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Andrew Gustin, owner of Ameliorate Records and curator of "Two Minutes in Indiana" poses with his guitar Jan. 17, 2022. Gustin played his own track called "Willow Tree" on the album alongside individual compositions from 19 other Indiana musicians. Laura Hergenroether, Photo Provided
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Music artists share original compositions on living in Indiana

Eric Salazar knew after a high school jazz band bass clarinet solo what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. After his Brownsburg High School band director Joe Vrabec credited him as the reason the band won a judge’s choice award from a 2007 Purdue University jazz competition, he said he wanted to become a music performer to “help people feel their feelings and help people through music.”


Robert Dirden, Ball State assistant teaching professor of theatre, plans and prepares for a performance Oct. 28 at the Muncie Civic Theatre. Dirden is one of four Ball State faculty members nominated for the Muncie Mayor's Arts Awards of 2021. Ally Haymaker, DN
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Ball State faculty and graduate students reflect on being nominated for Muncie’s fourth biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards

Robert Dirden, Ball State assistant teaching professor of theatre, walked through the doors of the Muncie Civic Theatre as a 16-year-old in 1989 and wanted to help create sets and design shows. With theater experience from Muncie Central High School and a calling to create, Dirden said he helped the theater with whatever it needed, including painting sets, building props and sewing costumes.


Ro-Anne Royer Engle, Ball State vice president for student affairs, presents fall 2021 enrollment numbers with Paula Luff, vice president for enrollment, planning and management at the Board of Trustees meeting in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Oct. 1, 2021. Though freshman enrollment decreased by about 8 percent, the share of students of color and of socioeconomic diversity increased. Grace McCormick, DN
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Ball State Board of Trustees discusses decreased freshmen enrollment, Brown Family Amphitheater budget

Ball State’s Board of Trustees considered reasons for about an 8 percent decrease in freshman enrollment for the 2021-22 school year at its meeting Oct. 1. Paula Luff, vice president for enrollment, planning and management, said students weren’t able to visit campus in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic when deciding whether to enroll for the fall.


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
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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.

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