Music for All Summer Symposium camp was held on campus from June 26- July 1. High school band and orchestra students came from all over the country to participate in different divisions such as concert band, jazz, marching band, orchestra, percussion, color guard, and drum majors. Reagan Allen // DN
All artistic ability was left at the door during Bad Art Night hosted by the Muncie Public Library and Cornerstone Center for the Arts at the Maring-Hunt Library on June 29. Guests were given canvases to decorate with paint, magazine scraps and construction paper to create the worst piece of artwork.
This is the first year Summer Learning Fun has been offered at Camp Adventure and it allows Ball State education majors to earn two core classes teaching first and second graders outside a classroom. The Ball State student’s goal was to create science and reading lessons that would help the elementary students continue to learn but not make them feel like they were still in school. Reagan Allen // DN
There was a line out the door at the Muncie Animal Shelter on June 23 as people waited to see dogs and cats up for adoption. The shelter is offering $5 adoptions Friday and Saturday in hopes to give over 300 animals new homes.
The construction of the Schmidt/Wilson Halls are nearing completion as construction workers bring in the remaining furniture to have it prepared for incoming students in the 2017-18 academic year.
A part of the Circle City IN Pride week, the Cadillac Barbie Parade was held on Massachusetts Avenue on June 10. People from all over the Indianapolis area filled the streets to see the colorful floats made by local businesses and organizations. The parade featured over 100 different floats lasting over two hours.
The LaFollette Complex began coming down on June 7 with the demolition of the north section of the northeast tower. The $3.4 million demolition project started June 1 and will continue through August 10 to make room for new residence halls planned for the north side of campus.
The 14th annual Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest came to Morrow's Meadow in Yorktown on June 6. Colts players Adam Vinatieri and Robert Turbin along with Colts cheerleaders came for signings.
The first Foodie Friday was held at Canan Commons downtown on June 2. The weekly event featured food from Fire and Brimstone Wood Fired Pizza and Three Bears Concessions with children's activities sponsored by The Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Public Library and YMCA.
Geoffrey S. Mearns began his first day as Ball State's 17th president with a tour through campus led by student tour guides, Diamonds Holsey and Jonathan Wallisch. The tour allowed Mearns to visit important places around campus and interact with students and faculty.
Volunteers started painting the side of the Mark III Taproom on May 13 as part of the On the Mark, For the City mural project created by the We're Trying Collective. The mural will illustrate the Muncie community's acceptance and support for all people. Reagan Allen // DN
Ball State Spring Commencement took place on May 6 in John E. Worthen Arena.
The Mamma Mia Farewell Tour performed at John R. Emens Auditorium on May 3. The famous Broadway classic was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson.
Hundreds gathered in Garfield Park in Indianapolis on May 1 to show the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.
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GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai, an award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai, performs on May 1 at John R. Emens Auditorium. The group showcased ancient drums and performed authentic drum movements that dated back to Emperors of Chinese Dynasties with a taste of contemporary movements.
The Brazilian Ensemble performs on May 1 at John J. Pruis Hall. The coordinator of the Ensemble was Bruno Carera, a doctoral assistant who arranged the music.
Sophomore redshirt walk-on Roman Baisa honors his late brother and best friend, Leon, by wearing a bracelet around his right wrist with the words "In Memory of Leon W. Baisa," and by writing the initials "LB3" on his bat, mit, batting gloves and wrist tape for every game. Roman's older brother was killed in a car accident the night before Thanksgiving in 2010.
Studio Exhale hosted Yoga with Goats at the Muncie Animal Shelter on April 27. Guests were able to pet goats while practicing yoga to raise money for the shelter.
Students were given the opportunity to enjoy games, inflatables, free shirts, a free showing of the Disney movie Moana and more at the annual Ball State Bash on the DeHority Lawn on April 27. The event was sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, Ball State Dining and several of the Ball State residence hall councils.
Sophomore redshirt walk-on Roman Baisa honors his late brother and best friend, Leon, by wearing a bracelet around his right wrist with the words "In Memory of Leon W. Baisa," and by writing the initials "LB3" on his bat, mit, batting gloves and wrist tape for every game. Roman's older brother was killed in a car accident the night before Thanksgiving in 2010. Grace Ramey // DN