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College Basketball: Road Games for U of L, UK; MSU Tries To Recover From First Loss

In college basketball, the Louisville Cards return to action tomorrow at West Virginia. U of L is riding a five-game winning streak and is hoping to improve its position in the Big East Confererence, where the Cards are tied for fifth place.

Tipoff at Morgantown, West Virginia is at noon.

The Kentucky Wildcats take their 24-1 record to Nashville for a showdown with Vanderbilt tomorrow night. UK is 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Tipoff is 9:00pm.

Murray State is no longer undefeated after losing to Tennessee State last night. The Racers return to action tomorrow evening, hosting Austin Peay.

Indiana is idle this weekend. The Hoosiers return to the court Wednesday against Northwestern.

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College Football: UNC 14, U of L 7; UK, IU Defeated

The University of Louisville football team fell to North Carolina 14-7 today in Chapel Hill. All of the scoring came in the second half; the Cards’ lone touchdown was on a pass play with less than a minute left in the game. U of L falls to 2-3 on the season. The Cards visit Cincinnati next week.

The Kentucky Wildcats were dealt their fourth straight loss of the season, a 54-3 blowout at South Carolina. UK is now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats have next Saturday off. They’ll return to action October 22 against Jacksonville State.

Indiana fell to 1-5 on the season with a 41-20 loss to visiting Illinois. The Hoosiers travel to Wisconsin next Saturday.

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Indiana Lawmakers Criticize Tuition Hikes

A bipartisan group of Indiana lawmakers says hikes in in-state tuition are making it harder for Hoosiers to attend college.

State Budget Committee Chairman Jeff Espich said he called a hearing on the matter because tuition rates are quickly devouring average Hoosiers’ incomes and outpacing inflation.

He cited figures that show average in-state tuition in 2000 accounted for 12 percent of Hoosiers’ incomes but is expected to jump to 19 percent by 2013.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie defended the increased tuition and student fees, saying schools are making up for decreased state aid while also trimming spending.

Ball State University President Jo Anne Gora told the panel that tuition and fee increases were not enough to cover a recent $13 million cut in the school’s state appropriation.

But Indianapolis Democrat Bill Crawford said universities should stop putting together what he called “filet mignon budgets” when all they can afford is a hamburger.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press and the Indianapolis Star)

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IU Seeking to Host Presidential Debate

Indiana University has applied to host a 2012 presidential debate. The school also applied in 2008, but was unsuccessful.

Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College have also applied to host debates.

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Tournament Time For U of L, UK, IU

(Thanks to Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio)

The U of L men’s basketball team opens play tonight in the Big East Tournament in New York City, where the Cards will take on Marquette. The Golden Eagles, a number 11 seed, defeated sixth-seeded West Virginia Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals. The third-seeded Cards received a double-bye in the tournament. The winner of tonight’s game will face either Cincinnati or Notre Dame in the semi-finals.

Kentucky begins play Friday afternoon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

Coach John Calipari (pictured) says his young team has come a long way in a very short time. The Wildcats finished the regular season on a tear, with home wins over Florida and Vanderbilt, and a rare road victory over Tennessee. Calipari says his team is developing the toughness required for a march through the post-season.    

“And if we can keep winning, you create that. You expect…you know in a close game now…that last two tight games we played, we won. And again, let me say this…two of the better teams…better than some of the teams we lost to. These two teams were better. They were close games and we figured out how to win,” he said.

Kentucky will play Friday afternoon at 3:30 against Ole Miss, which upset the Wildcats on the road last month.

Indiana takes on Penn State this evening in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.

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Medical Innovation Panel Meets At IU

A panel of experts in the life sciences sector gathered this week at Indiana University to discuss ways to discuss the health and economic benefits of medical innovation.

Among the participants was Debra Lappin, president of the Council for American Medical Innovation.

She says she’s had first-hand experience with cutting edge medical technology, which led to the development of a drug to treat a rhuematic illness that forced her to go on disability.

“This is a drug that was developed through years of basic research, moving that research through translation into an actual product. I inject it every week, it costs $1,500 a month. And one of the new questions before all of us is what is the value to society to my returning to work, of a drug such as this?”

Lappin and her colleagues say the region and the country stand to lose if officials don’t find ways to nurture medical innovation and the jobs it creates.

She says governments need to offer additional tax credits and other incentives to keep the expertise and its economic benefits from moving overseas.

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Indiana Arts Groups Face Difficulties Fundraising

Elizabeth Kramer

Some Indiana institutions have issued a report about the condition of the state’s arts organizations. The Indiana Arts Commission enlisted Indiana University’s School of Public And Environmental Affairs to conduct a survey of more than 1,500 organizations.

Kirsten Grønbjerg is an Indiana University professor and chair of the school’s Center on Philanthropy. She says the data shows Indiana’s arts groups have some priority concerns — particularly— “More funding — that clearly what the organizations themselves say what is what is needed,” she says, “but also technical assistance, workshops and opportunities for learning from other organizations providing similar kinds of services.”

Laura Frank is with the Indiana Arts Commission. She says the commission has already begun acting on some of the report’s findings.

“We found funding assistance is needed and so we had a seminar on fundraising and constituent building in the current economy,” Frank says. “And we also found peer learning and collaborative activities are important so we had a seminar last week called Leading at the Speed of Change.”

(The Arts Commission, which is a department of state government, worked with the Indiana Coalition for the Arts, an advocacy organization that also helps artists and arts groups.)

Grønbjerg says the report shows that arts groups are having a much harder time obtaining funding than other kinds of non-profit groups. She says they deserve help to continue the role they play in communities.

“These organizations are looking to community leaders and funders, policy makers to provide support for these organizations,” Grønbjerg says. “They are an important part of the quality of life in local communities.”

Grønbjerg and Frank say the report will be useful to organizations that fund arts groups and to government officials.

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US-China Economic Relations Must Change to Prosper

A New York Times economic writer spoke in Louisville today about the codependent relationship between this country and China. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has details.

(To listen to Peter Goodman’s entire talk, click on Listen to the Story.)

Peter Goodman came to speak to the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations. Goodman was previously The Washington Post’s Shanghai correspondent. The program was organized by Indiana University’s Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business.

Goodman summed up the economic relationship between the U.S. and China.

“We buy an extraordinary amount of stuff from China,” Goodman says. “China takes the dollars that we send over for the stuff that they send us. And they send then back to us by buying up our government debt, and that keeps our interest rates low and that allows us to keep going to the mall to buy up more Chinese goods. And when we do that, we keep a lot of people working in China who would not otherwise have jobs.”

But Goodman says this model is not stable and that China and the U.S. both need to deal with some serious problems to avert future economic crises.

“We’ve got to save more. We’ve got to invest in our own productive economy,” he says. “And China’s got to figure out a way to consume more and not depend so much on exports or making money available to developers who are building buildings that will one day be empty. We have to worry about overcapacity.”

He says while press reports on public statements by each government about tariffs may seem like gripes from one country, most statements are actually aimed at influencing the actions of their own domestic industries. Goodman says Americans need to understand this and change their attitudes about how to achieve economic growth.

“We have to lose the idea that there’s something unacceptable about having American workers go to work in the United States at companies that are sitting in the United States with the profits ultimately going to a Chinese company, or some other foreign, nationally owned company,” he says.

According to the U.S.-China Business Council Kentucky’s exports to China totaled $604 billion in 2008, making it Kentucky’s ninth largest export market. The group also reports that in 2008 Indiana had $930 worth of exports to China, making it the state’s sixth largest export market. Both states top exports include chemicals, machinery, and computers and electronics.

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IU's McRobbie Delivers "State Of The University" Speech

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says financial foresight by the school’s board of trustees has helped IU weather the recession better than many institutions.

McRobbie delivered his annual ‘State of the University’ address Tuesday, devoting a large section of the speech to the IU’s fiscal health.

“At the urging of our trustees, we substantially increased our rainy day fund over the last three years as a buffer against economic downtown. The flexibilty and stability that such fiscal discipline provides have helped to cushion us against the economic maelstrom experienced elsewhere in higher education,” he said.

But McRobbie says IU has been forced to adust to state budget cuts caused by a sharp drop in tax revenues, eliminating more than 140 non-faculty positions through attrition, freezing salaries and limiting travel.

He encouraged IU alumni and others in the private sector to support the school financially.

In addition to its main campus in Bloomington, IU has regional campuses in seven other communities, including New Albany.

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Report: Charities Not Faring Better Than Last Year

Despite recent reports of an improving economy, a recent survey says charities faced many difficulties fundraising this holiday season. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

The news comes in the latest Philanthropic Giving Index, a report prepared by the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University. The report is comparable to the Consumer Confidence Index.

Nonprofits in the survey say they are not faring better than they were a year ago although their expectations that they will do better with future fundraising has increased somewhat.

Adrienne Davis is with the Center for Philanthropy.

“Nonprofits’ overall confidence in the charitable giving climate has risen slightly,” she says, “but is still at record lows for the 11-year history of this study.”

The study also indicates that most fundraisers for nonprofits say they have made changes to how they do business in the past year.

“A majority [of nonprofits] reported that they have put more focus on stewardship and on communicating with their donors,” Davis says. “And they’ve also put greater emphasis on setting organizational priorities and making tough budget decisions.”

Davis says these changes are ones that many donors have requested of nonprofits, especially during the recession.

Over the past two years, several Louisville nonprofits have used many tactics to reduce their budgets, including sharing resources with other organizations.

Davis says attitudes about future fundraising efforts vary according to the type of nonprofit concerned.

“Educational fundraisers and those were more optimistic than most of the rest of their peers and other nonprofit organizations,” she says. “Fundraisers for human services organizations were the least optimistic.”

During this recession human service organizations have seen an increase in demand for their services, putting greater expectations on their staff members and their need for funding.