Brian Carless (Right) rolls up his sleeves to join Jeff Brubaker (Left) mix the soil for Sparky's Corner Greenhouse on Feb. 24 in Muncie, Ind. Ella Howell, DN

Buying local produce gives back to the community, and in some instances, is cheaper than alternatives

The original building that housed Sparky’s Corner Greenhouse was relatively small, but now it’s an expanded building in vibrant shades of pink, green and yellow. Inside, there are various hues of green stretching from floor to ceiling for Muncie residents to choose from. Sparky’s Corner Greenhouse aims to better the community by making affordable plants and produce accessible while working against inflation. Brian Carless is a co-owner and became comfortable in Muncie through his work in the Avondale Community Garden. 

Wes-Del head coach John McGlothin talks to his team during a timeout  Feb. 10 at Wes-Del Middle/Senior High School. Zach Carter, DN

John McGlothin: The story of a 30-Year coaching career

It’s Thursday, Febuary  23. The last practice before Wes-Del’s final regular season game against Elwood. Warriors head coach John McGlothin blows his whistle after each minute and tells his team to switch shooters. The Warriors are partner shooting. “We do it at least three times a week,” McGlothin said. “Lots of shots, working on our individual game…I felt like when I was a younger coach, my teams didn’t take enough time just getting shots up.” For the winningest coach in Wes-Del history, this is what the winter weeknights have looked like for the last 30 years. But following the 2022-23 season, that routine will end with his retirement.

Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets hang near the entrance of the Muncie YWCA's Twice as Nice resale shop Feb. 25. Gena Coers, a volunteer and Tri Kappa member, said that jewelry is one of their most popular items. Alex Bracken, DN

The Tri Kappa sorority gives back to the community through fundraisers and their Twice as Nice store

Euchre nights, cemetery visits, ax throwing, aerial aerobics, glass blowing workshops and community volunteering. This is what it’s like to be a part of Tri Kappa Muncie.  “It’s a place where you can socialize with people, but you also feel like you’re doing a service to the community,” Diane Frye, president of Tri Kappa Muncie, said.


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“We’ve been working really hard this season, and the previous semester as well to get to this point,” Kelly said. “The credit all goes to the players. They’re all really passionate and they put in their work.”

Junior elementary education major Bill Pawlak cheers for the Ball State Men's Basketball team before a game against Northern Illinois Feb. 14 at Worthen Arena. Amber Pietz, DN

How Michael Lewis led a student section revolution at Worthen Arena this season

At a preseason get-together in Indianapolis, Michael Lewis was talking with a group of alumni and donors about the upcoming Ball State Men’s Basketball season, which would be his first as head coach of the program. A question was posed to Lewis, one that would kick off a revolution in the 2022-23 season: How can the Cardinals get butts in seats at Worthen Arena and build ‘The Nest,’ Worthen Arena’s student section? His idea, one he admitted may have made University President Geoffrey Mearns and Ball State Legal Services a little nervous, was pretty simple: free beer. 

Ball State Men's Basketball Head Coach Michael Lewis paces the sidelines in a game against Kent State Feb. 21 at Worthen Arena. Ball State defeated Kent State 82-70. Eli Pierson, DN

Ball State is contender for an eighth MAC championship under first-year head coach Michael Lewis

This season, the Cardinals won their 20th game Feb. 21 in a highly anticipated matchup with Kent State, who was first in the conference at the time. It is the first 20-win season in the last six. With victories over Toledo and Akron, who currently sit first and third in MAC standings respectively, Lewis’ squad is looking to make waves in the conference tournament.

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