Campus involvement: Apart from academics, it is also important to be involved in campus organizations

<p><strong>Madeline Grosh, DN</strong></p>

Madeline Grosh, DN

While the COVID-19 pandemic might have canceled some in-person events and drastically reduced face-to-face interaction between students, you can still get involved in student organizations virtually until things get back to normal.

Here are some major student organizations on campus students need to be aware of:

  1. Big Four:
    The Big Four refers to the four largest multicultural organizations on Ball State’s campus -  Asian American Student Association, Black Student Association, Latinx Student Union and Spectrum, the campus LGBTQ+ organization. These organizations host events like the Unity Pageant, Latinxpalooza, the semi-annual drag show and more.

    During the fall these organizations will play a critical role in contributing to a student’s sense of belonging. They will be making noticeable modifications to their operations and events while still preserving important traditional events and keeping students, staff, and alumni safe.
  2. SGA:
    Ball State’s Student Government Association (SGA) helps represent the student body’s voice to the university administration. From funding small events and projects to hosting speakers and other student organizations - this organization helps the student body in small ways when it can. 

Being the student representatives in the university governance process, SGA will work closely with their adviser and university leaders during the pandemic to maintain their operation and function with appropriate modifications to mitigate the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

  1. UML:
    The Unified Media Lab is the home of several student-run campus media organizations. There’s something for nearly every type of interest you have: work for a newspaper at The Daily News, write for a magazine with Ball Bearings, report for the county’s only TV news station with NewsLink Indiana, cover entertainment news with Byte magazine and so much more. These organizations aren’t restricted to students from any particular majors and are open for anyone to join at any capacity. While in-person opportunities might be limited during the pandemic, these organizations provide plenty of opportunities for interested students to work remotely.

Other organizations:
Obviously, there are a lot more organizations that the ones mentioned above that deal with different interests students might have - religious, political, academic, club sports and more. More information about these organizations can be found on Ball State’s Benny Link website. Contact the organizations directly to find out more about changes to their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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