The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) began as the food stamps program in 1939. Traditionally, students would only be able to receive SNAP benefits if they met certain exceptions, but eligibility has been temporarily expanded to students during the COVID-19 pandemic for those with financial need. Wikimedia Commons, Photo Courtesy
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Ball State community shares resources available for relieving food insecurity

Like most other Americans following the sharp increase of unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lilyana Salazar’s work situations have changed. Salazar, senior biology major, is the executive director of Cardinal Kitchen, which has expanded its operation hours to provide students with food and toiletries as more people rely on food banks and federal assistance to get the help they need.


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Landscape Architecture students bring their skills to Muncie neighborhood

Since its closure in 2017, Halteman Pool has sat empty through seasons of harsh Indiana weather. No more is the neighborhood filled with the sounds of splashing water, lifeguard whistling and kids yelling. Time and weather may have affected the appearances of the pool deck, concession stand and locker rooms, but it has not eroded the neighborhood's memory of the location. 



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Ball State hosts fourth peace conference

Ball State is hosting its fourth Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference April 9-10. The theme this year is "Building a Beloved Community," and will feature presentations, dance performances and opportunities for networking. 


North West Residence Hall is under construction April 5, 2021, near the Duck Pond. North West will feature a computer lab, study lounges, semi-private bathrooms and a MakerSpace. Jaden Whiteman, DN
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Ball State plans for new residence hall to be hub for education, humanities majors

LaFollette Residence Hall was a key structure in Ball State’s campus skyline just two years ago, casting a large shadow over the two-story Carmichael Hall close by. Now, the majority of LaFollette and all of Carmichael Hall is gone, and in their place stands the North residential neighborhood, which includes North Residence Hall and North Dining. The new residence hall will open in fall 2021.



Sophomore journalism and telecommunications major Maya Wilkins gets the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. An Indiana state press release said more than 5.4 million Hoosiers are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 after the state opened eligibility to people ages 16 and older. Jaden Whiteman, DN Illustration
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Ball State students discuss receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Only five hospitals and clinics in Indiana had received doses of COVID-19 vaccines the week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in December 2020. Nearly four months later, more than 400 vaccine clinics have opened in the state.


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Indiana 529 college savings plans increase in 2020

As many college students worry about paying off student loans, the average cost of college tuition in the United States has consistently risen at two to three times the rate of inflation each year, according to the College Savings Plans Network. The majority of federal financial aid comes in the form of loans, which increases the burden of student loan debt for graduates and families.







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