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The Office of the Bicentennial produces several media series featuring a variety of topics from IU’s history, as well as videos that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Bicentennial projects.

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[Words appear: In summer 2018, Indiana University's Glenn A. Black Laboratory, IU Libraries' Wylie House Museum, and Office of the Bicentennial hosted a historic site archeology project.]

[Polaroid photos of teams working on the dig appear.]

[Words appear: Uncovering the Past at IU's Wylie House]

Carey Beam speaks: So, the Wylie House Museum is the 1835 home of the first president of IU, Andrew Wylie. He and his wife Margaret and ten of their twelve children moved into this house after they had it built and when they moved in this was about 20 acres of farm land.

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos speaks: Theophilus Wylie, who was Andrew Wylie’s cousin – younger cousin – and his wife Rebecca moved in, uh, after, uh, Andrew and Margaret Wylie passed away; so they moved in in about 1859, and sometime after that they built the greenhouses to overwinter flowers. And so you can see the transition from Andrew Wylie and his family, uh, running this twenty-plus acre farm, uh, you know, to feed their family and make food, to Theophilus Wylie, the farm shrinks, and there’s a really big focus on floriculture and gardening. So we’ve always been interested in that time period and working with Wylie House to do some systematic excavations here.

Carey Beam speaks: We have archival materials related to the family, thousands of letters. And a lot of those letters refer to flower gardening and the “pits” or the greenhouses where they stored their flowers.

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos speaks: And so that’s why we specifically picked the subterranean greenhouse feature that we did.

Carey Beam speaks: Since I first came here as the director I have known and worked with the director of the Glenn Black Laboratory for Archaeology here at IU, and she and I have sort of dreamed and brainstormed about what would be possible and what would be really exciting here, and one of those projects would be to look for some of those outbuildings or structures. So it was a project that we had hoped at some point we could do. And then the Bicentennial came along, and there was an opportunity.

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos speaks: So, we are specifically looking for the sunken cold frame hothouses, as they called it. Or the family really called them “the pits.” These are actually drawn on the 1954 Memory Map that Theophilus Wylie III, the grandson of Theophilus and Rebecca Wylie, drew. And he actually drew two greenhouses and then another granddaughter wrote a letter and she indicated that there were two greenhouses – two pits. We have found one of them. But essentially it’s just a rectangular-shaped piece of the ground that is differently colored than the surrounding subsoil. So it doesn’t look fairly remarkable in any way at this point, but we will excavate that down and see how it was filled in, and what it was filled in with. We’re hoping that some of the original materials that were in the greenhouse, like planters, pots, things like that, might still be in place and were left in place when the pit was filled in. Based on the results of the ground-penetrating radar, we placed two meter by two meter excavation units. Once we start digging those we basically dig them in ten centimeter arbitrary levels, or controlled levels, so we dig out ten centimeters at a time. We found a lot of things that are ubiquitous at historic sites for this time period. Like transferware pottery, pieces of brick, mortar, nails, things that you would sort of expect to find. Uh, but we’ve definitely found some interesting artifacts that we didn’t anticipate. We found a piece of a metal toy horse. We found a piece of a radio insulator – a ceramic radio insulator. And really one of the – I don’t want to say cutest – but one of the most exciting finds that we’ve been finding repeatedly are buttons. Again that’s not unexpected at a historic site, but there was one of our excavation units where we’ve had almost ten buttons come out, and it’s actually right under a tree root that’s still sort of disturbing where we’re digging and so the students have made a narrative that it’s the button tree, and we’re writing a children’s book now, based on the button tree.

[Words appear: 11 students enrolled in the four-week Bicentennial Archeaology Field School to receive hands-on experience and course credit.]

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos speaks: So every year a new batch of field school students, they learn these methods and techniques in lecture halls and in laboratory sections but they’ve never gotten to implement them outside and get their hands dirty. But really it’s my favorite part about teaching students, is even though we’re looking at 1860s layers, looking for an 1860s feature at this historic site in the middle of Bloomington, Indiana they can take all of the skills that they’ve learned here and the different methods and they can go anywhere in the world, or work in any time period, and apply those.

Scout Landin speaks: It’s different from any college classes I’ve ever taken. Um, I think one of the biggest things I’ve taken out of it is just like all the processes and, um, just like all the terms you have to learn and, um, making sure you measure something right, all those, like, little tactical things.

Lauren Schumacher speaks: My favorite part has been finding stuff. Um, it was kind of basic but just hearing, um, other people with their field experiences saying oh you know we set out looking for this feature and then we never found it, um it’s pretty exciting to see that we actually found what we were looking for and, it’s always fun to find like the cool ceramics stuff that we’re pulling out. I found a really neat metal toy horse. That was really fun to find. So it’s just cool digging stuff up.

Carey Beam speaks: The students not only get to learn everything that goes into a field school, right, and all the basics of that and the logistics of that, but they’re also learning how to communicate about the project because we’re such a public facing unit of campus. They are getting a lot of visitors.

[Words appear: In addition to students, volunteer days have enlisted the help of community members.]

Elizabeth Watts Malouchos speaks: One of the most important things you can do in archaeology is involve the public or disseminate your results in your projects to the public, because the public is interested in what we do. But it’s also one of our duties as archaeologists, is to educate and inform the community. Uh, and what that does is that creates archaeological advocates in the community that are aware of cultural resources and the heritage that we need to manage collectively. Not only is this just uh sort of campus cultural heritage, I mean this is Bloomington cultural heritage and part of our deeper Hoosier heritage.  

Voice over: Indiana University Bicentennial

Keshaunn Thompkins

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Keshaunn Thompkins-Barnes

Title: How are you #MakingIUHistory?

Keshaunn: I am a freshman here at Indiana University and my major is Computer Science.

Title: Keshaunn Thompkins-Barnes will start his freshman year this fall but has already begun to serve IU and Bloomington through his service work with the Groups program and IU Corps.

Keshaunn: Eventually, I want to be able to do community service as much as I can, anywhere, whether that’s Bloomington whether that’s in Detroit, Michigan whether that’s in Houston, Texas. I want to be able to, you know, expand my horizon and help as much as I can with people in general. So, I’m very blessed at the opportunity for IU Corps and for Groups to just allow me to expand my horizons and allow me to be a better person.

Title: 1820-2020. Indiana University Bicentennial.

Caroline Oates

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Caroline Oats

Title: How are you #MakingIUHistory?

Caroline: I am a senior in American Studies and Spanish with a certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management program and a minor in Linguistics.

Title: Caroline Oats works as a Peer Educator for the Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy.

Caroline: This year we started a new program that is mandatory for all freshmen to learn about alcohol, consent, and bystander intervention. And I’ve helped teach something like 70% of our freshman population and develop and train some of my co-workers so that we’re being intentional thinking about identity and social justice through the presentation. After every presentation, myself and my co-workers stay at the end of it to answer any questions if anybody has any. And I think the best moments are—and this has happened maybe six or eight times this semester out of twenty presentations I’ve given where a student has come up to me at the end and been like “This presentation is really important” or “You’ve helped me realize that I’ve experience something that falls into these categories of sexual misconduct” or “You’ve given me the tools to support a friend.” And I think when you hear from someone specific that this program helped them understand their own experiences and helped them to learn how to support other students better that’s really when I feel like I’m making a difference and when I see the kind of change that I’m doing.

Title: 1820-2020. Indiana University Bicentennial.

Indiana University Squirrel Club

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Squirrel Club

Title: How are you #MakingIUHistory?

Left: I’m a junior and I’m studying Theater with a focus in Acting and Directing.

Right: I’m a senior and my major is Finance.

Title: Stephanie Sanchez and Nathan Carey are part of the Squirrels of IU Club, spreading awareness of IUB’s tiniest residents.

Left: When you finally get really up close with a squirrel, it’s just like, “Whoa, I’m connecting with nature.”

Right: You have a friend.

Left: It feels good yeah. I finally have a friend.

Right: [laughs] For me, it’s, I have a lot of difficult classes and sometimes I’m very stressed but if I want to do some stress relief, I just go outside and take some food and try to feed a squirrel. It just brings a smile to my face.

Left: Yeah.

Right: So it’s very relaxing and very rewarding to make friends with a squirrel.

Title: 1820-2020. Indiana University Bicentennial.

Ruby Flores Camacho

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Ruby Flores Camacho

Title: How are you #MakingIUHistory?

Ruby: I am a sophomore studying Social Studies Education with a minor in Counseling.

Title: Ruby Flores Camacho works at the Latino Cultural Center, La Casa, a home away from home for Latino students.

Ruby: Anything that’s happening doesn’t matter when you’re here because this is your home where you feel comfortable to come to when you’re stressed, when you’re depressed, and when you just need to take a nap. A lot of people do that. It’s whatever you want to make out of it. If you want people to advocate for you here, you’ll get that. If you want people to educate you here, you’ll get that too. But if you just want a home, that’s mainly it’s point.

Title: 1820-2020. Indiana University Bicentennial.

Stardust Road

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MICHAEL: It's wild being where it all began, you know, where all of this music was created.

TITLES: In summer 2018, the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial and Department of Theatre and Drama brought and IU alum’s iconic music back to Bloomington.

STUDENTS: (singing)

TITLES: The Making of “Stardust Road: A Hoagy Carmichael Musical Journey”

MICHAEL: The students have been great, they really have. We have always wanted to do the show with young people, young people

interpreting old music. We all know that Sarah Vonn can sing The Nearness of You, Ella Fitzgerald can sing The Nearness of You. It's a whole different ball of wax to see a 20 year old singing The Nearness of You.

SUSAN: Well, we were just putting the songs together because this catalog is enormous and when they first called me, when Hoagy Carmichael's son called me, about doing this, I didn't know half the songs he had written. I knew the obvious ones and then when I said “Well, let me look into the catalog and see if I think I can put together a theatrical," because they wanted it to be theatrical, put together a theatrical show and I was

awestruck by the catalog I went, "Oh my goodness", and of course, he wrote with the best lyricist, so the songs don't only have these wonderful timeless melodies, but they have timeless lyrics as well.

MICHAEL: Susan went, "Why don't you check out the library of Hoagy Carmichael's music?" I mean, we all know The Nearness of You and Georgia on My Mind and Skylark but there was a whole  catalogue of music that I didn't know and I think a lot of people don't know. Went online and I actually went to the university, here, to the archives and checked out different songs and tried to get names and titles and then go to Spotify or YouTube or whatever to try and find out what they sounded like. So we found a bunch of unknown, to me anyway, and to I think a lot of people, incredible music that we decided to put into this piece.

SUSAN: It's wonderful to mix the well-known tunes with the not well-known tunes and I think the song that interestingly gets the biggest response is when they start Heart and Soul because nobody thinks that that song was ever written by anybody, you know, and when she starts it they you can hear the audible sort of sound in the audience is the laughter that "Oh, no

he wrote that too?"

"Yes, he wrote that too."

TITLES: The musical takes its name from Carmichael’s 1927 breakout song “Stardust,” which Carmichael wrote during his time at IU Bloomington.

LARRY: It was only instrumental initially and a few years later, it was sort of languished in a publishing house. They had the rights to the song but there was a band at the time the Isham Jones Band took the song, slowed it down, recorded it, and suddenly, you know, which can never explain why these things happened it became a mega-hit. It's not like most popular songs of the era for its complexity.

SUSAN: Wonderful thing about Hoagy Carmichael's music is that it's classical so though it might have been in a certain period that he wrote it and has a feel of a certain period

the emotion of it is everlasting.

HOAGY: In the 1960s, early 60s, rock and roll came in in a big way and my father's kind of music was not en vogue. He had a very tough time getting music publishers and people to sing his music. The money wasn't there.

LARRY: Hoagy, you know, should be celebrated as a wonderful writer people should not forget him. 

SUSAN: When a melody is a good melody, it transports you

to an emotional place. Today even in the world of rock and roll and you know, everything else that has happened, people still sing those tunes.

HOAGY: He brought me into this world. His stuff is important, if I may say, and yeah, it's up to me, the oldest, to do what I can.

SUSAN: This show has come home because this is where it all began and the fact that IU houses the archives, the Hoagy Carmichael archives, also make it very special to be doing it here. And the statue's right outside.

TITLES: In addition to “Stardust Road,” Hoagy Carmichael’s legacy lives on in his bronze stature on IU Bloomington’s campus.

HOAGY: The first time I saw the statue I didn't want to see the statue.  It was too close to home for me. I gave a statue a pat yesterday and the day before and I went over and said 'hello' this morning or this afternoon and so it's great. It's great. I just wish dad could have seen it. And the many other things that have happened in his life. We have wonderful facilities here in IU wonderful, so it's a great experience for us. And brings dad back again.

NARRATOR: Indiana University Bicentennial

Oral History Videos

IUPUI

Description of the video:

Your story is the story of Indiana University

Here are some stories about IUPUI

The city really saw IUPUI as one of the things they wanted to emphasize. They felt the need to have a comprehensive university, not just the med school. The 70’s and 80’s were also the time there was a lot of interest in urban education, so there were a lot of other urban universities that were really taking off in that period, and I think that also created a kind of identity that IUPUI could plug into, so it was going to be the major urban university.

I came to IUPUI, I was picked up at the airport by Roger Weir(?), who turned out to be a colleague for many years. His wife was driving and he was talking to me and he kinds of explained to me that we were going to the 38th street campus, so at the time I didn’t realize this, but IUPUI had about eight locations in the city. So we were going and he kind of explained to me that were going to the 38th street campus, and there were two buildings there. He points to the Burger Chef and says, “that’s where our department is.” So I sort of laughed and they dropped me off at the hotel. So I just walked over in the morning, it’s about a  block away. I was looking around, and I look—there’s like this extension in the back of the Burger Chef. It was like a little building, and there was a side door going in that building, and a little walk, and there was like a wooden sign that had “Psychology” on it, and it was like something that I would have engraved with my wood engraving set when I was a little boy. And I kind of, you know, he’s not joking, and I walked in, and there were like, I don’t know, twelve offices and that was the psych department. And I went home thinking, “there’s no way I’m taking this job.” We came here for two years, and stayed much longer than two years.

If you are going to be successful, you have to be accountable to one master. That’s your own administration, your own faculty, and so forth. And this is the biggest city in Indiana, it’s the economic driver. I would say it’s the intellectual center of Indiana. It needs a university that has the autonomy to do what it knows how to do best.

The younger people, who were just like one or two years ahead of me, I could tell were energetic, good scientists, and who were—like me—they were going to make something of this department, whatever it was. And then the chairman was really supportive of everybody doing research, and he told me, “this place has not gone anywhere until now, and this is going to become a research department. That’s what we’re building here, a research department.”

From what they just kind of thought as a little local school to a very first-class university. It’s amazing how well—and the faculty that they’ve recruited, and the campus itself is beautiful. You can see why students want to go there.

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Indiana University Bicentennial

IU Northwest

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Your story is the story of Indiana University

Here are some stories about IU Northwest

When I thought about coming back to university, I thought about IU and just being an opportunity. I was raised most of my life in Gary, Indiana. I graduated from school here, and I felt comfortable here, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to aspire and graduate from IU Northwest, I couldn’t say no. I had an externship, I did some work at Methodist Hospital. I took a position on the ??? floor and transitioned over to ICU.

Going back for my MBA, I really, obviously, got a taste of working full-time and figuring out how to get your school work in, and basically that’s all you would do: is work, go to classes, weekends for studying, do work.

I did spend a lot of my time on campus, just because the…student involvement and classes, so it was like, during the week I would cut my work hours back and then just work more on the weekends when I wasn’t here, and then just did homework at night.

It means an education that I would have never gotten, because if this campus wasn’t here, I would have never gone to school, and then earning a good living and raising a family. It meant—proud to be the first one in my family to obtain a college degree.

I balanced family life, school, extracurriculars the best way that I could. To be honest, there’s no way I went about doing things that I would say worked or was the right way to go about doing them. I knew that I had certain responsibilities, and I had to fulfill them, and that if I wanted to succeed and move forward in my career and in my education, I had to keep doing my best and I had to keep moving forward.

When you were studying it felt like you were taking away time from the kids, so I’d wait ‘til they go to sleep. What I would do was, when I put the kids to bed, I would lay down right after and get up at about one o’clock in the morning and study from like one to five.

It was a great place because you got to stay home, you had a nice, small town feel, at the same time, like, I would work after school, so I’d go to UPS in Hammond. I’ve always liked working. I actually owned my own landscaping business—it wasn’t very big—so I did that, and then I was at UPS ‘til like ten at night or so, and then rinse and repeat pretty much.

You know, having a family that was able to provide a roof over my head or food on the table, and the emotional support that I needed.

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Indiana University Bicentennial

 

IU Kokomo

Description of the video:

Your story is the story of Indiana University

Here are some stories about IU Kokomo

IUK gets better every year. This campus is a beacon in Kokomo, because it has a place where people go to think and learn and offer new perspectives and ideas.

It’s just exciting to see how it’s a regional campus but it feels like a big university. And it just offers so much more, and they’ve done renovations now and it looks so clean and modern. It’s really exciting to be back.

We had an accreditation team come in from AACSB and they thought that our building was superior in the technology we offer students, that we have cutting-edge technology and they really raved about the renovations that had been done.

IUK has been somewhat of a home away from home for me. I have built a lot of friendships here. I feel like it’s been a place where I’ve grown as a person, where I’ve been able to experience things that I would not have been able to experience had I not worked here.

We had a really good guest here just a few weeks ago, and it was Ava Cor(?), who is a Holocaust survivor. That was a very moving moment, to have guest speakers like Ava Cor come to the campus.

We have the Culture Bash every year, and that is interesting as well. You get an opportunity to really understand other cultures and understand the diversity that’s involved in how that all just kind of meshes together and how it works.

I have everything accessible to me. If I need help with my math or anything like that, I have that accessibility. The classes are small, so I really get to know my instructors on a more equal level and, you know, so I can’t really say I would change too much. I enjoy that it’s a smaller campus versus a bigger university. Sometimes you tend to get lost as a number versus as a person.

Being at the Welcome Center I have an opportunity to interact with students. I get to know them. I get to know their, you know, their personal—where they came from. I get to also interact with the faculty, because they’ll frequently come through, so I have developed close relationships there.

I think now that the school is starting to draw people outside of Kokomo, I think that’s starting very slowly to add to the diversity. I think IU’s mission is part of what it means to me, that we are going to bring education to Indiana, and as much of Indiana as we can.

So, IU is also, I think, a cause as much as the other things. It’s just a cause, and that cause being that we’re going to have more college graduates in Indiana. We’re going to have more educated people. That’s a real advantage. When you can get the class to where students aren’t afraid to talk—I like being able to create that atmosphere. I feel like if I was at a big school, um, like an R1 school, I would have these huge classes and it just wouldn’t be the same.

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Indiana University Bicentennial

IU East

Description of the video:

Your story is the story of Indiana University

Here are some stories about IU East

My mom was number fourteen of eighteen kids. My dad was raised by his grandparents. He graduated high school, but my mom didn’t. Back then, you turned sixteen, got a job to help support the family. They wanted us to get an education, so we had more choices than they did.

Once I started, you know, my family was like “Oh my gosh, we have a college kid in our family.” And they were just, like, besides themselves, of like, being so proud. And when I came here, it was like so many cultures, so many, like, you know, ideas, and it’s just like, “Wow,” you know, “I don’t have to follow whatever everybody else does.”

I was 31 years old, widowed twice, with three small children under the age of ten. And I thought, “I have got to do something with my life,” and so I started taking some art classes just for fun, and the next thing I knew I was taking classes for credit.

I was teaching piano. I was not working, I was a stay-at-home mom. I had one student who kept asking me questions that I couldn’t answer. He was so advanced, so Rick said, “Mom, there’s a course at IU East that can help you brush up,” and he went ahead and signed me up to take this course. It’s my home, even yet, I still feel like I belong here. I read all my emails from IU East, and I still have lunch with friends and some of the faculty.

IU East provided everything that I needed for my career goals and since it was close to home, I was able to stay and work at the family business while going to college full-time, so it was a real attraction for me.

I wouldn’t be who I am today without IU East, without the people, the instruction, the friendships. I don’t know what I would be doing, because I would have had to find a way to raise my kids without an education. To me it was very important to have a career. My career defined me. I just wouldn’t be me.

IU East for me has meant for me a life change. It has given me opportunities that I sometimes never dreamt I would have. To get to the point where I’m Doctor Hoenniker(?). When I was a little girl I never thought about that, so for me it has been dreams come true.

I was very lucky to be able to have such a quality educational institution in my hometown that I was able to go to, able to work and remain in the family business, but also one that was credible, and the community allowed me to get my first professional job. And because of that, that’s what helped me through my career, and then to be able to remain connected with IU East throughout my entire career, and now working for IU East, it’s really, really neat.

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Indiana University Bicentennial

IU Southeast

Description of the video:

Your story is the story of Indiana University

Here are some stories about IU Southeast

IUS is an institution which provides an education so that the members of our community can grow and succeed in life. That we provide a benefit to the community, a tangible benefit to the community.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It was a long journey to get here but it was definitely worth it at the end. You know, I love every single moment I’m here. I mean, everyday I get up, and be able to get paid to do what I do is wonderful, because you feel like you’re part of something bigger than a job, you know, we don’t have jobs, we just go and work for a cause, and that cause is pretty motivating and stuff. And again, I love our students, they let you know, whether it’s a nice email, or a thank you card in the mail, or long after they’re graduated we’ll see them out and about and they’ll tell you, “thank you for what you did, you’re the guy that helped me figure out what I wanted to do.” That’s wonderful.

It is an awesome school. It was a place where so much of who I am today was formed. Family has such deep connections. My wife is an IU graduate, her mother and father were IU graduates, so from that perspective, there’s that sense of legacy, and very proud to be a part of that, when I look at the recognition that the schools here at IU Southeast have. You know, so I see IU Southeast really making a difference in our community. I love IU.

It is the place where these parts of my character joined together, when I was still young and somewhat impressionable, which I think is a good thing. So, to me, my life has been my education. My education came here.

It’s ingrained in me because I, like a lot of students, would not have had an opportunity to get a college degree, education without IUS. Given my personal situation, married and with a child, there was no opportunity for me to go to Bloomington, go to West Lafayette, or anywhere else but IUS, so I went to IUS, and it couldn’t have worked out better for me.

We have a very great support system. IU means to me that I’ll be carrying a lot of memories into my more adult life, because I’m already an adult but the professors that have helped me, the roles that I served on campus, the country I went to study abroad in, the internship that I’m doing, the stuff that I accomplished, I will look back and say, “wow. I did all these things because I was an IU student.”

I think this is a very quality institution that offers a lot to the students and its employees. It’s just a beautiful place to work. I’m just honored that I am part of it.

And I tell my students now that I was afraid to sit on a bench, because it said gift of such and such class, “does that mean I can’t sit on it?” And then I realized that, yes, I can sit on the bench, and I do belong here, and I matter here, and there were people here who cared about me and cared about how I learned. It’s just been such an integral part of who I am, is the experiences that I’ve had here.

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Indiana University Bicentennial

IU Bloomington

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The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project has interviewed more than 1,000 IU faculty, staff, and alumni.

One person we heard about over and over again: Herman B Wells.

 IU Bloomington Alumni ’04, Jo Lucas: Dr. Wells was born in a little town not far from here an lived almost all of his adult life connected in some way to this campus.

IU Bloomington Staff ’91, Terri Crouch: A lot of students would get that word that Dr. Wells was somebody that could help if  you had a problem; you couldn’t get a class, you needed to graduate, or if it was a money problem. He would figure out a way to help get whatever the problem was, solved. He took a genuine interest in every person and he asked questions of them genuinely.

IU Bloomington Alumni ’60, David Eastman: I remember meeting Herman B Wells once. It was at some kind of social gathering, I can’t remember what it was But, ever after that when I met him on campus, he remembered me but you couldn’t forget him. I mean [laughs]. When I was in the quad, men’s quad, it was right around finals time. I was there for one semester and it was all kinds of construction going on. They were jackhammers and all kinds of noises and stuff and people were just out of their minds from the noise, trying to study for finals and stuff. I got on the phone and I called Herman B Wells’ office and I got his secretary and I told her who I was and I told her what I wanted. I said, you know, these people are out of their minds over here, we’ve got to do something. Within in fifteen minutes, everything stopped, everything had stopped, everything. Not just one or two: everything. I mean, that was Herman B Wells.

What leaps to mind is Herman Wells and the incredible sense of this being his family, of the university being his family, and the university being, literally the campus, being an extension of his home and how that graced the lives of all of us who were schooling here.

Indiana University Bicentennial