Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government's initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.


Ball State sophomore recognized for environmental video

Graduate student Stephanie Donovan was a participant in the Green Energy NOW! contest, which urged Indiana residents to voice their opinions about climate change.The Hoosier Environmental Council hosted this contest in order to bring more awareness to the issue, which the council said is currently under Congressional debate.


'Howl-oween' to help local animal rescue shelter

The MT Cup will be hosting its first ever "Howl-oween" Dog Costume Contest to raise money for Muncie's Animal Rescue Fund on Wednesday.The contest will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the MT Cup patio. The winner of the contest will receive a trophy and a gift certificate to MT Cup, ARF founder Terri Panszi said.


I-465 eastbound reopens today

Parts of Interstate 465 in Indianapolis reopened this morning with restrictions.The Indiana Department of Transportation announced I-465 eastbound, from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to 56th Street on the city's northeast side, was expected to reopen at midnight Sunday. The left lane over the bridge, as well as the I-69 southbound ramp to I-465 southbound will remain closed through midweek.


"Little Shop of Horrors" comes to Muncie Civic Theatre

The Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors" comes to the Muncie Civic Theatre this weekend as the theater celebrates its 78th anniversary."Little Shop" opens Friday at 7 p.m. and will be shown the next three weekends.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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."


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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