Indiana University Northwest announced Wednesday that it will postpone a Friday, Sept. 19, performance by Chicago native and acclaimed spoken-word artist Joe Hernandez-Kolski due to this week’s flooding problems on campus. The show will be rescheduled for a later date.
The decision to postpone the show was made by the Office of Diversity and Equity, which sponsors the Diversity Speakers Series on campus each year. Hernandez-Kolski, who has performed on HBO and who appeared in this summer’s hit Will Smith movie “Hancock,” was the first of this year’s speakers in that series. Details regarding a new date for Hernandez-Kolski’s performance have not been set but will be announced as soon as they are available.
Wednesday’s announcement regarding the Sept. 19 show was made independently of any decision regarding the campus status for Thursday, Sept. 18. All classes at the Gary campus and Portage Instructional Site were canceled Wednesday -- although the Academic Learning Center in Merrillville was open for classes -- and campus operations were suspended as university personnel continued working to relieve flooding issues related to the weekend’s heavy rainfall. Information regarding IU Northwest’s operational status for Thursday was expected to be released later in the day.
As of Tuesday evening, parking lots and some areas of campus were still flooded with anywhere from a few inches to a few feet of floodwater, and Physical Plant employees were trying to pump water out of the mechanical room of one building, Raintree Hall. Several other buildings had taken water in their basements.
IU Northwest closures are being determined on a day-to-day basis, with announcements being made as soon as possible on the previous day. Students, faculty and staff may check the IU Northwest home page and their campus email for alerts and updates. Voice and text messages also will be sent through IU Notify.