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Keeping track of IU event, building changes amid COVID-19 pandemic

Editor’s Note: New events are being canceled or postponed every day. We want this list to be as comprehensive as possible, so if you see one we have missed or hear about any changes, please let us know at This list was last updated 6:31 p.m. March 14 to reflect the cancellation of the IU Writers Conference.

News broke in the past few days that a number of college classes and national sporting competitions — from the NCAA March Madness Tournament to the Big Ten Tournament — are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As IU students transition to online classes for two weeks after spring break, a number of IU-related events and competitions have been canceled as well.

The Indiana Daily Student is working on compiling a list of canceled or postponed events here to keep you as up to date as possible. 

IU Auditorium and IU Cinema

The next few weeks of IU Auditorium events, including Laverne Cox, “Waitress” and a conversation with cast members from “Napoleon Dynamite,” are postponed. IU Cinema events until April 7 are all canceled, arts reporter Helen Rummel writes.

IU Bicentennial 

The April 3-4 Beyond Boundaries Indiana Academies Symposium, a signature project of IU’s Bicentennial campaign, in Indianapolis is postponed, according to a Friday evening Tweet from @IUBicentennial.

The event was set to bring together 15 academic societies, according to the event’s website.

Other affected events can be found here.

Big Ten and NCAA

Spring sports are suspended until at least April 6, according to a statement from the Big Ten. All NCAA spring and winter championships, including men’s and women’s March Madness and the College World Series, are canceled as well.

IU softball’s Thursday games were the last contests on the IU athletic calendar, sports reporter Matt Cohen writes. Analysts speculated this year’s March Madness might have been the first time Archie Miller’s team made the competitive tournament.

Bloomington Transit

Bloomington Transit’s 6- and 9-routes will run on their spring break schedule until April 5 when IU students are set to resume classes on campus, according to a March 13 Indiana Public Media article.

Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market 

The March 14 Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market will be canceled, according to a press release. Future market decisions will be decided at a later date.

Boys and Girls Clubs

A number of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington’s events have been affected by COVID-19, according to a March 13 press release. Canceled events include Lemonade Day, which was scheduled for March 28 and an April 4 volunteer call-out session. 

All three clubs — Lincoln Street, Ferguson Crestmont and Ellettsville — will not have programming March 23-27. After this period, the Boys and Girls Clubs will decide whether or not to continue the suspension. Ellettsville will also not have programming March 30 to April 3 and will make a decision on a possible continued suspension after that time. 

In addition to the canceled events, postponed events include the Father Daughter Dance that was scheduled for April 18, the annual club awards ceremony April 30 and SMART Girls, STRONG Women May 14. 

Other events such as an April 18 Alumni and Friends Club and the April 21 and May 5 Cooking Challenges are expected to run as scheduled. 

City of Bloomington

Large gatherings such as the March 25 Women’s History Month luncheon, the March 28 Women’s Leadership Summit and the March 13 Be More Awards will be “rescheduled or restructured,” a March 11 press release from city spokesperson Yael Ksander said. 

Other non-crucial public meetings will generally be postponed. Meetings that do take place will be accessible through public access television and Facebook Live. 

Eskenazi Museum

The Eskenazi Museum of Art will be closed until further notice, arts reporter Michelle Lie writes.

IU Facilities

Campus gyms and child care centers will be closed through April 5, according to a March 13 email from IU President Michael A. McRobbie. Other similar closings include pools, athletic venues and Bradford Woods.

On-campus services such as research labs, academic buildings and libraries will continue to be open unless individual campuses decide otherwise. Campus buses will also continue to run as normal.

Closures on the IU-Bloomington include the Intramural Center, Student Recreational Sports Center, Tennis Center, Woodlawn Fields, Field Complex and Evan Williams Field, according to an @IURecSports tweet.

While IU’s Writing Tutoring Services will not meet in-person during the university’s online classes, tutors will be available through Zoom, according to a Thursday press release.

IU Health

No visitors — with a few exceptions — are allowed at IU Health hospitals beginning March 15, according to a press release. 

One visitor is allowed in the following areas: neonatal intensive care unit, OB/delivery, pediatrics, emergency room, outpatient surgery and Riley Hospital for Children. Two visitors are allowed for end-of-life situations. 

IU Honors Convocation

IU’s Honors Convocation, set for March 29, has been canceled with no plans to reschedule, according to a March 12 email from Provost Lauren Robel.

Hoosier Films Annual Festival

The first Hoosier Films Annual Festival set for March 19-22 is postponed, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater confirmed Thursday afternoon. The event has been rescheduled for Sept. 3-6, arts reporter Michelle Lie writes.

Jacobs School of Music

All performances in the Jacobs School of Music have been canceled March 23 to April 5, coinciding with the dates when all of IU's students will take their classes online, a March 13 statement from the school said. The April 3-5 production of "Cinderella" has been postponed. For more information on canceled events, the statement says to look at Jacobs' events page.

IU musical instruction, rehearsals, performances are paused due to COVID-19 response as well, arts reporters Michelle Lie and Claudia Gonzalez-Diaz write.

Kelley 5K

The Kelley School of Business 5K race was set to run its fifth annual race April 4. It has been canceled and will be scheduled again in spring 2021, Kelley Director of Student Life Trent McGee said.

La Casa/Latino Cultural Center

All events will be canceled until April 6, according to a Friday press release, but the center will still be available during operating hours. 

Little 500

While the men's and women's Little 500 races are still set to happen April 24-25, all practices, qualifications and spring series events have been canceled through April 6.

Qualifications were rescheduled from March 28 to April 11, and a decision about the Little 500 race will be made by April 13, Little 500 beat reporter Tyler Tachman writes.

Mathers Museum and Glenn Black Lab

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archeology will be closed March 14 through April 6, according to a Friday statement from the Mathers Museum. 

Classes scheduled at the Glenn Black Lab will meet April 6 unless IU extends online coursework. 

Monroe County Community School Corporation

All Monroe County Community School Corporation schools and Early Learning Centers will be closed March 13-27 after the administration was informed that "families in the school district have been exposed to others displaying symptoms of COVID-19," reporter Kyra Miller writes.

This includes extracurriculars and practices, except for Indiana High School Athletic Association state contests, according to the release. A Friday IHSAA press release said the boys basketball State Tournament is postponed and Saturday's girls gymnastics state finals will continue with no spectators.

Information on breakfast and lunch services are available on the corporation's website.

Monroe County Public Library

The Monroe County Public Library’s main location on Kirkwood Avenue, its Ellettsville Branch and all other outreach services are closed until April 6, according to a Friday statement from the library.

The library has also canceled public programs and meeting room usage starting March 16. 

During the closure, the main library will offer limited closed-door drive up services noon until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. People who have checked out books are encouraged to keep them past their due date until the library reopens. 

OVPDEMA events

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs has canceled all of its activities until April 6, according to the OVPDEMA website.

This includes: Opening Reception of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month March 27, African American Arts Institute’s Dance Company Spring Concert April 4, and ninth annual Traditional Powwow April 4 and Powwow Pre-Talk April 2.

Study abroad

All IU study abroad programs set to begin on or before May 15 have been canceled, IU President Michael McRobbie said in a March 13 email. Rescheduling is possible, but nothing has yet been decided.

Additionally, all students studying abroad in Europe this semester were encouraged to return to the U.S., according to a March 12 statement from the Office of Overseas Study. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban Wednesday afternoon to most of Europe. Anyone returning from a country under a CDC Level 3 warning must quarantine for two weeks, according to McRobbie's March 13 email.

The IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages summer programs, which include trips abroad for Indiana high school students, has been canceled, according to a Friday Facebook post.

IU Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Performances of "The Servant of Two Masters" scheduled for April 3, 4 and 7 are canceled, according to a March 13 email from IU Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.

Performances for April 8-11 are still scheduled.

Wells Library

A March 26 event discussing stories from IU libraries’ Special Collections will be canceled, according to a March 13 tweet.

IU Writers’ Conference

For the first time since World War II, this summer’s IU Writers’ Conference is canceled, according to a letter from the director of the conference.

2020 Animal Behavior Conference

The IU 2020 Animal Behavior Conference, scheduled for the end of the month, has been canceled, according to the Animal Behavior department website.

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