State of the Schools event takes place May 8 at Southside Middle School. Andrew Berger, DN

Community Celebrates Hopeful Future for Muncie Schools at State of the Schools

Community members, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) faculty and Ball State University faculty gathered at Southside Middle School May 8 for the first inaugural “State of the Schools” event. The occasion, which featured a buffet and live music, marked the first open community meeting to discuss the 2018 partnership between MCS and Ball State.

Drag performer Celeste Rife strikes a pose during their performance April 5 at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Rife performed twice during the night.  Andrew Berger, DN

With limited performance opportunities in Muncie, local drag artists bond through mutual support

After spending the day cutting hair for those who find themselves in his salon chair, Chandler Skye heads out for the evening, but he doesn’t return straight home. Instead, he heads to the venue of his next show and finds himself onstage with a full face of makeup, a wig and an eye-catching outfit. In front of the audience, he is no longer known as Chandler Skye. In his shift from the hair salon to the stage, he becomes Aura Aurora, a well-known Muncie drag queen.