Rustic Rebels Geode and Crystal Mine opened in October 2021 in the former location of ScreenBroidery, which moved a few doors down on West University Avenue last year. Along with other business updates in the Village this school year, there is construction at the old Two Cats Cafe location. Eli Houser, DN
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New and established Village businesses share the inspiration behind opening their doors

The Village wasn’t always as lively as it is now. After the 2008 recession, many buildings sat vacant while landlords tried to find buyers. While some businesses, including Village Green Records and White Rabbit Used Books, survived 2008, the recession coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic saw some businesses move out of the Village and others move in. Jack’s Donuts and Rustic Rebels Geode and Crystal Mine are two businesses that just opened last semester, with ScreenBroidery also moving its location.


A demonstrator holds a sign during the annual Slut Walk hosted by Feminists for Action and Alliance for Disability Awareness Sept. 23, 2016. The group has not hosted the event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Samantha Brammer, DN File
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Feminists for Action begins its return to campus

Rachael Smith, assistant lecturer of women’s and gender studies, wishes there was a club like Feminists for Action when she was in college. As a 22-year-old freshman and commuter student, Smith wasn’t involved much in extracurriculars.


Senator Ozzie Kazarian, a new applicant of the Off-Campus Caucus, gives a presentation to the Ball State Student Government Association over Zoom Jan. 19, 2022. Kazarian was previously a part of the Organizational Caucus. Richard Kahn, Screenshot Capture
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Ball State SGA welcomes four new senators

Ball State's Student Government Association (SGA) had its first meeting of the spring 2022 semester Jan. 19. Four new senator applicants were voted on in the meeting. The applicants were Ozzie Kazarian, Trent McKenzie, Clarrisa Carrigan and Shelby Alexander.



Andrew Gustin, owner of Ameliorate Records and curator of "Two Minutes in Indiana" poses with his guitar Jan. 17, 2022. Gustin played his own track called "Willow Tree" on the album alongside individual compositions from 19 other Indiana musicians. Laura Hergenroether, Photo Provided
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Music artists share original compositions on living in Indiana

Eric Salazar knew after a high school jazz band bass clarinet solo what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. After his Brownsburg High School band director Joe Vrabec credited him as the reason the band won a judge’s choice award from a 2007 Purdue University jazz competition, he said he wanted to become a music performer to “help people feel their feelings and help people through music.”


Participants march Jan. 20, 2020, for Ball State's MLK Unity March down McKinley Avenue. 2020's march was the only other Unity March in the past five years besides 2022's scheduled march because other marches were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and poor weather. Bailey Cline, DN File
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Ball State's Unity Week 2022 schedule

Ball State's 42nd annual Unity Week celebration is kicking off in January this year, beginning with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The week will welcome more in-person gatherings than last year, including the signature Unity March, and will end with the Jan. 22 Beneficence Conference.



Those ages 18 or older are eligible for a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot at least six months after their second, and a Johnson & Johnson booster shot at least two months after their first. Vice President of Student Affairs Ro-Anne Royer Engle strongly encouraged students in an email Dec. 20 to receive their shot. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy
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Where to get a COVID-19 booster shot or test in Muncie

Since Dec. 9, 2021, individuals ages 16 or older who received a full series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a third booster shot at least six months after their second dose. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement such a move will help “strengthen the protection against Omicron and other variants.”



Malorie McLain, Ball State psychology graduate student, sits at a desk in the Health Professions Building Nov. 29. McLain hopes to use her training in rehabilitation counseling to help people with chronic illnesses and disabilities after she completes Ball State's PhD program. John Lynch, DN
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Ball State graduate students reflect on end of Ball State journeys

The end of the semester is synonymous with graduation, specifically the advancement of undergraduates into the workforce. However, for graduate school students, it means the culmination of an additional two years of schooling, taking their education to the next level. While graduate school can take many different paths, the result is often the same: A master’s degree.







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