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Ball State students ‘walked a mile in her shoes’ for sexual assault, domestic violence march at University Green

As people clung to their jackets holding protest signs and wind blew through University Green, several men picked a pair of heels in their size from a table and began buckling them onto their feet. With different heel height variations, the men gathered with women to “walk a mile in [their] shoes,” and to march in awareness of violent crimes against women.


Second Year Grad Sculpture Student Ellen Leigh (left) gives Sandy Tharp (right) a mount that she sculpted for Tharp to put the basket on top of on Jan. 14, 2022 at Forever Baskets in Muncie, IN. Amber Pietz, DN
COMMUNITIES

Members of Muncie craft shop Forever Baskets talk about basket weaving and the business

  It starts with the base, a circular slab of wood surrounded by thinner strands, which travel the perimeter of the slab, around and around. Tall strands the size of popsicle sticks reach toward the sky, away from the circular motion of the other strands, almost making a fence. Where the end of the continuous circle meets the sky-reaching fence, the thinner circular strands begin to weave around the taller strands, enveloping them. This is basket weaving.


Erica Robinson Moody laughs while doing her son Brooklyn's hair Jan. 27. Erica's mission statement for her classes is "bridging the cultural gaps in the beauty community," and she is very focused on cultural hair education. Maya Wilkins, DN
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Muncie Education in Biracial Hair class aims to change the beauty industry

In a room attached to the kitchen of Erica Robinson Moody’s home sits two salon chairs. A cabinet is filled with different colored hair dyes, an apron hangs on a hook near a large mirror and products stand in single-file lines on the counters.  Her son, Brooklyn Moody, sits in a salon chair where his mom said he often falls asleep, while she takes a comb, twirls it tightly on a small section of his hair and creates a tight, springy curl an inch or two in length. Dozens of these curls lie across his head. Brooklyn’s hairstyle takes 45 minutes to style this way, and the style only stays for about a week —  a reality for biracial hair.


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OPINION

The graduation parachute

 As students, we need to be aware of the possibility of the picture-perfect portraits of our futures falling apart, and we need to ask for the right instruction from our universities to combat that possibility. 


Before the "Gen: i" meeting begins Sept. 23, Viveka Melo shows Charity Coffman, associate program director at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, something on her phone. The "Gen: i" group meets twice per month. Elissa Maudlin, DN
NEWS

Ball State's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute launches new 'Gen: i' program

With the tap of keys on a keyboard and the click of a mouse, a group of undergraduate and graduate students each pressed “send” on an application. They were chosen from a small pool of applicants after presenting who they are to the lens of a camera and writing a 1,000-word-maximum essay to explain why they should be part of a program that’s never been done before. 


NEWS

Boys and Girls Clubs of Muncie present Just Desserts fundraiser for 2021

People in tables of four will gather in one room Sept. 25 after paying $200 for their table at the annual Just Desserts fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Muncie. Each table will discuss how much money they will collectively put on the line to beat out other tables to win the prize — their top choice of treats available. The reward will be sweets because, as Amy Gibson, director of resource development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Muncie, said, “It’s all about the desserts, and who doesn’t love desserts?”


OPINION

Abstraction: Gay is still normal

There is still this looming idea that LGBTQ people are different. We are seen as special, unique, brave, edgy, but all those adjectives give off the same impression: we’re still different. 


OPINION

Abstraction: Generation Google

The problem is life doesn’t work this way. Life isn’t like Google. It’s an entire journey where you don’t get your answers until later down the line — if you get answers at all. 

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