Ball State Cardinals redshirt senior quarterback Drew Plitt drops back for a pass in the first half of a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas Dec. 5, 2020, at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The Cardinals beat the Chippewas 45-20. Jacob Musselman, DN

‘Run it Back’

 After last year's success, Ball State Football is entering 2021 with the same exact goal as last season: repeat as Mid-American Conference (MAC) Champions. 

Prepared doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

FDA issues full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Aug. 23, moving it up from it's emergency-use authorization the vaccine has had since Dec. 11, 2020. The Pfizer vaccine is fully authorized for use for citizens ages 16 and older, and still under emergency-use authorization for those older than 12, according to an FDA press release.

Amanda Loper finishes reading her poem on sugar cream pie Jan. 26, 2020, at The Cup. Cuplets at The Cup is a scheduled monthly event in Muncie currently hosted on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor Smith, DN File

Community arts calendar

Being a college town, Muncie has plenty of opportunities for students and community members to create and enjoy the arts together. Here’s a list of upcoming and ongoing events to enjoy the local art and music scene.

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Campus involvement

As campus sees the return of a few more in-person events this fall, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved. Here are some major student organizations on campus students need to be aware of.

Thrift shopping at local stores like Attic Window can help save money on clothes. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Look good on a budget

Living on a college budget can be tricky when it comes to clothes shopping. Here’s a list of thrifty stores to shop at if you’re trying to save some money.

Cast members rehearse Cinderella April 23, 2018 at University Theatre. The Department of Theatre and Dance produces a combination of well-known and niche shows each season. Leslie Gartrell, DN File

Department of Theatre and Dance’s show lineup for the fall 2021 semester

Ball’s State Department of Theatre and Dance always has a packed schedule of performances at each of the three theaters on campus. Chances are, you’ll be required to see a few performances if you take a THEA 100 course. Whether you’re going for class or just for fun, these performances are an affordable form of entertainment for students.

Kristen Olson and Taylor West play Jenga in Charlie Town Sept. 22, 2018, before Ball State played Western Kentucky in football. Charlie Town is a tailgating opportunity, and takes place before every home football game. Eric Pritchett, DN File

Having fun on campus

Although it’s nice to get off campus from time to time, there are several events happening on campus. Some happen every week and others happen once a year. Here’s a list of some on-campus events Ball State has to offer.

North Dining's facility includes down-home barbeque, all-day breakfast and a variety of healthy food options. Rylan Capper, DN File

Best Ball State dining halls ranked

First-year students who live on campus have a meal plan and that means becoming familiar with the dining options Ball State has to offer. The Daily News editors took the time to rank each dining hall so you can stick to the good stuff.

The College of Fine Arts was founded in 1935. It currently houses the David Owsley Museum of Art and its 11,000-piece collection. Samantha Brammer, DN File

Endless Possibilities

Ball State has seven individual colleges, each with their own departments. If you’re looking to change your major or add a minor, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you within the nearly 50 departments, each with their own majors and areas of study to choose from.

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Places to stay in Muncie

Note: COVID-19 might affect availability of amenities and rooms among other things. Prices reflected may vary. Check individually with hotels to confirm prices and details.

Students set up hammocks to relax in the warm weather on Ball State's campus. Hammocking is one of the 50 items to check off the bucket list. Eric Pritchett, DN File

Ball State bucket list

With different events and landmarks accessible all year round, Ball State and Muncie are prime destinations for low-cost activities for everyone to enjoy. Here's a list of 50 bucket list items to complete by the time you graduate.

Making some money can be as easy as donating plasma or selling old clothes. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Alternative ways to make money

On and off-campus jobs aren’t the only ways to make some extra cash while in college. There are plenty of options for those who want more money, but not a full-time job.

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