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SGA senators debate what to do about students who ignore designated smoking areas

The Student Government Association talked about the campuswide smoking ban and controversy surrounding the designated smoking areas on Wednesday evening.Since the implementation of Ball State University's partial ban in March, there have been many issues between smokers and non-smokers, said various senators.



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Parking garages' new stations accept credit, debit cards

Ball State University parking garages now accept credit and debit card payment, Parking Services announced Wednesday.Nancy Wray, Parking Services office manager, said the office decided to add the new option after they installed upgraded pay stations in the parking garages in late spring.


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State health department cites Dining for 54 sanitation violations

Ball State University's dining facilities received 27 critical violations and 27 noncritical violations according to inspection reports.The Indiana State Department of Health and Ball State environmental specialist Tom Russell inspected five campus dining facilities in September.


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College of Sciences and Humanities recognizes outstanding women at award ceremony

The College of Sciences and Humanities showcased the hard work and accomplishments of a select group of Indiana women at its 2009 Indiana Women of Achievement awards ceremony."[The awards] are important because we live in a society that still does not give equal credit to men and women for their skills and their accomplishments and their leadership," said Susan Johnson, associate dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities.



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Spectrum, Multicultural Center host discussion about gay marriage

It is easier to hate a group than it is to hate a person, Ball State University students said at Spectrum and the Multicultural Center's "Freedom to Marry" event Wednesday afternoon."Everybody is scared of the unknown," senior music education major David Zimmerman said.


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Experts say young Americans are needed to prevent higher health care insurance premiums

Darcy McNiel's opinion on mandated health care is one many Ball State University students can relate to."If you're an adult and you don't have a chronic illness, health insurance shouldn't have to be forced on you," the senior telecommunications major said.Some say she has a point. Between paying off college debt, having a low income and being in good health, few groups can make a better argument against mandated coverage than 19 to 29 year olds. 


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Geothermal project ahead of schedule

Half of Ball State University's parking lot west of Carmichael Hall could reopen by the end of November because the geothermal project is ahead of schedule, Jim Lowe, director of engineering and operations, said."We have roughly 500 of the 1,800 boreholes dug for the North Energy building," Lowe said.The project was originally budgeted at $70 million, will save the university roughly $2 million a year — while cutting its carbon footprint dramatically — and is predicted to be finished by the end of 2010. The entire project is predicted to take five years.



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Spectrum to spread awareness about 'straight allies'

Spectrum will have a table set up in the Atrium on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of Straight Alliance Week.Members of Ball State University's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally organization will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to spread awareness about what a straight ally is and to squash misconceptions of the GLBT community.


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University Senate discusses Fruesday, smoking ban

Monday morning, the University Senate Agenda Committee discussed reforms that will affect student life.The committee talked about doing away with Fruesday classes, using Cardinal Cash in the Village and possibly banning on-campus smoking.


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Football team's success may be bad for local businesses

T.I.S. Bookstore general manager Pam Suminski said she has noticed a difference in her customers Ball State apparel preferences compared to last year."Last year when our customers came in, they were looking for shirts specifically relating to football," she said. "This year they're not necessarily as adamant about finding something with a helmet or football on it, they're just buying general Ball State logos."



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Orchid expert to speak at Bracken Library

Orchids are the largest group of flowering plants and also the point of interest for tonight's presentation hosted by Friends of the Library.At 7:30 p.m. in Bracken Library Room 104, internationally recognized orchid horticulturist Russ Vernon will give a presentation on "Orchid Art and Conservation."


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Ball State looks to focus on existing facilities instead of building new ones, expanding campus

After one year of a less-than-perfect economy and three months after Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) stopped supporting local earmarks, Ball State University has no immediate plans to expand its campus borders.Kevin Kenyon, associate vice president of Facilities Planning and Management, said Pence's self-imposed ban stalled construction on the third phase of McKinley Avenue improvements, which would have included Riverside Avenue, from the Cooper Life Science Building to New York Street.


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Freshman Connections speaker panel to talk about conflicts in Africa

The Freshman Connections program will continue its discussion about conflicts in African and Middle-Eastern countries tonight with a speaker panel of Ball State faculty from African countries.Students can learn about the panel's first-hand experiences in Africa at the "A Long Way Back : Reflections on Conflicts in Africa" panel at 7:30 p.m. in the Art and Journalism Building Room 175.


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Ball State focuses on the family

Family Weekend has become narrowed to a Saturday afternoon visit with parents and siblings, yet business owners are thankful for the revenue it generates.Many of the hotels in Muncie were booked three months in advance of Family Weekend.Alicia Gooden, a Ball State University student who works at Holiday Inn Express, said the hotel offered a Ball State rate for people who booked a room three months or more in advance.


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Downtown businesses expect larger crowd for Family Weekend

Businesses in downtown Muncie and the Village are getting ready for Family Weekend and are expecting to have more customers.In the past five years, Downtown Development has sponsored tours to downtown Muncie for parents during freshman orientation to attract more parents and students to the area.


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University Senate cancels October meetings

The University Senate and University Council canceled their October meetings, but that doesn't mean they're not doing anything.Brien Smith, Chairperson of the Department of Marketing and Management, said fall is a time to reconvene and elect officers.


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'Harry Potter' expected to sell out tonight

University Program Board is showing a double feature of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" tonight, and the later showing is expected to sell out.UPB president Dillon Kimmel said they would be showing "Harry Potter" at 6 p.m. at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom and at 9:30 p.m. in Pruis Hall.







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