Student confesses to making up crime report

A Ball State University student made up the story that she was assaulted while walking back to her dorm from the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Director of Public Safety Gene Burton said.



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Red Cross needs more blood donors

The greater need this time of year is also because holiday vacations and time spent with family often distracts donors, said Shelby Norris, communication specialist for the American Red Cross.


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BOMB THREAT: Ball Gym being evacuated, parts of Riverside shut down

Ball State University officials have declared an emergency on campus after receiving a bomb threat at Ball Gym. University Police Department are in the process of evacuating the building. As a further precaution, UPD has shut down Riverside Avenue from the Scramble Light to Brair Road. Ball State University issued an emergency notification at about 8:40 p.m. telling students to avoid the area until the situation was declared all clear. Continue to check back with bsudailynews.com for updates on the story.


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Panelists to discuss health care reform bill

There is a health care reform panel at 7 p.m. today at Pruis Hall.The event will be moderated by Ball State University political science professor Charles Taylor and feature national, state and local representatives to comment on the topic. Panelists will have five to 10 minutes to explain their perspectives on health care reform, then the audience will be allowed to ask questions.


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H1N1 vaccine update

Kent Bullis, director of the Amelia T. Wood Health Center, said no arrangements for students to walk in and receive the vaccine have been made yet.Students should hold off on trying to get an H1N1 vaccine until they are given more information by e-mail, he said.



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Kappa Delta to twist, tangle for charity

Students can play Twister to help raise money for the American Brain Tumor Association through the Kappa Delta sorority's sixth annual Twister Tournament.The event is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Irving Gym II. Kappa Delta president Meredith McCaskill said this philanthropic event is important to the sorority.


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Indiana offers state employees unpaid leave to cut spending

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is offering state government employees voluntary unpaid leave, but it's unclear how many workers might give up part of their paycheck during a recession to help the state save money.Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the unpaid leave plan last week as part of a series of budget-cutting measures. State tax collections fell $309 million below expectations during the first four months of this fiscal year, prompting the cuts.


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Gunshots fired at Village bar during weekend; one injured

Police assume shots directed at The Chug around 2:30 a.m. Saturday were fired by two men denied entry to the bar earlier that morning.Muncie police officer Larry Robbins was on duty Saturday morning, dealing with an intoxicated person inside a car in the parking lot close to Dill Street Bar, when he heard the shots. Robbins heard four gun shots. Two were directed at the door and door handle, and another hit a metal framing inside the building.



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Ball State student searches for blood stem cell donor

Ball State University student Kelsey Koch has Job's Disease, a rare genetic immune deficiency disease that causes her skin to deteriorate.She needs a blood stem cell transplant to help her rare affliction.Koch will speak at a Ball State professor's class this morning to help raise awareness for her disease, which her teenage sister also has.


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U.S. Supreme Court looks at juvenile life sentences

WASHINGTON — A seemingly divided U.S. Supreme Court wrestled Monday with whether teenagers can be locked away forever for their crimes.The question arose in two cases involving Florida men who are serving life prison terms with no chance of parole for crimes they committed as teenagers. Their lawyers argue that the sentences for people so young are cruel and unusual, in violation of the Constitution, because young people have greater capacity to change.


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Students issued subpoenas in 30-year-old case

CHICAGO — A Northwestern University professor and journalism students who spent three years investigating the case of a man convicted in the 1978 killing of a security guard believe they have evidence that shows prosecutors put the wrong man behind bars. But in the quest to prove his innocence, they may have to defend themselves, too.



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Students' work to help connect Muncie

Ball State University and Muncie community members are working on a bike trail that will lead through the city's historical and culturally significant areas. 


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Muslim students upset over Ft. Hood

The Muslim Student Association will hold activities on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 as part of a week of Islamic awareness at Ball State University.


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Howard Dean calls Ball State students to action

Howard Dean doesn't want young voters to become complacent with politics."It seems like you already hit your peak electing Barack Obama as president," Dean said. "Now, don't blow it."The former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman spoke at John R. Emens Auditorium on Wednesday night about how the Internet has revolutionized political campaigning, how his 50-state strategy helped to elect Barack Obama and how the youth demographic can benefit from civic involvement.


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Committee motions to change Fall Semester breaks

The University Education Committee approved a motion to alter the Fall Semester academic calendar by extending what is now Thanksgiving Break and eliminating what are now Fall Break and Fruesday, Laura Helms, associate dean and director of academic systems for University College, said.The motion, which was approved Tuesday, must still be approved by Faculty Council, University Senate and the Ball State University Board of Trustees in order to be implemented, she said.






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