Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns speaks to the new graduates Dec. 14, 2019, at the John E. Worthen Arena. Ball State's Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 27, 2020, to approve plans for face-to-face instruction to begin on Aug. 24. Charles Melton, DN
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Ball State students to return to campus in the fall

Ball State's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve plans for face-to-face instruction to begin on Aug. 24, as scheduled for the fall 2020 semester, according to a university press release and Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns' campus-wide email.


A man wearing a protective face mask passes the New York Stock Exchange, May 26, 2020, as employees arrive for the partial reopening of the trading floor. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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5 national stories of the week

The reopening of the New York Stock Exchange, disregard for social distancing rules during the Memorial Day weekend, White House failing to meet its testing goals in nursing homes, the death of black man in Minneapolis and SpaceX’s first-ever launch of NASA astronauts make up this week’s five national stories.


Worshippers wearing protective face masks offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque May 24, 2020, in Tehran, Iran. Muslims worldwide celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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5 international stories of the week

Eid al-Fitr celebrations, the new travel restrictions on Brazil, protests in Hong Kong, the Israeli prime minister’s corruption trial and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work to keep alive a nearly extinct subspecies of rhino make up this week’s five international stories.


Queer Chocolatier co-owners Cheri Madewell and Morgan Roddy raised more than $10,000 for the business through a GoFundMe page after sharing their financial concerns online. The chocolate store closed its doors in March to dine-in customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Morgan Roddy, Photo Courtesy
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Community donations keep Muncie business open

After closing dine-in services for more than a month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queer Chocolatier co-owner Morgan Roddy shared concerns online May 4 about the business' financial situation. In response, community members raised more than $10,000 in donations for the store.




Khirey Walker, kinesiology professor, asked students to create YouTube accounts and make video discussion board posts as an alternative to in-class discussions during the COVID-19 lockdown, which led Ball State classes to transition solely online March 2020. Photo Courtesy, Unsplash
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Ball State professors adjust to online classes

Regular on-campus professors began operating solely online after Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns announced early March the university would forgo in-person classes for the rest of semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many professors handled the transition differently.


The Chicago River overflowed its banks and flooded the Riverwalk after overnight showers and thunderstorms across the city May 18, 2020 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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5 national stories of the week

White House aides defending the president’s use of a potentially fatal malaria drug, updates on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, flooding in the Midwest, the pandemic affecting communion rituals and the 2020 Webby Awards make up this week’s five national stories.



Parson Don Giuseppe Corbari poses prior to the start of a mass with faithfuls the SS. Quirico and Giulitta Church May 18, 2020, in Robbiano di Giussano, northern Italy. Masses with the presence of faithful resumed Monday, as Italy is easing its lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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5 international stories of the week

An independent probe into WHO’s management during the virus outbreak, how churches in Italy have opened up for public masses, virus cases in French schools days after they opened, local leaders resisting reopening in Mexico and clashes in Hong Kong’s legislature make up this week’s five international stories.


People react during a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, May 8, 2020, in Brunswick Ga. Two men have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Arbery, a black man in his mid-20s, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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5 national stories of the week

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warning on reopening the economy too soon, updates on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Supreme Court hearing on the president’s taxes and bank records, cases of fraud during the virus pandemic and deficit spending threatening Pentagon’s arms projects make up this week’s five national stories.


Catholic worshippers pray inside Seville's cathedral, Spain, Monday, May 11, 2020. Roughly half of 47 million Spaniards are stepping into a softer version of the country's coronavirus strict confinement and are beginning to socialize, shop in small establishments and enjoy a meal or a coffee in restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
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5 international stories of the week

Countries reopening their economies amid second-wave pandemic fears, a misfire which killed 19 sailors during an Iranian military training exercise, Americans suing China over the virus outbreak, Hong Kong police arresting more than 200 people in renewed protests and the reopening of Shanghai’s Disneyland make up this week’s five international stories.







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