Special Collections Blog Posts

January 6, 1975. On this day, the IUPUI Sagamore, the student newspaper, published schedule corrections for registration for spring-semester classes. As the newspaper noted, "THESE CHANGES ARE NOT printed in your schedule." The notice served as evidence that the newspaper was the best, most up-to-date means of communicating to students any additions to... Read More
January 5, 1985. On this day, the IUPUI women's basketball team defeated Oakland City College 68-66 in a home game played in the gymnasium in the Natatorium building. While the Metros (as IUPUI teams were then called) never trailed, Oakland City were able to tie them seven times. IUPUI's winning basket came with seven seconds left in the game. The win... Read More
January 4, 1973. On this day, IUPUI students could begin their preparations to make changes to their schedules to start classes in the Spring Semester starting January 11.In the old days, students had to register for classes, make payments, drop or add classes to their schedules, and do other administrative chores in person. According to an... Read More
January 3, 1977. On this day, the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts announced a new interdisciplinary minor in International Studies. Political Science Department chairperson Dr. Richard A. Fredland noted that the minor would afford students the opportunity to study different cultures and across different disciplines without making the commitment of earning... Read More
We hope you didn't overindulge on New Year's Eve. If you did, we have this photo for you. The photo shows IU School of Medicine professor of biochemistry emeritus Rolla M. Harger demonstrating his Drunk-o-meter, a device that accurately indicated blood-alcohol levels. The Drunk-o-meter was the first invention developed commercially by the Indiana University... Read More
January 2, 2011.On this day, the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives Photo Caption Contest began. Archives staff were inspired by the cartoon caption contests that ran in The New Yorker magazine, which prompted readers to submit clever and funny captions. Archives has such a wealth of strange and funny photos of IUPUI through the year, staff thought. Why... Read More
January 1, 2003. On this day, retired IUPUI chancellor Gerald L. Bepko became president of Indiana University following the untimely death of Myles Brand. Bepko's appointment was an interim one, to continue until the IU Board of Trustees appointed a regular president. The trustees did so at their meeting of June 27, 2003. Adam W. Herbert began his... Read More
December 31, 1994. On this day, William Voos, dean of the Herron School of Art, stepped down as dean to resume teaching at the school.Voos had come to Indianapolis to lead Herron in July 1985, succeeding Arthur Weber as dean. Voos had previously been president of the Atlanta College of Art, and before that had been associate dean of fine arts at... Read More
December 30, 1954. On this day, or perhaps on another day but we're not being choosey, Santa Claus paid a visit to children at Riley Hospital for Children. He was accompanied by members of the Shortridge High School band.Please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives at speccoll@iupui.edu for all your Santa Claus photos needs. 
December 29, 1987.On this day, Santa Claus had some extra visits to make on the IUPUI campus. This photo is evidence that Santa made an appearance at a student party at the Ball Residence. Do you doubt it? Please register your thoughts with IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.

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