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Buildings and their namesakes

Remembering late Hoosiers and their legacy

Many of IU’s campus buildings have stories behind their namesakes.

Bill Garrett Fieldhouse is seen Feb. 7, 2022, on East Seventh Street.


By Marnie Sara


IU students spend countless hours learning, living and exercising in the various buildings on campus. It is easy to forget, though, about the stories behind the places on campus that honor the trailblazing Hoosiers that came before us.

Ernie Pyle Hall

Ernie Pyle came to IU in 1919 and started his journalism career at IU in 1922. He served as the editor for the Indiana Daily Student.

Ernie Pyle is remembered for his World War II articles that published an inside look of the military for citizens all around the nation. Ernie Pyle Hall served as home base for the department of journalism for over 40 years. Despite the school of journalism being reorganized and moving to a new location on campus, Ernie Pyle Hall continues to serve as a welcome center and houses the Walter Center for Career Achievement.

Wells Quad

If you are lucky enough, you may spend your fi rst year on campus in one of the newly renovated student houses. In 2017, IU transformed two academic buildings into one dorm and gave the new building the title of Wells Quad.

Wells Quad is dedicated to Agnes E. Wells, an alumnus who served as IU Dean of Women in the late 1910s. Agnes E. Wells was focused on improving the experience of women on campus by creating an environment that uplifted women. In 1925 – with the help of Well’s leadership and dedication – Indiana University created its fi rst dorm devoted to female students.

Bill Garrett Fieldhouse

Whether you want to play pickup basketball, engage in a match of tennis or swim laps in the pool, Bill Garrett Fieldhouse is the place to do it.

Th is sports facility honors a former Indiana basketball player who arrived on campus in 1947. Bill Garrett was not only the fi rst African American basketball player at IU, but he was the fi rst African American player to compete in the Big Ten.

During his time in Bloomington, he led the team in scoring and rebounding. He was also named IU’s most valuable player and was crowned an All-American, a prestigious honor. With the help of Bill Garrett’s courage and talent, he opened a door for African American athletes across the nation.

Munchie Madness $14.95

A 10” One Topping Pizza An Order of Cheese Bread or Breadsticks A Two-Liter Bottle of a Pepsi Product Two Home-made Brownies

(Upgrade to a large 14” pizza for $5. Valid for carryout and delivery.)

www.motherbearspizza.com 1428 E. Third St. • 812-332-4495 2980 W. Whitehall Crossing Blvd. • 812-287-7366

For nearly 50 years, Mother Bear’s pizza has been synonymous with awards. USA Today named it the “Best Pizza in Indiana” and the IU community voted it Best Pizza in Bloomington 10 years in a row through the IDS Best in Bloomington poll. Additionally, People Magazine named Mother Bear’s one of America’s Top Nine Pizzerias.

Ray McConn, an IU graduate, prides himself on keeping Mother Bear’s close to the heart of the Bloomington and Indiana University communities.

Mother Bear’s is famous for its specials and specialty pizzas. The most popular, especially among students, is the “Munchie Madness.” Other specials include: Ten inch Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday, Lunch specials, and more!

The “Divine Swine” is the most famous specialty pizza. This meat lover’s fantasy has every pizza topping imaginable: pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon. If you are feeling more on the healthy side, try the house salad that is unique for its Goldfish cracker topping instead of croutons. The restaurant is always busy and packed with patrons, but you are guaranteed that your long wait will be rewarded.