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The Coven S8E2: Female video game characters- sexualized or not?

Welcome back to the Coven! In this episode, join us as we discuss the oversexualizing of female characters in video games, such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Bayoneta, and more. Is the trend of over-sexualizing female video characters such a bad thing? What kind of harassment do female gamers experience? Tune in to find out all this and more on another episode of the Coven! Hosts: Shwetha Sundarrajan & Blake Chapman Edited by: Shwetha Sundarrajan Graphic by: Taylor Sheridan


Students from the Ball State University Singers organization take off during the 2019 Ball State University Bed Race Oct. 18, on Riverside Ave. Bed races have been a Homecoming Week traditional at BSU since 1980. Kyle Crawford, Byte File
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Ball State prepares for Homecoming Week in a new format

Nearly 14 months removed from the last Homecoming Week, Ball State is preparing to hold the annual event again April 26-May 1 with some significant changes. Other than the obvious rescheduling of Homecoming from the fall semester to the spring, the 94th annual week-long event will be held in a hybrid virtual and in-person fashion.



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‘Batman: Arkham’ games ranked (Console releases)

The hugely popular Batman: Arkham franchise is one of my favorite video game franchises (alongside Uncharted and The Last of Us). I’ve been a fan of Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s titles since I was 13, as they provided the ultimate experiences imaginable for me to become Batman. Now, while all of the Arkham series games are good at the very least, some are better than others. (Note: I will only be ranking the console releases. Therefore, I will not talk about the handheld entry Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which came out on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.)


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Big Monkey Fighting Radioactive Lizard: The good, the bad, and the disappointing

Everyone likes a good movie, but what exactly makes a movie good? That’s definitely a topic for debate. A movie can easily be so bad that it’s good. One example being The Room which is objectively a horrible movie, but that attribute is what makes it so entertaining and elevated it to a cult classic. Sadly though, not all bad movies get this honor, like Cats— which is just plain bad. A simple way to find both objectively and subjectively “good” movies is to check both critic reviews and audience reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives you both for a reason. So, why in the world am I talking about this? Big monkey fighting radioactive lizard, that’s why. Godzilla vs. Kong for those of you who didn’t immediately get it.



NEWS

Learn more about whale sharks

Because they aren’t predatory creatures, whale sharks don’t have the same bloodthirsty reputation as their kin. Yet, the whale shark is the biggest shark in the ocean. During Earth Day, and every day, we celebrate these majestic creatures. 


An aerial shot shows the property at 1200 W. 8th St. previously owned by RACER Trust and General Electric. The City of Muncie bought this property Jan. 26, 2021 and will install a solar field on the 53 acres. City of Muncie, Photo Provided
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Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour's Green Agenda

Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour has developed plans to better the local environment, including many ideas to bring beauty back into the community. Ridenour discussed his plans March 22 for establishing pollinator fields throughout the city. Butterflies, flowers, other wildlife and insects will be able to populate in these natural spaces without being mown over. City employees are currently looking for five-acre plots for these fields.



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Celebrating Drew Barrymore’s illustrious career

Cunning, beautiful, and the ultimate survivor of the horrors of fame, actress Drew Barrymore has had quite the acting career now at 46 years old. On April 13, Barrymore got candid with actress Demi Lovato about Lovato’s struggles with fame and being in the spotlight at such a young age. Barrymore mentioned she could relate to Lovato’s recent documentary Dancing with the Devil, which detailed the young actress’ time in and out of rehab and how she reclaimed her sobriety after a scary overdose in 2018. With a career spanning nearly four decades, Barrymore has come close to some devilish misfortunes herself, but what makes her life so tragic and inspiring at the same time? The answer comes with Barrymore’s deep ties to Hollywood starting at such an early age.


Kelsey Pavelka reads with students in her class April 16, 2021, in West View Elementary School. Pavelka is a teacher in the Dual Language Immersion Program, which teaches students Spanish and English simultaneously to foster early language development. Andy Klotz, Photo Provided
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West View Elementary School teaches students English and Spanish at the same time

Vibrant colors of orange, yellow, green and red cover the walls from floor to ceiling in forms of flags, posters and papel picados. Cubbies line the walls and desks are spread out like a typical elementary school classroom, but, sticking true to the program, there are hardly any English words displayed. Instead, they are replaced by a buzz of activity from the teacher reading in Spanish to the excited chatter of the students. This is what it’s like to walk into Kelsey Pavelka’s elementary dual language immersion classroom.


Janet Fick, associate lecturer of construction management, poses for a photo April 19, 2021, outside the David Letterman Communication and Media Building. Fick has been the instructor for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Lab since its creation in 2015. Jaden Whiteman, DN
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A look inside Ball State's commitment to energy-efficient buildings

The Applied Technology Building isn’t a very impressive structure from the standpoint of height. Most mornings, it is quite literally in the shadow of the Teachers College. Yet there is one aspect of the Applied Technology Building that sets it apart from most other buildings on campus — it is one of only seven buildings on campus with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating. 


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A Thank You from Lowery’s, Your Favorite Local Candy Shop

Here at Lowery’s we could not be more thankful to be in a place as supportive as the Muncie Community. You have been with us from the beginning and stuck by us through this challenging pandemic. As a family-owned business open since 1941, the support from our community is vital. We want to take a moment to express our appreciation and gratitude for each and every individual that makes up a part of our community.







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