Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus’ album ‘These 13’ is all heart at its core

 For folk lovers everything, 'These 13' speaks to the art. Bird’s exploratory pop mixes with Mathus’ traditional gospel to create an album that takes you on a journey. Though the makeup of the sound is simple — just a fiddle, guitar, and two voices — it is riveting. It’s a worthwhile listen on all fronts, production, lyrics, and especially in originality.

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

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

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.


Nick Jonas presents an amazing atmosphere with ‘Spaceman’

As with most pop hits, ‘Spaceman’ is littered with love ballads and verses of sweet, intimate vocals. In that sense, there’s a lack of originality in the album, but that’s the only sagging element here. Every track is fast-paced and fun with no time for sad, melancholy which is another reason the album is worth a listen. With a tracklisting as well-rounded as presented, it’ll be difficult for the artist to top this music oasis with future releases. If you happen to pass by the physical copy, it’s worth the purchase.

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