September 11, 2013
As state legislatures continue to debate whether to allow people to carry concealed firearms on college campuses, a survey shows that most students oppose the idea. The survey, conducted by Ball State University, found that 78 percent of students at 15 Midwestern colleges were against the carrying of handguns on campuses and would not obtain a permit to do so if it were allowed. A similar majority, nearly four in five students, said they would not feel safe if students, faculty members, and visitors were allowed to carry guns.
September 8, 2013
Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer, along with Ball State President Jo Ann Gora, announced Friday the creation of the Congressional Leadership Academy. Two students from every high school in the sixth district will be selected to participate in the event.
Note: Story ran story on air multiple times over weekend.
August 18, 2013
Young man from the heartland, a college student with an entire semester's tuition on the line at Ball State University with this shot from half court. Check it out. He shoots, he scores.
August 11, 2013
Ball State fans will soon get an up close look at football, basketball and volleyball games. The Muncie Star Press reports that the university is installing high-definition jumbo screens in both Scheumann Stadium and Worthen Arena. University officials say the fan experience will be enhanced as there will be roving cameras, crowd shots, and fan participation featured on the screens. To finance them though, ticket prices will be raised by a dollar.
May 8, 2013
For online programs for veterans, Ball State ranks among best
In its first rankings of online programs for veterans, U.S. News & World Report put Ball State's among the top in the country.
April 30, 2013
Gora thanks legislators for BSU budget
It includes a 2.8 percent increase plus $33.1 million to finish geothermal project.
April 21, 2013
Ball State to invest $20M in athletics facility
Ball State's “Cardinal Commitment: Developing Champions” campaign has a $20 million fundraising goal by December 2014, an amount of money that is expected to bring significant upgrades to the Ball State baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, football and golf facilities.
April 10, 2013
New BSU coach makes good first impression
James Whitford wrapped up his media interviews, and as he sat in the Ball State locker room Wednesday for a brief break before he rushed off to his next public speaking engagement, he took a moment to let what just unfolded sink in.
Ball State introduced the 41-year-old Whitford as its men’s basketball head coach in the Alumni Lounge at Worthen Arena roughly 45 minutes earlier, and his press conference generated a buzz as a lively crowd hung on his every word.
March 30, 2013
Universities work to boost performance, state aid
Ball State President Jo Ann Gora told the House Ways and Means Committee in January that the school has been at a disadvantage because it has worked to raise admission standards and the quality of programs while keeping enrollment around 16,000. That strategy, along with Ball State's focus on non-STEM degrees, has hurt it’s funding, she said. Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally.
March 21, 2013
BSU online course to study gender in comics
Ball State professor Christina Blanch spent her formative years spinning in a circle, trying to transform into Wonder Woman. Although she didn't magically become a crime-fighting Amazonian princess, she did gain a life-long love of comics.
March 19, 2013
Colleges Divided over Value of Free Online Classes
In her largest traditional college class, Ball State University instructor Christina Blanch taught 80 students - the most the fire code would allow in the classroom.
Note: This story originated with The Indianapolis Star and distributed nationally by Associated Press.
February 6, 2013
Professor Garfield Foundation and FTC Family of Companies Announce New Partnership
The Professor Garfield Foundation, (an educational initiative of Paws, Inc. and Ball State University), and FTC Family of Companies, are pleased to announce their partnership in integrating the Professor Garfield "G-Cubed" game as part of the Teacher Gaming Network platform. Note: PR-Newswire distributed this story nationally.
February 3, 2013
Heed leaders' cautions on college funds
President Jo Ann Gora of Ball State University told legislators last month that a cumulative loss of $77 million is “unsustainable."BSU is punished for raising admissions standards, she said. "We would like a greater recognition of the quality of the education experience," Gora said in an interview, noting that the university increased its graduation rate by 12 percent over the past decade. "We believe, and our trustees believe, in our approach. That is why we are so troubled that this formula does not recognize our success."
January 23, 2013
Ball State digitizes films of Muncie's history
For decades, thousands of canisters of 16 mm film shot in Muncie in the 1950s-70s sat in storage at Ball State University's Bracken Library. About a year ago, Ball State began digitizing all of the film, and more than a third of it —1,000 clips — is now accessible online to the public through the university's Digital Media Repository. Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally.
January 22, 2013
2012 Year in Review
The Studebaker East Residence Hall at Ball State University opened this year. This project involved stripping the existing building down to only its structural frame and rebuilding a new facility around it. The 8-story building includes a chilled beam mechanical system that is connected to the campus geothermal loop, making it one of the most energy-efficient buildings on campus. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
December 15, 2012
Ball State Trustees Approve Strategic Plan
Ball State University trustees have approved a new strategic plan. The school says the "Education Redefined 2.0: Advancing Indiana" plan focuses on enhancing academics, becoming more selective and impacting Indiana's economic well-being.
Note: This report also was broadcast by WISH-TV.
November 5, 2012
Ball State Considering Building Sorority Village
Ball State University is considering building a so-called sorority village to house the growing number of women who want to be part of the school's Greek community.