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STUDENT GOVERNMENT SLATES
What students need to know about Ball State’s 2019 SGA election.
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mpower. Elevate. United. These are the three new Student Government Association (SGA) 2019 election slates announced Tuesday at the Nomination Convention. SGA is a student-run organization that advocates for student concerns by creating legislation and having discussion. In the senate, there are caucuses and committees that focus on speciﬁc aspects of campus. Here’s an overview of the three slates and their members:
Empower Julian Simmerman, President
High energy Ball State Men’s Volleyball looks to bring a fast pace to Chicago this weekend.08
Deﬁning love Muncie community members explains what love means to them.10
Relationships The importance of past relationships for personal growth.13
Year and major: Junior economics major SGA afﬁliation: none Other activities: Sigma Chi Fraternity
Joel Johnson, Vice President Year and major: Junior journalism and telecommunications major SGA afﬁliation: none Other activities: Alpha Phi Sorority Ivy Man, NewsLink Indiana reporter
Erin Byrne, Secretary Year and major: Junior in school of nursing SGA afﬁliation: none Other activities: none
Nate Woods, Treasurer Year and major: Junior ﬁnance major SGA afﬁliation: none Other activities: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Interfraternity Council executive board, Excellence in Leadership program
Expedite counseling sessions
Elevate Aiden Medellin, President
Sexual assault monologue event
Year and major: Junior political science major SGA afﬁliation: Organizational Senator for ROTC Other activities: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, vice president of Internal Affairs — Interfraternity Council, Army ROTC.
Implement a self-protection course in the curriculum to combat sexual assault
Cameron DeBlasio, Vice President
Year and major: Junior journalism and political science major SGA afﬁliation: SGA senator atlarge Other activities: Honors fellow — Honors College, president — PreLaw Interest Group, public address announcer - Ball State Athletics
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Improve lighting on university walkways for safer foot travel
Extend Charlie Charter hours and services
Cassidy Mattingly, Secretary Year and major: Sophomore elementary education major SGA afﬁliation: SGA deputy chief of staff, former senator Other activities: Delight Ministries, Hall Council, Residence Hall Association
Platform points on
FIGHTING SEXUAL ASSAULT
David Sinclair, Treasurer Year and major: Junior ﬁnance major SGA afﬁliation: none Other activities: Army ROTC
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Men’s volleyball upset by McKendree
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Feb. 7: The Cardinals’ 25 attack errors piled up and gave them a conference loss to the Bearcats in a 3-0 sweep. McKendree’s Will Frank led the way with 14 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Quinn Isaacson ﬁnished with 43 assists in the loss. The Cardinals defeated George Mason the following Sunday, 3-2.
Historical buildings Heart Bombed
Feb. 10: Delaware County Historical Society, Preserve Greater Indy and Associated Students for Historic Preservation, put up heartshaped signs on abandoned and historic buildings. Several locations including the Wilmore Apartments, St. Peter’s Rock Church, Temple Beth El and John W. Ryan House were Heart Bombed Saturday.
Feb. 9: After sitting out for almost two months, redshirt sophomore forward Brachen Hazen made his return to the Cardinal lineup, downing 11 points while shooting 3 of 6 from deep. Junior forward Kyle Mallers led the way with 22 points, going 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the Cardinals’ 7959 win over the Broncos.
Camp Kesem sells and delivers potatograms
Feb. 12: Camp Kesem’s Ball State chapter sold potatograms — telegrams on potatoes — to raise camp funds this Valentine’s Day. People purchased a potato online and included a short message to be written on the potato. The potatograms will be delivered by Camp Kesem volunteers to students on and off campus Thursday.
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MOSTLY CLOUDY Hi: 48º Lo: 39º
RAIN SHOWERS Hi: 48º Lo: 23º
Hazen returns, men’s basketball victorious
PARTLY CLOUDY Hi: 30º Lo: 18º
MOSTLY SUNNY Hi: 29º Lo: 20º
NEXT WEEK: Rain pushes in for the tail-end of the week with the potential transition to snow late Friday. Cooler temperatures will stick around for the weekend.
Women’s basketball drops fourth straight
Feb. 9: Ball State Women’s Basketball continued to struggle last weekend as they dropped their fourth straight matchup against Northern Illinois at home, 93-83. The Huskies’ Mikayla Voigt knocked in 37 points to lead all scorers. Junior guard Jasmin Samz led Ball State with 23 points. The team will face Eastern Michigan Saturday.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman convicted
Feb. 12: Mexican drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. The jury that convicted him took six days to reach a verdict. The guilty verdicts and drug and conspiracy charges could put the 61-year-old behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison.
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ON THE COVER: Top: David Sinclair, treasurer candidate of the Elevate slate. Middle: Joel Johnson, vice presidential candidate for the Empower slate. Bottom: (Left to Right) Jake Biller, presidential candidate for the United slate, and Andy Hoffman, campaign manager for the United slate. SCOTT FLEENER, DN
02.14.19 Board of Trustees
Application numbers reach record high The number of applications from high school students to Ball State for the fall 2019 semester has reached a record-high number of 25,000, President Geoffrey Mearns said Friday at the Board of Trustees meeting. Philanthropic commitments to Ball State have also increased more than $7 million for the 2019 ﬁscal year compared to last year, Mearns said.
In 2018, the Maring-Hunt Community Garden, located near the Maring-Hunt Library, was ﬁnished by Professor of Architecture Pamela Harwood’s immersive learning class. Harwood won an award for the project Jan. 22, 2019. PAMELA HARWOOD, PHOTO PROVIDED
Ball State professor wins award for Muncie community garden project. John Lynch Reporter
What was once an empty patch of land near Maring-Hunt Library in Muncie is now an award-winning community space because of the efforts of a Ball State professor and her team. Pamela Harwood, a professor of architecture, received an immersive learning award from the university Jan. 22, 2018 for her leadership in the Maring-Hunt Community Garden immersive learning project. “The most rewarding part for me as an educator in this is the process of seeing the transformation in the student when they start to understand the process of truly engaging and impacting a community,” Harwood said. “It’s like a light goes off in their head.” The project, which involves 59 students in total, aims to alleviate food insecurity in the neighborhood surrounding the Library by giving residents access to a community space where they can grow fresh
fruits and vegetables. Harwood said the 2017 Marsh grocery store closings had an impact on the food deserts of Muncie. Food insecurity in the United States reached around 7.4 percent of American households in 2017, an increase from 7.3 percent the previous year, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In order to create a space that was appropriate for the needs of the surrounding neighborhood, Harwood’s team worked with the 8twelve Coalition, a neighborhood organization dedicated to meeting the community needs of the nine blocks bordered by Eighth Street and Memorial Drive. Harwood and her students worked on the project across three semesters, during which it grew from a simple pavillion, garden and set of benches into a more fully-realized community space that repurposed old features of the land — like turning a dilapidated running track into a small trail.
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Students create future educator conference Ball State’s English Education Club created its own education conference in Muncie when it was unable to attend a national education conference in Texas. “So the Story Goes” was a free, studentorganized conference for future educators held from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 9 in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building.
Amplify completes 10 of 16 platform points Maring-Hunt Community Garden
Current Student Government Association (SGA) slate Amplify has now completed 10 out of 16 platform points, putting it past its halfway point. Amplify President Isaac Mitchell said some of the completed points are still waiting in University Governance, but SGA has done all it can. Now, Mitchell said it is up to Ball State to take action.
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NOT PREPARED Charles Melton Reporter
February is known for candy hearts, roses and Cupid, but with romance can come a darker side that can get lost in the celebration of love. The month of February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an issue one survey found some high schools to be ill-equipped for. The survey, co-authored by Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor at Ball State, showed that high school teachers and nurses haven’t been trained for the challenge of tackling the issue head-on. “The teachers were in their forties and fifties and when they went to school they were trained in science, math, good health and foods — the same old stuff,” Khubchandani said. “Now the new challenges are drugs, homicide, suicide and bullying.” The survey took a sample of school principals nationwide, and asked them a series of questions on how their schools handle teen dating violence. It found 43 percent of principals said their nurses were not trained for dating violence. Many of the participants were upset over the issue, asking why they should care about it, Khubchandani said. Out of a total 732 samples sent out to the schools, only 396 responded, according to the survey. The majority of the responses said that the school had no protocol for teen dating violence, Khubchandani said. According to the survey, 368 respondents said they would refer a victim to the school counselor if teen dating violence was reported. Only 107 respondents said they would help the victim obtain a protective order when reported. The immediate outcome of teen dating violence is failure to graduate on time, Khubchandani said. After that, he said victims fall into drug and alcohol use.
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“When we started to dig, we actually found the old track [of Wilson Middle School], because of its gravel,” Harwood said. “That early on gave us a strategy to make the history of this [land] alive in the present by organizing these pavilions along this track and developing the entire track as a walking trail that would allow a series of pockets and pavilions and places of opportunity to encircle the entire garden.” By the time the project was completed, the track was home to a number of pavilions, learning opportunities and scenic areas. Architecture students Emma Mappes and Nick Entrekin worked on the project when it was in its
Survey co-authored by professor shows high schools’ struggle to help teen dating violence victims.
SEX OFFENSE STATISTICS
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“We’ve done the studies that show if someone was abused as a child, the chances that they’ll be abused as an adult are much higher,” Khubchandani said. Khubchandani said if victims are abused as teenagers and do not seek help or speak out, they begin to accept it as a norm. He said that the abusers can also continue their behavior if they started as teenagers. Ball State offers several programs to aid with dating violence and other relationship issues. Step In. Speak Up. (SISU) is an organization on campus that specializes in helping victims of teen dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. Ryan Johnson, SISU’s public relations officer, said that the organization holds bi-weekly meetings to talk about sexual assault and promote bystander awareness. SISU offers students an application on their phone, where they can instantly report cases of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The app allows students to connect with resources both on and off campus. “I think there’s that stigma of feeling pressured not to talk about it and not to be able to,” said Johnson. “And I also think it’s institutional, within the school system as well, where the school system doesn’t really talk about it either.” Contact Charles Melton with comments at email@example.com or on Twitter @Cmelton144.
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND TDV
76% of schools did not have a protocol to respond to teen dating violence (TDV)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Disclaimer: Numbers are for on-campus, non-campus and public property crimes reported in and around Ball State’s
main campus. These numbers are crime statistics provided by Ball State’s Department of Public Safety based on reports they have received and do not necessarily reflect the actual number of the crimes that might have occurred.
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early planning stages of the first semester. They said much of their success with the garden stemmed from good leadership and communication between the leaders, planners and community members. “I think that even though we were on multiple teams, everyone bought into the vision, and that was important,” Mappes said. “It was kind of a struggle in the beginning to get everyone’s ideas on the same page with what the community needed and what they wanted, but once we figured that out and had a solid plan, then I think everyone bought into that idea.” Often times, when the groups reached an impasse in their ideas, Harwood acted as what Entrekin described as a “peacekeeper.” As leader of the project, Harwood was responsible for most of the funding work — which came through grants from the immersive learning system, the Ball Brothers Foundation
and Lowe’s. However, Harwood got involved with the students as much as possible. “[Harwood] was very involved in the design process,” Entrekin said. “It’s like sometimes she’s another student. She can come in and sit down and work with us and her ideas are just as good as ours.” Harwood’s leadership was recognized alongside four other immersive learning projects — two of which also targeted food insecurity in Delaware County. With her efforts recognized alongside the other immersive learning projects and the garden completed, Harwood said she looks forward to celebrating and enjoying its many benefits with the community it supports. Residents can use the space for $25 in order to finance the equipment, repairs, and seeds. Contact John Lynch with comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
57% of the school principals had assisted a TDV victim in the past 2 years, but 73% did not sanction disciplinary actions for TDV perpetrators. Source: “Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence: A National Study of School Principals’ Perspectives and Practices”
Ball State architecture students help build the pavilion Nov. 1, 2017 behind Maring-Hunt Library. Lowe’s awarded a $250,000 grant to South Central and the Thomas Park/ Avondale areas of Muncie for neighborhood revitalization. KAITI SULLIVAN, DN FILE
‘KING TO SCREEN’ Ball State alumnus directs a Stephen King story Hannah Gunnell | Reporter
9-year-old, blood-loving metalhead, a dedicated director and a professional horror movie actor: This is the recipe for Pale Moonlight Cinema’s (PMC) upcoming short ﬁlm, “Popsy.” “Popsy” is a macabre Stephen King short story about a gambler who picks up the “worst kid he can pick up” to sell into child trafﬁcking to pay off his debt, said Ball State alumnus and director Jac Kessler. Nadia Fancher, a Prairie Trace Elementary School student in Carmel, Indiana, has never acted before, not even in a school play, but Kessler said she was good for the role of the child. “Once I found out she could take direction, that seals the deal as long as everything else is there,” Kessler said. Kessler said he also cast her because they both share a love for Alice Cooper, a theatrical-heavy metal performer who ends his concerts by having his head cut off. Several years ago Kessler was struggling with the difﬁculties of making a short ﬁlm, when he attended a Cooper concert in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was inspired, he said. “It was my birthday and something just kind of dawned on me,” Kessler said. “If Alice Cooper –– who came from Detroit –– can break through a lot of different things, then there is hope for us.” Nadia’s mother, Esther Fancher, said Nadia was at the same concert. Kessler posed a test to Nadia, asking her what she thought when Cooper was beheaded, and her response backed up his casting choice. “More than any point in the audition, more than any other time talking to her, she lit up, she was very excited,” he said. “She was like, ‘That was awesome,’ and I think shook her ﬁsts a little in the air. It was clear that she would’ve been a friend of mine, had I
Nadia Fancher, 9, has her face covered with fake blood during the ﬁlming of “Popsy.” Ball State alumnus and director Jac Kessler said he cast Nadia because of her ability to take direction and their mutual love for Alice Cooper and horror. JAC KESSLER, PHOTO PROVIDED been a kid.” Nadia’s love for the horror aspects of the Cooper concert bleeds over into her scenes from “Popsy.” “I like all the bloody scenes, you could say,” she said. “I think that the makeup is really cool and that’s it. It is really sticky and it kind of tastes like plain candy. The makeup actually looks pretty similar to how it looks in real life.” In fact, casting the child as a girl was one of the only original aspects of the “Popsy” story Kessler changed from King’s version. The other change he made moved the ﬂashbacks of the print story into introductory scenes for the ﬁlm. “I set out to be true to Stephen King in the adaptation, and take what I call ‘King to screen’ to the best of my ability,” Kessler said. “I took all the subtext –– the best I could –– out of the short story and basically tried to make scenes out of them.” Another notable actor from PMC’s “Popsy” is “The Evil Dead” actor Ted Raimi. PMC’s director of photography Henry Tegeler said Raimi’s presence as a “professional actor” is one of the aspects that make “Popsy” different than the previous PMC ﬁlms he has worked on. “Working with someone we haven’t worked with before and is on a professional level, that was a kind of whole different ﬁeld to the shoot and it deﬁnitely brought a little bit of a different stake to it,” Tegeler said. Tegeler said another aspect that made this ﬁlm different than previous ones is that PMC had a much larger budget to work with. Kessler said the funding for “Popsy” comes from the pockets of PMC members and donations at more than $17,000. He said the ﬁlm is no different from PMC’s other work, which is mostly macabre, dark humor. PMC is ﬁlming “Popsy” as one of King’s Dollar Babies. Dollar Babies are King’s stories available for short
Professional actor Ted Raimi of “The Evil Dead” fame will also be acting in Pale Moonlight Cinema’s (PMC) “Popsy.” PMC’s director of photography, Henry Tegeler, said Raimi’s presence is one aspect that makes this movie different from previous PMC ﬁlms he has worked on. JAC KESSLER, PHOTO PROVIDED ﬁlm adaptation. Kessler said the way it works is PMC pays Dollar Babies $1 to sign a contract allowing them the rights to make “Popsy” into a short ﬁlm. The contract requires PMC to release the ﬁlm at a ﬁlm festival. Kessler said King will watch all the short ﬁlms, and if he likes PMC’s ﬁlm, he may be open to negotiating a “limited release.” “Hopefully, he likes it and hopefully we are able to negotiate some form of limited release, which is probably just an online, private password, something like that,” Kessler said. “It’s vague in the contract.” “Popsy” is PMC’s fourth short ﬁlm. In addition
to short ﬁlms that run 20-30 minutes long, PMC also produces what Kessler calls “Short Shapes,” which are typically 3-5 minutes long. Kessler said on average, the production of a short ﬁlm takes around 3 months, even though the actual ﬁlming only takes 5-15 days. Kessler said PMC hopes to tackle a full-length feature ﬁlm by 2020. So far, Kessler is working on three ideas, which he plans to present to PMC for the staff to choose to make into a full-length ﬁlm. Contact Hannah Gunnell with comments email@example.com or on Twitter @hagunnellNEWS.
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United Jake Biller, President Year and major: Sophomore telecommunications major SGA affiliation: Current SGA parliamentarian Other activities: Awaken Ministries, Reel Deal
Elizabeth Latham, Vice President Year and major: Sophomore exercise science major SGA affiliation: Former SGA senator as chair of at-large caucus Other activities: Lifeguard at Recreation Center, Cardinal Catholic
James Schwer, Secretary Year and major: Sophomore biochemistry and pre-physician assistant dual major SGA affiliation: Current SGA senator Other activities: Co-health and safety chair in Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, commuter ambassador, vice president of Administration for University Program Board
Jalen Jones, Treasurer Year and major: Junior computer information systems major SGA affiliation: Current SGA treasurer Other activities: Vice president of the Black Student Association
Who is up
Students can cast votes for one of the three executive slates. Last year, students were able to vote for seven at-large seats, 10 off-campus seats, 10 collegiate seats and five university senate seats, according to previous Daily News reports. The executive slate: Members of an executive slate run on the same ticket. The positions in each slate include: • President • Vice president • Secretary • Treasurer All slates were nominated to run at the nomination convention. To be nominated, the slate must submit a $200 bond payment and gather at least 400 signatures on a petition form. Slates’ elections packets must also be filled out. Each member of the slate is required to have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA, full-time status at the time of nomination and three semesters of classes completed.
How to vote Voting opens Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. Students can vote through a link in a campus-wide email sent by the Office of Student Life, or they can vote at polling places in the David Letterman Building, Bracken Library and the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.
The Elections Board The Elections Board is a group of students approved by the SGA senate responsible for monitoring the campaigns. It includes seven members, each with a specific position:
UPCOMING EVENTS With the slates announced, here’s what to expect in the coming weeks:
Presidential and VP Debate:
Thursday, Feb. 14: Slates will hold the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate at 6 p.m. in AJ 175. Here, slate presidents and vice presidents can debate on a wide variety of topics, such as platform points or stances on a university policy.
All Slate Debate: Monday, Feb. 18: The All Slate Debate will take place at 6:30 p.m. in AJ 175. This debate will include all members of the executive slate. Presidential Town Hall Debate:
Tuesday, Feb. 19: The Presidential Town Hall Debate will take place at 6:30 p.m. in AJ 175. This debate will allow students to submit questions to the slate presidents.
Voting: Monday, Tuesday, Feb. 25-26:
Starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 25, students will be able to vote online for one executive slate. Students will receive an email with a link where students can vote. Polling places will also be available for students to vote in person. The voting will end at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26. Last year, students also voted on senate seats, such as seven at-large seats, 10 on-campus seats, 10 off-campus seats, 10 collegiate seats and five university senate seats.
Winner announced: Tuesday, Feb. 26:
The winner for the 2019-20 executive slate will be announced after voting has ended at 5 p.m. and all votes have been tallied. Should the slates tie, a runoff election will take place.
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Elections Board chair Sheriff Secretary Treasurer Debate coordinator Press secretary Voting member
Campaign Slates can fundraise and promote their platforms as long as it falls within the election code. If codes are violated, candidates will be reviewed by the Elections Board and possibly fined. These are up to the discretion of the Elections Board sheriff. According to the code, campaigns can cost up to, but no more than $2,000. A separate $200 bond is required to begin campaigning. Payment comes out of the bond if slates are fined.
Debates The Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate, All Slate Debate and Presidential Town Hall Debate are planned by the debate coordinator each year. The Elections Board chooses a student not involved in SGA to be the moderator. Topics in the debate can include anything from platform points to broad overviews of their hopes for student government. The Presidential Town Hall Debate includes questions from students.
The winners The winners will be announced Feb. 26 after 5 p.m. at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center in the Office of Student Life. A winner is determined by a majority of the vote, but if no slate receives a majority, a runoff election will be held. - Staff Reports
SGA 2019 slates’ platform points EMPOWER
• Implement a self-protection course in the curriculum to combat sexual assault.
Safe ride home program
• Provide students with free or discounted rides home on Thursday-Sunday nights
• Help on-campus residents apply for a grant to cover their laundry expenses
Collegiate readership program
• Provide students with free, digital access to today’s most popular news sources
Student calculator rentals
• Provide students with the opportunity to rent calculators
• Continue the conversation on reducing our use of plastics, particularly straws
Student grievance policy
• Work to raise the allotted excused absences, giving appropriate time to grieve
Mental health awareness
• Improve awareness by attracting speakers to campus and revamping the SGA website for more links and resources for students
Career choice objective
• Optimize Ball State’s website to allow prospective students to see what jobs are available in their chosen major
Childcare grant opportunity
• Make funding available to full- and part-time students to help pay for daycare or after-school programs
SGA website revamp
• Redesign the current SGA website in order to be more user-friendly and resourceful
• Saturday stadium bus • Additional Blue Loop bus • Map app improvements
Meal and dining
• Weekly meal allotment
• 24/7 convenience store • Green to-go containers
University promotion • • • •
Weekly social media updates Monthly senate invite to outside organizations Bigger entertainment at Emens “Black Friday” bookstore event
Elevating experience • Peer mentor program • Commuter LLC access
• Expedite counseling sessions • Sexual assault monologue event • Expanding gender-inclusive housing
• Conduct open forums to increase student input and campus awareness • Set aside time in senate meetings to allow students to voice their concerns to the senate
• Install more eco-friendly water stations and ice machines in the Recreation Center • Install LED lights and solar panels on outdoor lighting fixtures
Campus and student safety
• Initiate the dialogue for Residence Hall directors to be CPR/first aid certified • Improve lighting for sidewalks on university walkways to allow for safer foot travel • Combat sexual assault on campus and in the Muncie community • Extend hours and services for Charlie Charter
• Introduce a 24/7 text-based therapy service • Promote technology resources to improve the first-year experience
Cultivate student success
• Begin the discussion with faculty about allowing students to miss a class for career readiness fairs and events • Offer opportunities to students for career development and professional competence
EARNING RESPECT Ball State Baseball’s Chase Sebby gives new meaning to the word “dirtbag.”
Cardinals open 2019 season in Florida Ball State Softball headed down south for the FGCU Kickoff for the second straight season. The team went 3-2 with wins over LIU Brooklyn, Penn State and host FGCU. The Cardinals will be back in Florida for the Madeira Beach Invite.
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Burris falls to Alexandria-Monroe
Redshirt junior catcher Chase Sebby warms up before practice in the Field Sports Building Jan. 30. Sebby played in 40 games with a .310 batting average at Cypress College prior to coming to Ball State. ZACH PIATT, DN Zach Piatt Assistant Sports Editor Dirtbag. It’s not the most pleasant of words. In fact, its deﬁnition states just the opposite: “an unpleasant person.” Certainly not something you’d want to win an award for — that is, unless you play baseball at Ball State. According to Ball State Baseball’s Twitter account, the Dirtbag Award, voted on by the players, can be described as the “most prestigious award for leadership, toughness, teamwork and being an overall stud Cardinal.” “It’s really one of the highest honors in our program,” head coach Rich Maloney said.
Redshirt junior catcher Chase Sebby received that honor for the 2018 season. After redshirting at St. John’s University and playing one year at Cypress College, Sebby said he was looking for anyone who would give him a chance to play. He enrolled at UCLA with intentions to walk on or catch bullpens if he didn’t make the team. Ball State was searching for a catcher to compete for the starting job. Scott Pickler, Sebby’s coach at Cypress, told Maloney that Sebby would be a good option for a backup. Sebby, who grew up in Huntington Beach, California, having never been to Indiana before, came to Ball State on scholarship. “When Chase ﬁrst came, he showed up in his
Converse sneakers — kid from Cali,” redshirt senior Grifﬁn Hulecki said. “You could tell he was a little passive when he came in, just trying to ﬁgure out how things worked.” Once he got used to the new environment, Maloney said Sebby started showcasing what he could do. “[Pickler] actually undersold Sebby,” Maloney said. “What we got in Sebby was a gritty, conﬁdent, competitive young man.” Sebby took over duties behind the plate, starting 46 of the Cardinals’ 58 games. He led the Cardinals with a .441 on-base percentage and at one point had a streak of 35 consecutive games where he reached base safely.
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Senior Jackson Adamowicz’s 20 points for Burris boy’s basketball was not enough to overcome the Tigers as the Owls fell, 63-50. While the margin was wide, the Owls were down by one at halftime. Burris will face Delta on the road Feb. 21.
Ball State sports weekend recap A few Ball State sports were in action over the weekend. Track and ﬁeld had a strong weekend in Ohio, women’s tennis picked up the win over Eastern Illinois, gymnastics racked up its second straight MAC win and more.
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BIG CITY ENERGY
No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball looks to compete with No. 10 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago. Connor Smith Reporter
“Wins in Chicago could put us in a position to be first, second or third in the conference,” head coach Joel Walton said. “That’s really how important those matches are, and we still need to approach them as if they are normal matches. Going into Lewis and Loyola is going to be very difficult.” Improvements on offense have led the Cardinals to wins in five of their last six matches. However,
Walton said defense will be key this weekend. “If you look at our blocking against McKendree, we didn’t do a very good job,” Walton said. “Loyola’s offense is going to be very similar to McKendree, and Lewis is going to run at a tempo similar to George Mason.” The Cardinals have 112.5 blocks on the season. Senior middle attacker Parker Swartz and junior outside attacker Matt Szews both lead the team with 38 apiece. “Both teams are hitting great numbers this year,” Swartz said. “I need to make sure I’m communicating with the other outsides and middles at the front of the net and make sure we continue to be a great blocking team that we’ve historically been.” Friday’s match will be the third of six consecutive conference matches for Lewis. The Flyers are led by senior setter Matt Yoshimoto, who was recently named MIVA Defensive Player of the Week. He tallied 29 assists and four service aces in the team’s 3-0 victory over Quincy Feb. 9. Saturday’s match against Loyola will see the Cardinals face a Ramblers team that is outhitting their opponents in kills, 618-475. Sophomore outside hitter Colin Mahan leads the Ramblers with 3.29 kills per set. “Conference matches are huge, especially away matches,” Swartz said. “We’re looking to get some big wins out there that we haven’t gotten in a very long time ... A lot of our guys from Chicago want to go out and put on a big show.” Walton said his team needs to be prepared for greater competition than usual. “They’re both really good teams,” Walton said. “They both play with a little more confidence and a little more swagger. We have to earn points and be attentive to what our game plan is.” Contact Connor Smith with any comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cnsmithbsu.
“I know what it takes to win,” Sebby said. “Close to half the team are new guys who weren’t there at MAC last year when we lost and had to see all the seniors crying having not won a ring … I know what I can do, and I know I can help the team. I know my teammates believe in me, so that just makes me want to compete even harder.” Sebby’s hard work and leadership have earned him the respect of his teammates. Hulecki said Sebby is the hardest-working player on the team and embodies the true meaning of a dirtbag ballplayer. “Whatever he says, on the field or off the field, it means something. He doesn’t just talk to talk,” Hulecki said. “He has control of the whole pitching staff and the entire defense. When he talks, you listen. If he says, ‘Jump,’ you say, ‘How high?’” Contact Zach Piatt with any comments at zapiatt@ bsu.edu or on Twitter @zachpiatt13.
Redshirt junior catcher Chase Sebby prepares to throw the ball during practice in the Field Sports Building Jan. 30, 2019. Sebby threw out 51.8 percent of attempted base stealers in 2018. ZACH PIATT, DN
After a 3-2 comeback victory over George Mason Feb. 10, No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-5, 1-1 MIVA) will face a pair of MIVA opponents on the road this weekend: No. 10 Lewis (9-4, 2-0 MIVA) and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago (9-3, 2-0 MIVA) Feb. 15 and 16. The Cardinals split their two matches against both teams in 2018. The team’s last victory against the Flyers at Neil Carey Arena dates back to April 6, 2010, while the Ramblers are 4-2 at home this season and went 17-1 at Gentile Arena in 2018.
Conference matches are huge, especially away matches. We’re looking to get some big wins out there that we haven’t gotten in a very long time ... A lot of our guys from Chicago want to go out and put on a big show.” - PARKER SWARTZ, Senior middle attacker
Junior Adam Wessel returns a serve from Ohio State in the second set of the game April 7. Ball State played in John E. Worthen Arena for Senior Night. ERIC PRITCHETT, DN
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“I just wanted to win, like really bad,” Sebby said. “Everything I did was just so we could win … I felt like if I put in the extra work, then that would make my team better.” Maloney said the extra work was crucial for Sebby because he was a “grinder.” He wasn’t the most talented player. Instead, he had to work to be successful. “Quite honestly, he played himself into the position,” Maloney said. “What happened was, he took the bull by the horns when he had the opportunity … He seized his opportunity. He seized the moment. He definitely exceeded expectations.”
To go along with a .293 batting average, Sebby threw out 28 attempted base stealers, the most in the Mid-American Conference. Hulecki said he recognized Sebby’s potential from day one. “Sebby came in and just turned some heads, and he was the man from the get-go,” Hulecki said. “Not only could he hit, but he showed that he was insane behind the plate. When you have a guy like that, not only does it make your pitchers better, but it makes the whole team better.” Sebby has taken it upon himself to adopt more of a leadership role, which Maloney said will be important given the team’s current makeup. Coming into the 2019 season, the Cardinals are without four starting position players from a year ago. They also have plenty of new faces. Of the 34 players on the roster, 15 are in their first year at Ball State — 11 freshmen and four transfers.
Freshman business adminstration major Brandon Warren attends a protest after the Noblesville West Middle School shooting May 26, 2018. Warren has fought against several forms of youth violence with his We LIVE Movement. BRANDON WARREN, PHOTO PROVIDED
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Freshman business adminstration major Brandon Warren speaks during the Indianapolis March For Our Lives event March 24, 2018. Warren’s organization, We LIVE, will host the 2019 Indianapolis March For Our Lives. BRANDON WARREN, PHOTO
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his face in Times Square. “It was a true honor and blessing to see my face before thousands in one of the largest cities in the world,” Warren said. “I felt [that] it enlarged my platform to only enhance my voice.” In Warren’s first semester of college, he was reminded that his message was still relevant after he experienced racial profiling at Indiana State
Most Friday nights, Brandon Warren would typically stay out late. However, on May 5, 2017, his instincts told him he needed to go home early. He went to bed shortly after but woke in the middle of the night and noticed an alert on his phone: there had been a shooting on the west side of Indianapolis. Seven hours later, Warren’s sister told him three of his classmates were involved in the shooting. “The entire month of May was the toughest month of my life,” Warren said. “I felt lost, but toward the end, I felt motivated to start We LIVE. It was a vision from God.” During the summer between his junior and senior year of high school, Warren decided to take what he experienced in May to fuel his efforts in preventing future violence. “There were nights when I was scared to turn off my light,” Warren said. “I realized that I never wanted to deal with [that] again in my life, and I saw all the pain that it was causing my other peers.” Warren started the We LIVE Movement — which, he said, stands for “we are linked to intercept violence everywhere” and rhymes with five — with the goal of deteriorating youth violence and allowing his peers to have a voice in society. With the help of his friends and parents, along with consent from Warren Central High School administrators, the then 17-year-old worked to unite Indianapolis through the “We LIVE Peace Walk.” “I only wanted [to create] somewhere that the
city could come together in unity,” Warren said. “There wasn’t much unity, and that was a huge part of why the violence was happening.” To further his mission, Warren and his friends also created T-shirts to sell featuring the “Peace Walk” logo. According to the We LIVE website, there is now a selection of apparel ranging from windbreakers, T-shirts, sweatshirts, zip-ups and pullovers. There are also limited amounts of special-edition T-shirts made for each new rally and event. With an alliance of dedicated individuals, Warren said the success of We LIVE was inevitable, but there were obstacles along the way, including finances and finding a personal balance. “I really had to balance myself mentally. I was thinking, ‘How am I going to play sports? How am I going to be a community leader at the same time?’” Warren said. “But at the end of the day, it worked itself out in my favor.” As his organization began having influence, Warren found himself in a variety of interviews and on the covers of newspapers around the country. In November 2017, Warren won the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Regis F. Groff Award — an award given to students who exemplify dedication to public service and have the drive to change the course of young people’s lives everywhere. He has since won several awards and been featured in a MTV episode, “Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male Exhibit Opening with Kevin Powell” and IBE’s Classic Parade, according to the We LIVE website. What shocked him the most, though, was seeing
There were nights when I was scared to turn off my light. I realized that I never wanted to deal with [that] again in my life, and I saw all the pain that it was causing my other peers.” - BRANDON WARREN, Founder of We LIVE University. After transferring to Ball State, he took the opportunity to spread his message. “We live on a college campus, and violence can happen in different ways,” Warren said. “Whether it’s a mass shooting threat or someone being perpetrated by the way they look or the way they appear to someone else is still violence.” James Jordan, freshman telecommunications major and a friend of Warren’s, said he is excited
for We LIVE to expand to Ball State. “I always knew that youth violence was a major issue in the community, but I never once thought of starting a student-led organization to oppose it,” Jordan said. “It made me look at things differently and cherish my own life more.” Jordan, who also went to Warren Central High School, was a part of the video team when Warren originally started the We LIVE movement. On campus, Jordan said he hopes to play a more active role in video production for the organization. “If you want to get involved in something and see it grow, this is where you need to be,” Jordan said. “You’re helping put an end to one of the country’s biggest problems.” Ball State is just one step in expanding Warren’s mission, however. On March 2, Warren will present his ideas at the 2019 March for Our Lives event in Indianapolis, with hopes of further impacting Ball State and Indiana communities. “It’s not me trying to dictate anything. It’s just me trying to start a fire with students,” Warren said. “I really want to use this university the same way I used Warren Central High School.” Eventually, Warren said he hopes to have We LIVE chapters on college campuses across the nation and expand his talking points beyond youth violence. “However I can use my platform, I want to be able to bring other issues to the table besides youth violence,” Warren said. “Every social injustice issue has a link somehow.” Contact Tierra Harris with comments at email@example.com.
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Love is not defined and put into a box of chocolates once a year. The Ball State Daily News photographers asked Muncie community members what love means to them.
Muncie local Nichaela Wright, single mother of Robert McCracken IV, picks her son up out of his stroller to hold him Feb. 11, 2019, at the Muncie MITS bus station. Wright is deaf, and though Robert can hear, Wright is teaching him sign language, so they can communicate. Wright writes, â€œI love my son in my heart,â€? on a piece of notebook paper when asked about Robert. REBECCA SLEZAK, DN
Lettie Alaine Brenae Heyward, age 4, and her mother, Gracie Murphy, laugh together Feb. 12, 2019, at Books & Brews in Muncie, Indiana. Murphy said, “Love is love is love.” SCOTT FLEENER, DN
Ryne Burlington, right, and Connor Hobson, left, have been together since the summer of 2018. Hobson defines love as “more than just a feeling that people have for each other.” Burlington and Hobson met through social media and are currently living together. “Love to me is an ongoing process of always communicating with one another to make sure each other is heard and feels understood,“ Burlington said. STEPHANIE AMADOR, DN
Ana and Fernando Martinez are siblings. Ana Martinez mentions how they used to do everything together as kids, including learning English. They have only gotten into two major fights in their life, which broke their mom’s heart because of how close they are together. “We make each other laugh all the time,” Martinez said. STEPHANIE AMADOR, DN
Bradley and Matthew Armstrong laugh at what their mother, Mellisa Armstrong, said. The two boys, their mother and father, Brian Armstrong, wait for a taxi at the MITS station, Feb. 11, 2019. All four of them traveled from southern Florida to visit their family in Anderson. REBECCA SLEZAK, DN
Andy and Amy Shears, owners of Muncie Map Co., have been married 15 years. They met on match.com 16 years ago. They moved to Muncie and opened the mapping company, so they could work together. REBECCA SLEZAK, DN
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Demi Lawrence is a sophomore journalism news major and writes “Unspoken” for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper. Write to Demi at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am currently in a state of becoming. I am moving toward a better me. I am currently single. I am working on myself, by myself, solely for myself. I am alone, yet I am not lonely — most of the time. I am in a blissful state of selfdiscovery. I know some don’t necessarily have to be single in order to find themselves, but I’ve found that the only time I truly grow is when I am alone. Though I have learned many Demi Lawrence valuable lessons from the world of love, I still ask myself: How Columnist, different would my life be if I Unpoken learned from my mistakes earlier and wisened up to my own selfdestructive tendencies? Could I have avoided the pointless heartbreaks and the people who came into my life only to leave with pieces of me they never deserved? Valentine’s Day is here — marked by rosecolored hearts, candies and advertising campaigns taking advantage of the holiday — and while I see
friends posting about their significant others, I find myself happy to have grown from last year. Last Valentine’s Day I was in a relationship, but I was still cynical about everyone else in love. At the time, I couldn’t quite put my finger on the source of my anger, but now, I know why I was so upset: I was still holding onto pain I thought I’d grown and healed from. For one of the first times in my life, I am ecstatic I’m alone. My heart holds no cynicism or hatred, just peace. And while I wish this feeling had come sooner, I know the mistakes I’ve made in the past year and a half have been necessary for my growth. My entire life, I associated happiness with relationships. As all the girls in my middle school began dating, I started to think, “Maybe I’ll be happy when I get a boyfriend.” I attached my identity to the idea of romanticism and love at just 10 years old. I longed to be pretty and desired. I longed to be wanted. High school hit, and I finally had my first real boyfriend. But as the year came to an end, so did the relationship. I wasn’t heartbroken, though. Something was just missing, and I became frustrated when I thought, “Well this love thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” Looking back now, I laugh because I really had no idea what love was. Not a month later, on a warm September evening, I learned that love was a guiding arm showing me how to shoot a basketball. Love knew my family. Love and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching “House Bunny” and giggling like 15-year-old girls do. I laid my head back on my pillow that night, and I knew she was going to change my life forever — and that she did. I was in love for over two years, though she
only loved me for half that time. But if I ignored the red flags and only focused on my idealized version of her and our relationship, I’d be fine, right? I wouldn’t get my heart broken, rather break my own heart, right? It took me two years to learn I should never have to beg for love. By that time, love had left me alone in a big, empty and lonely house with the lights still on. The rooms echoed when I called love’s name out, full knowing she was gone but holding onto the hope that parts of her lived in the walls. I was pained by the lights she left on, but they meant she was still with me. So, because they reminded me of her, they stayed on. No matter how much they hurt me. That experience left me with the impression that love was pain, and there’s no way to escape horrific heartbreaks. I had a similar epiphany, then, to the one I am in now. I was single for three months. I thought I’d left the old me behind, and I thought I’d healed from my one bad experience with love. Back then, the illusion of healing was enough for me. And at age 17, I fell in love again. This love was different, though. This love was much less firey, it was softer. This love was tall with an anatomical heart-shaped tattoo on her wrist. This love had been hurt too, and we bonded over the pain. This love reassured me. This love told me I was beautiful. This love wasn’t afraid to hold my hand in public. This love followed me through high school graduation into my freshman year of college. We never fought, nothing bad happened. We just fell out of love, the 50-minute drive she made every weekend became a hassle. And I don’t blame her, I never did, and I never will. She was the one person who never hurt me. Things just didn’t work, and I never let go of the fact that sometimes love is just not enough. It took me until just recently to realize my pain. The breakup was a year and a half ago. Love went dormant for a time as the fire to
be simply wanted and desired took over. I faked personas for people and made them out to be better in my head than they were in real life. I fell in love with the fake versions of them I thought up, then got upset when they proved me wrong, as if they could change in a heartbeat into what I wanted them to be. I swore I was in love with all of these idealizations, but really they were just distractions. Distractions from my real pain, distractions from rationality and distractions from the immense selfgrowth I needed. The realization that I needed to change finally hit me when I hurt someone. Someone who truly cared about me. Someone who so desperately loved me and who was so good for me. He genuinely cherished me in ways I hadn’t experienced in years, and because of this, I convinced myself I loved him. He was what was best for me, so I faked my love for him without even knowing it. I thought I loved him when I really only loved the idea of him. I wasn’t ready to be treated right, which sounds so backwards. I hadn’t been genuinely respected in over a year and a half, what was stopping me from grabbing onto what I had been looking for and deserved? I still don’t know. All I knew was that it wasn’t right. So I left, and I hurt him greatly. I still have no excuse other than I am sorry. I am sorry for not having greater self-awareness. I am sorry my disaster and pain fell onto you. And most importantly, I am sorry I didn’t heal earlier, so I could have been right for you. So, after all of this, I again ask myself: How different would my life be if I learned from my mistakes earlier and wisened up to my own self-destructive tendencies earlier? Could I have avoided the pointless heartbreaks, the people who came into my life only to leave with pieces of me they never deserved?
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My answer is this: Maybe my life would be better. Maybe I’d walk around with less pain. Maybe I’d be able to trust people more. Maybe I’d have less nightmares. Maybe I’d be able to feel more empathy for people. But, then again, maybe I wouldn’t. I deﬁnitely wouldn’t be as smart. I deﬁnitely wouldn’t be as strong. And I deﬁnitely would still be making the same mistakes had
I not had a terrible year and a half. The truth is that no matter what, I needed to feel alone for that time. I needed to be broken. I needed to idealize those around me and be let down. Because without all of these things I wouldn’t be who I am today. And no one is worth the price of my own personal growth. Allow yourself to be single. Screw the holiday. Screw it if everyone around you is in love or is looking for love. Being stagnant in the instance of romance is perfectly okay. Being stagnant in the instance of your self-growth is not. Love is not the enemy, nor is anyone really, for that matter. None of
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this is shameful, it’s okay to want to be loved. It’s a basic human need. But to need to be loved so badly that you are blinded to the fact that you are a walking nightmare? Trust me, it’s not worth it. I am taking this alone time to heal. I am writing letters to those who either broke my heart, or I broke my own heart over. Sorta like a “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” moment, only let’s pray these letters never get out. I am currently in a state of becoming. I am moving toward a better me. And I am currently ecstatic with how my life is going. Without love.
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