Input 2 S9E3: Pixar’s Soul brings in more representation

  Welcome back to another episode of Input 2! Join us as we talk about Pixar's new movie Soul and whether or not the movie brings more representation to the table, and the controversy surrounding the film. Tune in as we talk about representation and more on this week's episode of Input 2! Hosts: Dylan Walter & Mason Kupiainen Edited by: Dylan Walter Graphic by: Kellyn Harrison

Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns stands June 4, 2020, at Muncie City Hall. The Board of Trustees met virtually Feb. 5, 2021 and discussed the university's COVID-19 mitigation measures. Jacob Musselman, DN File

Ball State Board of Trustees reviews COVID-19 federal funding

Ball State’s Board of Trustees met virtually Feb. 5, 2021 and discussed the state of the university’s budget. Vice President for Business Affairs Alan Finn said Ball State will receive $22.5 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which former President Donald Trump signed Dec. 27, 2020.

Alpha Tau Omega's house is seen on Riverside Avenue Jan. 8, 2018 before their letters are attached. After having to quarantine in the fall 2020 semester, Alpha Tau Omega members have implemented bi-weekly cleaning procedures for the house and have shifted more meetings online during the coronavirus pandemic. Madeline Grosh, DN File

Ball State fraternities and sororities cope with COVID-19 challenges

As spring rush week began for the Greek Life community, fraternity and sorority members were having a different experience compared to last year. Ball State’s Greek Life is in the process of rebranding as Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) to alleviate confusion for international students, “especially [those] who come from a Greek background,” said J. Chris Hager, associate director of student life.


Ball State announces rapid-result COVID-19 tests for campus

In a campus-wide email sent around 1 p.m. Thursday, Vice President of Student Affairs Ro-Anne Royer Engle announced expanded coronavirus testing for students. Beginning Feb. 9, students and staff can get rapid-result antigen tests at Worthen Arena three days a week, the email said. Students and employees must be asymptomatic to get antigen tests and will receive results within 30 minutes.

Lloyd the cat sits in front of a window at his house. Lloyd has non-metastatic skin cancer, and his owners said they believe he was exposed to it after his car accident in October 2019. Jody Mason, Photo Provided

Lloyd the cat and owners seek medical treatment for his cancer

Ball State has its fair share of campus icons, from Beneficence to Frog Baby to Shafer Tower. One icon is a lot smaller than the rest. It’s considered more of a secret but just as important to the campus community. Lloyd the cat, 14, was diagnosed Jan. 14 with nonmetastatic skin cancer, meaning it will not spread to the rest of his body and will stay on his nose and top part of his lip.


Remixed S6E1: A 2020 Recap

  Welcome back to another episode of Remixed! In this episode, join us as our host goes solo to give a rundown of the music that came out in 2020 as well as to dive back into previous Remixed episodes! Hosts: Sam Shipe Edited by: Sam Shipe Graphic by: Emily Hanes

Michelle Morrison, bottom right, asks Cheryl Brown Henderson, bottom left, questions after her guest lecture. Brown Henderson was the 41st annual MLK Speaker for Ball State's Unity Week. Evan Weaver, Screenshot Capture

Civil rights activist Cheryl Brown Henderson lectures virtually at Ball State

Continuing the MLK Speaker Series in a webinar format because of COVID-19 restrictions, Ball State hosted “A Conversation with Cheryl Brown Henderson,” founding president of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research and daughter of Oliver Brown — one of the plaintiffs for Brown v. Board of Education that resulted in the racial desegregation of public schools. Brown Henderson spoke on numerous topics to an online room full of students.

Members of Community Justice Initiative and their supporters, foreground, demonstrate, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in front of the Rochester Police Department's Clinton Section at N. Clinton Avenue and Upper Falls Boulevard to protest the police handcuffing and using pepper spray on a 9-year-old girl last Friday, in Rochester, N.Y. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Five national stories of the week

The U.S. sees decreasing COVID-19 cases, the Biden administration deports hundreds of immigrants, Rochester officers are suspended after pepper-spraying a 9-year-old, Donald Trump names lawyers to his impeachment team and President Joe Biden meets with Republicans about a coronavirus aid package make up this week's five national stories.

Ball State students and Muncie community members march on McKinley Avenue for the Unity March, Jan. 16, 2017. This year's Unity March was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ball State will still welcome guest speakers via Zoom and host events for Unity Week. Kyle Crawford, DN File

Ball State's Unity Week 2021 schedule

Ball State’s 41st annual Unity Week will look different than years past due to COVID-19 restrictions. There will not be the usual MLK Community Breakfast or Unity March, but organizations will still host some events via Zoom and a few in-person events.


Artist of the Month: Dominic Fike

Lately, I haven’t been able to stop listening to Dominic Fike. No matter what I do, I find myself pulling up his Spotify profile and pressing the shuffle button, so much so that it has become a part of my daily schedule—like second nature. 


‘Uncharted’ games ranked (Playstation releases)

In the city of Cartagena, Columbia, Nathan Drake -just kicked out of a museum for attempted theft- scours the city searching for another way in. An older gentleman spots the boy—witnessing his talents for thieving. Fast forward at least a decade, and the two are scouring the Rub’ al Khali desert, jungles of Borneo, and more. Uncharted’s heartfelt and thrilling journey began in 2007 and continues to capture movie-like escapades over a decade later. With three releases on the PlayStation 3 and three on the PlayStation 4 (including The Nathan Drake Collection), there’s more to return to even after several playthroughs. Here are the Uncharted installments ranked.

A vehicle with Myanmar and military flags and supporters of the Myanmar military and the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party passes by a row of police trucks with police security onboard parked near the Kyauktada police station in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Myanmar military television said Monday that the military was taking control of the country for one year. (AP Photo)

Five international stories of the week

Myanmar’s military siezes the government, AstraZeneca will supply 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the EU, 13 people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Syria, Europe's human rights court condemned Russia for violations in 2008 war with Georgia and Mexico's president works from isolation after a positive COVID-19 test make up this week's five international stories.

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