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Central Indiana is one of the least expensive rental markets in the nation. However, Ball State students end up with high student debt, pay too much for rent, and waste money. Intelligent students, graduate students, teachers and Ball State staff have found a better alternative than rent by the bedroom.

Minnetrista practices sustainability throughout its 40 acres of gardens. The non-profit achieves this through multiple efforts, such as planting Indiana native species, shown here in the Oakhurst Gardens. Photo by Kimberly Harris.

Minnetrista shows visitors it’s easy to be green

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, more and more people are turning their attention to environmental causes and conservation efforts. One local organization that keeps these ideas in mind year-round is Minnetrista. The non-profit has 40 acres of gardens along with a number of resource management strategies to keep Minnetrista and Muncie thriving. 


Coffe, Conversation, and The Cup

Something as simple as a cup of coffee and a conversation can go a long way to grow a community and create new connections. We feel that no one should have to walk into an establishment and feel that they do not belong. Going into the seventh year of business, The Cup keeps that idea in mind as an ever-changing customer base discovers what the village has to offer Muncie residents and Ball State students alike. 


The Making of Art Mart

As a young art student at Ball State, the only source for art supplies was the Ball State Book Store. Back in the 1970's when I was purchasing, I remember having to ask at a window for a special paper, tube of paint or paint brush, then waiting while the person I had asked went to retrieve the products. It was kind of like shopping on the Internet for art supplies: as a customer I didn't get to handle the products or see the color before purchasing, only after. At some point during my college career, Dave's Art Supply opened in the village. It was a great place with a great atmosphere and all the cool kids hung out there! I never wanted to leave.

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Beacon Hill: The Perfect Place to Connect Life and Learning

Beacon Hill and Kensington Chesterfield are prime rental communities with a convenient location within walking distance to Ball State University. An assortment of shops, eateries, gyms, and local hot spots are all at your fingertips. One to Four bedroom apartment homes are up for selection and offer spacious open concept floor plans to meet all of your needs. These apartment homes showcase newly upgraded flooring, paint, fixtures, and appliances. Come see why Beacon Hill and Kensington Chesterfield are the best Muncie has to offer.   



My name is Joe Smelser and I am a landlord in Muncie. I have been in the rental business for over 29 years. I bought my first property with my mom in 1988. She and I spent countless hours cleaning, painting and repairing my first house.  I have always been good with my hands and was able to do a lot of the work myself.  I started to consider the possibility of becoming a landlord. The prospect of becoming a landlord was somewhat scary.  Who would I rent to? Could I make a living doing this?


The story of Greek's Pizzeria

1968: Athanasios Chris Karamesines set out to fulfill his dream of becoming a pizza restaurateur. Chris, the Greek part of Greek's® Pizzeria, was born in Chicago and developed a taste for good food at a young age. His father, who traveled to the United States of America in 1919 from a small village in Greece, foresaw the endless opportunities America had to offer. 


Get to know Byte

  Byte is a student-run, multimedia coalition operating out of Ball State’s Unified Media. As an online multimedia publication, Byte covers entertainment, tech, and popular culture. Byte produces Checkpoint, a weekly news series and various podcasts. Students also have the opportunity to write reviews, news, and features that are published on Byte’s website. 

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