Blue Loop returns for cold months

Students who live in the neighborhoods east of campus can once again enjoy the warmth of one of Ball State University's shuttle buses while coming to and from campus.



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Ball State approves new bachelor degree

Ball State University's Board of Trustees agreed to create a bachelor of arts and science program for construction management. It also will revise the doctor of education in science degree, making it a Ph.D. in environmental science.


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Construction on University Avenue to begin Tuesday

The Indiana American Water Company will begin construction on a new water line along University Avenue on Tuesday, Ball State University announced. The new line will extend from the intersection of Tillotson Avenue east to the dock at Ball Memorial Hospital. Most of the work will be on or under the north sidewalk. University Avenue won't be closed and the work should have little effect on traffic.



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University Police looking into armed robbery near Noyer Complex

Director of Public Safety Gene Burton said Ball State University Police are still searching for a suspect in a robbery that took place near the intersection of McKinley and Neely avenues.No injuries were reported, but a purse was stolen in the incident, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday just north of the Architecture Building.


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Hypnotist to entertain, help students destress

Hypnotist Frederick Winters will be performing tonight at Ball State University.Winters was named Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine in 2006, the same year he last visited Ball State.


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University officials will determine tuition increase after commission meeting

Ball State university officials are leery to comment on how the funding cuts for Indiana state universities will potentially affect next year's tuition.Director of Communications Kevin Burke said the university should have a better understanding of how the funding cuts could affect tuition after the Higher Education Commission's meeting Friday at IUPUI.



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Facilitites staff work through winter break

Students will be able to go home and relax for three weeks, but for the Ball State University facilities staff, Winter Break does not change their duties.Jim Lowe, director of engineering and operations said this year staff will have Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1 off. Other than that, they will be working normal schedules, he said.


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'Bold' is ahead of schedule in fundraising goal

Ball State University's "Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future" campaign to raise $200 million by 2011 has raised 92 percent of its goal.Ben Hancock, vice president for university advancement, said Ball State Bold has received $183,876,189 as of Monday.


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Shuttle service to Indy airport available

Shuttle services are available for students to and from the Indianapolis International Airport at the beginning and end of Winter Break.These services are available Dec. 17, 18 and 19 and again Jan. 10.


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University officials will determine tuition increase after commision meeting

Ball State university officials are leery to comment on how the funding cuts for Indiana state universities will potentially affect next year's tuition.Director of Communications Kevin Burke said the university should have a better understanding of how the funding cuts could affect tuition after the Higher Education Commission's meeting Friday at IUPUI.



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Police still investigating robbery of student near Noyer Complex

Director of Public Safety Gene Burton said Ball State University Police are still searching for a suspect in a robbery that took place near the intersection of McKinley and Neely avenues.No injuries were reported, but a purse was stolen in the incident, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday just north of the Architecture Building.


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Up to eyes in debt

Freshman Marcus Gallagher expects to have about $100,000 in student debt by the time he graduates from college, and that's something he says he's okay with.The music education major opted for a five-year plan instead of the standard four-year plan, knowing that each year would cost him $20,000 in loans.


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Downtown Muncie prepares for New Year's Eve celebration

Heart of the City, a district of shops and homes in downtown Muncie, is getting ready to celebrate the new year. This is the second year Heart of the City will sponsor a family friendly New Year's Eve celebration.The event will begin at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. A candlelit unity walk will depart from the Muncie court house square and move to the 400-area block on Walnut Street where a DJ, children's play area and other activities will be featured.


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Educators ask how state budget cuts will be divided among universities

Officials across Indiana are waiting to see how the loss of funding to state universities will be distributed since Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the budget cuts Friday.Ray Montagno, associate dean of Research and Outreach at Ball State University, said in the 30 years he's been here, he has never had to deal with any potential loss that sounded this big.


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Child poverty rates highest in decade

He's sitting there quietly, keeping to himself. He goes to school and looks like any typical child. Nobody would know it, but he's living in poverty.According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, a division of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, more kids are living in poverty than ever before. In fact, the rate has risen 20 percent since 2000. In the Midwest, 38 percent of all children live in low-income families. That's 6.1 million kids.


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Snowy roads cause problems for motorists

The first snow has kept Indiana State Police busy this morning.As of 11:30 a.m., state police spokesperson Sgt. Rod Russell announced troopers at the Redkey District, which includes Delaware, Grant, Blackford, Jay and Randolph counties, investigated 22 slide-offs, eight property damage crashes and two minor personal injury crashes.


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BSU official says 1st snow worked out 'easily'

Ball State University crews spent the early Monday morning sweeping snow off sidewalks with power brooms and putting salt down on the roads as needed, Kevin Kenyon, associate vice president of Facilities, Planning and Management, said."It worked out pretty easily," he said. "I don't think there was anything unusual ... We just did what we normally do."






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