Feb. 1, 2017

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To Interim President Terry King, the Board of Trustees, the university administration and community,

During our time at Ball State, we found safety in fellow students as well as faculty members in their commitment to inclusivity. We were challenged to think from other perspectives, to learn the ways of different communities, and to stand against any injustice.

The University proudly touts its diverse student groups, such as Spectrum, the Black Student Association, the Asian American Student Association, the Latino Student Union and the Muslim Student Association. It strives for accessibility by going beyond Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also ensures a commitment to the environment by being LEED certified and highlights innovation in the field with its geothermal energy system.

Yet Ball State has remained silent or vague in the face of all that threatens these efforts, from the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, and now the shameful executive order of the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees as well as temporary bans on people with visas from the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

It is not enough to write a short, vague statement on the “immigration issue.” It is not satisfactory to put the onus on the community by stating the University is there for those "who might feel particularly vulnerable" when, indeed, this is more than just paranoia.

Not once does the statement mention:

  • what the “issue” is
  • Muslims
  • the University’s opinion on the ban
  • how the ban goes against Ball State values (as seen in the Beneficence Pledge under “pledge to act in a socially responsible way” and “pledge to value the intrinsic worth of every member of the community”)

While it is necessary and welcomed that the University would direct people toward the fine staff at the Rinker Center, a public institution made strong by thousands of people from various backgrounds needs to do more.

How will the administration help those who are now vulnerable? Will the University comply with federal orders, or will it stand tall in its sacred commitment to students and faculty by offering a sanctuary campus?

Ball State had a chance to comfort its community, and to make its alumni proud, by issuing a clear message that the University upholds values in the higher-education realm to protect its community. It could have released a strong statement, such as the rebukes from the leaders of Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Earlham College.

There is still time for Ball State to properly reassure a true commitment to an inclusive campus. Though it pains us to say, not one dime will go toward our alma mater until it proves it is better than the statement issued Jan. 29, 2017.

We implore all those in power to do better. Lives depend on it. 

Respectfully,

ALYSSA VILLABLANCA, CLASS OF 2014 

ANDREW MISHLER, CLASS OF 2013 

KELLY DICKEY, CLASS OF 2013

ADAM BAUMGARTNER, CLASS OF 2015 

STEVEN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2015 

JOSEPH JACKSON, CLASS OF 2013 

MARCUS BINGHAM, CLASS OF 2014 

CAITLIN BARTNIK, CLASS OF 2013 

MAXINE WALLACE, CLASS OF 2015

TREMAINE TAYLOR-TILLERY, CLASS OF 2013 

ELLIE ATCHLEY, CLASS OF 2015

JOHN ELLIS, CLASS OF 2013 

ASHLEY DYE, CLASS OF 2015 

EMILY RODRIGUEZ, CLASS OF 2014 

DANNY DELANEY, CLASS OF 2015 

GRAHAM BECHER, CLASS OF 2013 

SHELLEY SHEKELL, CLASS OF 2013

GREGORY COULTER, CLASS OF 2013 

SETH JOHNSON, CLASS OF 2013 

RACHEL LUEBCKE, CLASS OF 2013 

JONATHAN MIKSANEK, CLASS OF 2015 

CALEB GREEN, CLASS OF 2010 & 2014 

ANDREA WATTS, CLASS OF 2012 

MICHELLE JOHNSON, CLASS OF 2013

WILLIAM AARON KELLY, CLASS OF 2013 

ELIZABETH HIBBLER, CLASS OF 2013 

EMILY THEIS, CLASS OF 2014

MATT GIBSON, CLASS OF 2006 

JASON PICKELL, CLASS OF 2016 

TAYLOR FIRESTINE, CLASS OF 2015 

JAMES NAUYOKAS, CLASS OF 2013 

ERIN STEVENS, CLASS OF 2015 

ELYSIA SMITH, CLASS OF 2013 

JENNA WALTERS, CLASS OF 2014 

NATALIE SACHS, CLASS OF 2016

JESSICA PETTENGILL, CLASS OF 2015 

SHARON HERNANDEZ, CLASS OF 2012 

SHELBY SANDERS, CLASS OF 2014 

EMILY SANDERS, CLASS OF 2014

ZOE RUSSELL, CLASS OF 2016 

RYAN HOWE, CLASS OF 2014

STEPHANIE MEREDITH, CLASS OF 2013 

FRANK GENGO, CLASS OF 2016

SAM CONDON, CLASS OF 2015 

ASHLEY COX, CLASS OF 2014 

AIDAN FEAY, CLASS OF 2016 

NATALIE GUYON, CLASS OF 2015 

JOHN KING, CLASS OF 1999 & 2004

CASSANDRA MARTIN, CLASS OF 2014 

DANIEL EDWARDS, CLASS OF 2015 

HEIDI GIBSON, CLASS OF 2006

EMMA FLYNN, CLASS OF 2016

KAYLA CRECELIUS, CLASS OF 2007 & 2009 

BRANDON WILHELM, CLASS OF 2016 

JORDAN ALANE HUFFER, CLASS OF 2015 

REBECCA WOLFLEY, CLASS OF 2015 

BRIAN WEISS, CLASS OF 2014

SPENCER SOKOL, CLASS OF 1999 

JESSICA HOWEY, CLASS OF 2014 

STEPHANIE WYATT, CLASS OF 2014 

FATEMEH HAJIZADEH, CLASS OF 2014 

KYLE HAYES, CLASS OF 2012 & 2013 

GRANT EBERT, CLASS OF 2015 

CHRISTIONA DARRIS, CLASS OF 2014 

RACHEL ODA, CLASS OF 2015

CHRIS BEAMAN, CLASS OF 2015 

RACHEL STENGER, CLASS OF 2015 

SARAH GILBERT, CLASS OF 2015 

JESSICA NICKEL, CLASS OF 2015 

DAVID NICKEL, CLASS OF 2014 

VALERIE THORNBURG, CLASS OF 2015 

CYNTHIA NESBIT, CLASS OF 2014 

NOLAN MARKER, CLASS OF 2012 

NATE KISTLER, CLASS OF 2015 

JEREMY FLICK, CLASS OF 2013 & 2016 

NICHOLAS FAVELA, CLASS OF 2015 

CHAYLEE BROCK, CLASS OF 2013

BRITTANY LEEANN COLLINS, CLASS OF 2014 

SADEQ MALAKOOTI, CLASS OF 2015

FELICIA KEEN, CLASS OF 2016 

MADISON R JONES, CLASS OF 2013

MICHAEL RUSSELL, CLASS OF 2013 

STEPHANIE TARRANT, CLASS OF 2013 

BRIANA BROWN, CLASS OF 2011 

CHANTELLE HEFER, CLASS OF 2013 

KENTON OWEN III, CLASS OF 2014 

ROSS PIERSON, CLASS OF 2014 

MORGAN APRILL, CLASS 2015 & 2017 

BRAYDEN BRIDGEMAN, CLASS OF 2014 

DANIEL BROUNT, CLASS OF 2016

CLARA HARMONY RESLER, CLASS OF 2014 

TYLER NORAGON, CLASS OF2014

ROBERT BROOKS, CLASS OF 2016 

CARLI HENDERSHOT, CLASS OF 2016 

BRIANNA BECK, CLASS OF 2013

AZIA ELLIS-SINGLETON, CLASS OF 2014 

RIANNE LYNETTE HALL, CLASS OF 2014 

CHRISTINE HURST, CLASS OF 2014 

VERONICA SIPE, CLASS OF 2014

TOREE C. PETERS, CLASS OF 2014 

CHARLOTTE SIPE, CLASS OF 2015 

JORDYN PRICE, CLASS OF 2014 

AHLIAH BRATZLER, CLASS OF 2012 

SABRINA ARROYO, CLASS OF 2015 

NICOLE MANSFIELD, CLASS OF 2015 

KELBY SANKEY, CLASS OF 2014 

TANNER DEISCH, CLASS OF 2013 

EMMALIE HODGE, CLASS OF 2017 

ZOHREH AMOOZGAR, CLASS OF 2007 

NATALYA MEZENINA, CLASS OF 2016 

JILLIAN SIMMONS, CLASS OF 2015 

VIVIAN EDWARDS, CLASS OF 2017 

KELLIN CARTER, CLASS OF 2016 

AMANDA MEYER, CLASS OF 2013 

ANNE HABEN, CLASS OF 2013

JACK SMITH, CLASS OF 2015 & 2016 

RYAN COLE, CLASS OF 2013

R. AARON WEBSTER, CLASS OF 2014 & 2016 

BRADY MARTIN, CLASS OF 2017

SKYLER BLEVINS, CLASS OF 2015 

MITCHELL MCLAUGHLIN, CLASS OF 2015 

TREVOR D. OAKERSON, CLASS OF 2013 

HUNTER R. LAMBRIGHT, CLASS OF 2013 

NATALIE M STRZOK, CLASS OF 2014 

SAMARIA M. CHICAS, CLASS OF 2012 & 2017 

STEVEN A. WALSH, CLASS OF 2013

RACHEL PODNAR, CLASS OF 2016

BRIANNA KIRKHAM, CLASS OF 2016 

JOHN HESSER, CLASS OF 2016 

KEVIN C. JEWETT, CLASS OF 2016 

BRYAN KUBEL, CLASS OF 2016 

MIRANDA CARNEY, CLASS OF 2016 

BRIDGET BETANCES, CLASS OF 2015 

JESSIKA ZACHARY, CLASS OF 2016 

SAIGE DRIVER, CLASS OF 2015 

SARAH REASON, CLASS OF 2016

BREANNA BRENNEMAN, CLASS OF 2013 

MARC SCHUTZ, CLASS OF 2014 

STEPHANIE REDDING, CLASS OF 2015 

TARA OLIVERO, CLASS OF 2014

ADAM GULLA, CLASS OF 2014 

NOELLE GULLA, CLASS OF 2014 

MALLORY BEATY, CLASS OF2015

NICOLE WILBER, CLASS OF 2014 & 2016 

JONATHAN KNIGHT (SWINDLE), CLASS OF 2013 

ADAM BAILEY, CLASS OF 2013

MICHAEL UEHLEIN, CLASS OF 2010 

ANNABELLA ORTIZ, CLASS OF 2014 

ALYSSA VANSKYOCK, CLASS OF 2016 

ALLISON NIMTZ, CLASS OF 2010 

JOHN HOTTLE, CLASS OF 2009 & 2010

MEGAN ROCHE, CLASS OF 2012 & 2017 

COURTNEY GIRT, CLASS OF 2013 

KYLE FLOOD, CLASS OF 2009

BRITTNI KNOX, CLASS OF 2015 

KANYINSOLA AJAYI, CLASS OF 2016 

LAWRENCE MATOVINA, CLASS OF 2012 

SAMANTHA WRIGHT BALES, CLASS OF 2010

ALISON ZUIDERVLIET BROWN, CLASS OF 2007 

TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ, CLASS OF 2006 

DELANI WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2015

KAITLIN JEWETT, CLASS OF 2014

SEAN C. SMITH, CLASS OF 1998 & 2001 

MEGANNE WHEELER, CLASS OF 2014 & 2016 

MELANIE BLEVINS, CLASS OF 2015

BENJAMIN PEARSON, CLASS OF 2015 

JACOB CAIL, CLASS OF 2016

DAVE KENNEDY, CLASS OF 2003 

MATTHEW MONTEMAYOR, CLASS OF 2017 

RAYMOND GARCIA, CLASS OF 2016 

REBECCA PENN, CLASS OF 2014 & 2016 

KAIT MAHL, CLASS OF 2017

TIMOTHY EBERHARDT, CLASS OF 2014

PAUL SYMONS, CLASS OF 2008 

HAYLEY ANDREWS, CLASS OF 2015 

HALEY WISELY, CLASS OF 2014 

ELIZABETH JONES, CLASS OF 2016 

KYLE JONES, CLASS OF 2016 

GEORGIANA SOFLETEA, CLASS OF 2018 

LUKE BONVILLIAN, CLASS OF 2016

ALI MARKUS, CLASS OF 2014 

BEN SLIGHTOM, CLASS OF 2018 

BRITTNEY PERRY, CLASS OF 2013 

MAI NGUYEN, CLASS OF 2013 

JESSICA SWIM, CLASS OF 2015 

ANNA HOOKER, CLASS OF 2017

KATHERINE CORBIN, CLASS OF 2015 

DREW FARRINGTON, CLASS OF 2013 

KYLE ROYSE, CLASS OF 2013 

ASHLEY LANHAM, CLASS OF 2014 

SARAH NEWELL, CLASS OF 2007 

CHRIS BOLINGER, CLASS OF 2013 

TULLY ROLL, CLASS OF 2014 & 2016 

JACOB SLIGER, CLASS OF 2018 

MANDY LOWE, CLASS OF 2001 

MADELYN HESKETT, CLASS OF 2016

FAITH KELLERMEYER, CLASS OF 2015 

ANITA J BROWN, CLASS OF 2006 

DANIEL PARISH CLASS OF 2012 

CHANEIGH CARR, CLASS OF 2013 

LISA CRAFT, CLASS OF 2006

CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL, CLASS OF 2002 & 2004 

JUSTIN HOGLE, CLASS OF 2008

JACQUELINE S. DAVIS, CLASS OF 2000 & 2012 

JESSICA A. ROARK, CLASS OF 2005, 2008 & 2018

ALEX M. BEEMAN, CLASS OF 2009

ASHLEY B. WIGGINS, CLASS OF 2010