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Two years ago, Muncie Community Schools was on the brink of financial collapse. In 2018, Muncie Community Schools received a D grade from the Indiana Department of Education. and was placed under an emergency order from the state when Ball State University and a handful of legislators crafted a controversial plan to step in, setting the stage for a new kind of public school system.
Ball State University President Geoff Mearns revealed tentative plans and dates for postponed commencement ceremonies in a campus-wide email announcement Wednesday.
Ball State University and its appointed school board are not planning on seeking an extension on a June 2020 deadline to present a new strategic plan for Muncie Community Schools.
Ball State Men’s Swimming and diving (2-4, 1-1 MAC) competed in the Mid-American Conference Championship meet this weekend. This was the final event of the season for the Cardinals, and they finished the season by setting six new school records and placing fourth out of five teams.
Ball State Men’s Basketball (17-13, 10-7 MAC) hosted Central Michigan (13-17, 6-11 MAC) in its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday. With emotions running high as the Ball State honored its seniors, the Cardinals held a Chippewas team, that was averaging nearly 80 points per game, to less than 70 points in an 85-68 win.
Ball State Women’s Swimming and Diving (5-6, 1-3 MAC) descended on Buffalo, New York, for the Mid-American Conference Championships Wednesday. The MAC has been a tough trip for the Cardinals in recent years. Last season, Ball State only scored points in eight events. This year, the Cardinals struggled, placing eighth out of eight teams. However, the team showed improvements over last year’s effort.
Trust makes it possible to rely on one another to do what is right, even when nobody is watching. Togetherness makes it easier to reach out for help when it is needed. These are two characteristics of Ball State Track and Field.
Normally, a trip to Florida this time of year is meant for relaxation, but not for Ball State Softball (5-5, 0-0 MAC), as it played five games over the weekend, ending the road trip at the Jacksonville/North Florida Challenge with three wins.
Ball State Women’s Tennis (6-1, 0-0 MAC) took to the court looking to extend a four-match win streak against Oakland (3-2, 0-0 Horizon League) Sunday. Carrying their momentum forward, the Cardinals snapped the Golden Grizzlies’ three-match win streak in a 7-0 win.
Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-3, 0-0 MIVA) took a three-set sweep of Daemen (3-5, 0-0 IVA) Saturday, but final results are not always indicative of how closely a match was played.
Ball State headed north to South Bend, Indiana, for what was statistically its toughest competition of the year: a quad meet with No. 19/21 Notre Dame, Michigan State and Indiana State.
Ball State Gymnastics had spent the better part of the first month of the season on the road, traveling to Iowa and Pittsburgh for its first two meets. On Sunday, the team was able to take the floor at the friendly confines of Worthen Arena and come out with a win, taking first place with a score of 194.200.
Ball State’s streak of three consecutive wins in dual meets came to an end Saturday after falling to MAC foe Ohio, 188.5-110.5.
The stands at Lewellen Aquatic Center were as full as they had been all season, as the Cardinals took to the pool to face in-state rival Indiana State on Senior Day.
Ball State’s swimming and diving teams had been out of action for over a month. Despite the long layoff, there were minimal signs of rust, as the Cardinals beat Mid-American Conference rival Toledo, 194-104.
The Ball State swimming and diving teams returned from their midseason break to their biggest test to date: the 26th annual Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. The teams set many personal bests, as both men and women finished in third place.
It was a tale of two halves for Ball State Men’s Basketball (4-3, 0-0 MAC). The Cardinals set a school record for 3-pointers made against Howard Saturday with 21. Tuesday, Ball State managed to make only 21 shots in total in a 69-62 loss to Western Illinois (2-4, 0-0 Summit).
Matt Sharp is a senior journalism major and is a reporter for The Daily News. His views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Ball State’s swimming and diving teams took to the pool Saturday in a co-ed meet against Grand Valley State. The women were victorious, 197-103, and the men fell to the Lakers, 187.5-112.5.
Ball State Swimming and Diving had a full schedule this weekend. Both the men’s and women’s teams had two meets this weekend.