Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas poses for a photo in Sursa Performance Hall after an interview with Associate Professor of Journalism Gabriel Tait, Sept. 20, 2021. Thomas graduated from Ball State in 2012 and has since been awarded a Grammy and an Academy Award for song "Fight For You" in the film "Judas and the Black Messiah." Rylan Capper, DN.

Grammy and Academy award winner Tiara Thomas reflects on her career success

Tiara Thomas started teaching herself how to play guitar at the age of 12. She took her guitar with her to school, telling her classmates she would win a Grammy one day before she knew how to play the instrument. At the 63rd annual Grammy Awards earlier this year, Thomas proved her 12-year-old self and her classmates right.



Toni Werner sits at a desk at Warm a Heart ministry in Waterloo. Werner is a 1999 Ball State alumna who taught for 23 years before becoming director of the ministry. Warm a Heart ministry, Photo Courtesy
NEWS

Ball State alumna becomes ministry director

For Toni Werner, teaching was what she was meant to do with her life. After getting her degree in elementary education from Ball State in 1999, Werner spent 23 years teaching in an elementary school for DeKalb Central Schools.



Ball State University quaterback, Drew Plitt, reviews his passing options against Western Illinois on September 2nd, 2021 at Scheumann Stadium. Kyle Atkisson, DN
FOOTBALL

3 takeaways from Ball State's loss to Wyoming

Ball State Football has a losing record for the first time since 2019, as they fell to Wyoming 45-12. The Cardinals could never find a rhythm, as they fell into a 31-0 halftime deficit. The second half was closer, but Wyoming still had the edge and ultimately won the game. 


NEWS

Sister Cindy's controversial sermon at Ball State drew hundreds of viewers to the Quad

TikTok star and viral sensation “Sister Cindy” Smock visited Ball State Friday afternoon to spread her message to the student body. With a Bible in one hand, a sign reading “Slut Shaming Time” in the other and wearing a shirt emblazoned with the message “Be a ho no mo,” Smock spent almost four hours on campus preaching her signature brand of evangelical Christianity. 




Archived newspapers are sprawled out for a photo. The freedom of the press has allowed newspapers to run for more than 230 years. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy
OPINION

OUR VIEW: Founding Our Freedom

On Sept. 17, 1787 — 234 years ago today — the Constitution was created. However, that was just the beginning for what has since become the document that has allowed student journalists like us to have the voices we have now.


WEATHER

Hot weekend ahead

Assistant Chief Weather Forecaster Natalie Fitzpatrick talks about the hot weekend ahead, more Fall like temperatures next week, and a possible soggy start to Fall.







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