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The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) began as the food stamps program in 1939. Traditionally, students would only be able to receive SNAP benefits if they met certain exceptions, but eligibility has been temporarily expanded to students during the COVID-19 pandemic for those with financial need. Wikimedia Commons, Photo Courtesy
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Ball State community shares resources available for relieving food insecurity

Like most other Americans following the sharp increase of unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lilyana Salazar’s work situations have changed. Salazar, senior biology major, is the executive director of Cardinal Kitchen, which has expanded its operation hours to provide students with food and toiletries as more people rely on food banks and federal assistance to get the help they need.


Sophomore journalism and telecommunications major Maya Wilkins gets the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. An Indiana state press release said more than 5.4 million Hoosiers are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 after the state opened eligibility to people ages 16 and older. Jaden Whiteman, DN Illustration
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Ball State students discuss receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Only five hospitals and clinics in Indiana had received doses of COVID-19 vaccines the week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in December 2020. Nearly four months later, more than 400 vaccine clinics have opened in the state.


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Indiana 529 college savings plans increase in 2020

As many college students worry about paying off student loans, the average cost of college tuition in the United States has consistently risen at two to three times the rate of inflation each year, according to the College Savings Plans Network. The majority of federal financial aid comes in the form of loans, which increases the burden of student loan debt for graduates and families.


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Ball State, Muncie community remembers graduate Eric Talley killed in Boulder shooting

How much power does a name hold? For Steve Jones, the name Eric Talley has been powerful enough to leave him in shock twice in his life. Once was in 2007, when Jones, director of the graduate program in Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), was teaching classes in Australia for six months and received a three-page-long email from Talley.


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