Third-year business administration major Hope Churchill poses for a photo outside the Bracken Administration Building Aug.19. Grayson Joslin, DN

Hope Churchill begins term as Ball State’s student trustee

For Ball State, the student trustee must be a resident of Indiana and have a 2.5 or better grade point average at the time of the application. The position includes $50 for each meeting and Commencement attended, a 10% discount at the Ball State bookstore, and an all-access parking pass, among many things.

In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo the White House is seen in Washington. The coronavirus pandemic and the nation's crashing economy are scrambling the themes both political parties thought would carry them to victory in this November's elections. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The crumbling division of church and state

Today, we are faced with a religious enthusiasm that seeks faith to serve a foundational role in government. Politicians and judicial leaders are more heavily interweaving their beliefs into places they don’t belong. There is no religious test to hold office, so why allow religion to intersect with the crucial legislative action that affects every citizen?

Caden Johnson speaking with Ty Bryant after Ball State's 44-14 loss to Kentucky Sept. 2 at Kroger Field. Johnson went to Fredrick Douglas High School in Lexington, Kentucky, with Bryant. Mya Cataline, DN

“It looks good on us”

Caden’s girlfriend, Kiara Henderson, grew up with Caden in Lexington, but now attends the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. After making multiple five hour drives to visit Caden at Ball State, she said the two-hour drive to their hometown to support her partner felt like nothing. 

A Warrior catches the ball August 27 during a game against Tri-Central. Photo provided by Wes-Del head coach Matt Nuckols.

Warriors fall to Greenwood Christian Academy

Wes-Del football was on the cusp of its first win of the 2023-24 campaign as they led Greenwood Christian Academy 26-22 with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter. But after multiple missed tackles by the Warriors, Cougars’ starting quarterback sophomore Trey Dobson gave his team the lead with a touchdown run. This score would go on to be the dagger as the Warriors fell 29-26.

MiddleTown property group's business sign on N. Walnut Street is pictured Aug. 30. The property management company will pay $35,000 for allegedly unfair and deceptive business practices, according to the Indiana Attorney General's office. Mya Cataline, DN

MiddleTown Property Groups will pay $35,000 to cease allegedly unfair and deceptive practices

An investigation by Attorney General Rokita’s Homeowner Protection Unit determined that MiddleTown Property Management LLC and MiddleTown Property Group LLC have been using the unregistered trade name “BSU Rentals.” The Attorney General’s office suggests that this could confuse consumers, leading them to believe the company is in association with Ball State. 

Chief Jim Duckham hugs a guest at his retirement party Aug. 25 at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Chief Duckham's last day is Aug. 31. Olivia Ground, DN

Ball State University Police Department Police Chief Jim Duckham retires after 30 years of service

 Director of Public Safety and Chief of University Police Jim Duckham officially retired Aug. 31 after more than 30 years in law enforcement, including over nine years with Ball State. The search to fill the position has already begun and is expected to be concluded by October, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Ro-Anne Royer Engle.


'A great test'

Although Ball State has never defeated an SEC opponent, the Cardinals have high expectations heading into their week one contest against Kentucky. Ball State is set to face off against the Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, at Noon Sept. 3, where the spread has the Cardinals as 26.5-point underdogs.

Redshirt freshman tight end Brady Hunt celebrates scoring a touchdown in the homecoming game against Eastern Michigan Oct. 22, 2022 at Scheumann Stadium. Hunt scored one touchdown during the game. Amber Pietz, DN

Hungrier than ever

Coming off a 5-7 season in 2022, the Cardinals are looking to ‘accomplish something great’ behind a revamped offense and an anchored defense. Ball State is set to face off against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, at Noon Sept. 3, where the spread has the Cardinals as 26.5-point underdogs.

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