Photo Illustration: Olivia Ground
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The Faces Behind Gray Divorce: Divorce rates among long-term marriages are increasing

A study by the Department of Sociology at Bowling Green State University reports that 36% of United States adults getting divorced in 2019 are 50 or older. In 1990, only 8.7% of divorces in the U.S. occurred among adults aged 50 or older. Researchers theorize that this massive increase is due to changing views across generations, the financial stability of women, and incompatibility. 



Illustration by Meghan Holt
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Toys We Miss

The 2000s were a time of rapid tech innovation.Instead of classic flip phones, our cell phones became sleek, small touch-screen computers. Bluetooth earpieces dominated the business world. USB flash drives made data storage easier than ever. Digital pets could keep you company from the comfort of your pocket. Toys became more intelligent.


Illustration by Alex Bracken
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Bedside Burnout

Growing up, Kadee Klafka, registered nurse, always wanted to help others. She always imagined herself in healthcare and always had a curiosity for medicine.


Illustration by Meghan Holt
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How to Catch a Catfish

Looking back, Bridget Cardno said she suspected it.  Online dating was easier for her due to her shyness, and she said the person she was talking to was “sweet.” Going to the lake and hanging out, she wanted a long-term relationship, and she said she thought the person she was interacting with was a good guy.



Fruits and vegetables in a cooler a 3 Hermanos Supermarket in Muncie, Ind. April 16, 2023. J. Doudt
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Un negocio familiar

On a typical Saturday afternoon, the parking lot near 3 Hermanos Supermarket off of Wheeling Avenue in Muncie can be seen filled with people and cars. Music can be heard from open windows of trucks, and people scatter in and out of the small market, either joining or leaving the line that’s formed down the center of the store.



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Saying Yes to The Dress

Lexi Hubenak says she was never really a crier. She didn’t believe in getting emotional over a piece of clothing and used to think people who did were overdramatic, until she found her wedding dress. 


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Boutiques and Embroidery

When Ball State sophomore Emma Schneider launched her own fashion apparel company Reflections Boutique two years ago, she had a specific vision in mind — for people to look in the mirror and love the reflection they see, feeling confident from the inside out.  


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Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve

Right off of Ball State University’s campus sits a small strip of shops. When you scan the stores in this strip, commonly referred to by students as “The Village,” there are bookstores, bars, and pizza joints. But, above a café, lies a hidden gem: Body Language Tattoo. 






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