. Falwell has denied the specifics of those allegations, but if they're true, he would be neither the first nor the last conservative man to take pleasure in sharing his spouse or partner while he looks on, a sexual practice known more commonly as "cuckolding." In fact, a disproportionate percentage fantasize about just that happening to them. They're not alone, of course. Cuckolding routinely ranks among the top searches on the world's biggest porn sites, as reported by neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam in their book "A Billion Wicked Thoughts," for which they analyzed the contents of hundreds of millions of Internet searches. But as my own research has shown, reports of that sexual fantasy exhibit a surprising ideological pattern.

The Indianapolis Star

Briggs: Why a grand jury might not reveal what happened to Dreasjon Reed

It has been nearly four months since an Indianapolis police officer shot Dreasjon Reed. Even though Reed, a 21-year-old Black man, filmed his own pursuit by police on Facebook Live, the circumstances surrounding the moment of his death remain a mystery to the public. A grand jury might lock in that secrecy for good. Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury on Aug. 21 called for a grand jury to decide whether to indict Dejoure Mercer, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who shot Reed on May 6. There is a chance -- perhaps even a strong one -- that the grand jury will finally shed light on how and why Reed died. But there's also a chance that the grand jury's proceedings will result in no charges against Mercer and that, as a result of that decision, key details about the case and the grand jury process itself would not be disclosed. ... "If the grand jury indicts and charges (are) filed, the matter will be heard in full with public transparency," Frances Lee Watson, a law professor for the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, told me in an email. "But if (there is) no indictment, then the public is left to wonder what facts were presented to the grand jury and what issues in dispute or matters of credibility might exist."

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