Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said the bells on Shafer Tower will toll eight times at 11:50 a.m. March 22, 2021, in memory of the eight people killed in Atlanta massage parlor shootings. Rachel Ellis, DN File

Shafer Tower bells toll in memory of Atlanta shooting victims

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with eight counts of murder March 17, 2021, after he allegedly shot and killed eight people in two different Atlanta massage parlors, according to the Associated Press. Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns sent out a campus-wide email March 19 saying the bells of Shafer Tower would toll on Monday for the victims of the Atlanta shootings.



The theme of Women's Week 2021 at Ball State is "What’s next?: moving forward after a year of political transformation, increased calls for social and racial justice, and an uncontrolled pandemic.” Betsy Kiel, Photo Provided
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Ball State Women's Week 2021 schedule

Ball State’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will host its annual Women’s Week March 22-26, 2021. The theme for this year is “What’s next?: moving forward after a year of political transformation, increased calls for social and racial justice, and an uncontrolled pandemic.”




Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns gets his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine March 11, 2021, at IU Ball Memorial Hospital. In an April 1 email, Mearns encouraged members of the student body to receive vaccines now that they are eligible. Jaden Whiteman, DN File
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Ball State faculty and students reflecting on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Before March 2020, the definition of “normal” was completely different. The gravity of the coronavirus pandemic was unknown, Zoom calls weren’t a thought and “face mask” was a football term. In the last year, millions of people in the United States have been infected by the virus, and hundreds of thousands have died. Now, there is hope for a return to normalcy. 



Frog Baby stands without water in a facemask March 16, 2020. March 16 was the first day of fully-online classes in the spring 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jacob Musselman, DN File
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A timeline of COVID-19 events on and off campus

Indiana marked the anniversary of its first confirmed COVID-19 death March 16, 2021. The coronavirus is still spreading across the world, country and state. With the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of three COVID-19 vaccines, there is hope for herd immunity later this year. Here's a look at some significant coronavirus events on and off Ball State's campus from March 2020 through today.








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