Tuesday rundown: National Ernie Pyle Day, #IUBB defeats Iowa, Latinx Thematic Community opens, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”



National Ernie Pyle Day

Sens. Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, announced Monday a resolution to designate Aug. 3, 2018, National Ernie Pyle Day. Ernie Pyle was a journalism student at IU and was a war correspondent during World War II. IU Archives Buy Photos

Sens. Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, announced a resolution Monday to designate Aug. 3, 2018 National Ernie Pyle Day. Young said in a statement that the designated day will ensure Pyle's contributions to the state and nation will be honored. Read more here.


#IUBB defeats Iowa

Senior forward Collin Hartman passes the ball against the University of Indianapolis during an exhibition game Nov. 5 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Hartman and IU defeated Iowa 77-64 Monday night for IU's first Big Ten Conference win. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos

Big runs in the first and second half helped IU men’s basketball defeat Iowa 77-64 Monday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The win was IU’s first Big Ten Conference win of the season, and the first conference win for new IU Coach Archie Miller. Read more here.


Latinx Thematic Community opens

Roxane Davila, right, with her daughter Aura Canuto, second from right, and sister Serena Davila, third from right, listen to a speaker during the ribbon cutting for the Luis Davila Latinx Thematic Learning Community. Although Luis Davila is dead, his two daughters and granddaughter came to represent him. Lydia Gerike Buy Photos

Sunday’s ribbon cutting for the new Luis Davila Latinx Thematic Community invited floor residents, Latinx leaders and the Davila family to help honor the life of the former IU professor. Davila, who died two years ago, was a leader who created the Chicano-Riqueño Studies Program that is dedicated to the study of Puerto Rican, Chicano and other Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. Read more here.


“The Last Night of Ballyhoo”

Felix Merback, as Joe Farkas, and Adam Crowe, as Adolph Freitag, react to news of Hitler's advance into Poland in the performance of "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." The show, put on by the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, will show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 7 and 9 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” begins with a main character, Lala, setting a star atop a Christmas tree while singing the Christmas hymn, “The First Noel.” A minor conflict ensues between members of the Freitag family in reference to the star. 

Some desire to keep up appearances in their Christian neighborhood while others find it unnecessary. No clear decision is reached, and the star persists. Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” runs at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center from Dec. 2 to 10. Read more here.

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