Success in the nest

 “There’s nothing better than being able to play in front of your own fans and I think our guys thrive off that. Just knowing that we got a lot of season to go and some of it’s going to be played here, it’s always good to get in front of the fans,” said the reigning National Coach of the Year, Donan Cruz. 

Protesters cross the scramble light holding signs during the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event March 18. The event was hosted by Black Women’s Voices. Olivia Ground, DN

Black Women’s Voices is a safe space for Black women to talk about their community

Eight women sat around a table at Bracken Library in August 2020 with the same thought in mind: the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot by police, wasn’t as respected as others, and there was no space on Ball State University’s campus to talk about what was happening in the Black community. That day, the eight founders: Star Gooch, Olamide Awoola, Makayla Atwater, Jordyn Owens, Kye Wilson, Trinity Mitchell, Jaylyn McDonald and Francesca Fontus, decided to make that space by creating the Black Women’s Voices organization, official in February 2021.

Ball State players celebrate after fifth-year utility player Amelia Daniel hits a walk-off single to win the game in a game against Central Michigan March 26 at the Softball Field at First Merchant Ballpark Complex. Daniel's RBI in the game was the game winning run. Brayden Goins, DN

Ball State sweeps Central Michigan in first home series

In Ball State’s first home series of the 2023 campaign, the Cardinals were able to bring out the brooms as they swept Central Michigan. “There's something special about this team when we're playing at home,” head coach Lacy Schurr said. “You know, this is my third season [as Ball State head coach] and there's something about being at home. If we have strikes and outs left on the board, we're still in the game.”

Graduate student Danilo Kovacevic swinging through a shot. Ball State Athletics, photo courtesy

Cardinals drop road matchup against Buffalo

At the halfway point in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) season, Ball State men’s tennis (10-7, 2-3 MAC) is left with some work to do if they want to make the postseason conference tournament. After Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Bulls (6-6, 2-3 MAC), the Cardinals are tied with Buffalo for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. 

Co-owners Jordie Butler, Grant Butler and Andy Thorpe (left to right) pose for a portrait March 19 at Electric Crayon in Muncie, Ind. Jacy Bradley, DN

Electric Crayon Records opens as a safe space for students and those suffering with addiction in Muncie

Music has been said to bring people of all ages together, and at Electric Crayon Records, it’s no different.  The store opened March 11, and within their first week, co-owner Grant Butler said a 14-year-old and a 60-year-old had already come in looking for similar records.   Butler, an addictions specialist at IU Health, has been into music since sharing a room with his punk-loving brother as a kid. His brother was a photographer and would take Butler with him to shows.  “When you’re a kid, the first medium you’re given is a crayon, pencil and all that stuff, so it’s kind of like that idea to create, there is electricity to it,” Butler said. “It’s kind of like the idea that you’re drawn to create art, whether it’s music or actual, tangible art or literature, any of that kind of stuff. You’re drawn to it.”

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