The 16 biggest stories

from the last 16 weeks

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The letters of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house are taken down on November 5 after the fraternity's national office revoked the chapter. ATO and select individuals were accused of hazing, endangering a student, possessing and consuming alcohol and lying to University officials. Photo by James Benedict.

ATO Suspension

After the release of a sexually-explicit video on Twitter, the Alpha Tau Omega chapter at IU was closed. After the chapter was closed, the move out date was set and then members were evicted from the house. In spring 2015, the IDS ran a profile on the then-president of ATO trying to repair the house's reputation. Read an IDS editorial about the ATO scandal here.

Yaolin Wang's funeral
Yan Li, Yaolin Wang's cousin, holds Jielin Wang, Wang's sister, in front of Yaolin's casket before it went underground during the burial service on Oct.11. Jielin was the last one to leave after the casket was in the ground. Photo by Tiantian Zhang

Yaolin Wang's Murder

After two people were found dead in an off-campus apartment, it came to light that Yaolin Wang, an IU student, was murdered. Wang was remembered, along with IU student Joseph Smedley, in a candlelight vigil. Wang was described by friends as proud and diligent in a memorial piece. After the murder, friends described a repeated pattern of abuse and regretted not calling the police. Read an IDS column, "Justice for Yaolin Wang," here.

joseph smedley
Friends and family remember Joesph Smedley as confident, driven, genuine and goofy. Smedley was reported missing on Sept. 28 and his body was found in Griffy Lake on Oct. 2. Courtesy photo.

IU student Joseph Smedley found dead

IU student Joseph Smedley was found dead in Griffy Lake after previously being reported missing. After his death was ruled a drowning by suicide, his sister spoke out about her brother's death. IUPD has since released new details on the Smedley case.

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Jared Fogle leaves the federal courthouse in Indianapolis after his hearing on August 19, 2015. Fogle plead guilty to charges of distributing child pornography and paying for and engaging in sex acts with minors. Photo by Anna Boone.

Jared Fogle sentenced to prison

The IU alumnus and former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to engage in sex with a minor. During his sentencing hearing, his defense team described his actions as "pathetic," "despicable," "diabolical" and "inexcusable."

Read more about his trial and his time at IU beforehand on the complete collection of Fogle articles that appeared in the IDS

The Batman family fled war-torn Syria in 2012 and eventually settled in Indianapolis about a year ago. Photo by Ike Hajinazarian.

The Batmans are among a handful of Syrian families who have fled civil war and settled in Indiana, joining about 2,000 Syrian refugees living across the United States. Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, they have been swept up in a national wave of paranoia and hatred. Read more.

BJ Toole, Abby Ridgeway and Emily all have struggled with anxiety or depression during their time at IU. Each has sought out mental health services from hometown doctors, physicians at the IU Health Center or psychiatrists at Counseling and Psychological Services. Photo by Rachel Meert.

College students’ mental health is a growing concern for collegiate mental health care providers. Data provided to the Indiana Daily Student by IU’s Counseling and Psychological Services indicates anxiety is catching up to depression as the top concern at IU for counseling and psychiatric clients. Read more.

dance marathon
Sophomore Jaeson Chang screams after donations were made during the Indiana University Dance Marathon Saturday evening at the IU Tennis Center. Photo by Rachel Meert.

After months of preparation by 1,300 committee members and 36 hours of dancing by 2,700 students, the 2015 IU Dance Marathon raised $3.8 million. More than 50 families from Riley Hospital for Children attended the event. Read more.

The woman who was attacked by 19-year-old IU student Triceten Bickford sits at the same table outside Sofra Café where she was strangled on Saturday. Bickford faced charges of strangulation, battery, minor possession of and consumption of alcohol, intimidation and public intoxication. Bickford was released from the Monroe County Jail Sunday after paying a total of $705. Photo by Annie Garau.

Bloomington resident reflects on racially triggered assault

Wrapped in a headscarf’s colorful and silky folds, she finds comfort in her modesty. For her, the wrap is a constant reminder that God is with her all the time. It makes her feel secure, she said, even when Triceten Bickford’s hands were wrapped around her neck. Read More.

Music: "Brooklyn Song" by James William Hindle VIDEO Leah Johnson

Hanging above the stairs that descend into Sigma Phi Epsilon’s entryway, bold red letters read, “Fight like Phil Today.” As each fraternity brother passes underneath them, they smack their hands against the words, hoping to live out that message.

More than 30 years ago, a young Phil Cox lived in this same IU house. Sitting on the floor eating Domino’s pizza, the fraternity’s future national president likely had no idea a tribute such as this would someday hang in his honor. Read more.

Senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld holds the Oaken Bucket and members of the football team celebrate after beating Purdue, 54-36 on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Photo by Haley Ward.

The time rolled to double-zeroes while IU players began to jump up and down and smile, families lined up along the sidelines to run onto the field and Twitter displayed tweets of fans cheering for IU Coach Kevin Wilson to be voted president and celebrating the Hoosiers “going bowling.”

IU had defeated Purdue, 54-36, claiming the Old Oaken Bucket for the third consecutive year — a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since 1947 — and clinched a berth to a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Read more.

James Halford, a walk-on linebacker for IU Football, served as a Marine for four years before coming to IU this year for his first semester. Courtesy photo.

James, a walk-on linebacker for IU football, grew up in a military home in northern Chicago suburb of Mundelein, where he would traipse around his house with a little green military cap on his head and an oversized military jacket that 
belonged to his grandfather. Read more.

From the sideline, Al Carpenter watches game play against Western Kentucky on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Carpenter volunteered with the team closely with Lee Corso and has only missed one game in 40 years. Photo by Haley Ward.

“Big” Al Carpenter has cerebral palsy, which has not only prevented him from learning to read or write, but it has also always prevented him from playing the game he loves: football.

When you meet Carpenter, though, he’ll shake your hand, introduce himself as “Big Al,” and then bring his hands together and reveal a 
championship ring from the 1979 Holiday Bowl. Read more.

When he isn't working as a custodian at the IMU, artist Joel Washington paints portraits and abstract pieces. Washington painted the portrait of Rahsaan Roland Kirk that hangs in the IMU next to the IU Bookstore. Photo by Rachel Meert.

“I listen to his music, but it’s like I’m more of a fan of his story than the music,” Joel Washington said. “It’s like how can you not give tribute to someone who went out the way he came in? Just, you know, passed away doing what he enjoyed doing.” Read more.

My biggest fear in life is 
being assaulted.

It is a fear that frequently bombards my thoughts, especially as I walk alone at night.

Waking up at 2:22 a.m. last Friday morning to an IU Alert that a woman was assaulted in Dunn Woods by two men, possibly armed with a knife, only heightens this fear.

The attack happened on campus near the Sample Gates in a well-lit area. I walked home alone just an hour before she did.

This easily could have 
happened to me. Read more.

Marlowe Shepherd performs Oct. 10 at Trailhead Pizzeria. He will perform at venues throughout Bloomington until he leaves for a 41-city tour in February. Photo by Cassie Heeke.

The decision to rename himself was that of Marlowe Shepherd and his Los Angeles-based executive producer, Derek Jones, who has backed Shepherd for the last 15 years. In a few months, Shepherd will embark on a 41-city, 250-show tour through the Southeast. He’ll do it again the next year. He will play in nursing homes, record stores, restaurants and bars, and he’ll perform two or three sets every day and one every night. Along the way, he’ll promote his self-titled 
vinyl album. Read more.

Derby Sanchez doesn’t play the kickball you remember from elementary school recess. When the players take the field, it’s no longer just for fun and exercise. Every call matters and once the cans and bottles of beer get lighter, more arguing and trash talking is sure to follow. This form of kickball is still fun, but it’s a different sport.

With Derby, it’s war. Read more.