Mike Stetzel, back middle, poses with his family at his cousin's wedding Oct. 9, 2018. This photo was taken after Stetzel had already had his new kidney for almost 3 years. Mike Stetzel, Photo Provided.

On the waiting list

A ten-minute phone call saved Mike Stetzel’s life. On the other end, Stetzel’s donor coordinator told him he’d receive the kidney he’d been waiting on for four years to cure his polycystic kidney disease. 

Kim and 4-year-old Marley Farwell, of Stowe, Vt., walk through the greenhouse at Evergreen Gardens of Vermont April 27, 2020, in Waterbury Center, Vt. Monday was the the first day businesses such as greenhouses and garden centers could allow a small number of customers inside as part of Vermont's gradual coronavirus pandemic reopening plan. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

5 national stories of the week

The president urging schools to reopen before summer, the first completely mail-in primary in Ohio, the Supreme Court holding arguments by telephone, a new opportunity for House Democrats to force former a former White House counsel to testify before Congress and easing restrictions in rural United States make up this week’s five national stories.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea April 11, 2020, in Pyongyang. Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul told a closed-door Seoul forum on April 26 that South Korea has “enough intelligence to confidently say that there are no unusual developments” in North Korea that back up speculation about Kim Jong Un's health. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

5 international stories of the week

Rumors about the North Korean leader’s health, nations seeking to reopen their economies amid the pandemic, the fourth Israeli airstrike in Syria in less than a month, effects of the oil price crash in the Middle East and uncertainty surrounding the Olympic Games make up this week’s five international stories.


Chinese students in Ball State get the epidemic prevention "health package"

On April 19 and April 20, the health package distributed by the Chinese Consulate in Chicago arrived at Ball State University. Under the organization of Zi Wang, the president of the Chinese Student Union, and Zicheng Wang, the former president, Chinese students at Ball State University went to collect the epidemic prevention materials such as wipes, KN95 masks, medicines, disposable gloves and so on. These materials were sent by China in order to help overseas students to survive the large-scale epidemic. 


Walmart Next-Day Delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse and worse, and doctors and officials warn it may be dangerous to go out in public. Walmart has a next-day delivery service that can help people get daily necessities in a safe and convenient way.


Extra stress with children at home during this epidemic

There’s no doubt this is a crucial time for family stress to rise considering many people are stuck inside with their families during this quarantine. There’s also no doubt that having young children at home is causing a lot of stress to parents as they are not prepared to watch their kids 24/7. 


Stuck in quarantine, some students take the time to better themselves

COVID-19 continues along, turning a majority of the country into one giant ghost town. The outside may look desolate. For Ball State students who simply cannot return back home, more is happening inside. With more time at home and the freedom to do coursework at any time they please, many people are taking this extra time to either try something new, better themselves, or for Ball State freshman Kaleb Wood, enjoy his hobbies. 

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