OPINION: American issues reflected in Muncie’s community

Muncie: What once was a strong community has struggled in the clutches of American problems. Collaborative community life in South-central Muncie has decreased over the years due to economic issues. The causes of this are not the fault of the community’s members, but the members can work to mend it.


OPINION: Ball State: Start addressing substance use

Substance use is relatively common among college students. Studies and surveys in the past have found that nearly half of the United States’ college students admit to abusing drugs or alcohol during binges at least once a month. This fact has led many universities across the country to provide services to support their students who face health emergencies from drug or alcohol use. Many schools offer additional services to those students seeking to recover from their addictions.


OPINION: A neighborhood misunderstood

When I first came to Muncie, I heard about staying away from “the other side of the tracks” — the dangerous side of Muncie. For my first two years here, I did just that. I stayed within campus and barely went beyond the roads of McGalliard and Tillotson. Eventually though, my studies forced me to cross those tracks and immerse myself in the space that was deemed unsafe: the Southside Neighborhood.


OPINION: Southside Muncie supports local veterans

t’s the holiday season and that means it’s the season of giving back. On Dec. 3, the Muncie Southside Neighborhood Association held their veteran’s coffee club, which happens on the first Saturday of each month. This is an amazing idea and with everything veterans must deal with, it only makes sense that this should happen. Honestly, veterans get the short end of the stick when you think about it. 


OPINION: Muncie: A hub for gentrification

Throughout its colorful history, Muncie has been the latest spot for the gentrification of its South Central district. Gentrification is “the process whereby the character of a poor urban area is changed by wealthier people moving in, improving housing, and attracting new businesses, typically displacing current inhabitants in the process,” according to Webster’s Dictionary. 


OPINION: The cost of cultural competence

Muncie is in denial, the first notch on Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. Developed in 1986, the “Bennett Scale” explores ways people interact and experience different cultures. The six stages of the scale in order are denial, defense, minimization, acceptance, adaptation and integration. The Muncie community falls in the beginning of these steps: denial.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter at the Democratic Convention June 26, 2004. Olivier Douliery/ABACA, Tribune Content Agency

AP: Rosalynn Carter, outspoken former first lady, dies at 96

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter during his one term as U.S. president and their four decades thereafter as global humanitarians, has died at the age of 96. The Carter Center said she died Sunday after living with dementia and suffering many months of declining health. The statement said she "died peacefully, with family by her side" at 2:10 p.m. at her rural Georgia home of Plains.

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