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Afghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under Taliban rule, in the downtown area of Kabul on Sept. 3. The Taliban has a history of oppressing women by only allowing them in public while dressing modestly and being escorted by a male relative. Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images/TNS, Photo Courtesy

Muncie community members reflect on personal experiences in Afghanistan, future of the country under Taliban control

When she was just 13 years old, Bibi Bahrami saw her home become a place too dangerous to live. Her friends and family had to evacuate the Behsood district of eastern Afghanistan to live as refugees in Pakistan after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Bahrami witnessed death and devastation, as she lost a brother, three cousins and her grandfather.

Junior theater major Emma Grow runs on the treadmill Feb. 22, 2021, at the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. While social distancing will not be observed as strictly as in the 2020-21 school year, people will still be required to wear masks on campus in indoor facilities regardless of their vaccination status. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Students share their thoughts on Ball State’s indoor mask mandate

Though Ball State’s campus is returning to mostly in-person learning, activity fairs, sporting events and club activities, the COVID-19 pandemic is still taking its toll on the usual operations of the university. While fully vaccinated students and staff will be free to socialize without keeping their distance from each other, face masks will be required for everyone indoors.

Friends and family members release balloons in Montana Lopez's honor in Muncie, June 23, 2021. After Lopez was shot and killed June 19, family members organized a balloon release, funeral and candle lighting. Blake Smith, Photo Provided

Students and teachers reflect on June 2021 shooting of Ball State freshman Montana Lopez

After a few hours at Brothers Bar & Grill on a Saturday night, senior telecommunications major Blake Smith received a University Police Department (UPD) text alert that said officers were investigating reports of shots fired on her street. She was the first of her group of roommates and friends to go back to her house, and texted her friend and neighbor Montana Lopez to check on him. Smith had been at Lopez’s house for a party before going to Brothers.

Amy Wyse, junior international business, economics and Spanish triple major, was announced as Ball State's new student trustee in June. She will serve in her position through June 30, 2023. Amy Wyse, Photo Provided

Meet Ball State's new student trustee

Amy Wyse, Ball State junior international business, economics and Spanish triple major, was in Yellowstone National Park when she missed a call from the Indiana governor’s office — a call letting her know she had moved onto the final round of interviews to fill the student representative position on the Ball State Board of Trustees.

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