Olivia Ground


MiddleTown property group's business sign on N. Walnut Street is pictured Aug. 30. The property management company will pay $35,000 for allegedly unfair and deceptive business practices, according to the Indiana Attorney General's office. Mya Cataline, DN

MiddleTown Property Groups will pay $35,000 to cease allegedly unfair and deceptive practices

An investigation by Attorney General Rokita’s Homeowner Protection Unit determined that MiddleTown Property Management LLC and MiddleTown Property Group LLC have been using the unregistered trade name “BSU Rentals.” The Attorney General’s office suggests that this could confuse consumers, leading them to believe the company is in association with Ball State. 


A Ball State directing student creates a show about a world without water through a sustainable approach for senior capstone project

“Take a breath in. Take a breath out. Set an intention.”  Fourth-year directing major Brynn Allison-Harty repeats the words to their cast at the start of rehearsal in between downward dog stretches and indie-pop music. They want the cast to think about the things they would like to improve during the rehearsal and think about the way they want the rehearsal to go.  For Allison-Harty, the intention was simple: tell a story about the climate crisis with an emphasis on sustainability in production. 

First-year Theatre Design and Technology major Kyra Sells completes her Avatar costume for Stage Makeup Design class Feb. 21 in University Theatre. Olivia Ground, DN

Behind the scenes at Ball State theatre

Silence falls over the crowd. The orchestra plays the first notes. Energy vibrates through the room, as anticipation grows. Goosebumps form, and smiles widen as the curtain opens to reveal a the set — elaborately painted structures and period props, costumes, hair and makeup.  Before an actor says the first line — in that opening pause — the audience enters the story. Kip Shawager, associate professor emeritus of theatre design of the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance, said these visual cues establish the setting, the time period and the tone of the story.    “We’re supporting the actors and the directions and everything they do by surrounding them with visuals to tell the story that makes sense,” he added.  Shawger shared that all the visual and design aspects of theatre — costuming, sets, props, hair, makeup and lighting — all have to work in unison.  

Former Ball State bus driver Brian Kemp poses for a portrait on his last day Feb. 8 by the Student Center. Kemp will work as a truck driver after 5 years at Ball State. Jacy Bradley, DN

Ball State bus driver says goodbye to students and faculty after five years

He greeted every single person who stepped foot on the bus with a smile. He knew multiple students by name. He knew their major, their schedule and where they were headed. He knew their plan for the day, and what they were doing that evening. He knew when they were graduating, how their extracurriculars were and what they planned to do after school.  He took care and pride in keeping students safe, especially at night.  Ball State University bus driver Brian Kemp has driven campus shuttles for five years. For him, the best part about this job is the students. 

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