President Gora to strengthen Chinese-American dual degree program

President Jo Ann Gora will host meetings with other university professors next week to discuss strengthening a dual degree program for Chinese students.This 1+2+1 program allows bilingual Chinese students to earn two bachelor degrees from universities in China and America. Students study in China the first year, in America the second and third, and in China again for their last year.



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Hip hop film to show students how to be positive

Junior Joe Clemons said he wants students to be exposed to the positive messages and role models of hip-hop culture.  "There's another side of hip-hop that isn't really shown on television," he said. To show that positive side, Clemons, vice president of the Black Media Association, organized a screening of the documentary "The Hip Hop Project" for students at Ball State University.


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Health department administrator proposes tanning salon ordinance

Freshman Kayla Shoenfeld went tanning almost everyday for a year during high school and reported no problems except sensitive eyebrows.This type of excessive tanning among teenagers is what Bob Jones, Delaware County health department adminstrator, is trying to avoid.


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Business students partner with military group

The Ball State University Entrepreneurship Center is providing business students with something they can't find many other places: exposure to technology and advanced science.Next semester, business students in a consulting class will be partnering with the Department of Defense and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division for the Military 2 Market program. They will develop commercial uses for military technology, Michael Goldsby, the Entrepreneurship Center's executive director, said.


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Health Center has more vaccines available

Health Center Medical Director Kent Bullis believes 8,000 H1N1 vaccinations is plenty for Ball State University this winter season."As hard as we've tried to get students in for the vaccine, I'm surprised how few students have taken advantage of it," he said.Bullis said between 150 and 200 free vaccines were given at the Atrium on Tuesday.Before Tuesday 771 vaccines had been given, and there are about 7,700 still available, Bullis said.



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Students study happiness, will present findings

A group of Ball State University students has spent part of the Fall Semester investigating and studying happiness.They will present their findings at tonight's Happiness Showcase, which is happening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art Room 217. Interactive presentations, dancing, music and refreshments will be available.


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Holiday season brings more crime opportunity

Thanksgiving break brings relief from classes, opportunity to meet with family and unnattended houses for robbers.There were three burglaries off-campus and six lockers in Lewellen pool were broken into over the weekend, Gene Burton, director of public safety, said. Burglaries and thefts are common during academic breaks and students should take particular caution during breaks, he said.


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Blue Bottle to host opening celebration Friday

The Blue Bottle is having an open house all day Friday to celebrate its expansion.With more space and items on the restaurant's menu, owner Tom Green said he expects to attract more costumers than the regular coffee crowd.Green added lunch, dinner, wine and beer to the menu shortly after he bought the Blue Bottle from its previous owner. He has been planning an expansion since a year and a half ago.


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Heorot to host sideshow acts

"Strange and Deranged," the showcase group from Austin, Texas, is on its first tour since it was formed.Jackie Molen, a group member, said everyone in the group has experience from other shows they performed at."We were all from different shows, we were all roommates and we just decided to start up our own group," she said.



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University Senate discusses cheating

As the ability to plagiarize sources for research papers has become more prevalent, so have programs to catch students in the act.Text matching is similar to plagiarizing, and faculty at Ball State University are looking for ways to reduce this practice of copying and pasting.At Monday's University Senate Agenda Committee meeting, a task force reported on its trial experience with a text-matching program available through the Blackboard Beyond program.


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E-mail accounts to get more options

The Ball State University Communications Center announced changes made effective today to university student and faculty e-mail accounts.Until today, accounts that were new since May 2009 and had the default option of "opt-in" will be changed to the option of "opt-out."


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Students rally to finish projects to help East Muncie community

More than 100 landscape architecture students packed into the first floor of the Architecture Building on Monday night to work on their department's annual design week project. Sheets of trace paper, maps of Muncie, rulers and lead pencils were scattered across rectangular tables as students brainstormed and sketched out their ideas.John Motloch, interim chairman of the landscape architecture department, said this year's project is to rework the industrial Eastside of Muncie into something more welcoming and usable. The area, near the intersection of Jackson Street and White River Boulevard, has been in a bit of disrepair and recently saw the demolition of the Indiana Steel and Wire factory, which had been idle since 2002.


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Student opinions to help reform city

The Student Government Association's Chief of Staff Jessica Oxley has been discussing the Muncie Action Plan with Connie Gregory, director of the city's Development Department.Oxley said that the action plan is meant to let city officials hear the public's voice about issues the city faces. She also said that Ball State University and SGA want to get involved.



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Muncie solicits input on city issues

Muncie Heart of the City had its monthly meeting Wednesday to discuss, among other events, the development of a Muncie Action Plan.Muncie Action Plan's purpose is to gather input from Muncie residents to create a set of goals to better the city.


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Organization to screen film, bring awareness to civil war in Uganda

Members of the group Invisible Children will be showing a screening of their documentary, "The Rough Cut," Thursday evening in the Cooper Science Building.Freshman political science major Kacie Newhouse, who helped organize the event, said the film will educate Ball State University students about the civil war going on in Uganda.


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Student group challenges smokers to ditch habit

Quitting smoking is a tough task and the Colleges Against Cancer student group wants to help Ball State University students get it done.The group, a chapter of the American Cancer Society, is holding a Great American Smokeout event in the Atrium today.


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Student sets off sprinkler system

Morning classes at North Quad were redirected to another location Wednesday because an upset student set off the sprinkler system.Associate Director of Public Safety Bob Fey said the student's teacher saw him do it, but the teacher and student have not been identified.


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Bracken to highlight technology

Tech4u highlights technology being used and created on campus. There will be 10 presentations on how technology and the internet can help you now and in the future. They will cover such things as "Flicker and Blogs," "Reading your DAPR" and "Google Wave." There will also be three demo and training sessions.


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McCain advocates for youth voice in politics

Former 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, talked to students about fitting into the political spectrum and the evolution of politics.She spoke at 7 p.m. Monday in Pruis Hall. Building Better Communities, College Republicans, The Excellence in Leadership Program, Spectrum and The Office of Student Life sponsored her speech.







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