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.

The Career Center is on the second floor of Lucina Hall. Students can find job referrals, paperwork, career coaching and other resources in this office. amantha Brammer, DN File

How to make use of the Career Center for employment and internships

Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of from when they first come to campus through when they graduate. According to the Career Center’s website, students who use its programs gain exposure to more jobs and land more jobs than competitors from similar universities.

Amazing Joe's restaurant serves a variety of affordable food including burgers, pasta, salads and sandwiches. Michaela Kelley, DN file

Muncie's best menus

Muncie is home to a variety of local restaurants and cafes, each with their own unique atmosphere and signature dishes. Be sure to check out these places at least once in the next four years because each of them have something great to offer. And if you don’t sample these local offerings by the time you graduate, you may want to consider graduate school.

Ball State offers a variety of on-campus employment options for students. During the application process, student career coaches can review resumes and help people find dress clothes for interviews. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Landing a job on campus

Everyone knows looking for a job can be somewhat difficult and time consuming. Luckily, Ball State makes getting a part-time job easy, which allows students to pay off college debt while keeping up with their schoolwork.

Grocery shopping can add up in cost, but taking coupons and a shopping list can help keep the cart from weighing more than your wallet. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

How to save on groceries

Growing up comes with a lot of new experiences — one of them is shopping for groceries. Ever wonder how your family was able to put food on the table? Here are eight tips to save money when buying groceries.

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Meal swipes: Best practices

If you live on campus, you have a meal plan, per your room and board fees. Ball State Dining Services allows one breakfast swipe before 11 a.m. each day and two swipes between 11 a.m. and midnight that can be used together or in separate purchases.

Ball State students and staff may add their pronouns in the self-service banner on their personal Ball State accounts. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Adding pronouns in Ball State software

In June 2021, Ball State’s Information Technology department added the option for students, faculty and staff to add their pronouns to their personal information tabs in the Self-service Banner. Here’s step-by-step directions on how to add your pronouns.

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

Ball State's COVID-19 testing and vaccination policies

Incoming freshmen will have opportunities for many more of the typical college experiences this year as COVID-19 positive test rates are decreasing and vaccines are available for adults across the U.S., but everyone on Ball State’s campus will still have to take action to protect against contracting and spreading COVID-19. To begin the fall 2021 semester, everyone will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

Student legal services can provide help with housing inspection forms or waivers for organization-run events. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Legal help on campus

Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free resource offered to Ball State students with services ranging from criminal to civil law, according to the Ball State website. It can provide students with documents such as roommate agreements and housing inspection forms.

The Health Center can help students experiencing pneumonia, sinus infections, abdominal pain and more. There are several on-campus centers that specialize in specific areas to help students. DN file

What’s the ______ center?

Whether you need help with something academic or have a health issue, Ball State has a variety of centers that can help with almost anything a student may need.

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