A Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans arrives before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Five national news stories of the week

Advocacy groups call on Biden to end federal executions, schools plan for remote learning in the fall, hackers try to poison Florida drinking water, maskless Super Bowl fans raise fears about the coronavirus and a new program for minority businesses in Southern underserved communities make up this week's five national stories.



NEWS

New precautions for Walk a Mile in my Shoes

This week marks Muncie Mission's 17th annual Walk A Mile in My Shoes. The annual event is all about raising awareness of the community’s homeless and hungry, as well as raising funds to support Muncie Missions services. 



Redshirt freshman Mitchell Carter puts on his helmet Nov. 25, 2019. Jacob Musselman, DN Illustration
OPINION

Let your kids be kids

So, you’ve signed up little Robert for tee ball, and before long, you realize your child is good. Not just good — this kid is going to be the next Derek Jeter. So, naturally, you take the next step and install a full baseball infield in your basement, spend every weekend at the batting cages and travel all over the country competing in prestigious Little League tournaments. After all, you want to give your little champion the best chance at getting that college scholarship and set them up for a beautiful, storied career in the MLB, right?


Protesters hold large three-fingered salute cutouts while onboard a vehicle in Yangon, Myanmar on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. The salutes represent resistance to the military coup that happened last week. (AP Photo)
NEWS

Five international stories of the week

A rescue effort begins after an Indian glacier flood, Moscow's jails are overcrowded with opposition protestors, a water cannon is fired at protestors in Myanmar, South Africa suspends its AstraZeneca vaccine effort and top diplomats in the United States and China discuss issues that have strained their relationship make up this week's five international stories.




BYTE

Input 2 S9E3: Pixar’s Soul brings in more representation

  Welcome back to another episode of Input 2! Join us as we talk about Pixar's new movie Soul and whether or not the movie brings more representation to the table, and the controversy surrounding the film. Tune in as we talk about representation and more on this week's episode of Input 2! Hosts: Dylan Walter & Mason Kupiainen Edited by: Dylan Walter Graphic by: Kellyn Harrison


Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns stands June 4, 2020, at Muncie City Hall. The Board of Trustees met virtually Feb. 5, 2021 and discussed the university's COVID-19 mitigation measures. Jacob Musselman, DN File
NEWS

Ball State Board of Trustees reviews COVID-19 federal funding

Ball State’s Board of Trustees met virtually Feb. 5, 2021 and discussed the state of the university’s budget. Vice President for Business Affairs Alan Finn said Ball State will receive $22.5 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which former President Donald Trump signed Dec. 27, 2020.


Alpha Tau Omega's house is seen on Riverside Avenue Jan. 8, 2018 before their letters are attached. After having to quarantine in the fall 2020 semester, Alpha Tau Omega members have implemented bi-weekly cleaning procedures for the house and have shifted more meetings online during the coronavirus pandemic. Madeline Grosh, DN File
NEWS

Ball State fraternities and sororities cope with COVID-19 challenges

As spring rush week began for the Greek Life community, fraternity and sorority members were having a different experience compared to last year. Ball State’s Greek Life is in the process of rebranding as Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) to alleviate confusion for international students, “especially [those] who come from a Greek background,” said J. Chris Hager, associate director of student life.


NEWS

Ball State announces rapid-result COVID-19 tests for campus

In a campus-wide email sent around 1 p.m. Thursday, Vice President of Student Affairs Ro-Anne Royer Engle announced expanded coronavirus testing for students. Beginning Feb. 9, students and staff can get rapid-result antigen tests at Worthen Arena three days a week, the email said. Students and employees must be asymptomatic to get antigen tests and will receive results within 30 minutes.


Lloyd the cat sits in front of a window at his house. Lloyd has non-metastatic skin cancer, and his owners said they believe he was exposed to it after his car accident in October 2019. Jody Mason, Photo Provided
NEWS

Lloyd the cat and owners seek medical treatment for his cancer

Ball State has its fair share of campus icons, from Beneficence to Frog Baby to Shafer Tower. One icon is a lot smaller than the rest. It’s considered more of a secret but just as important to the campus community. Lloyd the cat, 14, was diagnosed Jan. 14 with nonmetastatic skin cancer, meaning it will not spread to the rest of his body and will stay on his nose and top part of his lip.







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