Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 4, 2021. (Alexey Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Putin orders forces to Ukraine

According to an Associated Press article, Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered forces Monday to 'maintain peace' in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine in a further escalation of tensions that followed the Kremlin's recognition of the areas' independence despite warnings of sanctions and international condemnation."


Cardinal Closet hosts free professional styling appointments, distributes workplace attire.

Fashion forward Ball State students added some new threads to their closets. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Cardinal Closet, an on-campus clothing donation organization created by Ball State Housing and Residence Life’s (HRL) Student Action Team, and a team of fashion students, attendees were able to create professional outfits from donated clothing at no cost to the students. Attendees made appointments ahead of time and were given one-on-one style consultations from student stylists at the Cardinal Closet styling event, which ran for four hours Feb. 8.

Associate Professor of Spanish Stephen Hessel poses for a photo in his podcast studio Feb. 15 near Jackson Street. Hessel had the idea for "Pod Quixote" during the COVID-19 pandemic and released his first episode Aug. 16, 2021. Rylan Capper, DN

Ball State Spanish professor works to modernize classic literature with podcast ‘Pod Quixote'

Nearly 400 years ago, Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes wrote "Don Quixote," a novel that has since become the fifth-most translated book in the world, according to Babbel Magazine, and continues to inspire discussion of modern social issues. Despite its age, one Ball State professor felt inspired to pass along the story's seemingly timeless message to people from Cervantes' work today. Stephen Hessel, Ball State associate professor of Spanish, decided to create a podcast, "Pod Quixote,” to speak to other Cervantes experts. 

Ball State students talk with employers about opportunities at the Cardinal Job Fair at Worthen Arena, Feb. 16. Hundreds of students attend every semester to meet potential employers. Richard Kann, DN.

Cardinal Job Fair returns for Spring 2022 semester

The Cardinal Job Fair returned in-person at Worthen Arena Feb. 16 while maintaining last year's COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Cardinal Job Fair gives Ball State students the ability to interact with employers and recruiters for the purpose of finding employment, internships or graduate school information.


Muncie Civic Theatre Hosts "Newsies"

“It has been good for me as a pre-transition trans woman to take on the role of a woman who is so confident and comfortable in her womanhood,” cast member Hunter Greenleaf said.

Members of the Muncie Fire Department stand in front of a burned building Feb. 16 at the Colonial Creek Apartments on Morrison Road. Rylan Capper, DN

Fire at Colonial Crest Apartments Leaves 12 Units Destroyed

Fire crews responded to a call at the Colonial Crest Apartments on Morrison Road around 9 a.m. Feb. 16. Battalion Chief Greg Wilkins said the fire was under control around 10 a.m. Twelve units were affected, but there were no casualties. Crews are still searching for two dogs and a cat that were on the property.  Eight tenants were displaced, but will be re-housed in other units on the property. 

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