Ball State’s Recreation Services will be open under certain guidelines this semester including the suspension of towel and laundry services. DN FILE PHOTO SAMANTHA BRAMMER

Recreation during the pandemic

Ball State’s Recreation Services reopened its locations, hours and programming July 6 based on available staffing and with certain guidelines and restrictions for the fall semester.



Dining options are put in containers when made to-go. All food options will be available to-go for the semester. Rebecca Slezak, DN.
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Dining Services during the pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ball State's Dining Services released a reopening plan which includes steps like promoting physical distancing, making all meals available as a to-go option and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.


University Libraries will reopen in phases, phase two lasting until August 15. The general public is able to use the library during phases two and three and regular hours will be in place as of August 16. Brooke Kemp, DN
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Libraries during the pandemic

Ball State University Libraries is reopening in phases culminating in full, on-site support for returning students and faculty at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, according to the Ball State website.


Dining halls on campus offer a variety of options from ramen to all you can eat buffets. Many are located in residence halls. Suzanne Clem // Photo Provided
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Food court varieties

First-year students who live on campus have a meal plan and that means becoming familiar with the dining options Ball State has to offer.



Erin Simons moves in during Welcome Week Aug. 18, 2018, at Woodworth Complex. This year students were asked to  select a move in time to reduce the number of people moving in at a given time. Rebecca Slezak, DN File
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Housing during the pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Ball State Housing made some adjustments to the housing options available for students living in residence halls, according to its website and emails forwarded to residence hall students.


Blake Williamson, DN file.
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Places to stay in town

Note: COVID-19 might affect availability of amenities and rooms among other things. Prices reflected may vary. Check individually with hotels to confirm prices and details.


The scramble light sits empty March 16, 2020 after all spring 2020 instruction was moved online. The spring 2021 semester will include in-person instruction, but the semester will start Jan. 19, 2021 and spring break has been canceled. Jaden Whiteman, DN
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What does that mean?

Ball State has its own words and abbreviations, which can be confusing to new students. Here is a list of the most commonly used Cardinal terms:


Making some money can be easy as donating plasma or selling old clothes. Photo Courtesy, Unsplash.
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Alternative ways to make money

On and off-campus jobs aren’t the only ways to make some spare cash while in college. There are plenty of options for those who want more money, but not a full-time job.



Thrift shopping at local stores like Attic Window can help save money on clothes. Photo Courtesy, Unsplash
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Look good on a budget

Living on a college budget can be tricky when it comes to clothes shopping. Here’s a list of thrifty stores to shop at if you’re trying to save some money:


Lucina Hall is where you can find the Career Center, where students can apply for jobs and get more information on employment opportunities. Samantha Brammer // DN File
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Landing a job on campus

Everyone knows looking for a job can be somewhat difficult and time consuming. Luckily, Ball State makes getting a part-time job as easy as possible, which allows students looking to pay off college debt while keeping up with their schoolwork to do so. 


Jaden Whiteman, DN
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Where do i park

Classes that are an hour and 15 minutes long and meters that only last for an hour? Parking Services does what it can to make money — but not to worry. There are a variety of ways to avoid parking tickets. Below is a list of parking colors, what they mean and enforcement hours, according to the Ball State website.


 Madeline Grosh, DN
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Meal swipes: Best practices

If you live on campus, you have a meal plan, per your room and board fees. Ball State dining has now changed its rules so you can now use two meal swipes in one purchase. Here are some ways to effectively use your meal plan at any on-campus locations:



The Health Center can help students experiencing pneumonia, sinus infections, abdominal pain and more. There are several on campus centers that specialize in specific areas to help students. DN file.
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What’s the ______ center?

Whether you need help with something academic or have a health issue, Ball State has a variety of centers that can help with almost anything a student may need.


Lucina Hall is where you can find the Career Center, where students can apply for jobs and get more information on employment opportunities. Samantha Brammer // DN File
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The Career Center: How to make use of this campus resource

Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of until graduation. According to the Career Center’s website, students who use its programs gain exposure to more jobs and land more jobs than competitors from similar universities.


Amazing Joe's restaurant Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 909 Wheeling Ave in Muncie, IN. Michaela Kelley, DN file.
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Food around Muncie

Say what you will about Muncie, but people here know how to eat awesome food without breaking the bank. If you don’t sample these local offerings by the time you graduate, you may want to consider graduate school.


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Tips for class schedules

Scheduling can be overwhelming sometimes, especially with several factors contributing to decision-making. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier:


Students looking for a house or apartment for the next year or semester will be able to sign leases soon if not already. Alison Carroll // DN File
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How to sign a lease

Some call it “adulting,” some call it “frightening,” but most would agree signing a lease is one of the first grown-up things you can do as a college student. This guide explains the steps in landing an off-campus pad.








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