Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns gets his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine March 11, 2021, at IU Ball Memorial Hospital. In an April 1 email, Mearns encouraged members of the student body to receive vaccines now that they are eligible. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Ball State to continue to enforce face mask mandate

In a campus-wide email sent around 9 a.m. April 1, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said the university will continue to enforce a mandatory face mask policy while inside campus buildings through the end of the spring 2021 semester.




WEATHER

Cold start to april

Weather Forecaster Adam Feick has the latest on the cold start to April and when you can expect to see the return of sunshine and temperatures back up into the 70's.


BYTE

Underrated Female Video Game Streamers

Growing up playing a lot of video games, I noticed the lack of female representation to be a regular issue in the gaming community. Even now, a majority of gamers that I watch are men, and I hate that.  There are a lot of women who play video games but aren’t often given the opportunity to be seen without judgment— or at all. I want to start trying to change not only the lack of support for female gamers but the idea that it’s so easy for them to be successful. Therefore,  here is my list of underrated female streamers in the gaming community.


BYTE

The Coven S8E1: Fighting back against stereotypes

Welcome back to another episode of the Coven! On this special Women's History month episode, join us as we discuss Asian women in the media, the fetishization, and stereotypes of Asian women, and how this plays into the recent string of hate crimes against many Asian Americans. Tune in for all this and more on another episode of the Coven! Hosts: Shwetha Sundarrajan & Lizzie Nguyen Edited by: Shwetha Sundarrajan Graphic by: Taylor Sheridan



BYTE

#TimesUp: Representing Women in the Film Industry

The entertainment industry has been under scrutiny for how they include underrepresented communities within their work, specifically for the industry’s lack of inclusion. While this knowledge was never new, talk of this trend became even more apparent since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement blew up in 2017 after actresses spoke up about sexual harassment cases involving Harvey Weinstein. Both movements brought personal stories of women who face social injustices out of the woodwork and, specifically for the topic of this article regarding the entertainment industry, shaped an activist community whose motive is to demand equal representation and respect from all parties involved in the entertainment industry, i.e. casting, salary, award shows, etc. 



BYTE

Q+A with Monty Geer

Actor and comedian Monty Geer was relatively not as well-known when he was trying to make it big in the TV industry. That was until he landed a role on MTV’s drama/comedy Awkward. The show lasted five seasons and won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy. Geer played lanky, tall geek Cole Higgins, a recurring character on the show’s last two seasons. Since the show’s ending in 2016, the actor has been doing small projects here and there along with his own stand-up act in LA. Geer took the time to speak with me about his past career and the hard work and perseverance that got him where he is today.


BYTE

Peach Tree Rascals’ ‘Camp Nowhere’ is just peachy

With the instrumentals and use of electric, synthpop, the Peach Tree Rascals make the music of the ‘70s “cool” again. Artists like Poolside and Harry Styles are brought to mind when listening through. The band brings a fresh, unique sound to the pop and hip-hop communities that will surely stand out from other artists today.







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