Abortion-rights protesters chant during a session of the Indiana state Senate at the Capitol on July 25, 2022 in Indianapolis. The legislature held a special session to consider curtailing abortion rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last month. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images/TNS)

Letter to the Editor: The Effects of Roe's Fall

Indiana’s state legislature is 82 percent male, and they overwhelmingly voted in favor of removing ALL exceptions and against expanding access to sexual education, contraception, which prevents unplanned pregnancies and the abortions they purport to want to stop, did not listen to most Hoosiers. 



“Sister Cindy” Smock speaks to a crowd of students at her “Ho no mo” rally Sept. 17, 2021, at the Quad. Smock and her husband, “Brother Jed,” travel the country going to different colleges and preaching their beliefs. Jacob Musselman, DN
OPINION

Another Chance For Damage

The message of this tale is simple: people should not go to events that they do not agree with. And the fact of the matter is that people have been attending Sister Cindy’s sermons to protest her contested views; however, these protests may be the fuel that allows Sister Cindy to become more popular with each passing day.


Sophomore public relations major KwaTashea Marfo poses by the Village on Ball State campus Aug. 28. Jacy Bradley, DN
FIRST-GEN

The Prison of Perfectionism

Whether I was gravitating toward the approval of my parental figures or being the go-to-person for everyone when they were down or in need of assistance, I adopted a lifestyle of being a perfectionist — a lifestyle that consisted of being there for others as much as I wished someone was there for me. 


Alex Bracken, DN Photo Illustration; Amber Pietz, DN Photo
AUTISM

My autism is not a tragedy.

Society has used inappropriate language to describe autism; using demeaning and belittling language to then build up a narrative of someone “heroically” overcoming their disability. This is one of the reasons why I despise shows like “America’s Got Talent” so much for how they depict people with autism. We are just trying to do the same things that neurotypical people do; our path to doing it is just different.



The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a case that could lead to a significant rollback of the Roe v. Wade decision. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)
ROE V. WADE

JOSLIN: Is this the end of Privacy?

My mom noted something when we talked about the ruling in the privacy of our home. She noted how her grandmother was not even able to open a checking account whenever she was starting a family in the 1940s and 1950s, and how she was scared that women’s rights in this country would regress following this decision.



Ball State Daily News Photo and Visuals Editor Amber Pietz takes photos at a men's volleyball MIVA Quarterfinals April 16 at Worthen Arena. Pietz is a freshman photographic storytelling and journalism graphics major at Ball State. Jacy Bradley, DN
SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

A journal from a photojournalist: My first year

The more I shot sports, the more I seemed to find myself. When I came to college I felt lost. Not because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but because I didn’t really know who I was anymore. I lost myself in high school and being at the Daily News helped me find my place and my people.


OPINION

OUR VIEW: Striving for what?

The editorial board hopes the RISE ticket can further the progress Strive has made and cement itself as SGA leadership that listens to the student body, however, with Strive’s term ended, we must assign the previous slate an incomplete grade.


(From left to right) Tina Nguyen, Chiara Biddle, Jacob Bartolotta and Nita Burton of the Student Government Association (SGA) Strive slate stand together Feb. 10, 2021. Bold was the SGA executive slate during the 2021-22 school year. Jacob Musselman, DN File
OPINION

OUR VIEW: The Daily News' point-by-point analysis of Strive's year in office

When campaigning to become the 2021-22 Student Government Association (SGA) executive slate, Strive promised to concentrate on four different focuses. Strive was the first slate to successfully be elected on focuses rather than platform points, earning 460 votes, or about 70 percent of student voter support, with the remaining votes going to the no confidence option.



Taylor Smith, Photo Provided
OPINION

Happily Ever After

After years of believing I didn’t deserve to lead this paper, I am proud to say my story has a happily ever after, because now, I finally believe I deserved it all along.


Rylan Capper, DN
OPINION

The Curtain Call

It’s never too late to get involved with student media, but my one regret is that I didn’t do it sooner, especially since I am graduating in three years instead of four.


Rylan Capper, DN
OPINION

Choosing Gratitude

The pandemic has unfortunately become so ingrained into everyone’s experiences that I think a lot of us would rather not think about how life could have gone without it.


Kamryn Tomlin, Alex Hindenlang, DN Illustration; Freepik, Photo Courtesy
OPINION

Single-Use Planet

Single-use plastics make our lives easier and more convenient, and that’s why we love them, but it’s important not to lose sight of why corporations love them. It’s not for the same reason we do. 






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