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Bloomingpedia:This month's featured article/2008

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The following is a list of articles that have been featured on the front page in 2008. There is also a list of proposed feature articles.

November

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The Indiana University Computer Gaming Club (IUCGC), an official student organization of Indiana University, was founded by Jonny Sweeny and Andy Jones in the Spring of 2000. The first LAN War was 18-19 November 2000. Currently, the IUCGC has over 650 members participating in events year-round. The club is best known for their semi-annual LAN Wars. These events attract 150+ gamers from all over Indiana and the Midwest. There are typically five formal tournaments and thousands of dollars worth of prizes from several notable companies. A free dinner is always provided at the event.

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October

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The quarrying of Limestone has been one of the major industries of south-central Indiana since the arrival of the railroads made transportation of the heavy rock economically feasible. It has a very uniform texture and grade and is a freestone, a stone that does not tend to cut or split along any specific line. This makes it very easy to cut and carve.

The stone tends to be gray or buff in color, or patterns of both. Primarily formed of calcium carbonate, it was deposited over millions of years as marine fossils decomposed at the bottom of a shallow inland sea which covered most of the present-day Midwestern United States during the Mississippian Period.

An outcrop of Salem Limestone runs from Stinesville through Bloomington and on down to Bedford, where the outcrop is nearly ten miles wide.

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September

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Nick's English Hut is a long-time popular student and resident hangout on Kirkwood Avenue. Its walls are adorned with memorabilia from famous visitors including past IU alumni, writers, poets, and musicians. It has been featured in many national magazines as one of the most important Bloomington landmarks to visit. It's signature dish is the stromboli.

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August

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Indiana University has had a varsity basketball team since 1901. Through 2004, they had won 1,555 games, good for ninth on the list of all-time winningest programs. They have won five NCAA championships: in 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, and 1987, and also reached the Final Four in 1992 and 2002.

The team plays home games on the Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on the north end of the Indiana University campus. Assembly Hall is located in the IU Sports Complex. The head coach is Tom Crean.

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July

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Bloomingfoods is a member-owned grocery founded in 1976, serving healthy food. They have three market/delis, the original store at 419 E. Kirkwood Avenue, an east side store at 3220 E. 3rd Street, which was opened in 1991, and a new west 6th Street store which opened on July 4, 2007, at 316 W. 6th Street.

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June

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Wonderlab is a non-profit museum of science and technology for both children and adults, though it offers many displays and activities for young children. It began as a volunteer-based traveling exhibit in 1994 by Debra Kent. In 1998, it set up a small presence on the north side of the downtown square. In 2003, it opened at its current location at 308 W. 4th Street. Exhibits include an "anthill" suitable for climbing; a water table with connectable pipes; a virtual soccer game; a working beehive; a cosmic ray detector; and several unusual musical instruments.

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May

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Indiana University is an eight-campus university system in Indiana. The main campus is located in Bloomington, and is commonly referred to as "IUB", or sometimes, simply "IU". It is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. IU was founded in 1820 as the Indiana Seminary School at the location now known as Seminary Square. It later became Indiana College, having its first president Andrew Wylie in 1829. In 1838 the school was rechartered as Indiana University.

The student body as of the spring of 2005 was around 36,000 students, of whom about 28,000 were undergraduates and 8,000 graduates. Non-Hoosiers make up about 40% of the student body.

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April

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Your Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls is a regional women's roller derby league founded in Bloomington by Molly McFracture and Truly F. Obvious. They call Eagles Landing Mall, Western Skateland, and Bloomington Sportsplex home for practices. Bloomington Sportsplex hosts the rollergirls for home bouts.

The Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls league hosts three teams: the Flatliners, The Farm Fatales, and the Slaughter Scouts.

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March

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The Monroe County History Center is a building located on the corner of Washington Street and 6th Street in Bloomington. It houses the Monroe County History Museum, the Monroe County Geneology Library and the Monroe County Historical Society, Inc. it was formerly known as the Monroe County Historical Society Museum.

The Monroe County History Center is a non-profit museum, genealogy/local history research library, educational facility and museum gift store that is housed in the historical Monroe County Carnegie Library. The History Center is operated by the 102 year old Monroe County Historical Society, Inc. and is self-sustaining.

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February

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In 1868, William and James Showers bought out their father's interest in a Bloomington cabinetmaking business for $300. From this humble beginning, the Showers Brothers Company would grow to the point that in the 1920s, it produced 60 percent of the furniture manufactured in the U.S., claiming distinction as “The World’s Largest Furniture Factory.”

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January

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The Indiana University Computer Gaming Club (IUCGC), an official student organization of Indiana University, was founded by Jonny Sweeny and Andy Jones in the Spring of 2000. The first LAN War was 18-19 November 2000. Currently, the IUCGC has over 650 members participating in events year-round. The club is best known for their semi-annual LAN Wars. These events attract 150+ gamers from all over Indiana and the Midwest. There are typically five formal tournaments and thousands of dollars worth of prizes from several notable companies. A free dinner is always provided at the event.

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Featured monthly articles of 2008