Michelle Morrison, bottom right, asks Cheryl Brown Henderson, bottom left, questions after her guest lecture. Brown Henderson was the 41st annual MLK Speaker for Ball State's Unity Week. Evan Weaver, Screenshot Capture

Civil rights activist Cheryl Brown Henderson lectures virtually at Ball State

Continuing the MLK Speaker Series in a webinar format because of COVID-19 restrictions, Ball State hosted “A Conversation with Cheryl Brown Henderson,” founding president of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research and daughter of Oliver Brown — one of the plaintiffs for Brown v. Board of Education that resulted in the racial desegregation of public schools. Brown Henderson spoke on numerous topics to an online room full of students.

Members of Community Justice Initiative and their supporters, foreground, demonstrate, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in front of the Rochester Police Department's Clinton Section at N. Clinton Avenue and Upper Falls Boulevard to protest the police handcuffing and using pepper spray on a 9-year-old girl last Friday, in Rochester, N.Y. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Five national stories of the week

The U.S. sees decreasing COVID-19 cases, the Biden administration deports hundreds of immigrants, Rochester officers are suspended after pepper-spraying a 9-year-old, Donald Trump names lawyers to his impeachment team and President Joe Biden meets with Republicans about a coronavirus aid package make up this week's five national stories.

Ball State students and Muncie community members march on McKinley Avenue for the Unity March, Jan. 16, 2017. This year's Unity March was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ball State will still welcome guest speakers via Zoom and host events for Unity Week. Kyle Crawford, DN File

Ball State's Unity Week 2021 schedule

Ball State’s 41st annual Unity Week will look different than years past due to COVID-19 restrictions. There will not be the usual MLK Community Breakfast or Unity March, but organizations will still host some events via Zoom and a few in-person events.


Artist of the Month: Dominic Fike

Lately, I haven’t been able to stop listening to Dominic Fike. No matter what I do, I find myself pulling up his Spotify profile and pressing the shuffle button, so much so that it has become a part of my daily schedule—like second nature. 


‘Uncharted’ games ranked (Playstation releases)

In the city of Cartagena, Columbia, Nathan Drake -just kicked out of a museum for attempted theft- scours the city searching for another way in. An older gentleman spots the boy—witnessing his talents for thieving. Fast forward at least a decade, and the two are scouring the Rub’ al Khali desert, jungles of Borneo, and more. Uncharted’s heartfelt and thrilling journey began in 2007 and continues to capture movie-like escapades over a decade later. With three releases on the PlayStation 3 and three on the PlayStation 4 (including The Nathan Drake Collection), there’s more to return to even after several playthroughs. Here are the Uncharted installments ranked.

A vehicle with Myanmar and military flags and supporters of the Myanmar military and the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party passes by a row of police trucks with police security onboard parked near the Kyauktada police station in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Myanmar military television said Monday that the military was taking control of the country for one year. (AP Photo)

Five international stories of the week

Myanmar’s military siezes the government, AstraZeneca will supply 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the EU, 13 people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Syria, Europe's human rights court condemned Russia for violations in 2008 war with Georgia and Mexico's president works from isolation after a positive COVID-19 test make up this week's five international stories.


In Between the Lines: Right to life

I was raised with the belief that once you are brought into this world, you have a purpose and are deserving of life. The morals that have been instilled in me since birth tell me laws like the death penalty should cease to exist, but morality can’t necessarily be backed up by fact.

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