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My name is Demi Lawrence and I am a junior journalism major at Ball State University. I have a passion for telling stories in both a written and visual way, and dedication to the truth.
I am the Opinion section editor for The Ball State Daily News and am in my second year with this position. When I am not editing opinions, coaching columnists or juggling graduating college in 3.5 years, I freelance for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, travel as much as I can and visit home in Fishers, Indiana to spend time with my best friend: my dad.
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Chris François, a Manchester University student, can't exactly recall when or why the interest in peace studies began. That interest, though, has led to François gaining a pretty big platform.
Anyone who knows her will refer to Anne Marie Labenberg as a social justice warrior, which is why she jumped at the chance to get involved with a national organization. In 2017, Labenberg traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a one-day Galvanize Program, a conference of the United State of Women.
Alice Jordan-Miles suffers from depression day in, day out. "Being full-blooded Latina, we don't even acknowledge mental health," Jordan-Miles said. "Our community looks at it as 'You've sinned against God, and God is now punishing you.'" In an interview just before Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Jordan-Miles said she wanted people to know they don't have to suffer in silence.
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Born in 1934 and raised in Ohio, Gloria Steinem said she doesn't recall much feminist inspiration when she was younger. "It was pretty awful [in the 1950s] because it was a time in which the country was trying to put back women into the home because they've been working in factories, and trying to put back black men who served in the military," Steinem said.
Three days a week, the sound of trumpets honking, drums clashing and color flags whipping through the air echoes through campus from the lawn outside Worthen Arena as Ball State's Pride of Mid-America Marching Band practices. At the head of it all is Caroline Hand.
Getting your protein from animals is just so 2000s nowadays, and Burger King is keeping up with this trend. On August 8, the fast food chain announced it would start serving a meatless, plant-based patty called the Impossible Whopper for a limited time at more than 7,000 locations across America.I decided to try this new plant-based patty out.
On June 23 a letter posted to the Cathedral High School website by the school's Board Chairman Matt Cohoat and President Rob Bridges explained that after 22 months of discussion with Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, it would be no longer employing a teacher in an open, same-sex marriage.
The 9 a.m. sunshine beat down on several Crossfitters running from the corner of Dicks and North Streets to University and Dicks Streets for their first of three warm up sets. It was already over 70 degrees in the Village, but the Crossfitters ran outside then returned indoors to do their scaled push presses with a smile, fist bumping each other during their rests between each set.
Photos by Demi Lawrence.
With Apollo 11 landing on the moon, the original Woodstock taking place, the Stonewall riots breaking out in New York City - 1969 paid witness to many events of significance in American history. At Ball State, the year saw one of the most successful baseball teams in the university's history.
Is it a cube? Is it a sheep? Does it appear different depending on how one looks at it? Is it a "cubist version of Dino from 'The Flintstones'?" According to James Kerestes, assistant professor of architecture, Muncie's newest art installation "Flock" represents Muncie as a community - diverse and more than just the whole.
Ball State (34-20) fell to Kent State University (26-23) 4-1 over a span of two days at Firestone Stadium, putting an end to the Cardinals' season. The game, which began after a one-and-a-half-hour rain and lightning delay May 9, saw Kent State starting strong scoring three runs off two hits in the first inning to holding off the Cardinals.
Ball State Cardinals (34-18, 9-8 MAC) fell to Ohio University Bobcats (31-19, 12-8 MAC) in eight innings 3-2 at the Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, kicking off the Mid-American Conference softball championship. The game was tied at a competitive 0-0 into the bottom of the fifth, when Bobcats' MacKenzie Brunswick hit a left-field home run, making the score 1-0.
The Ball State Cardinals (28-15, 12-4 MAC) won two of the three games against the Northern Illinois Huskies (14-29, 10-8 MAC) to put the Cardinals toward the top of the Mid-American Conference standings this past weekend at the Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Illinois.
For my Spanish final during the 2018 fall semester, I had to have a 30-minute-long conversation completely in Spanish with my professor. I was nervous – barely passing the class – but I knew I could lead the conversation however I wanted to. I decided to talk about the one thing I knew best: journalism.
At 5:30 every morning, two hours and 40 minutes before the tardy bell rings, Mike Lewis gets to North View Elementary. He goes into the library of the 330-student elementary school to laminate or cut papers for various teachers.
Roncalli High School has once again made a fool of itself, and has given the whole country, even the whole world, a reason to believe it is not getting better, but worse, for LGBT+ people like myself.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Burlington, Vermont; Erie, Pennsylvania - all of these cities across the United States have different cultures, climates, people and ways of doing things. What they all have in common, though, is a visit from James and Deborah Fallows.
He competed yesterday. He shouldn't have.
I am currently in a state of becoming. I am moving toward a better me.
153 days. There are 153 days until the day I’ll have been waiting seven years for.
I came into this controversial topic with the intent to back up my uneducated opinion of forgiveness.
Two weeks after submitting their audition videos, Sammy Bredar and Ella Pittman were accepted as walk-ons to perform in " NOËL The Musical " with VenuWorks Theatricals. The cast and crew will only have short period to rehearse together before bringing the Christmas tale to life in the one-night performance 7:30 p.m.
I believe it is our civic duty to vote. Not only do I believe it is our civic duty, I believe it is a privilege we possess as Americans that should not be taken lightly.
Nearly every day of my Monday through Friday work week is a 12 hour day. Some are even 15 hour days.
Suicide is something that is talked about so often in today's society, but never seems like it can be talked about enough. We know suicide is a very sad and serious problem. We know that it is an issue that plagues our nation and world.
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On Aug. 3, Ball State University's Board of Trustees released a statement regarding alumni John Schnatter's - more popularly known as Papa John - use of the N-word during a meeting.
I hadn't talked to you much that day, and I won't lie, I was a little worried. You had been sending me very troubling text messages about how you "couldn't cope anymore", and when I reminded you of all the beautiful things in the world, you said it still wasn't enough to not make you want to die.
The fence is 200 feet away, grass green and dirt a grayish brown from the rain that came down earlier. A man on a riding lawn mower does his work on the baseball field behind me. I'm sure he's wondering what a girl is doing sitting in an empty dugout of a recreation softball field on a Monday afternoon.