Third-year Dance major Shanice Caldwell danced at the Black Student Association Unity Pageant Jan. 21 at Pruis Hall. Caldwell was awarded the Miss Unity 2024. Kate Tilbury, DN

Unity Pageant caps off Unity Week

Niecy Caldwell, a third-year dance major, was honored as Miss Unity. Gizelle Smedley, a fourth-year biology and pre-dentistry major, was the first runner-up; and Akailah Shepherd, a fourth-year elementary education major, was the second runner-up.

Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns holds up a 'chirp, chirp' sign with Charlie Cardinal in a YouTube video inside Bracken House. Mearns confirmed in the video, which published Dec. 13, that he had dislocated his left ankle and fractured it in three places over Thanksgiving Break. Ball State Marketing and Communications, courtesy

President Mearns to be in attendance for Board of Trustees Meeting, Commencement despite ankle injury

Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns confirmed Wednesday an ankle injury that he sustained over Thanksgiving break.  "I actually dislocated my left ankle and fractured it in three places playing ping pong with my son in the basement here at Bracken House," Mearns said in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. "The good news is, I am pleased to report I am on the mend."

Don McLean posing for a photo. Mclean is set to give the inaugural performance of the Brown Family Amphitheater Sept. 2 in a free show for the Ball State and Muncie community. 2911 Media, photo provided

Don McLean to open Brown Family Amphitheater with Sept. 2 performance

After having conversations with several community leaders and finding out that Don McLean had an opening on his tour, the mayor of Muncie wanted to bring the “American Pie” singer and songwriter to the city. When he found out that the originally planned venue for the concert, Canan Commons, was already booked with events, he believed that the concert was not going to happen.

President of Nu Chapter of Gamma Rho Lambda Audrey Schockett poses for a photo Oct. 12 next to a tree at Ball State. Grayson Joslin, DN

Knowledge in Diversity

After the struggles of the pandemic, Schockett hopes to attract new members with the values of Gamma Rho Lambda: “Truth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity and strength in trust.”