2017 Orientation Guide

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THE CARDINAL FIELD GUIDE

FOR THE BALL STATE CLASS OF 2021


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6: IT’S GOOD TO LIVE HERE 8: What to bring to college 10: No car? No problem. 12: How-to park for free 13: How-to move off campus 14: How-to sign a lease

15 IT’S GOOD TO LEARN HERE 16: Tips for scheduling classes 17: In case of emergency 18: What’s the ___ Center? 19: Legal help on campus 20: What to expect first day of classes

2: IT’S GOOD TO EAT HERE

THE CARDINAL FIELD GUIDE

22-23: Best food in Muncie 24: Cooking in the dorms 25: Saving on groceries 26: Meal swipes: Best practices

31: IT’S GOOD TO WORK HERE 32: Landing a job on campus 33: The Career Center 34: Looking good on a budget 35: How to get an internship 36: Unusual ways to make money

39: IT’S GOOD TO VISIT HERE 40: Places to stay in town 41: Hosting guests in the dorm 46: Ball State bucket list FOR THE BALL STATE CLASS OF 2021

47: IT’S GOOD TO PLAY HERE 48: Having fun while on campus 51: Off-campus activities 52: How not to look like a freshman 53: What does that mean?


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IT’S GOOD TO

LIVE HERE

Living-learning, residence hall, semi-private, roommate finder, contract, meal plan, bike lockers — the list of things to know about Ball State Housing and Residence Life goes on and on. You’ll love living here. There’s a lot of great resources available to students especially those that live oncampus.

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What to bring to college Miscellaneous: Don’t pack: S oon you’ll be packing your bags for your first year of college. The reality is many freshmen arrive to the dorms with massive luggage, boxes and suitcases over stuffed only to discover that they brought too much or forgot something. Don’t be that person. It can be a little scary at first, but here’s a guide on the do’s and don’ts on what to pack.

Do pack:

• Clothes for the summer and fall • Clothes hangers • Shoes: but not too many. We know you only wear the same two or three pairs. Plus you will need shoes to keep you comfortable walking to class. • Bed essentials: comforter/ bedspread, pillow(s), bed linens and a blanket • Eating essentials: coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks. Plastic silverware can replace regular silverware to avoid cleanup. • Bathroom essentials: robe, shower shoes, towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and razors and a small bucket for carrying it all to the shower. • Laundry essentials: laundry basket/bag, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and spare change. • School essentials: computer/ laptop but the library is available with computers for students to access and resident halls have their own computer labs. Binders, folders, paper, writing utensils, backpack, calculator and an agenda planner.

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Fan Flashlight Umbrella Batteries Cell phone charger(s) Extra power strip Desk or bed lamp Sewing kit, but learn how to sew before you bring it. Poster putty or command strips to hang up posters and pictures. Tacks and nails are not allowed to be used in the dorms. (Some even have cement walls so it won’t get you far. Headphone/ear buds: so your music doesn’t bother your roommate. Speaker(s): so you and your roommate can jam out. TV/DVD-Player/Streaming device: There’s usually a common area TV if you don’t bring one, but having one in your room is always a bonus. Mini-fridge/microwave: Check with your future roommate about possibly sharing. Two microwaves aren’t necessary and will take up room and two mini-fridges definitely aren’t necessary. Snacks for your room: But don’t over do it. That’s the whole point of having a meal plan. But then again, no one ever complained about there being too much food, right? Crates or stacking containers: It’ll make storing things in your room so much easier. Paper towels, glass cleaner: Cleaning wipes are also a plus to have in the dorms. Dishwashing soap: If you didn’t buy plastic silverware. Band-Aids and a first-aid kit Cold medicine/aspirin: You will get sick and have to go to class, be prepared for it.

• Air conditioners: Most dorms require a doctors note to use one and charge you. • Extension cords: Depending on how many electronics you have. • Candles • Pets • Printer: Free printing on campus, duh. • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps • Excessive dorm décor • An ironing board • Bulky luggage • Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens • A desk chair: Dorms come with chairs. • Your collection of… it doesn’t matter what you collect, if it takes up room, you should just leave it at home. • Stereotypical college food. Leave the easy mac, ramen, and potato chips behind. Those foods may fill you up, but they are likely to leave you feeling slow and tired and won’t help you prevent freshman 15. • Anything fancy or too nice. Buy the cheap stuff because nice things will likely get ruined. • More than two sets of bowls plates and silverware: If you have more, you will just dirty them up and ignore the clean up and that can get stinky. • Old high school T-shirts: You’ll get plenty of new college T-shirts now that you’re officially a college student. • Winter clothes: If you are going home in the fall at any point in time, it’s not needed and will take up too much space in your room. • Anything your roommate already has. Check with them before moving in, it’ll save a lot of hassle moving and organizing.


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NO CAR? NO PROBLEM Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) Four MITS routes run through campus: • Ball State University • Ball State Jackson • Riverside/Rural King • Wal-Mart You can access the Muncie Mall by traveling on one of these routes to Downtown and transferring to Route 4. The MITS is free for students with ID. Food and drink (including cups with a lid) are not allowed on the bus.

MITS routes and schedules are built into Google Maps. You can get on the MITS at any intersection along the route, as long as the intersection does not have a right-turn only lane. The buses don’t run on Sunday and have a limited schedule on Saturday. You can track schedules in real time with the MITS TIME app.

Muncie may seem like a car-centric city, but transportation alternatives exist to help students travel places on and off-campus. BSU shuttle

Biking

Download the Transloc Rider app to track Ball State shuttles in real-time.

Some Muncie streets have bike lanes, but most do not. It’s illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk.

There are three routes: Red loop, which goes from the L.A. Pittenger Student Center to the north commuter lot. Green loop, which goes from the L.A. Pittenger Student Center to the stadium. Blue loop, a seasonal route that goes clockwise around McKinley, Neely, Linden and Riverside.

Bikes can park for free oncampus. You may register a bike with the University Police Department, which can help the police locate the bike in the event it is stolen.

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How to park for free

Classes that are 50 minutes long and meters that are 45? Parking Services does what they can to make money — here’s how you can avoid parking tickets.

Know the enforcement hours Restricted surface (Red)

Buy a parking pass Parking garages (Red + meters)

• Not enforced on weekends • Enforced 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays • Overnight parking is allowed (you can park from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. for free)

• No overnight parking (between 3:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.) • Red zones free after 7 p.m. • Metered zones generally free after 7, but check signs

Faculty/Staff (Yellow)

Commuter Surface (Green)

• Awesome parking if you have an evening class • Free after 5 p.m. • Free on weekends • OK for overnight but beware: often paired with commuter which is NOT OK for overnight.

• Similar to yellow but does not allow overnight parking • Free on weekends • Free after 5 p.m. • Convenient locations (one near village, one near Student Center and one on north side)

Residence hall (Blue)

Parking meters

• NOT free during evenings • Free from 5 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday • Good for weekend dorm visitors

• Most are free after 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. • Meters are labeled with enforcement hours

Stadium (Purple) is free on weekends and University Apartments are never free. These aren’t too useful because they are so far from the main campus.

New students can purchase a parking pass by visiting bsu.edu/parking and clicking the link to their Online account portal. Residence hall students can purchase the following permits: • Stadium (purple) • Residence Hall (blue) or Restricted (red) if a not a freshman • Motorcycle • Disabled Driver/Special 97 (with documentation)

• Temporary permit (offered on a

limited basis, contact Parking Services)

Pay a ticket Ticket prices vary depending on when they are paid — tickets paid within 10 business days are $10 less than those paid after. Tickets can be paid Online, by mail and in person at the Parking Services office (located in the lower level of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center). If you purchase a parking pass, you receive an “oops voucher” that can be used once to pay a ticket.

Know Muncie street parking Color zones Red - North of campus and Bethel Avenue (“The Woods”)

Yellow - East of campus (area around Neely)

Green - Southeast of campus

(“Frat Row”, area around University Avenue) Blue - Southwest of campus (area around McKinley and Jackson)

Same colors, different rules

Though the colors are the same, Ball State and Muncie permits are not compatible. You may park on a Muncie street for 2 hours without a permit. If you’re visiting someone off-campus, check the parking rules on their street. The area west of campus is a historic district and generally doesn’t allow street parking.

Park and ride

Of course, out-of-town visitors might also choose to park in a large business lot and take the MITS to campus. Wal-Mart and Rural King are accessible by a MITS route. Check with local businesses about their overnight policy before parking.


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How to move off-campus Although Ball State does require its students to live on-campus freshman year, many choose to move off-campus after completing their first year. Living in a house or apartment can have its perks – the main being the ability to save money. However, in order to have the best off-campus living experience, you should follow these tips.

Start soon Houses and apartments often fill up quickly. Therefore, in order to have a wider selection of living options, it’s best to start looking as soon as you decide you want to move off-campus the following year. Round up your future roommates and start searching in September and October. By starting early, you will be sure to get a great house or apartment. Plus, many off-campus housing locations offer cheaper rent the earlier you sign a lease. So, signing early may also save you money.

Look online In the past, students were forced to drive around town, searching for houses and apartments for rent. However, with technological advancements, most available off-campus housing locations can now be viewed online. Websites such as RentCollegePads. com and BSUCribs.com allow students to see photos and prices of different homes around Muncie. Many apartment complexes also have their own websites, where they list information about their available spaces. So be sure to check Online before venturing around Muncie for your next home.

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Shop early Living in a house or apartment means you will need to bring many items with you – for your kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. Once you sign your lease, sit down with your future roommates to discuss what items you think you will need. Then, start looking and buying. Purchasing various items throughout the course of the year rather than a week before you move in will reduce stress and anxiety. You should also split up who is buying what to make sure you aren’t buying duplicates. - Emily Sabens


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How-to sign a lease

Some call it “adulting,” some call it “frightening,” but most would agree: signing a lease is one of the first grown-up things you can do as a college student. This guide explains the steps in landing an off-campus pad.

House or apartment?

Use our housing guide (ballstatedaily.com/roost) to get an idea of the prices and properties available in Muncie.

How many people?

Ask a ton of questions

Be like a parent at Orientation. Ask about utilities, parking, maintenance, damage payments, landlord contact info, summer subleasing, nails in the wall ... everything.

Read the lease

Ask a parent or friend to read the lease, too. Make sure to address any questions with the landlord or complex before signing.

Take a walk

Figure out your roommates and how many bedrooms you’re looking for.

Sign the lease

Take a little tour around Muncie and see what properties have a “For Rent” sign. Most also list number of bedrooms.

Ask your friends

Ask the landlord or apartment complex for references to find out what living there is really like.

Most places will require you to make a down payment (typically first month’s rent) when you sign. It’s helpful to have all roommates present when signing.

Ask for a showing

Contact the landlord and let them know you’re interested. They’ll let you take a look at the inside.

Move in/Set up utilities

Your lease will include a move-in date. If it’s a house, you will likely need to call the utility companies before moving in so everything is ready for your arrival.

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IT’S GOOD TO

LEARN HERE

You’ll likely hear about the approximately 190 majors and more than 130 minors Ball State has to offer during orientation. But what you may not hear, is how the university can help you grow outside of the classroom with resources on and off of campus.


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TIPS FOR CLASS SCHEDULES Scheduling can be overwhelming sometimes, with several factors contributing to making decisions. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier. USE ‘DOUBLE-CREDIT’ Ball State has a University Core Curriculum, but several classes can count as part of a student’s major requirements as well. Talk to your advisor to see what your options are, that way you don’t take more classes than you need. Classes can count for minors too, and even internships get you credit.

FIND YOUR INTEREST

Even if your major is women and gender studies, there’s nothing wrong with filling that science elective with astronomy. College is a time to explore new subjects or something old you’ve

always been curious about. Electives are a great way to explore new topics. There are several opportunities to branch out, and it might turn into a minor or another major.

DON’T OVER-BOOK

Don’t take more classes than you can handle the out-of-class time for. Credit hours are based on how many hours outside of class a student is supposed to devote to studying. Although college classes have less in-class time than in high school, assignments can be more time-consuming. To be a full-time student, it’s necessary to have 12

credit hours (four threecredit classes), but typical students take 15 credit hours (five three-credit classes). If 15 hours seems like too much, it might be smart to schedule it anyways, just in case you need to drop one. There is a drop period during the beginning of each semester.

LOSE 8 A.M.S

If you never functioned well during the morning during high school, it might not be wise to sign up for all 8 a.m. classes. Missing class might be fine once or twice depending on the professor, but if you think you’ll constantly

miss an early morning class, don’t take it.

FIND ALTERNATES

Time tickets can be tricky at Ball State, because they’re based on class standing. Try to be open to taking a class with a different professor than the one you wanted or at a different time in case the section you want is full. Second choices also come in handy when there’s only one section of a class and it overlaps with another class you need or want to take. It might be frustrating, but second choices can be necessary to stay on track in your program. - Alexandra Smith

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Who do you call when you have a problem? The Office of Victim Services and University Police exist to help you out when you need it. WHAT DO THEY DO University Police ensures student safety at campussanctioned events, police campus and releases an annual safety report. UPD ensures students are aware of their rights. Did you know a warrant isn’t required for conducting a search? "We can stop somebody if we have reasonable suspicion, which is lower than probable cause, you know, to investigate if a crime has been occurred or is occurring,” said University Police Department Chief James Duckham.

IN THE DORMS Every residence hall on campus has an assigned UPD officer to be a go-to person for the hall, help students move in and encourage a positive relationship with UPD. “The goal is allowing students to get to know you in a non-traditional law enforcement role. So that you’re not just the officer that came and took your police report, or the officer that came because you had a problem," Duckham said. Officers hold events like Lunch with a Cop and their annual Dunk-A-Cop contest at the Scramble Light.

VICTIM SERVICES UPD has teamed up with the Office of Victim Services, also known as OVS. The service is housed in the Health Center and is outsourced to Ball Memorial and UPD. A victim advocate is someone who supports victims through providing emotional support, guidance and assistance. "It’s important for students who have become a victim to have a voice and know that they have someone there for them,” OVS victim advocate Allison Wynbissbinger said. Wynbissbinger is Ball State’s victim advocate, but she also trains students on how to be peer victim advocates. Victim advocacy doesn’t mean the same thing for every student, Wynbissbinger said. “Every person is different and has individual needs as far as support, help and assistance goes,” she said in a March 2017 interview. “While one survivor may desire to be surrounded by family or friends, another may prefer to spend time alone or with another individual.” Students in need of support services can visit OVS in the Health Center located on Neely Avenue. - Mary Freda

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WHAT’S THE ______ CENTER? Whether you need help with something academic or have a health issue, Ball State has a lot of centers to help with almost anything students need.

Career Center:

The center assists students with exploring career options. It serves the university in career and professional-development, on-campus student employment, employer relations, and post-graduate outcomes. The Career Center is located on the second floor of Lucina Hall.

Disability Services:

Located in the L. A. Pittenger Student Center, this resource can assist to creating an environment that fosters access and opportunity for students with disabilities. DS can help coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities.

Health Center:

The Health Center can manage most medical problems including but not limited to: upper respiratory infections, strep throat, mononucleosis, pneumonia, sinus infections, abdominal pain, heartburn, rashes, chest pain, depression, anxiety, headaches, back pain, acne, ankle/shoulder/ knee/wrist injuries. They provide STI testing, allergy shots and immunizations/ Vaccinations.

Learning Center:

Offers student-centered programs and services that enhance students’ success. Their services include: tutoring, test proctoring, and

supplemental instruction for all core classes and foreign languages. The center is on the second floor of North Quad.

Multicultural Center:

Not only does the center seek to help ethnic minority students on campus, but also assists in educating the campus community on issues regarding race and diversity. The center also serves as a place for students to get together and hang out, get papers done in the computer lab, or get research done in the Malcolm C Library.

Rinker Center for International Programs: Ball State’s resource for

Think About It One of your first required assignments as a new Ball State University student is completing Think About It, an online harm-reduction course. This helpful (and did we mention mandatory?) training gets you ready to navigate the challenges of the first year on campus.

YOU WILL LEARN

• Smart, safe party habits • Safe and effective strategies for bystander intervention • Warning signs of unhealthy, abusive relationships.

Watch your Ball State email account in the week following your Orientation session. The email will contain a link to the course.

international study. Their services include Academic Engagement and Global Initiatives, International Recruitment and Admissions, International Student Services, and Study Abroad. The Rinker Center is in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

The Writing Center:

Provides free one-to-one tutoring on writing projects for any member of the Ball State University community. The center is staffed with a collection of undergraduate students and graduate tutors from a variety of fields. They are located in the Robert Bell building. - Robbie Moscato-Goodpaster


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LEGAL HELP ON CAMPUS

Student Legal Services is a free service offered to Ball State Students with services ranging from criminal to civil law. They can provide students with documents such as roommate agreements and housing inspection forms. The most requested service fluctuates yearto-year, season-to-season, attorney at law John Connor said. “At one point in time, criminal issues were most frequent,” Connor said. However, more recently, Connor found his most requested service comes from student organizations. Often, student organizations need releases and waivers for events they host. This practice helps follow risk management requirements. Despite marketing their services at orientation and at resource fairs, Connor said students often find him after creating a problem. When he interacts with parents at said fairs, they all say, “My son/daughter won’t/ better not need you.” However, SLS isn’t just a resource to dig students out of trouble, the office offers preventative resources that help students avoid making mistakes, he said. Connor encouraged students to, “Think proactively rather than waiting for a problem.” Among preventative education resources, students can find a legal guide and pamphlets on domestic violence, debt management, offcampus housing rights, identity theft, financial responsibility, power of attorney and even Indiana’s comparative

fault/negligence statute. Connor encouraged students to come in and talk before sending out any personal identification, signing a lease or studying abroad. Sitting down can help solve any hypothetical problems while abroad and can help prevent identity

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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students seeking legal help during the summer will need to respect summer hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. theft and overpaying. In order to seek counsel from legal services, students must schedule an appointment in person. - Mary Freda

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FIRST THINGS FIRST What should you except to happen on the first day of classes?

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here is the AJ building at again? Or is it called the atrium? Or are they connected? How long will it take me to walk there? Should I bring something? No, no, I’ll just bring myself and try to not act like a freshman. To bring the book or not to bring the book? Do I really need my planner? Did reading that fill you with just a little bit of panic, thinking about your first day of college classes? It’s okay. We’ve all been there because we didn’t know campus and didn’t understand the difference between a teacher and a professor and couldn’t decide if we want to bring a pencil or not. It may not have hit you yet, but in a minute you’ll be missing your bed, your shower, and of course, your parents. Classes will just add on another nice layer of stress to your first week of college. Wait though, don’t go crawl under your newly bought twin XL

comforter yet. We’re going to do this, together. Chirp, chirp and all that. First things first, stop grabbing everything in America and putting it in your backpack. I had no idea what to do or what to bring so I did, and brought, everything. You don’t need to do this, I promise. For the first day of class, bring just the essentials: a notebook, something to write with, maybe a snack because nutrition is important, and your planner. For all that is holy, do not forget your agenda. If you can’t get one right now, make a makeshift one. This will be your holy grail of college until you graduate to layout all of your assignments, due dates, and reminders. Never used one before? Better start now or this first week is going to take you down. Now that you have a light backpack and you’re in your first class, I have two things to tell you. One, listen. Seriously, this isn’t a

trick. Put your phone down and actually listen to your professor. Lucky for me, I did this and learned quite a lot about my course and my teacher in my first class. Second, let’s talk about the syllabus. This will be the key to success to each one of your classes. I wish someone would have told me just how important this thing was because life would have been so much easier. Every class has one and to save yourself unlike I did, read it. Seriously, at the end of your first day, sit your bottom in your desk chair and go through with a highlighter because the most important stuff about your course is enclosed in those pages. Many of them list due dates, extra credit assignments, and just about everything you need to know about your course. What I’ve told you has started you out but let’s expand a bit shall we? If you haven’t bought books yet, wait until the end of the week and ask the

teacher if you really need it or not. This one simple question will save you both time and money. For me, I bought every book on the recommended list and ended up not using half of them. After your first day, take a notebook, the book for the class (if you end up needing it), and a writing utensil to each class and you should be good. You can add needed materials as you go rather than start out with more stuff than you need. Pay attention to Blackboard for assignment updates. Do your homework. Participate in class. It’s simple really. Do you want to know how I know a complete stranger can pull through their first day of classes? Because we all did it and pretty soon you’ll be one of us. So use that new freshman glow and excitement to your advantage and kick butt on your first day. - Justice Amick


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EAT #1 IT’S GOOD TO HERE

First-year students who live on-campus have a meal plan — and that means becoming very familiar with the dining options Ball State has to offer. The Daily News editorial staff took the time to rank each dining hall and offer comments so you can stick to the good stuff. Of course, as the semester goes on, time and convenience may become king. Note: we did not rank standalone, chain locations like Starbucks or Quiznos.

THE BEST (AND WORST) OF BALL STATE DINING WOODWORTH COMMONS

4.

6. 8.

Why? “Woodworth offers a variety of different foods, plus most of the food there is fairly cheap. Plus -- STIR FRY! Woodworth has the most variety of marketplace items and healthier options.”

NOYER CENTRE Why? “Noyer always has a lot of options, and the dining staff is very friendly. I never regret what I buy when I go there!”

ELLIOTT DINING Why? “Elliott has the best selection and you’ll never have to dip into your dining plus. It’s just so far from the rest of campus!”

LAFOLLETTE SQUARE Why? “Not many fresh options and the food that the kitchen offers is unhealthy and greasy. The ‘freshman 15’ is because of LaFollette.”

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TALLY (STUDENT CENTER) Why? “Taco Bell and Chef Jason. Enough said.” BOOKMARK CAFÉ Why? “They always have breakfast items and their coffee is the best!”

THE ATRIUM Why? “Going to The Atrium is like eating at a real chain off-campus, but the options are unfulfilling. Not many vegetables!”

TOM JOHN FOOD SHOP Why? “The location is great but the variety is pretty lacking. Plus, it’s not a big room so it gets crowded easily.”

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MICRO CAFÉ (INSIDE STUDEBAKER WEST) Why? “Every other dining location has something to set it apart. The Micro Cafe can only boast that it is the most like a gas station.”


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MUNCIE’S BEST

FOOD Say what you will about Muncie, people here know how to eat awesome foods without breaking the bank. If you don’t sample these local offerings by the time you graduate, you may want to consider graduate school.

CONCANNON’S DONUTS

Walk into Concannon’s (4801 W. Baker Lane and 620 N. Walnut Street) and you’re met with the sweet smell of cookies, popcorn, chocolate and more. They always ask you if you want a box or a bag — probably safe to just say “box.”

AMAZING JOE’S GRILL FUGEDABOUDIT BURGER

Just off campus at the corner of Riverside and Wheeling Avenue, Amazing Joe’s has a burger like none other: beef, onion rings, cheese, barbecue sauce, egg, fries, mozzarella sticks and bacon all on the burger! Plan on asking for a box.

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SAVAGE’S ALE HOUSE GRILLED CHEESE

You have to be 21 to go to Savage’s, but that’s probably for the best. It helps to limit how many of these incredible, mozzarella-stick-stuffed sandwiches you consume in four years.

THE CUP BAGEL SANDWICH

Walking distance from campus AND a Muncie classic, The Cup is one of the only places in Muncie to find a good bagel. Wash it down with a signature Dark Matter coffee.

THAI SMILE (2) RED CURRY Choose your own level of spice, and choose carefully. Thai Smile’s red curry is the perfect combination of flavors and always leaves you wanting more. Plus, it’s Tillotson location makes it a nice walk from a football game.


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CAFFEINERY SPECIALTY LATTE

Even a non-coffee fan can appreciate the sweet combinations found at The Caffeinery, located at 401 S. Walnut Street downtown. Be sure to join their loyalty program — you get a discount after several visits!

GREEK’S PIZZA

A Muncie original, Greek’s is the place to go when your parents offer to buy pizza. For a more affordable taste of this awesome place, try the garlic butter breadsticks.

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Located right in the village, Two Cat’s special poutine will leave you feeling good regardless of how you started. They start with a handful of fries and top them with vegetarian chili, mozzarella cheese and cilantro sauce. It’s the perfect combination of spicy, cheesy and greasy.

People might ask you, “what kind of food does Victor’s have?” The answer is pretty much everything under the sun. Don’t leave Muncie before trying their gyro and fries — and make sure to ask for the student discount!


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HOW-TO SAVE ON GROCERIES

Growing up comes with a lot of new experiences. One of them is shopping for groceries. Ever wonder how mom put so much food on the table? Here are 8 tips to save the most money on groceries. 1. APPS, APPS, APPS

The running joke, “there’s app for that” isn’t really a job. There is an app for almost anything on any app store, including many money saving ones for shopping. There are rebate apps, coupons and lists for sale items. Check out apps like Wal-Mart Savings, Cartwheel for Target, Coupons.com and Retailmenot.

2. COUPONS

Coupons are everywhere – online, in the newspaper, in ads and on apps. The industry is trying to help save their customers money, so take advantage. You can save a few extra bucks and buy that new top or game, or save it to pay the bills.

3. HAVE A SHOPPING LIST

Make a list stick to it. Making a list allows you to plan what you want for that week or day you are shopping for and not forget anything. It will also help you to avoid buying a lot of junk food and things you don’t need.

5. EAT BEFORE YOU GO

Most impulse buys come from hunger. You are surrounded by food and think ‘oh! That looks good’ and then there are three extra meals in the cart. Eat before you go to avoid overbuying.

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6. DO-IT-YOURSELF

Sure it is a convenience to have already sliced pineapples, or pre-made meals. It is actually cheaper to get the item whole, and cut it, or make it, yourself. In some cases, fresh may be more expensive. Pick the best deal and run with it to save yourself a couple of dollars at the grocery store.

7. FIND THOSE DEALS

Grocery stores don’t just give coupons. There are mass sales that go on too – like the 10 for $10. These deals can be worthwhile and are a smart choice to get more for your buck. They happen all the time. If you buy stuff ahead while it is on sale, even if you may not need it now, you will have it when it is not on sale later.

8. CARDINAL KITCHEN

Take advantage of this. Cardinal Kitchen is a student run food pantry that students and faculty can use. Students can receive food and toiletries for free. Go to the Multicultural center the last three Tuesday’s of every month and keep an eye on your Ball State email or the Ball State website for more information. - Kirsten Wamsley

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Meal swipes: Best practices

If you live on campus, you have a meal plan, per your room and board fees. This means you have $8.50 to spend on campus, regardless of the number of meals you decide to have each week. Here are some ways to effectively use your meal plan at any on campus locations.

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o matter where you decide to eat on campus, the amount of money you can spend per meal is the same – $8.50. Here are some tips to not only save money, but get more food when you grab a bite to eat on campus.

Skip the soft drink:

The freshman 15 is a real thing, and while your total meal may leave you with $1.80 to spare, a large soft drink is not the solution. Save some money and calories by choosing to grab two 12 oz. cups of water instead. Not only is this a free alternative to your regular soft drink option, but it will save you some unwanted weight around your hips and provide you with extra money to spend on chips, candy, gum or a piece of fruit.

Use all $8.50:

If you don’t use your entire meal plan, then you’re just cheating yourself and giving the university free money in a sense. Even if you’re not super hungry in the moment, use whatever leftover money you have to buy a drink or a snack that can be eaten later, so you don’t have to use dining plus when you need a quick snack.

Don’t buy full meals with dining plus:

We’ve all been there, hungry on a Saturday night without a meal plan left, but you have $50 in dining plus leftover. Your dining plus should be used in emergency cases only. Don’t waste a fifth of you plus on a single meal, when you can use 10, 20 or 30 cents at a time when you go over the $8.50 meal. This will save you money over time and allow you to keep maximizing your meal plan all semester long. With that being said, if it’s the end of the semester and you have $30 left over, go nuts. Buy every snack you can for your ride home.

Dining plus roles over:

If it’s the end of the fall semester and you realize you haven’t used as much dining plus as is on your card, don’t fret. The remainder will be added to your dining plus for the spring semester. If it’s the spring semester though, and you have money left over, definitely use it. Again this is something you already paid for and it will just go to waste if you don’t utilize it.

Don’t buy that expensive item:

Yes, that Chick-fil-A chicken salad looks like a healthy alternative, but

is it worth the $7.85 that you’re going to spend on it? Answer: probably not. Certain foods on campus are a delicacy and should be had once or twice, but not all the time. Some foods cost so much money that it leaves you with barely anything left to spend on drinks or snacks. It’s best to go with a cheaper main option in order to save money elsewhere.

Find cheap alternatives:

One of the best ways to save money on campus is to figure out food prices at each one of the locations on campus. Some items are cheaper in certain locations than they are in other food places on campus. If you know where the cheaper options are when you have a craving, it will go a long way in getting you more food. Also, Starbuck’s coffee is great, but there are several other locations on campus where you can get your caffeine buzz for half the price.

Get a water bottle/ coffee mug:

These two items in your backpack will go a long way to ensuring that you are hydrated on campus and awake enough to finish that homework assignment at Bracken.

Anywhere on campus that you can refill coffee will allow you to use your own mug at the cost of 90 cents for a 16 oz. cup of coffee. In terms of the water bottle, it’s free to refill at any location on campus. On those hot summer days, this comes in handy to keep you going throughout the day.

Actually use them:

It’s too easy to go out to dinner every night one week and forget that you have an on-campus meal plan. Don’t forget to use your plan regardless of what you eat throughout the week. Even if it’s just buying a few bag of chips of some drinks that you will have later, it’s better than not using your meal plan at all.

Find on-sale items:

Believe it or not, certain foods like fruit and vegetables do have a shelf life. Often times in order to get rid of them, Dining Services will mark these items as 50 percent off if their shelf life is coming to and end. So if you’re looking for a light snack that you will eat right away, be sure to check those fridges for items on sale.


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IT’S GOOD TO

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Student-employment opportunities aren’t just limited to those on federal work-study programs. And everyone could use a little extra money when going to school. Luckily, anyone can apply for a job on or off campus to help offset the costs of college.


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LANDING A JOB ON CAMPUS Looking for a job on campus can be somewhat difficult and time consuming, luckily, Ball State makes it as easy as possible for students looking to either pay off college, or just to have a part-time job to supplement some of the other activities you participate in.

1. Figure out what kind of job you want This is an important first step. Ball State offers a number of jobs related to peoples career fields, but those are often filled by older students who are preparing to enter the job market. Are you just looking to make some extra cash on campus and don’t care what you do? Or are you trying to work your way up in an organization that pays on campus. Sometimes, it’s best not to take a job at all if you are looking to build your skills for a greater opportunity down the road.

4. Start applying After you received your yellow sheet of paper from an employee at the Career Center stating that your are qualified to apply for a certain job, you must take them to that employer. Follow the instructions on the sheet and if it ask you for more information, like a resume, CV or cover letter, make sure you have all of that information available before you turn in the sheet.

2. Go to Cardinal Career Link After you have an idea of what you want to do on campus, start looking at the different options presented to you. Cardinal Career Link is an easy to use website to find listings of available jobs and internships. The website, available through the Career Center on Ball State’s website, allows you to save different jobs that you may be interested and acquire the requisition number for said job in order for you to apply and get on the list for a potential interview with your employer.

5. Get a resume, CV and cover letter together Some jobs on campus don’t require this step, so feel free to skip it, but other jobs will ask for this information. If the job that you’re applying for does require one of the above pieces of information, be sure to have them prepared. If you don’t know where to start creating these documents, it might be worth scheduling an appointment with your career coach. Every Ball State student has one, you just have to set up an appointment. They will not only help you create your materials, but they will also review them to ensure they are clean before you turn them into an employer.

3. Head to the Career Center Whether you’ve made you dream list of jobs, or are lost on the Cardinal Career Link website, the Career Center is here to help. The staff can help guide you to jobs that may interest you and will also provide with your golden ticket to return to the employer of your choice. All jobs on campus must be done through the Career Center located on the second floor of Lucina Hall.

6. Nail the interview If you’ve done everything properly before this step, the last thing you need to do before acquiring a job is nailing the interview. If you’ve never had a job interview before, go back to your Career Coach (they can help with just about anything you need relating to jobs). Your Career Coach can run you through a mock interview, ask popular questions and even show you where to grab some dress clothes if you don’t have any.


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How to make use of this campus resource Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of until graduation. Jim McAtee, career center director, said freshmen who do not engage with the career center are 18% less likely to graduate in four years. “We don’t stand in front of students and talk through a PowerPoint … we do flipped classrooms, we bring employers in to engage [with them],” McAtee said. “We try to make it easy. We know students are really busy and they don’t need another thing to think about that isn’t value-added.” The programs include: Career Coaching

Every student has a trained career coach who interacts with employers to prepare to serve students. “They know what employers are looking for, so they’re able to have those conversations with students. Because we know we want our coaches to be on the national stage, our programs are on the national stage,” McAtee said. “[Coaches are] just so passionate about student success. For freshmen to get to know their career coach here, someone who can work with them for four years preparing for post-graduation success is amazing.”

Key Careers

Key Careers is the first program students will be introduced to through orientation and throughout the first semester. The

online program helps raise students’ career clarity and engage in internships sooner, by helping them identify a path for their passion and future career. Intern and Career-Ready

Intern-Ready and CareerReady are guided programs designed to help students earn and be successful in their internships and jobs. The Intern-Ready program will fulfill 30% of the requirements for the Career-Ready program. It involves activities such as having a resume and cover letter reviewed, professional etiquette training and workshop attendance. The Career-Ready program has more requirements including career fair attendance, workshops and leadership skills development.

On campus student employment

Ball State has 5,000 oncampus student employees, and McAtee said there are always openings. To apply, students can visit the Career Center for a referral slip and bring that slip to a person or department on campus where they’re applying.

Employer site visits

Each semester, the Career Center picks a few employers to take students to visit in order to see what the company is like and connect with alumni. Transportation and typically a meal are provided. In the past, the Career Center has taken students to places like Indianapolis Monthly and Sweetwater Sound.

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LOOK GOOD ON A BUDGET A college budget can be tricky when it comes to shopping. Here is a list of thrifty and reasonably priced stores to shop at if you’re trying to save some money. Attic Window This is one of the 5 stores sponsored by the Muncie Mission. It accepts donations as well as volunteers. Attic Window offers a variety of used, but otherwise moderately-priced items such as clothes, shoes, furniture, and household appliances. • 400 W Memorial Dr, Muncie, IN 47302 • www.munciemission.org/ attic-window/ • Mon-Fri: 9AM-5:45PM; Sat: 9AM-3:45PM; Sun: Closed • Phone-(765) 282-0997

Plato’s Closet This is another well-known nationwide store that offers fashionable, seasonable used clothes at reasonable prices. Plato’s Closet is a bit more selective in its clothing donations, but this is so it can stay up-to-date with current fashion trends. • 819 E McGalliard Rd, Muncie, IN 47303 • platoscloset.com • Mon-Sat:10AM-8PM; Sun:12PM-6PM • (765) 282-0567

Goodwill This a well-known nationwide store that is apart of a larger, non-profit corporation. In addition to accepting numerous donations, the store offers various opportunities for employment attainment, training, and advancement. Each Goodwill store also offer its portion of sales and specials. • 5035 Hessler Rd, Muncie, IN 47304 • http://www.goodwillindy. org/ • Mon-Sat: 9AM-9PM; Sun:11AM-&PM • (765) 747-9808

Refresh Furniture This store offers custommade furniture as well as advice for how-to-make a bright, colorful room. The available furniture for college students includes items like handmade-door signs and clocks. The store also offers DIY workshops and craft kits. • 312 E Main St, Muncie, IN 47305 • refreshmuncie.com/ • Tues-Fri: 10AM-6PM; Sat: 10AM-5PM; Sun-Mon: Closed • (765) 228-2084

St. Vincet de Paul St. Vincent De Paul Society Thrift Store is one of the many service ministries that is available in Muncie. Customers have a selection of clothes, accessories, and household items. Volunteers are consistently welcomed to help with store business. • 920 E Charles St, Muncie, IN 47305 • stfrancisnewman.org/stvincent-de-paul-society• Tues-Fri: 10AM-3PM; Sat: 10AM-12PM; Sun-Mon: Closed • (765) 282-2842

Blush Boutique This is a thrift store that is geared specifically to female customers. It offers clothing, perfume, accessories, and bags for affordable prices. There is something here for every woman. • 4002 N Rosewood Ave, Muncie, IN 47304 • blushboutiquemuncie. webs.com/ • Tues-Fri. 12PM-5PM; Sat. 12PM-4PM; Sun-Mon Closed • (765) 282-9820

Vintage Shoppe The store simply offers used, vintage clothing and accessories as well as hand-made gifts at affordable prices. It’s also conveniently placed in downtown Muncie so it is not hard to get to. • 220 N Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305 • squareup.com/store/ thevintageshoppetag • Sun-Tues: Closed; WedSat: 12AM-6PM • (765) 624-9593

TJ Maxx This nationally recognized store gets clothing and other products from namebrand stores and sells them at heavy discounts. There’s something for everyone here if you want to wear name brand, but not necessarily pay for it. • 1000 E Princeton Ave, Muncie, IN 47303 • tjmaxx.tjx.com • Mon-Sat: 9AM-9:30PM; Sun: 11AM-8PM • (765) 287-9286


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HOW TO GET AN INTERNSHIP If you want to get a head start on gaining career experience, you’ll probably want to apply for internships. While getting this process started can be overwhelming at first, there are plenty of resources on and off campus that can help. The Career Center In addition to helping place you in on-campus jobs, the Career Center also helps students find off-campus opportunities and internships. Often times people overlook this aspect of the career center and get left in the dust when it comes to finding that perfect summer internship. Don’t make that mistake, look early and often at the career center as there listings update throughout the year. So, if you’re looking to get more realworld experience make sure to check out what they have to offer.

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If you’re looking for an internship, chances are that there’s someone in your college or department who can help. Professors and academic advisors have a wealth of knowledge and usually plenty of contacts that can maybe hook you up with an internship. More often than not, these people are waiting to help you find a job because of the floods of emails they receive from professionals looking to hire students, particularly from Ball State.

In addition to on-campus resources, a simple online search can go a long way. Websites like internships.com and looksharp.com have a lot of opportunities that you can search from the comfort of your dorm room. Also, depending on the type of internship, you can begin searching and filling out internship applications straight from their website. If you use this tool, however, be sure to give the company a phone call to not only ensure they received you materials, but to let them know you’re interested.

So you know what internship you want, you just have to submit a resume and cover letter. You can find free templates online. You just have to pop your information in and make sure it looks finished and professional. There are also design classes and Lynda.com tutorials to help you create you own. If that’s not your style, there are also people on campus who love to help people design documents, so you could always befriend a designer.

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PARENTS: BE SURE YOU ARE SET UP TO HAVE AUTHORIZED PAYER AND PROXY ACCESS!

An Authorized Payer can access the student’s eBill account to view the Current Balance and transaction history, view and print billing statements, choose to use the Deferment Option, save payment information, and make payments to the account. The student creates a username for their Authorized Payer, and must know their Authorized Payer’s email address. A Proxy can call various offices on campus and receive specific account information. Detailed financial information will not be provided in email exchanges. Students must grant their proxies with permissions through Self-Service Banner to speak with Bursar, Financial Aid, or Registrar. Access is granted by email address, so the student must know the email address of the person they wish to grant access. Students must communicate the Passphrase and student ID number to their proxy. The Passphrase and student ID number are required before your Proxy can interact with our offices.

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Unusual ways to make money

On and off-campus jobs aren’t the only ways to make some spare cash while in college. There are plenty of options for those who want more money, but not a full-time job.

DONATE TO BIOLIFE

Donating your plasma to BioLife goes to help, and quite possibly save someone else’s life and you get paid for your donation. BioLife is currently running a special for new donors that will get them $250 in five donations. If you’re money savvy, $250 can last you awhile and can help you and someone who needs your plasma.

SELL OLD CLOTHES

Purging your closet can help you stay better organized and rid your

closet of the pieces you don’t care about and may never wear again. Plus, you can sell those clothes either online, at a garage sale, or to places like Plato’s closet. The money you make can go to new summer pieces or anything else you may want to buy this summer.

HOUSE, PET OR BABYSIT

These jobs usually aren’t too difficult, save for the major responsibility. Chances are they aren’t going to be full-time so you’ll still be able to

do what you want this summer. But wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to hang out with a dog or two this summer? And for kids? According to care.com, the average rate for babysitters is $13.50 an hour.

FREELANCE DOING SOMETHING YOU’RE GOOD AT

Are you good at fixing computers? Organizing things? Editing papers and reports? Put the word out there. Who knows, someone may really need those skills and will pay

you to do it for them.

MAKE AND SELL CRAFTS

Getting crafty can be fun and profitable. Go onto Pinterest and find something that interests you. Chances are, you can get the craft supplies for cheap and can make a profit off whatever you make. Etsy and local craft fairs are great places to sell these things, but don’t be afraid to post a picture on Facebook and see if friends and family want to buy as well.


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IT’S GOOD TO

VISIT HERE

No Muncie is not the biggest city, but there are plenty of places for your friends, family or special someone to come and stay if they visit campus. There’s also plenty of reasons to come and visit, with the different events that take place all-year-round, it makes it a prime destination for low-cost activities for everyone to enjoy.


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PLACES TO walk to STAY IN TOWN minnetrista Parents and family need a place to stay too

located just one mile from campus!

Super 8 Muncie Located just one mile from campus, this affordable hotel has just about everything one would need for a weekend visit to Ball State. It’s only a two-star hotel, but the price and amenities make up for it. Price Range: $51-86/night Amenities: Pet friendly, free Internet/WiFi, free parking, breakfast included and a business center. Address: 3601 W Fox Ridge Ln, Muncie, IN 47304 Phone: 800-536-1211

Visit our 40-acre campus including Nature Area and themed gardens.

Best Western This 2.5 star hotel is also a mile away from campus and hits in the mark in pricerange and fun. There’s a lot to do in this 60-room hotel and rooms prices reflect the bonus amenities. Price Range: $78-149/night Amenities: Pool, hot tub, fitness center, free Internet/ WiFi, free breakfast, free parking and family rooms included. Address: 3011 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304 Phone: 855-906-0404

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This hotel is cheaper than most, but is also a little further from campus than some would like. It has a two-star rating and has most everything one could ask for, except for a pool located on the premise. Price Range: $53-108/night Amenities: Free parking, breakfast included, free Internet/WiFi, fitness center and business center. Address: 3509 N Everbrook Ln, Muncie, IN 47304 Phone: 800-329-1992

Fairfield Inn If price isn’t of concern when looking for a place to stay, look no further than the Fairfield Inn. Located 1.5 miles from campus, it has everything a hotel could ask for and more, but costs a tad bit more than others. Price Range: $121-186/night Amenities: Pool, hot tub, fitness center, free Internet/ WiFi, free parking, breakfast nd meeting rooms. Address: 4011 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304 Phone: 844-631-0595

Courtyard Muncie There’s a reason this hotel is one of the highest rated in Muncie. Located in the downtown area it has everything a family staying in town could ask for. Price Range: $126-221/night Amenities: Pool, fitness center, free Internet/WiFi, parking, restaurant, bar/ lounge, suites, meeting rooms, banquet hall, laundry service and dry cleaning. Address: 601 S High St, Muncie, IN 47305 Phone: 844-631-0595

Comfort Inn & Suites This hotel is both affordable, with a decent amount of amenities to go along with it. It’s located 2.5 miles from campus and has family rooms with kitchenette’s included so you don’t have to eat out or order in. Price Range: $80-194/night Amenities: Pool, fitness center, suites, room service, free parking, breakfast included and meeting rooms. Address: 3400 Marleon Dr, Muncie, IN 47304 Phone: 855-849-1513


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Hosting guests in the dorms

Dorms, no matter which one you live in, can be crowded for just two people, let alone when you choose to host guests. Here’s some tips to maximize space and entertain your guests.

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icture this: You’re bored alone in your dorm room and you friends text you asking if they can “come over.” At first glance, this seems like a great idea, since all you’ve been doing is watching Netflix on your laptop all day not realizing that it’s already 7 p.m. and you haven’t eaten a single piece of food all day. You text them back saying, “sure, see you in a bit!” It’s at that moment you realize that your dorm room wasn’t built for others to be in, or be entertained in. You panic, having no idea what you’re going to do. Don’t be that person who is remembered as the person who had nothing to do in their dorm room. Here’s some tips to make the most out of having guests over, whether it’s that special someone, family member, or hallmates. Play board games: This simple, yet effective tactic is a guaranteed way to entertain your friends no matter what the situation. Board games and cards are great because they don’t rely on electricity and pretty much everyone can pick on them. Obviously, don’t pick a hard, longtactic game like Risk if you’re with a larger group of people. But games like UNO, Sorry and Cards against Humanity are great at getting everyone involved.

Play video games: This is very similar to board games except with one twist, you have to have the TV, system, game and proper number of controllers in order to pull it off effectively. Don’t be the people who sit and play a one-versus-one game of Madden if you have more than two people in the room. Play games to get everyone involved, Wii sports, Guitar Hero and classic games are always a good choice. Watch movies: Nothings easier or more relaxing than hosting a movie night in your dorm room. Putting the lightweight mattresses on the floor and sprawling out while your friends pack around to watch a movie on Netflix is perfect for any night when the weather is too poor to go out. Bonus: Most everyone has a microwave, so either buy some microwavable popcorn or use your meal swipe to make your dorm room smell, making everyone who’s not there jealous. Host a pot-luck: Never had a pot-luck? Well you’re in luck. If you live in the dorms, everyone is required to have a meal swipe. So gather your friends, grab different foods around campus, and return to have a glorious feast of Woodworth stir-fry, Noyer pasta and Chick-fil-A fries. You won’t be disappointed.

Just chat: You’d be surprised at how sometimes the best things to do while entertaining guests, is doing nothing at all. Sit down and have a conversation with those around you discussing your background. Often times, this can lead to new friendships, new understandings of people and a lot of laughs in the meantime. Share stories, listen to others and see just how easy it is to have fun just by having a conversation. Study: But, wait, this list is about ways to entertain people right? Well yes, but remember that there’s a reason you’re in college in the first place – to get an education. Invite your friends over after class for a quick study session before you go on to do more fun things later. Sitting down with a classmate in the dorms can be a lot more relaxing and fun compared to having to stay quiet in Bracken. Rearrange furniture: This one should be done before your friends come over, or maybe they’d be willing to help? Either way, rearranging furniture throughout the year is the best way to see how exactly you can utilize your room to maximize it’s space. This will also keep your friends guessing and wanting to come back to see what’s next.

Play/create music: This should be a nobrainer. What is one thing almost everyone in college has in common? We all listen to music. Have a speaker set up (don’t turn it up too loud) and see what kind of music your peers listen to. This can help them get a sense of what you enjoy and may open up your music pallet to something you never heard before. It’s also a great way to get a party started, or at least pump you and you friends up before you go out for the night to study or something like that. Do anything: A lot of times, your friends are just as lost at what to do in the dorms as you are, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Invite your friends over, catch up on each others day and then ask each other, “What do you want to do today?” It’s a classic Spongebob and Patrick scenario finding random things to do around your dorm hall and who knows, you may do something that your really enjoy. More often than not, those weird days, where you didn’t expect to do anything end up being the best. Get out of the dorms: If it’s the middle of winter and there’s nothing else to do, I get it, stay indoors. But Ball State has so many fun activities for students to participate in for free. So take advantage of these free events before you graduate and start paying for them.


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THE HOUSING GUIDE FOR BALL STATE UNIVERSITY THE ONLINE GUIDE

The Roost Housing Guide is at BallStateDaily.com, in the upper right hand corner. The guide offers profiles of apartment communities and homes with pictures, pricing, and information essential when considering where to live. The guide is equipped with a search feature so you can narrow your choices by location, price and more.

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING

BallStateDaily.com and the print edition of the Daily News offer classified advertisements with a variety of housing options. The online classified ads can be accessed online everyday, 24/7. Students can receive a FREE 3-line classified advertisement in the Daily News. For more information about free classified advertisements email dnclassified@bsu.edu.

ROOMMATE FINDER

Find a place already, but need a roommate? Start your search with the Roommate Finder! It allows you to find a suitable roommate through a questionnaire about yourself and your personal habits. After completing your profile it searches for roommates with similar traits. Roommate Finder is a secure place to search, only join if you have a bsu.edu email.

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BALL STATE BUCKET LIST Everything you have to do in your four (or more!) years of college.

1. Go to Air Jam 2. Watch or participate in the tradition of Bed Race during homecoming week 3. See a performance at John R. Emens Auditorium 4. Tailgate at Homecoming and then actually go to the football game. 5. Get on the dean’s list 6. Regret taking a class at 8 a.m. 7. Walk the cow path 8. Get trapped in an elevator 9. Dress up frog baby when it’s cold 10. And then don’t forget to rub her nose during finals week 11. Kiss under Beneficence 12. Meet at the Naked Lady

13. Close down Club Bracken 14. Get lost in North Quad 15. Get a ride from Charlie’s Charter 16. Add to the Gum tree 17. Relax in a hammock in the Quad or University Green 18. Take a photo on the 10th floor of Teachers College 19. Sit under Shafer tower 20. Get free condoms at the Amelia T. Wood Health Center 21. Play volleyball by Studebaker West Complex 22. Get a photo with Happy Friday Guy, Charlie Cardinal, Hootie the Late Nite Owl and the University President 23. Attend Dance Marathon

24. Bowl at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center 25. Attend Late Nite Carnival 26. See a movie at Friday Night Filmworks 27. Go see the Buddha at the David Owsley Museum of Art 28. Join an organization 29. Eat at every dining hall 30. Go to midnight breakfast during finals week 31. Use a meal swipe for just soda. You know 32. Do a Dining Plus spree after finals 33. Have your parent’s visit for family weekend 34. See fireworks at Minnetrista 35. Donate plasma and blood 36. Live off campus in a

house or apartment 37. Live in Muncie during the summer 38. Go to Village Green Records and talk to Travis Harvey 39. Go dumpster diving for free food 4. Eat a Carter’s hot dog when he’s in the village 41. Eat at Greek’s Pizzaria 42. Order Insomnia Cookies 43. Get half-priced apps at Scotty’s Brewhouse 44. Get Sunshine Cafe 45. Go to Savage’s Ale house 46. Attend Muncie Gras (when you’re 21+) 47. Do Muncie bar crawl 48. Read the Daily News 49. Visit Dave’s Alley downtown 50. Make it to graduation


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IT’S GOOD TO

PLAY HERE

Ball State is not the only thing located in Muncie. There’s also life in the Village, downtown Muncie as well as several activities spread out around Delaware county. Be sure to take advantage of every fun opportunity thrown your way because often times, those things are low-cost for students and sometimes even free.


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Having fun while on campus Although it’s nice to get off campus from time to time, there are several events happening on campus. Some happen every week and others happen once a year.

LATE NITE

Late Nite is hosted in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Each event has a different theme to it, from “Late Nite Original Series” to “There’s No Place Like Late Nite.” The theme determines what kinds of activities students can do, but there’s always free food. The event is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Saturday. Students can also get more involved with Late Nite if they want; it’s a studentplanned and run event. Admission is free for students; guests can join the fun for $5.

LATE NITE CARNIVAL

Late Nite Carnival is one theme that’s always repeated. The annual event is a great way to end the semester with rides, games and carnival food. There’s also a fireworks show. Students can get advance tickets and go in an hour early. The carnival takes place during one of the last weekends in the school year, and is hosted

in the commuter parking lot by Bethel Avenue.

FRIDAY NIGHT FILMWORKS

Hosted by the University Program Board, Friday Night Filmworks is a weekly movie showing in Pruis Hall. Students vote on the movies shown, and the movies are normally ones that have been recently released. This event is free for students. Popcorn, candy and drinks are available at $.50 each and guests join in for $1.

EAST SIDE BASH

This end-of-year celebration takes place on the Noyer Lawn. Each student receives a specialty dinner and free T-shirt. There are games, live entertainment and inflatables. Registration is free, but students must be sure to register in advance.

GROCERY BINGO

This is another event hosted by the University

Program Board. Students receive a Bingo card when they enter, and winners can pick out groceries. There are also mini-games throughout, where students can win prizes like a Keurig or microwave. Bigger prizes vary from event to event; this is hosted twice a year.

HOMECOMING

Homecoming week has several activities students can participate in addition to the football game. Events include: The Homecoming Village has games, food trucks, and live entertainment. Code Red, Ball State’s dance team, and Ball State Cheerleaders perform, and several businesses have specials. The Annual Talent Search is a way to see what talents Ball State students have to offer. A $500 scholarship is given to the winner in each category, as well as the overall winner. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Student Government Association. Admission is free.

Air Jam is one of the most popular events during Homecoming. Various student organizations participate in the lip-syncing competition, from dance groups like Outlet to members of sororities and fraternities. Tickets for Air Jam cost $15. The Bed Races are exactly what they sound like: Teams of five people race down the street with a bed on wheels. Four people push the bed, and one person rides on it. Division winners receive a plaque, and the team with the best costume and the overall fastest team win a trophy. For those who want some exercise before tailgating, there’s the Homecoming 5K Run/ Walk. Participants start at City Hall in downtown Muncie and finish in the Village by campus. There is also a traditional parade with floats, cars and even horses to celebrate the weekend. The parade route starts by downtown Muncie and ends on campus.


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On the first Thursday of every month, downtown Muncie hosts an event that includes several local businesses and artists. From live shows to art galleries and hands-on activities, each monthly event is different and each has something for everyone to try. MUNCIE GRAS

Every March, Muncie hosts a Mardi Graslike event with live entertainment and all the beer you can handle. In year’s past, Muncie Gras has featured oxygen bars, mechanical bulls, micro wrestling, and drag shows as well as a parade. Attendees must be 21 and older. CHIRPFEST

Ball State’s student-run EDM festival is set to return next year. This small scale Coachella-like event is usually hosted in The Village and features artists from the Ball State community as well as performers from all over the state.

TASTE OF MUNCIE

Every spring, several Muncie restaurants and catering companies gather for Taste of Muncie. The event is a fundraiser for Cornerstone Center for the Arts and showcases local dishes and flavors. Attendees are also able to vote for their favorite dishes and businesses. MINNETRISTA FARMERS MARKET

Every Saturday, Minnetrista hosts a farmers market that features fresh produce from local community members. There are also trails and gardens at Minnetrista to check out while you’re there. MUNCIE MAKERS MARKET

Also on Saturdays from 4-7 p.m., local crafters can display and sell their homemade goods. The Makers Market sells several things such as handmade jewelry, home decor and locally-grown plants. - Amanda Belcher

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HOW NOT TO LOOK LIKE A COLLEGE FRESHMAN

Yes, you’re in college now, but that doesn’t mean you’ll automatically fit in. Often times, it’s easy for other students to recognize freshman. Avoid being spot with these easy steps.

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ometimes it’s a good thing to stand out from the crowd, but not too much. You’re a college freshman now, but just like high school, you know you don’t want to look like that stereotypical freshman. You’ll fit in with the rest of the Cardinals if you follow these tips:

Get rid of the freebies: Get rid of the freebies. You know, all the stuff that you get on move-in and orientation day. Don’t wear that free lanyard your RA gave you around your neck. That’s the easiest way to say “hey, I’m a freshman.” If you wear a lanyard at all, go to the bookstore in the Art and Journalism building or TIS and upgrade your school spirit with different T-shirts, hats and lanyards.

Don’t pull out a campus map:

You can avoid walking into the wrong building and classroom by downloading the Ball State University Map app. You can be low-key and look like you are just texting or listening to music like every other student, when in actuality, you’re lost and have no idea where you are. It helps to memorize your schedule too.

Be yourself, don’t try to impress anyone:

College is the time to be the person you wanted to be, not something you’re not so when you are at your first party, or social interaction, do you and don’t worry about everyone else. Often times, people appreciate the person who is just themselves over someone who’s fake.

Don’t procrastinate:

High school is over and while you might have been able to finish your homework 5 minutes before class, it doesn’t work here. Do your homework the night before, get a full nights rest, and show up alert for class in the morning. College professors also aren’t lenient, so make it your priority to get good grades because no one else will.

High school rings:

You won a state championship or had a class ring after high school? That’s cool to have, just... don’t wear them. College is a whole new time where people don’t boast about their high school achievements. Keep the memorabilia you got in high school at home, or locked away in your dorm room. Trust us on this one, it’ll make life a lot easier.

Don’t talk about other schools:

You didn’t choose to go anywhere else and neither did any of your friends, who are listening to you tell the story about where all you got in. Avoid those conversations about the school you “could’ve gone to,” because you didn’t. Most times, you will only remember those schools for a limited time and by the time sophomore year hits, you’ll struggle to recollect where else you got in.

Don’t wear high school sports gear:

Again, high school is over. Don’t dread on the past, because those weren’t the best years of your life. That’s what’s college for. High school was nice, but all of the t-shirts, shorts, sweaters, etc. that you got while there? Forget about them. Besides, you’ll get plenty of new gear in college. Yeas, that means your varsity letter jacket needs to retire and stay home.

Update social media:

Most likely your profile picture is still from your senior prom, graduation or better yet your senior pictures. Yeah, it is time to change it.

Take a picture with your new college roommate, find a selfie on campus or do nearly anything to update your profile. This will go a long way in people seeing you as an actual grown up now. Also, be careful what you choose to post on social media/clean yours up. Potential employers aren’t too impressed with and underage person drinking or doing drugs on their social media. Be smart.

Do work out:

The Freshman 15 is real. If you were a high school athlete especially, you will probably try to maintain the same diet and eating habits. Sure that worked out great in high school eating pizza and drinking soda every day, but if you don’t work out, be prepared for a rude awakening come Winter Break.

Confidence is key:

All of these tips can help you fit in during college, but the biggest one? Confidence. Believe and have faith in yourself, and nothing can stop you. If you act scared to get involved or take leadership roles, you’re not doing what college is made for. Take advantage and have fun.


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WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Ball State has its own words and abbreviations, which can be confusing to new students. Here is a list of the most commonly used terms.

Buildings

• AJ: The Art and Journalism Building is commonly referred to as AJ or The Atrium. The Atrium is the food court located in AJ and has popular restaurants such as Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A. • BC: Ball Communications is the building between Letterman and AJ and houses the Telecommunications office, University Media Services, green screen studios and classrooms. • RB: Robert Bell is the academic building located on the corner of McKinley and Neely. English, math and computer science classes are held in RB as well as a testing lab. • CAP: The building that students in the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) have classes in.

Transportation

• Red Loop: The Red Loop

travels through campus, to stadium overflow and back. • Green Loop: Travels through campus to the Alumni Center, Scheumann and University Apartments. • MITS: The Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) is free for students to ride with their ID. The MITS bus goes to various locations throughout

Muncie, including Walmart and Mall. • Charlie’s Charter: A free shuttle bus service that will pick students up and drop them off at night on university: owned property. It runs Sun-Thurs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Fridays from 4: 7 p.m. during the school year and 4 p.m.: 3 a.m. Sun: Thurs during the summer.

Campus Landmarks • Naked Lady: Forest Idyll, more commonly known as the Naked Lady, is located in Bracken Library. The statue serves as a common meeting place for classes or projects.

• Benny: Beneficence is the logo that frequently appears in Ball State’s marketing. She is located near Lucina Hall on the south end of campus. Benny represents the generosity of the five Ball Brothers who founded the university. • Frog Baby: Sits in a fountain near Whittenger and Bracken Library. Legend has it that you can rub Frog Baby’s nose for good luck. Students frequently dress her up for holidays, events and in the winter to keep her warm. • Cow Path: A sidewalk that starts behind LaFollette and ends at Riverside Avenue by the Fine Arts Building.

• Duck Pond: Located behind the Johnson Complex is a common place for students to relax. • University Green: Events are frequently held here, it’s the grassy area between CAP and Bracken. • Scramble Light: Located at the intersection of McKinley and Riverside, the Scramble Light will chirp occasionally and allow students to cross in any direction. • Blue Emergency Lights: Emergency callboxes are around campus and are indicated with a blue light. When the red button is pushed, UPD is dispatched. • Shafer Tower: More commonly known as the Bell Tower, Shafer Tower will ring every 15 minutes.

• The Quad: The grass area near North Quad, the AD Building and Burkhardt.

Other

• Dining Plus: Every student with a meal plan has an allotted amount of dining plus. If they go over their $8.40 meal swipe, the remaining balance can be deducted from their dining plus. • Bed Race: During Homecoming Week, part of Riverside Ave is closed for Bed Races. Different student organizations take turns in teams of five racing a bed down the street. • Happy Friday Guy: Every Friday, a guy in a blue morph suit will ride around campus on a scooter, giving high fives and saying “Happy Friday!”

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