Politics and Government

March 20, 2014
Star Press: Liftoff for BSU's Cooper Science
Source: Star Press
Story examines how the legislature authorizes payment for architects, engineers.
March 17, 2014
WISH-TV: Hoosier Survey revisited
Source: WISH-TV
Story looks at work by Indiana's general assembly.
February 25, 2014
Washington Post: Republicans seek political cover to accept Medicaid expansion money
Study by Bowen Center is featured.
January 1, 2014
Indiana Lawyer: Indiana's courthouses receive renewed attention ahead of state bicentennial
Chris Flook has an eye for Indiana’s courthouses and courthouse squares. He’s photographed all 92. “It made me fall in love again with Indiana,” the Ball State University telecommunications professor said. He hopes the photo collection he’s making available to the state’s Bicentennial Commission is just the start of a project renewing a focus on town and city centers that Flook said many Hoosiers take for granted.
November 2, 2013
Businesses tend to reflect social values
Cecil Bohanon, economics professor, penned a guest column.
October 18, 2013
How to fix Indiana's abysmal gap
The numbers are abysmal. For every $1 the average American worker makes, the typical Hoosier is paid 86 cents. Our state ranks 40th in the nation in income, a drop of 10 spots in the past 30 years. Per-capita incomes in Indiana, according to a recent Ball State University study, are at the nation’s 1996 level — that’s back to the days when Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were competing for the presidency.
October 10, 2013
Gun permits increase as concealed carry anniversary approaches
A study done across 15 Midwestern universities reaffirms Martin’s thoughts. In the survey 78 percent of students said they opposed concealed handguns on campus and would not obtain a permit to carry a handgun if it were legal, according to a study done by Ball State University. Ball State researcher Jagdish Khubchandani said the study should be used to help lawmakers decide whether to allow concealed carry permit holders to bring guns to campuses.
October 3, 2013
Shutdown could cost jobs down the line, report says
The economic impacts of a government shutdown are likely to vary depending on geographic location, how many federal employees live in a given area, and how long the partial halt in operations lasts, according to one economist. Ball State University economist Michael J. Hicks (no relation to the author of this article) made those conclusions based on an analysis of the unemployment rates and employment levels in the nation’s capital during the 11 shutdowns that occurred since 1976.
September 26, 2013
Study: Guns on campus a no-go for Midwest students
Source: The Lantern
Guns on campus a no-go for Midwest students (Sept. 26): The majority of students at 15 Midwestern colleges and universities do not want concealed handguns on their campuses, according to a recent study, but Ohio State was left out of the conversation. Some students said that makes the study less legitimate. A questionnaire from Ball State University surveyed more than 1,600 undergraduate college students and found 78 percent of them were not supportive of concealed handguns on campuses and would not obtain a permit to carry handguns on campus if it were to become legal.
September 11, 2013
Students Oppose Concealed-Carry Gun Policy on Campuses, Survey Finds
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
Messer Announces Creation of Congressional Leadership Academy
Source: WIBC FM
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.
September 8, 2013
Township trustee offices still a polarizing issue
Michael Hicks, director of Ball State University's Center for Business Research, said the roots of the system date to the time of the Louisiana Purchase in the wake of the French and Indian War. The hundreds of trustee offices, which have largely been eliminated elsewhere, give Indiana the dubious honor of having more units of local government per capita than any other state.
Note: This story originated with the Kokomo Tribune and was distributed nationally by Associated Press.
April 30, 2013
Gora thanks legislators for BSU budget
Source: Star Press
It includes a 2.8 percent increase plus $33.1 million to finish geothermal project.
February 28, 2013
Between Fascination and Frustration
Column by Ball State history professor Jennifer Mara DeSilva, assistant professor of history, about the historical context of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
February 1, 2013
Indiana legislature unlikely to vote on same sex marriage in 2013
Last December, a poll taken for the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-8, indicated that 54 percent of those polled opposed changing Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The younger a person was, the poll found, the more likely they were to support legalizing same-sex marriage.
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