Wednesday rundown: "It's a Wonderful Life," IUSD take on the Irish, BFC talks classrooms, solar energy

"It's a Wonderful Life"

Cast members perform in "It's a Wonderful Life." The opera will run at the Musical Arts Center on November 10, 11, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Marlie Bruns Buy Photos

From the TV screen to the stage, George Bailey is helping angels get their wings in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be performed from November 10-17 at the Musical Arts Center. Tickets start at $12 for students. Read more here.

IUSD take on the Irish

Ali Khalafalla, IU junior freestyle and backstroke swimmer, leaps into the pool for the 200-yard medley relay against Louisville last season. Khalafalla, along with the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, will have his first home meet of the season this Thursday afternoon.  Victor Grössling Buy Photos

For the first time this season, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in Bloomington. Thursday afternoon’s meet against Notre Dame and Cincinnati offers both IU teams a chance to compete against ranked Fighting Irish squads, while the IU men’s team will also put its undefeated record on the line. Read more here.

BFC talks classrooms

Bloomington Faculty Council past president Rebecca Spang discusses how changes to the BFC structure are fairly new. The next BFC meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Presidents Hall. Matt Rasnic Buy Photos

Parliamentarian Elizabeth Housworth presented a resolution at Tuesday’s Bloomington Faculty Council meeting supporting Provost Lauren Robel’s plan to repurpose Woodburn 100 from a classroom to a gallery or public lecture space.

Housworth said many students had expressed discomfort because of the Benton Murals, and the resolution is acknowledging the concerns. The mural, "Parks, the Circus, the Klan, the Press," depicts Indiana history which includes a small portion with members of the Ku Klux Klan. 

“The Bloomington Faculty resolves to be mindful of creating inclusive learning environments for all Indiana University students,” the policy said. Read more here.

Solar energy 

LifeDesigns, located at Winslow Road and Walnut Street Pike, provides services and support to people with disabilities across southern Indiana. Its group home for disabled Bloomington residents will be outfitted with $14,600 in solar panels by the end of 2017, thanks to a grant provided by Duke Energy. Emily Eckelbarger Buy Photos

A group home for disabled Bloomington residents is about to get a little sunnier, thanks to a grant provided by Duke Energy. The home will be outfitted with $14,600 worth of solar panels by 2017. The grant is set up by a program designed to provide a total of $400,000 of solar panels to low-income residents and nonprofits helping low-income Indiana communities. Read more here.

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