Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas poses for a photo in Sursa Performance Hall after an interview with Associate Professor of Journalism Gabriel Tait, Sept. 20, 2021. Thomas graduated from Ball State in 2012 and has since been awarded a Grammy and an Academy Award for song "Fight For You" in the film "Judas and the Black Messiah." Rylan Capper, DN.

Grammy and Academy award winner Tiara Thomas reflects on her career success

Tiara Thomas started teaching herself how to play guitar at the age of 12. She took her guitar with her to school, telling her classmates she would win a Grammy one day before she knew how to play the instrument. At the 63rd annual Grammy Awards earlier this year, Thomas proved her 12-year-old self and her classmates right.



The historical cover of the Sept. 12, 2001, edition of The Ball State Daily News was on display in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and included in a collection of front cover pages created by the Society of Professional Journalists. The staff of The Daily News reworked the cover more than half a dozen times before sending it to the printer. Ball State Digital Media Repository, Photo Courtesy
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Former Daily News staff reflect on reporting the events of Sept. 11

Tom Gubbins woke up earlier than usual that Tuesday morning. It was before 9 a.m., and his radio was on and set to his typical station, one that would normally play “The Bob & Tom Show.” But, instead of the satirical humor he was used to listening to while getting ready, Gubbins heard announcements from CNN Radio, a station he didn’t know existed.




BALL BEARINGS

Saying Yes to The Dress

Lexi Hubenak says she was never really a crier. She didn’t believe in getting emotional over a piece of clothing and used to think people who did were overdramatic, until she found her wedding dress. 



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Boutiques and Embroidery

When Ball State sophomore Emma Schneider launched her own fashion apparel company Reflections Boutique two years ago, she had a specific vision in mind — for people to look in the mirror and love the reflection they see, feeling confident from the inside out.  


COMMUNITY

Minnetrista brings Muncie the full Bob Ross experience

With shirts, socks and even breath mints made in Bob Ross’ likeness, his calm demeanor and positive outlook appear to have captivated people nearly 26 years after his death. From 1983 to 1994—the run time of his show, “The Joy of Painting” Ross became a household name. Then, a few years ago, his name resurfaced and became more iconic in popular culture. 


BALL BEARINGS

Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve

Right off of Ball State University’s campus sits a small strip of shops. When you scan the stores in this strip, commonly referred to by students as “The Village,” there are bookstores, bars, and pizza joints. But, above a café, lies a hidden gem: Body Language Tattoo. 


BALL BEARINGS

The Sew Must Go On

Theater costumes can enhance a show by describing a character’s personality, their feelings, and the action that is taking place on stage. So what goes into making these magnificent costumes? 


"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
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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.






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