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first_img Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwine(Week 31 October 2016)♪ THE NAME GAME ♪As a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association I receive regular email postings from IU. Not all of them are requests for more money. Today I received notice my alma mater has renamed the basketball gymnasium “Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall”.In 2008 I received notice my Indiana University Law School had been renamed the Indiana University Mauer School of Law in honor of Micky Mauer. The Skjodt family gave $40 million dollars. Micky Mauer gave $35 million dollars. Nobody from IU sought input from me on either change. As far as I can tell both changes were made for the best of reasons, i.e., we wanted the money.When I was on campus (1963 – 1970) we had another arena where we held ballgames, enrolled in classes and ran around a dirt track. At the law school we had a library, classrooms and study areas. My guess is they still do.I recall as an undergraduate being involved in the pros and cons of building the $28 million dollar Assembly Hall. The pros named it Assembly Hall in an effort to convince the cons it would not be just a gym for basketball but an educational edifice where academic and cultural events would trump mere athletics. I never had an English or psychology or geology or any other class there. Cultural events were then and are now held in the IU Auditorium by Showalter Fountain.The taxpayers of Indiana established IU in 1820. Indiana University has several campuses with Bloomington being the main one. The total budget for all campuses for 2015 – 2016 is $3.27 billion dollars. The gifts from Mauer and Skjodt are a total of $75 million or about .2% of the total budget.I appreciate people who contribute money, time, talent and sweat to IU. I think they should be encouraged to do so and be rewarded when they do. That is why we have statues, plaques, paintings and busts of heroes and contributors. Perhaps a room within Assembly Hall and the Indiana University School of Law where contributors are honored might be good. A statue or bust of Mauer and Skjodt, and others, would be fine with me. I assume they are fine people.However, the naming of an edifice built with money from all Hoosiers and maintained with money from all Hoosiers might best be named for all Hoosiers. What’s to be done when someone wealthier or more narcissistic comes along? Do we rename the entire institution or perhaps tear it down and start anew so we can give it a new name?I understand and, in fact, agree with honoring those who have performed great service to others by naming things after them. The city of Washington, D.C. comes to mind.However, the current trend of pay for play in which multibillion dollar institutions sell naming rights for relatively small amounts reminds me of that old joke about quibbling over the price of an evening’s entertainment with someone who will play for a large sum but is offended by a small one.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgJohn Oates of Hall & Oates stopped by Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall Thursday night, mixing up the setlist with original tunes and beloved covers. The evening also saw a pair of guests, as Jason Crosby and Sweetwater owner, Bob Weir, lent Oates a helping hand on fiddle and guitar.Oates and Weir are no strangers to each other, as Hall & Oates teamed with the Grateful Dead in 1988 for a rainforest benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. In more recent times, Oates played a show at Sweetwater Music Hall in 2015, with Weir and Crosby also sitting in during the iconic rockstars debut performance at Sweetwater.Oates invited Crosby up for a take on “Arkansas”, the title track off his most recent album, before moving through “All I Am” and “Lose It In Louisiana”. As Crosby walked off the stage, Weir emerged, helping Oates with a pair of Grateful Dead tunes, “Friend Of The Devil” and “West L.A. Fadeaway”. The duo then went into a cover of The Temptations’ “Shakey Ground”, with Weir sounding confident and comfortable in his hometown venue.“Friend Of The Devil”[Video: C B]“West L.A. Fadeaway”[Video: C B]“Shakey Ground”[Video: C B]Setlist: John Oates | Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley, CA | 9/27/2018Set: Anytime, Stack O’Lee, Miss the Mississippi and You, That Will Happen No More, Arkansas*, All I Am*, Lose It In Louisiana*, Friend of the Devil^, West L.A. Fadeaway^, Shakey Ground^, Dig Back Deep, Edge of the World, Pallet Soft and Low, Something You Got, Maneater, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)Encore: You Make My Dreams *w/ Jason Crosby (violin)^w/ Bob WeirBob Weir is gearing up for a 19-date tour with his new side-project, Wolf Bros, which will see Weir “explore songs of the Grateful Dead and more in a trio setting” along with a pair of seasoned collaborators, drummer Jay Lane (Furthur, RatDog) and legendary musician, producer, and current Blue Note Records president Don Was.The tour will kick off in Reno, NV on October 16th and make stops in various markets across the country, including shows in Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Missoula, MT; Salt Lake City, UT; Albuquerque, NM; and Denver, CO. Following a Halloween night performance and the newly added 11/1 show at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will continue eastward, stopping in Nashville, TN; Louisville, KY; and Syracuse, NY before a two-night stand at Port Chester, NY’s storied Capitol Theatre (11/9–11/10). Finally, the tour will close with a run of four more northeast shows, including stops in Washington, D.C. (11/12); Philadelphia, PA (11/13); Boston, MA (11/15–11/16); and a now-two-night closing stint New York City’s Beacon Theatre (11/18–11/19).You can check out a full list of the upcoming Bob Weir and Wolf Bros dates below. For more information, head to Bobby’s website.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Upcoming Tour Dates10/16 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel10/20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre10/22 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium10/23 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre10/24 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center10/29 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/1 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium11/6 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre11/8 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre11/9 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/12 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore11/15 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre11/19 – New York, NY – Beacon TheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Jambands.com]last_img read more

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