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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Indiana

A trailblazing African-American basketball player who grew up in the segregated South. A virtuoso musician who contributed several tunes to the Great American Songbook. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who changed the way war correspondents work, and died on the frontlines doing it. An author who wrote one of the most popular series of novels for young people in history.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hoosier Tavis Smiley shares lessons from his life

Yesterday, we shared a biographical sketch of Indiana University alum Tavis Smiley, who recently released the book “50 for Your Future: Lessons from Down the Road.” Written the year he turned 50, his goal for the book was to help younger readers find an authentic life without falling prey to common pressures caused by one’s own ego or modern society.

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BTN LiveBIG: Black history and the Big Ten

The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality.

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BTN LiveBIG: Scoring 'B1G' in innovation rankings

The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.

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BTN LiveBIG: Living 'B1G' in 2015

When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hoosier QB Nate Sudfeld makes big gains in Bloomington — and Uganda

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Watch Nate Sudfeld's Kickoff Luncheon speech

If you asked Indiana University senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld which one of his career numbers he’s most proud of, he probably wouldn’t say it’s the 4,306 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes or the 60.5 percent completion rate he got in his previous three seasons at the school.

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BTN LiveBIG: Carrying the torch for Hoosier musical heritage

Tyron Cooper wears several hats at Indiana University. As an assistant professor in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Cooper is tasked with academic responsibilities in the classroom. But on top of that, he connects the school’s — and the state’s — rich musical heritage with African-American styles as director of the IU Soul Revue.

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