A thick column of smoke rises from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 15, 2021. The ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have left dozens of people dead and more than 1,000 others injured. (Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Zuma Press/TNS)

Five international stories of the week

Israeli military strikes continue in the war between Palestinian militant groups and Israel, India begins to recover from its rise in COVID-19 cases, Saudi Arabia lifts its travel ban for vaccinated citizens, the United Kingdom works to lift all COVID-19 restrictions next month and China landed a spacecraft on Mars make up this week's five international stories.




"POP Power" stickers sit on the stairs of the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) May 11, 2021. DOMA Director Robert La France said staff wanted to experiment with stickers leading people to the second floor of the special exhibition instead of signs with arrows. Grace McCormick, DN
CAMPUS

David Owsley Museum of Art staff reflects on last week of pop art exhibit

For Robert La France, director of the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), pop art represents hope during difficult times. The exhibition “POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation” is a show La France thought could bring some joy to people as they feel safer visiting museums during the COVID-19 pandemic.


NEWS

Ball State spring 2021 graduates celebrate in-person commencement

Ball State had never hosted a commencement ceremony at Scheumann Stadium before May 7, but administrators chose the venue because of its ability to host people while still following COVID-19 health guidelines. Seats on Scheumann’s turf were socially distanced and sanitized between ceremonies. Graduates were limited to four guest tickets each. Guests were also socially distanced on the bleachers.



Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns prepares for the Board of Trustees meeting May 7, 2021, in the Student Center. Mearns announced the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters would include traditional fall and spring breaks. John Lynch, DN
NEWS

Ball State returning to traditional academic calendar for fall 2021

At the May 7 in-person meeting, the Ball State Board of Trustees approved a resolution regarding COVID-19 protocols on campus. Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns led the presentation, where he said most of campus life will be returning to normal in the fall, including scheduled fall and Thanksgiving breaks. The spring 2022 semester will also include a spring break March 6-13.



OPINION

Abstraction: Generation Google

The problem is life doesn’t work this way. Life isn’t like Google. It’s an entire journey where you don’t get your answers until later down the line — if you get answers at all. 


Students from the Ball State University Singers organization take off during the 2019 Ball State University Bed Race Oct. 18, on Riverside Ave. Bed races have been a Homecoming Week traditional at BSU since 1980. Kyle Crawford, Byte File
NEWS

VIDEO: Ball State Homecoming 2021 Bed-Races

Different organizations come together to compete in racing beds as a Homecoming tradition, Friday, April 30. Due to COVID-19, Homecoming was moved to the spring semester, instead of its normal place in the Fall Semester.


NEWS

Ball State hosts 2021 bed races

An annual Homecoming event at Ball State broke away from tradition Friday afternoon. The Bed Races, which have traditionally been held on Riverside Avenue, were instead held at the University Track at Briner Sports Complex to minimize the spread of COVID-19.







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