Excitement builds on the Butler campus

Guest blogger and WTHR intern Jillian Deam writes about what it’s like on campus this week as the Bulldogs gear up for their Final Four appearance.

Jillian Deam with the Butler mascot

When I came to Butler from Illinois in the fall of 2006,it didn’t take long to realize just how big a deal basketball was around here. That year the Bulldogs made it to the Sweet Sixteen, and the campus was full of excitement.

Fast forward four years and that “excitement” pales in comparison to the atmosphere on campus today. As the clock counted down the final seconds of last Saturday’s regional final against Kansas State, students stormed Hampton Drive in celebration. Even days after this historical moment you can’t walk through campus without hearing talk about the team’s magical journey through March Madness and the possibility of Butler winning a national title right here in our own backyard.

In fact, I’ve given up on trying to pass through the bookstore during the day, as it’s continuously packed with Bulldog fans, young and old, buying t-shirts. But I don’t mind. The team’s advancement to the Final Four is what college basketball fans dream of… and it’s certainly the perfect way to wrap-up my fours years at Butler!

Many are calling this a “Cinderella Story” – something straight out of the movie “Hoosiers”.  However, no matter how this story ends, this team has not only captured the heart of the Butler Nation, but of the entire nation.

– Jillian Deam, WTHR intern and Butler senior

Mike Murphy rolls out TV ad

Republican challenger Mike Murphy is the first to hit the airwaves this election season for Indiana’s congressional races. Murphy is going up against long-time incumbent Dan Burton.

Republican challenger Mike Murphy is the first to hit the airwaves this election season for Indiana’s congressional races. Murphy is going up against long-time incumbent Dan Burton.

Murphy, a state rep, is trying to differentiate himself from the Fifth District’s Burton, who he characterizes as a career politician. Murphy claims an A+ rating from the NRA and a 100% rating with Indiana Right to Life.

See his ad

Ellsworth withdraws from 8th district race

Indiana congressman Brad Ellsworth has officially withdrawn from the congressional race, setting up his candidacy for the US Senate.

Indiana congressman Brad Ellsworth has officially withdrawn from the congressional race, setting up his candidacy for the US Senate.

Paperwork was filed today at the Indiana Statehouse.

As we first reported on Friday, Congressman Ellsworth says he wants to fill the seat being vacated by Evan Bayh. Several Republicans are also running for the seat.

Evansville mayor not interested in running for Senate

In response to Senator Evan Bayh’s announcement this afternoon that he will not seek reelection to the United State Senate, Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel offered the following statement:

In response to Senator Evan Bayh’s announcement this afternoon that he will not seek reelection to the United State Senate, Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel offered the following statement:

“Evan Bayh has spent most of his professional career serving the people of Indiana.  He has done so with dignity and integrity, and his decisions were always guided by his commitment to fiscal responsibility and common sense Hoosier values.   His strong presence will be missed in the U.S. Senate and his leadership will be missed by people in every community throughout our state. 

I am honored that my name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate.  However, I am not interested in pursuing this opportunity.  With two years left in my second term as Mayor of the City of Evansville, I am committed to leading my community through these challenging times.  Just in the past year, we have successfully lured millions of dollars in new investment and hundreds of new jobs to our city, we have started construction on a new arena that will transform our downtown and create a better future for all, and, through all this, we are managing better and smarter by doing more with less as we continue to provide the city services people come to expect.  I am very optimistic about our community and want to continue to lead it into the future.”

Bayh to announce retirement

Eyewitness News has confirmed that Sen. Evan Bayh will announce his retirement Monday.

Eyewitness News has confirmed that Sen. Evan Bayh will announce his retirement Monday.

Sen. Bayh will hold a news conference at 2:00 pm Monday at the IUPUI University Place Conference Center and Hotel in Indianapolis.

MSNBC, The Washington Post and The Indianapolis Star report that Bayh will not seek re-election. Eyewitness News also confirmed the report independently.

Bayh has held his seat since 1998.

Former Sen. Dan Coats, a Republican, has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the seat in 2010. A recent poll put Bayh 20 points ahead of Coats.

Miami perks…

WTHR’s crew grabs a bite to eat the night before the big game…

Okay, so Miami is looking pretty good right now at 72 and sunny. I don’t wish I was there working 18-hour days like our crew is right now, but I wouldn’t mind going for a vacay sometime.

WTHR sports director enjoys a meal the night before the Super bowl.
WTHR sports director enjoys a meal the night before the Super bowl.