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Joan Todd confirmed that the university retention office sent emails to students Tuesday containing the names of students on academic probation. Schools cannot disclose this information without written consent from the eligible student.

BSU email violates privacy law University discloses personal information in attachment

An email sent out Tuesday did more than just inform students about their academic status. Students who earned a GPA below 2.0 were notified in December about their academic progress, and Tuesday, another email was intended to inform students about ways to improve their GPAs.

But university spokesperson Joan Todd confirmed that the university retention office sent emails to students on academic probation containing the names of other students on academic probation.

The email, Todd said, contained a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of 59 students on academic probation for the spring semester. Next to each student’s name on the list was their GPA, phone number, university email and Ball State ID number. Originally, the email was supposed to contain an attachment reminding students about upcoming academic help sessions.

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Ball State swimmer JD Middleton was the only member of his swim team at Shenandoah High School. Middleton began swimming in elementary school after attending a fundraiser at the New Castle Swim Club.

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hen JD Middleton finished a race in high school and looked to the deck of the swimming pool, he just saw his mom. He didn’t have any teammates at Shenandoah High School in Middletown, Indiana, and his mom, Beth, was his coach. See MIDDLETON, page 6

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JD Middleton is a senior distance freestyle swimmer on the Ball State men’s swimming team. Middleton was named Academic All-MAC and finished sixth overall at the 2016 Mid-American Conference Championships in the 800 free relay.

Szews powers men's volleyball in win No. 15 Ball State advances to 3-1 after beating Saint Francis in home opener Code Red Dance Team and Ball State's cheerleading squad travel to National Championship. PG 3

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Hendrix Magley Men’s volleyball reporter "Not your typical freshman.” That’s how head coach Joel Walton described freshman outside attacker Matt Szews after his 16-kill, five-dig performance in No. 15 Ball State’s 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 27-25) win over the Saint Francis Red Flash Thursday. Szews has already made an impact in the Cardinals’ first four games, leading the team with 54 kills, 61.5 points and three service aces. He doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. “I think if I can continue being aggressive and keep up

the intensity swinging, it’ll be pretty easy to continue to play at a high level,” Szews said. Walton said that Szews has had a knack this season for turning “un-ideal situations” into perfect ones. “He’s just played with a level of maturity and has done a nice job of creating when the situations aren’t ideal,” Walton said. “We’ll throw him a ball in a less-than-ideal situation and he’s able to drive the ball off the block and still manufacture something.” As a kid from Wisconsin, he’s already appropriately earned the nickname “The Big Cheese” from his teammates. But his strong play on the court, as well as his fiery attitude, has already earned him a lot of respect from the veterans on the team. See VOLLEYBALL, page 6

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Federal government: Indiana residents officially ‘Hoosier’ The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Much like folks in the Northeast refer to themselves as Yankees, those from Indiana have long referred to themselves as Hoosiers (HOO’zhurz), even though its origin has been lost to history. The federal Government Publishing Office finally caught up Thursday, officially changing the designation from “Indianian” to “Hoosier” in all federal documents. But the murkiness remains. Indiana’s U.S. senators pushed for the change, saying in a letter to the office’s style board chairman last year that those living in the state “have always called ourselves Hoosiers.” The senators argued that while Indianian might follow the style for describing state residents — such as Floridian or Californian — “Indiana residents do not use this word. In fact, we find it a little jarring to be referred to in this way.” LONGTIME USE Historians have long tried to trace the origin of applying the term to the people of Indiana and haven’t solved the mystery. References have been traced back to the 1820s, with an 1830s poem “The Hoosier’s Nest” by John Finley of Richmond helping spread its use, according to the Indiana Historical Society. The spelling was even in question then, as the poet wrote the word as “Hoosher.” Indiana University’s teams have been known as Hoosiers for all five of their NCAA men’s basketball championships — and the 1980s film “Hoosiers” celebrating a small town basketball team is widely embraced.

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STORIES ABOUND Many theories have been floated over the years for how the moniker came into use. Historian Jacob Piatt Dunn wrote in the early 1900s that the word “hoosier” was dialect in parts of the South for rough hill people, so it could have followed settlers who crossed from Kentucky into the hills of southern Indiana. The Indiana Historical Society says some often-told stories about the term’s origins are false. Those include the tale that it was used to describe Indiana employees of a canal contractor named Hoosier and that “Who’s yer” was how early settlers responded to a knock on their cabin door. A tale spun by popular 19th century Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley attributed the name to people asking “Whose ear?” after finding the body part on the ground after vicious fights among early settlers. LIKE NO OTHER Retired Indiana University history professor James Madison, who’s written several books about the state, said the use of “Hoosiers” stretches back through nearly all 200 years of Indiana as a state and gives it a unique brand around the country. “Some people just can’t believe that we don’t know where it comes from,” Madison said. “Well, I like that.” The government style book keeps variations on the state names for all other U.S. residents. No “Tar Heels” for North Carolina or “Sooners” for Oklahoma. “Hawaii residents” is the only other break from standard form.

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HALF-PRICE SUNDAY AT THE MUNCIE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM SUNDAY FROM 1-5 P.M. MUNCIE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, 515 S. HIGH ST. COST: $3 Interactive exhibits include: water works, a simulated dinosaur bone dig, animal education, make believe theater, a barnyard and so many more.

PENDULUM: A SPECIAL MUSICAL EVENT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWINGS AT 6:30 P.M. AND 8 P.M.

This event features music from Ball State alumna Peyton Cox. She composed an album of original electronic music about time called "Pendulum" for her senior capstone project in Spring 2016. It then premiered in the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, taking advantage of its surround sound and state-of-the-art projector technology. This is an encore presentation of the unique planetarium experience.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL VS. PENN STATE TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. WORTHEN ARENA

The No. 15 ranked Ball State Cardinals finish their first homestand of the season against No. 14 Penn State. Last year, the Cardinals traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania where they fell to the Nittany Lions in three straight sets.

GYMNASTICS HOME OPENER SUNDAY AT 1 P.M.

Ball State gymnastics hosts its first home meet of the season against Mid-American Conference rival Northern Illinois. Last week, in its first tri-meet of the year, Ball State finished third, scoring 193.625 behind Missouri (196.225) and Illinois (194.200).

MLK SPEAKER: KEVIN POWELL TUESDAY AT 7:30 P.M. BALL STATE MULTICULTURAL CENTER

Kevin Powell is an American political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voice. He will be at Ball State as a part of the MLK Speaker Series presenting: "Looking for Martin: Dr. King, Community, Civil Rights, Social Media & the New Activism."

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Code Red Dance Team, cheerleading squad travel for national championship Teams head to Orlando to compete in UCA & UDA Michelle Kaufman Daily News Reporter For the second year in a row, the Code Red Dance Team will join members of Ball State’s cheerleading squad for a trip to Orlando to compete in the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this weekend. The teams will compete separately in their respective divisions but make the trip together. The Championship will be held inside Walt Disney World, with semifinals on Saturday and finals on the following day. To prepare, both teams held practices several days over Christmas break in order to perfect their routine. Code Red’s typical routines focus more on entertainment and are shorter and more condensed, while their competition routine combines entertainment and a higher level of difficulty. A choreographer came in and presented tricks to the team, and the gymnastics room became the new training facility and testing ground for the 12 girls. “We started from scratch [with our routine] this year … we even YouTubed [tricks],” coach Amy Wilkins said. “ I’m going to be proud of them no matter what … I learned honestly right along with them and I just helped encourage them … they all have done so well.” Kaitlyn Ewing, Code Red Captain and junior hospitality and food management major, has been a Code Red dancer for three years. As captain, her main role is to ensure that team morale is up during practices through leading by example and cracking jokes if tension rises. “I think that’s kind of my job because our coaches are there to discipline us and make sure we’re doing everything right, but I feel like my job as captain is just to make sure everyone is still having

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Ball State’s Code Red Dance Team will join the cheerleading squad for the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship Saturday and Sunday. The teams will compete separately in their respective divisions for the Championship, held in Walt Disney World in Orlando.

fun,” Ewing said. “Being able to share the experience with them and this specific group of people [is something] I’m really excited about.” Wilkins is in her ninth year of coaching Code Red, and was a Code Red dancer herself in 1998. “[Coaching] is totally my thing, my passion … if you are in the cheerleading or the dance world at all growing up, you know what UDA is,” Wilkins said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to not only be able to compete against these 1A colleges, [but also] little Ball State University going is a great opportunity for us and also just for Ball State to get our name out even more and for Code Red to get their name out there.”

The cheerleading squad is taking a total of 22 students, but only 16 will get to compete on the mat. The nationals team includes cheerleaders from both the all-girl and co-ed squads. Dana Roth, a senior public relations major, is one of three senior leaders on the cheerleading squad and will travel to Orlando. “The atmosphere [at nationals] is exciting and there’s tons of people there so the energy is super high. You’re performing in front of people that love cheerleading, so it’s a little bit harder than here, where cheer isn’t a big thing. Down there, there are hundreds of squads and everyone loves cheerleading,” Roth said. “It’s so encouraging.”

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Kirsten Wamsley Lifestyle Reporter Halloween comes back in January today with Friday the 13th. The superstitious holiday is sure to have people in weird moods, or maybe even looking for a scare. For those horror seekers, here is a look at some of Netflix’s hidden horror gems. 1. WOULD YOU RATHER Most people have heard of the game Would You Rather. This film takes a drastic spin as individuals who are in need of money compete in a would you rather competition in order to receive a large sum of money. The point of the game is to make a choice — ­­­­­the horrible or the unthinkable. 2. HUMAN CENTIPEDE ( 1, 2, 3) Not for the faint of heart, or those with a weak stomach. The first sequence of the trilogy involves a doctor with a gruesome plan. Two stranded women find themselves attached to the doctor's dream and each other. This is the most gory and traumatizing of the films. 3. TALES OF HALLOWEEN The tales told in this anthology are not like each other. It is a different style than a traditional film, with 10 interlocking stories within the one

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Contact Kirsten Wamsley with any questions or concerns at kmwamsley@bsu.edu.

Contact Kirsten Wamsley with any questions or concerns at kmwamsley@bsu.edu.

4. JERUZALEM A vacationing trip for a couple turns into a horrifying experience as they find themselves in the beginning of the biblical apocalypse. But it is nothing like what you’ve heard or seen before. This is not a zombie film.

8. HOLIDAYS This film shows different holidays, each with their own twist. Folk lore and traditions come alive and they are not what you expect, and are nowhere as joyous and innocent as they seem.

7. A HAUNTING AT SILVER FALLS A trip to visit family does not go as planned. Wanting revenge on a murderer is one daunting idea ­— it's only worse when the deceased are seeking revenge, and using you to do it.

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10. THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY The sequel to the Haunting of Molly Hartley, (not available on Netflix and also not necessary to watch this film). Her demons are long gone, or so she thought. Molly Hartley was possessed once before, but now the Devil wants to take control. Her only hope: a priest who no longer practices with the church.

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This film is suspenseful and a thriller. It's not as gory as some on the list.

6. THE DEVIL’S DOLLS A horror movie starring a young child never ends well. In this tale, the child’s demise lies in the hands of her detective father and the possessions of a recently deceased serial killer. The dolls on her jewelry are not at all charming.

Contact Michelle Kaufman with any questions or concerns at mekaufman@bsu.edu.

To some, a board game may seem like just an old thing that sits collecting dust, something that was once a favorite among bored children. But to a few students on campus, that is not the case. One year ago, the Tabletop Gaming Guild was formed by Matthew Turner and a few of his friends. The group banded together to make a space for students to enjoy themselves, socialize and play games that are not easily found on a store shelf. “We use it as a fun way to get everyone into the game-playing mindset, as well as a good way for everyone to catch up with their friends,” Turner said. In addition to being co-founder, he is also president of Tabletop Gaming Guild. The group enjoys playing games such as “Werewolf,” “Sentinels,” and other games of any type. The club has a large selection of games already donated by the members, but is open to others giving suggestions for games they want to play. “The biggest reason we formed the club is because board game people are typically antisocial and we wanted a space for them to get together and enjoy their hobby,” Turner said. A large focus of the group is to provide an area for people to gather and socialize with other students who have similar interests. The group is looking for new members and to let people know who they are. “Our goal is not to just have people play games, but to show people how fun board games can be while creating an inclusive environment,” said Caleb Woods, the group’s treasurer. “We want people to feel comfortable when they’re here,” Woods said. The group has a monthly event where members are encouraged to invite female members or friends to break the stigma that it is a guys’ hobby. The club has increased its female membership due to this event. They are looking forward to increasing membership, both male and female, this semester. “If the stars line up right for us, we might have a great semester,” Woods said.

movie. Each shows a more traumatic Halloween night experience.

5. SATANIC In this film, four college kids become interested in occult crime sites on their way to Coachella. The troubled teens find themselves in the middle of something that can cost them more than the trip. Much better than the Ouija series films.

Several other schools normally bring their cheerleading squad and dance teams to nationals. Roth said having Code Red there with them will be beneficial. “We’re super good friends with them since we do everything with them, so it’s really nice to have them there and yelling our cheer with us and having people in the audience that love Ball State as much as we all do,” Roth said. “Being so far from home, it’s a little bit harder to have anyone in the crowd that are Ball State fans.”

9. EXORCISUMUS This is not your typical exorcist film. A child begins to appear troubled and her parents call family for help. The priest discovers that possession is the cause, but his solution is unorthodox and everyone is in danger. This is more of a thrilling suspense than pure horror.


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'We matter' gets new meaning

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Ball State alumnus Josh Harshman and senior chemistry major Connor Carlson created the business Makou Mea to support and give back to people with Alopecia, a stress-induced disorder that ultimately results in total body hair loss. Makou Mea, Hawaiian for “We Matter,” gives customers the option to donate to a GoFundMe page, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation or send a letter of hope with each purchase.

Ball State student, grads bring alopecia awareness Mary Freda Multicultural Reporter To Connor Carlson, being a superhero is more about the people than the superhuman powers and fancy capes kids grow up watching on Saturday morning cartoons. “My goal to really just become that superhero [is what] I’ve always wanted to do,” Carlson said. “In a way not with super powers, but with helping people, relating to them and then showing them how they can get ahead of their problem or use their problem as their advantage.” In elementary school, the senior chemistry major was bullied and as a result, he began to lose patches of hair. However, it took more than a few clumps

of hair to figure out what was affecting Carlson. Finally, there was a word — alopecia. Alopecia is a stress-induced disorder that ultimately results in total body hair loss. “The whole process I’ve been so grateful for, losing my hair — everything,” Carlson said. “I’ve created a brand on social media called ‘tall.n.bald’ that stands for empowerment, basically loving yourself, expression, all of that.” Carlson wanted to do more than just create a brand on social media though. He wanted to do something for people affected by alopecia. After collaborating with his co-founder, Ball State alumnus Josh Harshman, the business Makou Mea, which partners with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, was born. “There’s people out there who really need a voice,” Carlson said. “Nothing’s ever been done for alopecia and since I’ve

gone through it, I can actually relate to those people and then share my story, my mission with them.” Makou Mea translates to “we matter” in Hawaiian, a concept that was discovered by Hurshman. The company itself was centered around this concept and was brought to life by Carlson, Hurshman and co-founder Tanner Walters, a Ball State alumnus. “I wouldn’t be here without them. Those two guys have helped me immensely with personal growth as well as just being friends and actually helping me pursue my dream of giving back to the community,” Carlson said. Currently, Makou Mea runs off of a giving-back model. Customers have three options when they check out: they can donate to a GoFundMe, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation or send a letter of hope.

“So that’s the giving-back model and we also want to do a model of … buying a hat and donating a hat to a kid or someone going through alopecia or chemotherapy because we both had family members going through that and so, it hits home,” Carlson said. Makou Mea currently carries the “Believe” beanie and stickers. Each product is equipped with Makou Mea’s logo: a lotus flower that rests on an infinity symbol, with three dots representing mind, body and spirit. “It represents coming up from the darkest backgrounds, becoming the most beautiful thing because of those dark backgrounds and showing people that you can beat adversity, you can step out and become something great,” Carlson said. Contact Mary Freda with any questions or concerns at mafreda@bsu.edu.

SGA continues pushing platform points Eliminating oppression among spring semester docket Brynn Mechem SGA Reporter As a new semester begins, the Student Government Association continues to push their platform points forward. The first item on their docket: trying to eliminate oppression on campus. In doing so, Ball State SGA members will be attending a conference on Jan. 14 at IUPUI to meet with members of student government at other universities regarding sexual assault and hate crimes. “We will discuss how we can combat

sexual assault through programming, education on the issue, and resources available to the survivors of sexual assault,” SGA president James Wells said. Wells also said that new mobile apps that give students an easier way to reach law enforcement officials or victim services will also be discussed. “We are also going to expand the conversation on Ball State’s behalf to talk about hate crimes in Indiana,” he said. According to SGA’s recent legislation that called for the meeting with other universities, Indiana is one of five states that has no hate crime legislation. “We need to see what we can do to encourage the state to pass legislation

JAMBA JUICE REOPENS

Alan Hovorka Daily News Reporter

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Jamba Juice reopened Wednesday after spending around $1,300 to repair a broken sanitary drain in the restaurant.

With Jamba Juice reopening Wednesday, public records show Ball State spent about $1,300 to repair the drain inside the restaurant. Jamba Juice, inside the Art and Journalism Building, closed due to a sanitary drain collapse last semester, shortly before finals week. The drain, which supports part of the east serving area of the smoothie shop, became clogged. A camera was used to view inside the drain line, showing that it had been clogged with mud. The only way to fix the problem was to dig up and replace the drain line, Jim Lowe, associate vice president of facilities and planning and maintenance, said in an email sent by university spokesperson Lisa Renze-Rhodes. Repairs took about 13 days. Contact Alan Hovorka with any questions or concerns at afhovorka@bsu.edu.

that would make hate crimes a particular target within a different class of punishment within Indiana’s law,” Wells said. In addition to the conference, SGA is also working on resolutions for gender housing inclusivity, student appreciation day and a resolution for a dead week. A dead week, Wells said, would allow students to prepare for finals without unexpected assignments or added stress. He also said that having a dead day on the Monday of finals week would be more ideal for Ball State students. “Instead of just getting rid of that day, we are looking to incorporate a time where teachers, professors and students

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Continued from page 1 “Just the contact email was supposed to go to the individual 59 students on that list,” Todd said. “But what happened was that Excel spreadsheet was inadvertently forwarded just to those 59 students.” The Daily News has spoken with several students on academic probation for the Spring 2017 semester who have not received the email with the attachment, however. To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), schools can generally not disclose “personally identifiable information from an eligible student’s education records to a third party” without written consent from the eligible student. A representative from the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office confirmed with the Daily News that the distribution of the list of students and their information

can go over any last-minute information in regards to the finals,” Wells said. Another large platform — a Muncie appreciation day — would encourage different organizations around the Muncie and Ball State communities to work together to boost relations between students and community members. “We are hoping that with appreciation work we can bridge that gap,” Wells said. “We want to get the presence of Ball State out into Muncie.” Contact Brynn Mechem with any questions or concerns at bamechem@bsu.edu.

— although unintentional — does violate FERPA. However, specifics about what could happen next — legally or otherwise — were not available. “I don’t have an answer about the FERPA violation,” Todd said. “I know the compliance office issued an apology to the students and called each of the students.” Following the accidental email attachment, Todd said the university also made phone calls to all 59 students who reportedly received the list. “Part of the reason the phone calls were made was to suggest to [students who received the list] — encourage them — not to forward it,” Todd said. “So if other students got it, it’s because the students of the 59 forwarded it.” Nonetheless, Todd said the university is very apologetic about what happened and emphasized that this was a mistake. “There is human error from time to time,” Todd said. “It is very unfortunate that it happened.”

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Opinion // Sports

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The long awaited alternative to NCAA football It’s about time. There have been plenty of start-up football leagues looking to tap into the popularity COLIN of a sport that features GRYLLS televised games almost is a senior every night of the week journalism at the peak of the fall. But major and the Pacific Pro Football writes 'Fire League, which is slated up the Grylls' to begin play in Summer for the Daily 2018, took it a step further by announcing News. His that it will require its views do not players to be between 18 necessarily and 22 years old. agree with In other words, there’s those of the finally an alternative to newspaper. the NCAA. Write to Colin No other sport has the at sports@ same nonsensical system bsudailynews. as football. Baseball com players can declare for the draft after graduating high school, tennis players and golfers can turn pro whenever they think they’re ready and foreign soccer teams sign players to professional contracts to play in their youth academies. Even basketball players, who

are required by the NBA to be at least one year out of high school, have options like playing professionally in Europe or China for a year, or going to the D-League. In all of those other leagues, there’s a choice for elite athletes – take the money to play professionally or take a scholarship to play in college. But in football, there is no choice, at least not until 2018. Either go to school, or don’t play. And that makes no sense. There are no academic requirements to play football in the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, education is clearly a good thing. In fact, one of the arguments against paying college football players is that they’re compensated fairly with a free education, which Ball State estimates to be worth $18,884 for Indiana residents and $34,618 for out-of-state students in 2016-17 alone. That’s the beauty of Pac-Pro, though. On top of getting paid a salary, players will also receive money for tuition at community colleges, which may prove to be better academic fits for some athletes that struggled with classes or standardized tests. Some hardcore college football teams

might be worried about their favorite team losing a few players, but don’t expect a mass exodus from the NCAA. Much like how few high school basketball players go overseas instead of playing in the NCAA, many football players will likely wait to see if the league can sustain itself before signing up. Even then, there will only be four teams, all based in Southern California, each with 50-man rosters for 200 total roster spots. Assuming a relatively even distribution of ages throughout the league, with roughly a quarter of the league being firstyear players, a quarter being second-year players, etc., this would really only pull 50 or so players away from the NCAA each year, or less than one for each of the 65 schools in the Power Five conferences (including independent Notre Dame). It will likely be even less than that when athletes that didn’t meet NCAA qualifications or community college players are considered, and it’s unlikely that many Group of Five schools like Ball State will lose any players to this league. Hopefully, Pac-Pro will also cut down on the scandals that rock amateur sports. In theory, if elite athletes can choose to be paid then the ones that choose school will

be more likely to value the education and less likely to take impermissible benefits or try to skate through fake classes. At the very least, if these players are choosing school over a professional contract, they’re less likely to go around tweeting things like “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL. We ain’t come here to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS,” which is something that was actually tweeted by former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones in 2012, who is now in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. Pac-Pro has some clout behind it — ESPN reported that several people with NFL ties are involved in the league, including Tom Brady’s agent Don Lee (but not Brady himself), former player Ed McCaffrey, former coach Mike Shanahan, former NFL executive Jim Steeg and former NFL referee Mike Pereira. With all of that professional football experience powering the Pacific Professional Football League, one thing is clear — enough people at the highest level of football thought a professional alternative to college football was a smart investment. And it’s about time.

Gymnastics set to host No. 16 Northern Illinois in home opening meet

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Ball State forward Moriah Monaco prepares to pass the ball to her teammate during the game against Purdue on Dec. 8 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals lost their last game but hope to rebound against Akron Saturday.

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Coming off a 101-92 loss, Ball State women’s basketball looks to bounce back against a team that has yet to win a Mid-American Conference play. Ball State (10-6, 3-1 MAC) hosts Akron (7-8, 0-4 MAC) Saturday, and the Cardinals won their last two meetings against the Zips, 78-71 last season at home and 77-73 in Akron the year before. The Cardinals are in a three-way tie for second place in the MAC West as

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five of the division’s six teams are 3-1 or better. West teams are a combined 12-2 against teams from the East division, including Akron. Ball State scores 70.6 points per game to Akron’s 65.9, but the real separation is on defense -- the Cardinals only allow 60.4 points per game to the Zips’ 67.3. One area Akron could exploit is Ball State’s three-point defense, as the Zips are fourth in the MAC with a 32.4 three-

point shooting percentage and Central Michigan just hit 60.7 percent of its three-pointers (17-28) in Wednesday’s win against the Cardinals. Before the Central Michigan game, the Cardinals actually led the conference but they dropped to ninth with opponents now making 31.2 percent of their three-pointers. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Worthen Arena. - Staff Reports

In just the second week of the season, Ball State gymnastics opens up its Mid-American Conference schedule against No. 16 Northern Illinois. Northern Illinois (3-0, 0-0 MAC), who finished fifth in the MAC last season with a 9-10 overall record, is now the only nationally ranked school in the conference. Last season, Ball State was barely edged out of first place (194.900 - 194.775) against Northern Illinois in Dekalb, Illinois during a tri-meet, which also included Seattle Pacific. Sunday will also be the first home meet of the season for the Cardinals and one of four on the season which also includes six road meets. Ball State (0-2, 0-0 MAC) opened up its 2017 season last weekend during a tri-meet in Columbia, Missouri. Ball State came in third place with a score of 193.625, behind No. 22 Illinois (194.200) and No. 6 Missouri (196.225). The Huskies had a different result, finishing with a 194.825 during its first home meet of the year. The final score was good enough to push Northern Illinois ahead of Iowa (194.200), Western Michigan (193.250) and Lindenwood (192.075) during the quad-meet. While Northern Illinois finished first overall, it only led in two individual categories: floor with a 48.975 and bars 48.925 while also scoring 48.200 on the vault and 48.725 on the beam. In comparison, Ball State finished with a 48.025 on the floor, 48.775 on the bars, 48.675 on vault and 48.150 on the balance beam. The meet begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Worthern Arena. - Staff Reports

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“He’s been a big energy guy for us,” said senior setter Connor Gross. “There’s some guys that tend to get quiet on the court, but he’s not one of them.” Ball State goes into the second match of the

Sports Shondell Active Ankle Challenge with confidence after knocking out the Red Flash in three sets. The Cardinals face the No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions — a team that has a lot of fresh faces since the two teams last met on Jan. 22, 2016. “We have to figure out the personnel that Penn State is going to be put-

ting out there and create a game plan for it,” Walton said. “They have a bunch of new guys on the court — a new setter, a new right side and it’s going to be a different team than what our guys are used to seeing.” The Cardinals want to bring their strong serving performance

from the win against Saint Francis into Friday night’s match against the Nittany Lions. Ball State used strong serves from junior outside attacker Mitch Weiler late in the third set to overcome a late 19-17 Saint Francis lead. “We kind of struggled early on with serving into the net but I think

the ability to go on strong runs at the end really helped us to come back,” Szews said. The Cardinals will also be counting on another strong home-court showing to help push them to a victory. “There’s nothing better than playing in Worthen Arena,” Walton said. “With Steve Shondell on

the PA and the students on one side [of the arena] and the community on the other, it’s just nice to be in this environment and be well supported.” Friday’s game against Penn State is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Contact Hendrix Magley with any questions or concerns at @

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Ball State setter Connor Gross celebrates with outside attacker Matt Szews after the Cardinals won the second set of the game against Saint Francis Thursday in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals beat the Red Flashes 3-0.

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Ball State’s setter Connor Gross attempts to serve the ball during the game against Saint Francis Thursday in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals won 3-0.

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Ball State’s outside attacker Mitch Weiler attempts to bump the ball during the game against Saint Francis Thursday in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals won 3-0.

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“It was just me, which was kind of hard,” JD said. “At times it was nice to have her there, on the pool deck. But it worked out really well, because we had a close relationship.” JD is now a senior specializing in the distance freestyle events for Ball State men’s swimming and diving. Isaac Walling, a junior swimmer, said JD has become the consummate teammate -- which is a good thing considering he now has 22 teammates listed on the roster. “If I had anybody else to swim with, I do not know what I would do,” Walling said. “But having JD always swimming against me is someone I know that is going to do consistently well.” JD tried to replicate that, practicing with Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, but it wasn’t the same as having his own

teammates. “Through high school swimming, there was nobody to push him, so he had to push himself,” Beth said. “He had to be a very strong-willed swimmer to do what he has done.” JD began swimming at the New Castle Swim Club when he was in elementary school. His first dip in the pool was when he attended a fundraiser for his cousin’s team. “As I have grown older, it has been a lot more serious and the training has gotten more intense,” JD said. “But I still have that love for the competition that is what really keeps me going.” At the last Ball State meet against IUPUI and Xavier on Jan. 7, Middleton and Walling faced each other in the 500-yard freestyle. Walling said he saw that competitive fire on full display. “I know he and I have completely different strategies on our swims,” Walling said. “Honestly,

tonight I saw him holding up with me in the 500. I was just thinking to myself, ‘Oh, he is going to be able to bring it home. He’s going to take off on me and I know it’s going to happen.’” But to Beth, the most memorable meet was when he swam against Centerville High School. It wasn’t his finish she remembers, either. Instead, she remembers what happened when his opponents found out he was competing alone. “After the meet was over, JD went up to the stands,” she said. “There were five to six swimmers that found him and went up to him. They walked up the bleachers and [shook] his hands, and they said, ‘You know, we just want to let you know we really respect what you are doing. There is no way we would ever do what you are doing.’ I got teary-eyed, because I thought that was amazing.”

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