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FILM

4 films that pass the Bechdel Test and 4 that don’t.

There are many ways the general public can review the overall reaction of a movie: Rotten Tomatoes, IMBd, news publications, etc. People have also developed tests that can be applied to movies to measure the level of inclusivity. One example of these tests is the Bechdel Test.


Second-year political science major Payton Glesing (left) and second-year nursing major Elena Mazzei (right) browse in the dress section of the Goodwill on Hessler Road Dec. 1 in Muncie, Indiana. Ella Howell, DN
GRADUATION

Looking professional is affordable, thanks to services both in the community and on campus.

With Fall Commencement comes a great deal of ceremony: cap and gown, “Pomp and Circumstance” and the speeches of proud faculty and peers. It’s a thoroughly fancy affair – a dignified send-off to four long years of hard work and memories. While it marks the end of the class of 2023’s college years, it’s only the beginning of a life of formalities.


The sun sets over Minnetrista Museum and Garden on Nov. 7. The community events that take place at Minnetrista rotate throughout the year. Ella Howell, DN
CHEAP DATES

5 low-cost dates in Muncie

It’s common that college students aim to be cautious with money. Finding ways to save while maintaining your social life can be hard, but when you are conscious of your spending, you can save a lot of money in the end. 


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MENTAL HEALTH

5 steps to helping someone in a mental health crisis

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), there were 49,449 deaths by suicide in 2022. In 2021, there were 1.7 million suicide attempts reported by the CDC. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP) and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline suggest five steps to help support those considering suicide. 


Emotional Support Animal Finnegan looks into the camera while he sits on fourth-year media major Kat Webber's lap Sept.15 at the Anthony Apartments. Mya Cataline, DN
MENTAL HEALTH

Animals provide support to eligible students in campus housing

Returning to your dorm room/apartment with a companion there waiting can be very comforting. On days students are stressed and struggling with their mental health, being able to cuddle with a furry cat, get out to run with a playful dog or even watch your fish swim can offer immense support and dissolve the outside pressures students often struggle with.


Ball State's Counseling Center has seen an increase in calls for appointments and wait times. William Betts, director of Counseling and Health Services at Ball State, said the center has implemented a "river" design in attempt to shorten the time it takes for a student to see a therapist. Stephanie Amador, DN File
MENTAL HEALTH

6 reasons to go to therapy

Therapy can be very beneficial to individuals struggling with mental health and conflict in their day-to-day lives. There are a wide variety of reasons that someone would attend therapy to improve their quality of life. 


Media

“To Kill a Mockingbird” propped against a stack of books on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. The book is commonly found in public-school curriculum and was on the American Library Association’s top 10 most challenged books for 2020. Ella Howell, DN
NEWS

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” propped against a stack of books on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. The book is commonly found in public-school curriculum and was on the American Library Association’s top 10 most challenged books for 2020. Ella Howell, DN


"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" written by Sherman Alexie leaning against a stack of other banned books on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. The book is a first-person perspective on life on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Ella Howell, DN
NEWS

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"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" written by Sherman Alexie leaning against a stack of other banned books on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. The book is a first-person perspective on life on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Ella Howell, DN


Books that are popularly known for being banned stacked on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. "Eleanor Park,” "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,”are not pictured, as they were checked out or not owned by the library. Ella Howell, DN
NEWS

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Books that are popularly known for being banned stacked on Sept.29 in Bracken Library. "Eleanor Park,” "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,”are not pictured, as they were checked out or not owned by the library. Ella Howell, DN


"Looking for Alaska" by John Green posed on Sept. 29 on the second floor of Bracken Library. The book has been contested for LGBTQ content and claims that it's "sexually explicit." Ella Howell, DN
NEWS

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"Looking for Alaska" by John Green posed on Sept. 29 on the second floor of Bracken Library. The book has been contested for LGBTQ content and claims that it's "sexually explicit." Ella Howell, DN

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