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November 22, 2013

FREY: Pyle a leader to keep

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So, it is with great sadness that I come to learn that plans are being made by IU trustees to merge the School of Journalism with the College of Arts and Sciences, doing away all together with the name Ernie Pyle.

In July 2012, IU President Michael A. McRobbie told the Bloomington Times-Herald that “There’s no point in saving a school that trains people to manage fleets of horses if the motorcar has taken over horse-drawn transportation.”

As a graduate of Indiana University, a former resident assistant at Collins Living-Learning Center, and a life member of the IU Alumni Association, I take great offense at McRobbie’s comment. It is both disrespectful and offensive.

There are some things in life that you don’t mess with. Ernie Pyle is one of them.

Any man who donned army fatigues, put himself in harm’s way on the battlefields in Italy and Germany during World War II, and sent stories home about our brave men in combat is just the kind of role model our young journalists need in 2013.

Instead, McRobbie and the trustees want to expunge Pyle’s name from the building itself and IU as a whole.

Shame on them.

Ernie Pyle once said that war had become “a flat, black depression without highlights, a revulsion of the mind and an exhaustion of the spirit.”

The present situation at Indiana Universtiy is just that — a black depression, a revulsion of the mind, and most of all, an exhaustion of the spirit.

Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at alewisfrey@aol.com.

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