A demonstrator stands during a march in central Auckland, New Zealand, June 1, 2020, to protest the death of United States' George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd, who after a white police officer who is now charged with murder, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

5 international stories of the week

Countries around the world responding to the death of George Floyd and U.S. protests, lockdowns easing in Europe and Asia, Vatican City’s efforts to cut down waste and corruption, China’s reaction to U.S. action on Hong Kong and people in Hong Kong applying for U.K. passports make up this week’s five international stories.

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

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.


The effect of COVID-19 on the Muncie DIY scene

As summer draws near, music festivals and artists typically blast social media and their websites with promotional videos and pre-sale ticket options. But social distancing guidelines issued to stop the spread of COVID-19 — a disease that has taken the lives of more than 323,000 globally — has taken center stage. Although many fans are sympathetic to the regulations, they are bummed at the slew of music festivals and concerts that are either being cancelled or postponed. Many are worried about the long-term impact of the pandemic on the music scene.


X Lovers deserve more appreciation

With dreamy, soft vocals over a relaxed electronic beat, it’s difficult not to fall head-over-heels in love with pop duo X Lovers. This duo consists of London Jackson and Jacob Ames. They are childhood best friends who met in fourth grade in their hometown of Nevada City, California, and have been inseparable since then. Jackson is the vocalist and tends to most of the songwriting while Ames produces all their music. They are stars on the rise and — in my eyes — they deserve more appreciation. 

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