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BREAKING BIAS B3-Ball State app lets students report bias incidents on campus, promotes inclusion among students and staff Jeremy Masukevich Daily News Reporter


f students feel like they are a victim of a bias incident on campus, they can report it on an app. The B3-Ball State app, developed by the university’s information technology department, was created specifically to educate students on what bias is and how to report it by providing resources and contact information. “It is beneficial because it contains information on what defines a bias incident,” said Lizzie Ford, a junior psychology major and Student Government Association member. “The app informs students how to report a bias incident and can be accessed from anywhere on campus.” See BIAS, page 6

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City Attorney Megan Quirk and Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler held a press conference Thursday in response to the arrest of Muncie’s building commissioner Wednesday. Craig Nichols, 38, was charged with 16 counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds and 16 counts of money laundering, according to the indictment.

FBI investigators arrest Muncie building commissioner Max Lewis SGA Reporter

Craig Nichols put on unpaid leave following incident

FBI investigators arrested Muncie’s building commissioner, Craig Nichols, Wednesday, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The City of Muncie released a statement that said the city is aware of the indictment, but there has not been any internal communication about the recent developments at this point. Nichols has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, and an interim building commissioner will be named at a later date, according to a press release. In response to the indictment, the city also held a press conference Thursday at City Hall.


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Starting today, the 82nd Annual Student Art Show will begin running in the Atrium.



The newest Cave Theatre show examines passions, life and death. PG 3


Ball State prepares to take on top-ranked opponents Lewis and Loyola this weekend. PG 4


Learn more about the members from the two slates, Ignite and OPTiC. PG 6


BJ Butler prepares for new role

Senior pitcher set to take on role as Ball State's No. 1 starter Colin Grylls Sports Editor

Senior right-handed pitcher BJ Butler spent most of last season finishing games as Ball State baseball’s closer. This year, he’s throwing the first pitch. “I’ve played with BJ since we were 14, 15 years old,” senior shortstop Alex Maloney said. “It’s funny because he came in his freshman year and he wanted to be the ace. He’s finally got his chance to be the ace. … I believe he’s going to be the MAC Pitcher of the Year. I really do, I think he’s the best pitcher in the conference.” Butler was named third-team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball this season, and was first-team All-MidAmerican Conference as a relief pitcher last year. But injuries pushed Butler into the starting rotation at the end of the season.


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Every issue we take a look at a national or worldly topic to see what's happening around the globe.


Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism. Details of the new proposal were not provided in the filing or at a wide-ranging news conference by Trump. But lawyers for the administration said in the filing that a ban that focuses solely on foreigners who have never entered the U.S. — instead of green card holders already in the U.S. or who have traveled abroad and want to return — would pose no legal difficulties. “In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the filing said. Trump said at the news conference that a new order would come next week. “I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defense of our country,” he said. The administration asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold off on making any more decisions related to the lawsuit filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota until the new order is issued and then toss out the decision keeping the ban on hold. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the federal government was “conceding defeat” by saying it does not want a larger appellate panel to review the decision made last week by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit. The judges rejected the Trump administration’s claim of presidential authority and questioned its motives in ordering the ban.

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The administration attacked the decision in Thursday’s court filing, saying the panel wrongly suggested some foreigners were entitled to constitutional protections and that courts could consider Trump’s campaign statements about a ban. The lawsuit says the ban unconstitutionally blocked entry to the U.S. on the basis of religion and harmed residents, universities and sales tax revenue in the two states. Eighteen other states, including California and New York, supported the challenge. The appeals court had asked the Trump administration and Washington and Minnesota to file arguments by Thursday on whether a larger panel of 9th Circuit judges should rehear the case. In his filing with the 9th Circuit, Washington state Solicitor General Noah Purcell said the ruling by the three-judge panel was consistent with previous U.S. Supreme Court decisions, so there was no basis for a review. Purcell said Trump had campaigned on the promise to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and one week into office issued the order that “radically changed immigration policy” and “unleashed chaos around the world.” The three-judge panel said the states had raised “serious” allegations that the ban targets Muslims, and the courts could consider statements Trump had made about shutting down Muslim immigration. The judges also rejected the federal government’s argument that courts do not have the authority to review the president’s immigration and national security decisions. They said the Trump administration presented no evidence that any foreigner from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — was responsible for a terrorist attack in the U.S.





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VOL. 95 ISSUE: 57 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Breanna Daugherty

RATING: Batman has been a pop culture cornerstone for decades and has remained one of the comic world’s most recognizable heroes. The Dark Knight has been a staple in the LEGO catalog since 2005 and has since accumulated three video games and a multitude playsets centered DALTON around the character. His popularity MARTIN is probably the reason he had such a is a junior memorable supporting role in one of telecommuthe most original animated features created, "The LEGO Movie." Given nications how popular he is, it was only a major and matter of time before Warner Brothers acts as the Feature Editor Animation granted the character his for Byte. You own full-length adventure. Regardless of age, anyone even remotely can contact interested in Batman or who loved Dalton at "The LEGO Movie" is guaranteed to dmmartin3@ adore this funny and charming film. Batman (reprised by Will Arnett) is his usual, moody self when a number of problems arise. The new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson), wants to have Batman on the police force instead of continuing his life as a celebrity vigilante. He also accidentally adopts the incredibly enthusiastic orphan, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera). Batman must learn to set aside his hatred for teamwork and cooperate with his new son and the commissioner after the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) unleashes a small army of famous supervillains that don’t exactly pair up with Batman’s universe. Saying too much would spoil the surprises. Although largely played for laughs, "The LEGO Batman Movie" really understands Batman’s desire for isolation and constant control, something that is rarely explored in his film adventures. The story shows how he eventually softens up and comes to recognize that while he can solve Gotham’s crime problem all on his own, it’s not the best idea for him to do so, instead opting to accept help from his new Bat-family. Going this direction with the character is just the shot of character development Batman needed. "The LEGO Batman Movie" has an insane number of Batman-themed jokes for audience members’ inner geeks. The 1960s TV show and all previous big-screen versions of the character are constantly referenced. Some are obvious, others much subtler. The more you know about the Caped Crusader, the more fun you’ll have. All in all, "The LEGO Batman Movie" is overwhelmingly a joy to watch, with every minute packed with visual creativity, humor and charm.

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Delaware County band hosts concert America's Hometown Band celebrate 29 years this Sunday

Robbie Moscato-Goodpaster Daily News Reporter To celebrate its achievement as one of the most active musical organizations in Delaware County for the past 29 years, America’s Hometown Band will perform a free concert at John R. Emens Auditorium. The anniversary show will be at 4 p.m. Sunday. The performance will feature several Ball State faculty members and students. There will also be performances ranging from Shostakovich’s full-band Festive Overture, and a xylophone duet featuring two former Ball State graduates and local-area high school music directors Rebekah Weaver and David Robins. The band played at the 25th anniversary of Emens when they

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America’s Hometown Band performs “The Joyous Notes of Christmas” Dec. 6 at Emens Auditorium. The band will celebrate their achievement as one of the most active musical organizations in Delaware County for the past 29 years with a free concert in Emens on Sunday.

were just starting out, which makes celebrating at Emens seem like a fullcircle achievement for the group, said Roger McConnell, the band’s music

director. McConnell is also a music performance professor at Ball State. “It is special for us to be able to have the opportunity to play at Emens,” he said. Although the band is celebrating its 29th year, it has no plans to slow down any time soon. The band is currently working on a program in the Muncie Central High School that is aimed at enhancing the image of band performance. They also plan to continue their involvement in the Delaware community and in the local schools. “We want to continue to encourage music in schools and help [students] realize the great enrichment that music can offer them in their lives,” McConnell said. Providing a positive spread of music and entertainment throughout the community is what the group has done for the past 29 years, McConnell said. Starting at Emens, they plan to continue their journey for many more years to come. Some of the spotlight performers include: Aryn Day Sweeney — Winner of

the 2005 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, and currently the principal oboist of the Lexington Philharmonic and the Anderson Philharmonic. She will be performing “Oboe Variations, from Tchaikovsky 4th” (arr. J. Rhinehart). George Wolfe — A saxophone soloist and the most recorded member of the music performance faculty at Ball State. He has performed throughout the United States and has played concerts in places such as Europe, Costa Rica, Canada and India. Wolfe will be performing “Historette” (B. Couroyer). Phillip Cooley — A local jazz and classical keyboard artist, former physician and U.S. Army Colonel. Along with McConnell, he is also a co-founder of the band. Dr. Cooley will perform “Warsaw Concerto” (R. Addinsell).

Contact Robbie Moscato-Goodpaster with any questions or concerns at

Cave Theatre show 'I and You' examines passion, life, death Student production tells story of girl with liver transplant Alexandra Smith Theatre Reporter A girl with a liver transplant is stuck at home from school and a boy shows up reading Walt Whitman. This is the start of the Cave Theatre’s newest show, “I and You.” Caroline is too sick to go to school anymore, and won’t check her emails to find out what’s going on. When Anthony, a classmate she doesn’t know, shows up at her house asking to do a literature project, she’s immediately apprehensive. The show follows Anthony trying to convince Caroline to do the project, and the self-discoveries the two make once he convinces her to do it. Junior theatre acting major Abbi Minessale, who plays Caroline, said despite the plot points about life and death sounding cheesy, “I and You” is a very honest show. “Sometimes shows I read or watch are really pretentious, like, ‘Oh, this is the meaning of life,’” she said. “But this

show is honest about what it means to be a teenage girl without being dramatic. It’s lighthearted and real.” For Tyler Rainer, the sophomore theatre acting major who plays Anthony, the show is about finding passion. “It’s about finding what makes us passionate, what makes life beautiful and worth living,” he said. “It’s about using those passions to push us forward even when we’re down. I hope people see the passion and try to find their own when they leave.” Director Dominic Oletti said passion is not only evident in the script, but in his cast and crew. “When it’s an all-student production, there’s a certain passion for learning what people bring,” Oletti said. “It’s a lot of experimenting.” The show was a last-second project for the senior directing major. Although this is Oletti’s third time directing, he said the time constraint has been a fun challenge. “I’ve learned that no matter how much or how little you prepare for a project, the team you have will enhance it all,” Oletti said. “I and You” is an opportunity for both

Rainer and Minessale to learn what it’s like to be a in a lead role. “When you’re an ensemble member, you are a part of the world of the play,” Rainer said. “When you’re the lead, you make the world and put it into motion. It’s been really interesting to be in charge. The Cave gives a lot of room for play and exploration.” “It’s hard to get the lead in a University Theatre show,” Minessale said. “I feel like this [show] is a good way to apply what I’ve learned in classes, but in a more chill environment.” She said she hopes the audience leaves inspired to not take life for granted. “I hope they remember what makes them excited about life, and can use that to get past what gets them down,” Minessale said. Oletti said for him, the play is more about human connection. “I hope the audience leaves understanding the need for human connection,” he said. “Not just the opportunity, but the inherent need for it, whether they want that connection or not.” “I and You” will run in rep with

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Caroline, played by junior acting major Abbi Minessale, leans on Anthony, played by sophomore acting major Tyler Rainer, as he reads Walt Whitman to her in Cave Theatre’s newest show, “I and You.” The show, which will run from Feb. 16-25, tells the story of a girl with a liver transplant who works on a literature project with her classmate while she’s stuck at home.

“Seminar,” meaning both shows are playing at the same time. For specific dates of both shows, visit the Cave Theatre’s website. Contact Alexandra Smith with any questions or concerns at


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Ball State men's volleyball set to face tough Illinois road-test this weekend Cardinals travel to No. 7 Lewis and No. 10 Loyola Hendrix Magley Men's Volleyball Reporter Ball State men's volleyball plays in a pair of Illinois venues this weekend where they haven't had much luck. The No. 11 Ball State Cardinals (11-2, 3-1 MIVA) face the No. 7 Lewis Flyers at 7 p.m. Saturday in Romeoville, Illinois before heading to play the No. 10 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at 7 p.m. Saturday in Chicago. Lewis (9-3, 4-2 MIVA) has won eight of its last 10 matchups with the

Cardinal. This season the Flyers have been able to utilize their depth, using a variety of rotations. “They have a deep roster, and within their roster, there are different personnel groups that they can put on the court,” Ball State head coach Joel Walton said. “They’ve played four different left-side attackers, two different right-side attackers, as well as three different middles.” The Cardinals have also struggled at Lewis — Ball State’s last win in Neil Carey Arena was a 3-2 victory on April 6, 2010. “Lewis’s gym is a little smaller and

tighter space than we’re used to,” Walton said. “If they have a good crowd in there, it can be an environment that is difficult for our players to relax in and play their best.” Loyola-Chicago (7-4, 3-1 MIVA) has become one of the premier programs in men’s volleyball, winning two of the last three national championships. But many of the players from those teams, including U.S. National Team player Thomas Jaeschke, have moved on, so the Ramblers have worked underclassmen into their rotations. “The key guys off of their teams that won national championships, their libero [Jake Selsky] and Jeff Jendryk, are the two guys that they try to build their team around,” Walton said. “They have a brand-new setter and two new left sides as well, and they are still trying to figure some things out.” The Cardinals are 2-8 in their last 10 matches against the Ramblers, but both wins were in Muncie. Ball State hasn’t won on Loyola’s home court since before 2000. Loyola used to play in Alumni Gym until 1996 — an environment that Walton remembers vividly. “Anything that could

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make you uncomfortable, their gym had,” Walton said. “It was too hot, it was too loud, the ceilings were too low, it was too dark — we couldn’t overcome that home-cooking that their facility used to give them.” Since 2012, Loyola has played in Gentile Arena, which Walton calls “a more competitive and more fair place to play a volleyball match in.” However, in five road matches at the new arena, the Cardinals have only won one set. Ball State came away with two wins against Fort Wayne in the I-69 Rivalry last week — a 3-0 victory at home and a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on the road. Walton said the Cardinals need to keep winning away from Muncie to have a shot at the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship.


Today: Away vs. Lewis at 7 p.m. Last meeting: Loss, 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 1325) on April 8, 2016 Saturday: Away vs. Loyola at 7 p.m. Last meeting: Loss, 1-3 (23-25, 25-27, 2927, 17-25) on April 9, 2016

Contact Hendrix Magley with any questions or concerns @TweetsOfHendrix.

Track and field hosts only indoor meet of the season

Cardinals face 3 other schools in Ball State Tune-Up Sam Barloga

Daily News Reporter

Ball State track and field will host its only home indoor meet of the season today in its last meet before the MidAmerican Conference Championships. The Ball State Tune-Up will include three other schools: Fort Wayne, MAC rival Western Michigan and Wright State of the Horizon League. The Cardinals have seen all three schools at some point this season, including an 81-58 loss at Western Michigan Jan. 7. Ball State opened its season at the Mastodon Opener on Dec. 3, 2016 in Fort Wayne, where Ball State walked away with a season-high five event wins. Fort Wayne also competed against the Cardinals in the Chipotle Marshall Invitational Feb. 10-11. Ball State head coach Brian Etelman said he’s been impressed with the team’s progression throughout the season, and is confident the Cardinals

will perform better than they did earlier in the season. “We’re actually significantly better than we were five or six weeks ago,” Etelman said. “If you were to project the score of the conference meet right now, we should beat [Western Michigan, but that] doesn’t mean that we will. We still got to get after it.” Last week at the Chipotle Marshall Invitational, freshman Peyton Kneadler set a personal best in the mile, running a 5:03.72 to win the event. It was one of three event wins of the weekend. The others came from freshman Brooke Talhelm, who posted a 2:14.08 in the 800-meter run, and sophomore Peyton Stewart with a time of 7.52 seconds in the 60-meter dash. “I did the mile for the first time [last weekend] and there was these two girls that were ahead of me, so I just stayed with them the whole time, and having [that] competition really helped push the pace,” Kneadler said. “Conference is going to be like the top people, so I think that will help push me to do

better in the upcoming weeks too.” Talhelm’s 800-meter time last weekend was a personal record as well. She commented on how she has been preparing for Friday. “Just staying engaged in every single practice, carrying a positive mindset and knowing that you just got to keep doing the little things to stay healthy because everything just builds up to conference,” Talhelm said. This will be the final meet for all four schools before their respective conference tournaments. The Cardinals and Broncos will meet again at next week’s Mid-American Conference Championships Feb. 24-25 at Eastern Michigan University. The Ball State Tune-Up starts today in the Field Sports Building, with the field events taking place at 5 p.m. Running events start at 6:30 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. The last event, the 4x400-meter relay, is scheduled to begin at 7:50 p.m. Contact Sam Barloga with any questions or concerns @SamBarloga.

Ball State softball heads to Arizona for back-to-back games After going 1-4 last weekend in Louisiana, the Cardinals look to bounce back Kara Biernat Daily News Reporter Ball State softball is back on the field this weekend in the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona. After dropping four of their five games at the Louisiana Classics last weekend, the Cardinals (1-4) plan to better themselves against Drake and Arizona today. “Last weekend was kind of eyeopening and — as oddly as it sounds — it was exciting for the program,” head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett said. “We’re going to continue to compete hard again this weekend, but it’s definitely been an exciting week for the program.” The Cardinals are focusing on preparing their offense to compete against a decorated Drake (4-1) pitching staff. Bulldogs junior right hander Nicole Newman was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Newman compiled a 2-1 record with a 0.39 ERA and one save in four appearances at the Louisiana Classics. She also recorded 35 strikeouts in 18 innings. “She is an excellent pitcher,” Ciolli Bartlett said. “She has a great screw and a great rise. She’s tough, so as long as we can lay off the rise and force her to come over the wide of the plate with her screwball, we’ll be in good shape.” Ciolli Bartlett would like to see her

team stay disciplined at the plate against Newman. “When coming up with runners in scoring position, we need to not chase bad pitches, but wait for the mistakes to get thrown and crush them,” Ciolli Bartlett said. “You are going to get better at those things with experience and continuously being put in those situations is motivation to play well this early with so many new kids.” Senior left fielder Amanda Arnett leads the Cardinals with a .333 batting average, and junior second basemen Maddy Labrador has reached base safely in all five games. The Cardinals are also directing their focus defensively as they hope to hold off Drake’s offense. “All in all, the pitchers actually did pretty well,” Ciolli Bartlett said. “We need to continue to communicate a little bit better on defense and just take care of the ball when the runners are going.” The team was not able to practice on their field this week, but is looking forward to getting a practice in when they arrive in Arizona. “We’re going to go find a high school field before we play tomorrow and get the infield some more ground balls,” Ciolli Bartlett said. “It’s going to be another super tough weekend playing such tough teams.” The Cardinals will take the field today against Drake at 3 p.m. and Arizona at 5 p.m. Contact Kara Biernat with any questions or concerns at @karabiernat.

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Junior distance runner Jessica Bryzek competes in the women’s 5,000-meter run in the Ball State Challenge at the Briner Sports Complex on April 16. The team will host the Ball State Tune-Up, the first and only home indoor meet of the season, today against IPFW, MAC-rival Western Michigan and Wright State of the Horizon League.

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BJ Butler, a senior right-handed pitcher for the Cardinals, was named third-team Preseason AllAmerican by Collegiate Baseball this season, and was first-team All-Mid-American Conference as a relief pitcher last year. Butler spent most of last season as the team's closer, but will throw the first pitch this year.


Continued from page 1 He was credited with his only loss of the season after allowing three runs (two earned) in eight innings against Western Michigan in the conference tournament. Butler said his experience closing tight games will translate into his new role as the Cardinals’ No. 1 starter. “You’re not really pitching unless it’s a close game, so that prepares you just for pressure situations,” Butler said. “And the thing with baseball is key points in the game — you don’t know when they’re coming, in the first or second inning as a starter or in late innings.” At the beginning of last season, though, he was just another arm in the bullpen until he recorded a 2.1 inning save against Utah Valley on Feb. 21, 2016. “The next weekend I got a couple more saves and then from there it just led to where I was solidified as the closer,” Butler said. Even though he was usually on the mound for an inning or two each game, Butler still finished second on the team with 63.2 innings on the mound and led the Cardinals with 54 strikeouts. He was third in the MAC with a 1.84 ERA and

second with nine saves. Rare for a closer, Butler also tied for the team lead with six wins. “Initially, I didn’t think I was going to like closing and I loved it,” Butler said. “Now I’m back to starting and I like that too. As long as I’m on the mound and getting people out, I’m pretty happy.” Though Ball State’s bats finished last season at or near the top of the MAC in most categories, including batting average (second), home runs (second) and runs scored (first), Butler said senior third baseman Sean Kennedy, who hit .266 primarily from the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the lineup last season, is his toughest out in practice. “He fouls off a couple of pitches, it ends up being 10 [or] 11 pitches and he gets a single or gets a walk,” Butler said. “There’s been a few times I’ve been able to get him, get him to groundout or get a strikeout. But Sean’s a really, really tough hitter for me to get out.” But when Ball State takes on No. 22 Maryland in its season opener at 7 p.m. today in Clearwater, Florida, Kennedy will be in the field behind Butler. Head coach Rich Maloney said he’s not sure who’s going to step up in the bullpen, but Butler will get the start. “He’s ready.” Contact Colin Grylls with any questions or concerns at @dn_sports.


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Geoffrey S. Mearns starts May 15

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Geoffrey S. Mearns answers questions from the media before greeting students, faculty and members of the Muncie Community Jan. 24 in Sursa Hall. The Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mearns will begin serving as president May 15.

Ball State's next president moves up starting date Staff Reports The Board of Trustees announced today that Geoffrey S. Mearns will begin serving as president May 15. “This is an exciting time at Ball State University, and we are eager to have Geoff join us,” said board chair Rick Hall said in a press release. “Preparing for our centennial, guiding us to a

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City attorney Megan Quirk said the city is cooperating with the investigation, and the building commissioner’s office is up and running. Mayor Dennis Tyler also spoke briefly against the advice of his attorneys, as well as Quirk. Tyler apologized to the city employees for the trouble the FBI investigation has caused and said there are no allegations of criminal acts against the city. The mayor began to speak about the indictment; however, before he could finish, Quirk interrupted and said, “Pardon me,




new strategic plan, building on our enrollment successes — there’s much to celebrate, and every member of the Ball State community is looking forward to collaborating with Geoff as we take the university to the next level.” Mearns will begin “relationship building” with key internal and external stakeholders and start learning about the university’s history, as well as the opportunities and challenges that currently exist. Trustees said Mearns will also oversee the university’s resources and strengthen partnerships with “key

constituencies.” The incoming president’s onboarding process will be guided by a Presidential Transition Committee, appointed by Interim President Terry King, and an executive advising firm, Franke Associates. “Those resources will provide me with different and diverse perspectives that will help me make strategic, informed decisions for the long-term health and well-being of Ball State University,” Mearns said in a press release. “I’m thankful to university leadership for

providing these tools and excited to get to campus to begin working with the faculty and staff, students, alumni, donors and friends. Together, we will build a bright future for Ball State.” Mearns is the current president at Northern Kentucky University and will leave NKU after spring commencement May 7, according to The Northerner.

we are not speaking of the indictment.” Quirk was asked repeatedly about the city officials that were named in the indictment. The indictment mentions “city official A” and “another city official.” Quirk said she thinks the two city officials named in the indictment are the mayor and another unknown city official based on the wording of the indictment. The city said it will not be commenting any further on the indictment. Tim Horty, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said 38-year-old Nichols was arrested by the FBI this morning on corruption-related charges and had his initial appearance this afternoon at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. According to the indictment, Nichols was charged with 16 counts of wire fraud, one

count of theft of government funds and 16 counts of money laundering. Nichols abused his position as Muncie building commissioner by enriching himself through sham bidding practices, according to the indictment below. Beginning in July 2015, Nichols and others embezzled, stole, obtained by fraud or otherwise converted at least $376,625 in city funds. The FBI issued search warrants at Nichols’ office and home on Jan. 5, and a computer tower and government documents were confiscated. “Seeking out and investigating public officials who exploit their official position for personal gain ranks No. 1 on the FBI’s criminal priorities list and is the sole purpose of the Indiana Public Corruption Task Force,” said FBI Special Agent in

Charge W. Jay Abbott in a press release Feb. 15. “The indictment and arrest of the City of Muncie Building Commissioner Craig Nichols is one more step in an ongoing investigation which seeks to identify and bring to justice any and all public officials or private citizens who have committed federal crimes and victimized the tax paying citizens of Muncie, Indiana.” Assistant U.S. attorney Tiffany J. McCormick, who is prosecuting this case for the government, said Nichols faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment if convicted of all charges.

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Continued from page 1 According to the Multicultural Center, bias incidents are a singular or perpetual action and/or language that limits or threatens the ability of an individual to work, study or participate in the campus environment. Some examples of bias-related incidents, according to the Multicultural Center, include but are not limited to: • Offensive graffiti, images or drawings • Use of ethnic, racial or other slur to identify someone • Imitating or mocking someone with

any kind of disability • I mitating or mocking someone’s cultural norm or practice B3 stays true to campus’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. It also includes additional campus resources in the convenient app. Key features include: definitions of bias, hate crimes, freedom of speech, microaggressions, protected classes and discrimination. According to the app store, the app also provides guidance on responding to bias incidents. B3 instantly connects victims and witnesses to a number of on-campus resources that can provide necessary assistance. Contact information for both the University Police Department and the Multicultural Center is

available within the app. Under the “How To Report” tab in the application, students have access to a bias reporting form. This form allows students to take the next step toward ending bias on campus. “It is very easy to use and understand,” Ford said. The bias reporting form gives students the option to report any incident anonymously or provide contact information if necessary. The form asks for victims to provide information regarding the location of the incident, the motivation behind the incident, whether physical evidence exists and a short description on what took place. The “Why It Matters” tab of the app

provides the following statement: “We want to create an environment where all students can learn and thrive in a community of equity, respect, inclusion and safety.” The B3 application has been available since Aug. 2016, but it hasn’t received very much attention. “Students haven’t downloaded it because they aren’t aware it exists,” Ford said. “Actually that’s why OPTiC, the SGA slate I’m a part of, is trying to create diversity quick links for Benny Link in order to spread the word about diversity resources on campus.” Contact Jeremy Masukevich with any questions or concerns at


The two slates, Ignite and OPTiC, are running against each other for Student Government Association executive board. Voting will start at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 and will close at 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Here is a brief introduction of the candidates.

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GABRIELLE LLOYD president: junior, telecommunications major

ZOE TAYLOR vice-president: junior, telecommunications, theater and history major

Activities/Involvement: SGA, resident assistant, Ball State NAACP, orientation leader

Activities/Involvement: SGA, Women’s Rugby, Feminists for Action

GREG CARBO president: junior, organizational communication major

KATY VOLIKAS vice-president: junior, political science with a concentration in international relationships major

LIZZIE FORD secretary: junior, psychology major with minors in interpersonal relations and women's and gender studies

Activities/Involvement: Delta Zeta, Student Voluntary Services, SGA Senator — Secretary of Academic Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Researcher in Biology Department

Activities/Involvement: SGA Senator, President of Alliance for Disability Awareness (ADA), Sigma Kappa, resident assistant, currently working on an independent study with the psychology department

Activities/Involvement: President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Founding member of Step In. Speak Up. Club, SGA Senator, Ball State Debate Team, Knotts/Edwards Residence Hall President, Currently Enrolled in UPD Citizens Police Academy

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The president and vice president candidates for the two slates running against each other for SGA executive board participated in a debate in the Teacher’s College on Thursday. Voting for each slate, Ignite and OPTiC, will start Feb. 27 and close Feb. 28.

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THEODORE HOFFMAN Treasurer: junior, business, Japanese and Chinese major Activities/Involvement: SGA, Chinese Club, International Ambassadors Association, The Rinker Center KAIA THOMPSON treasurer: junior, interpersonal communication major with a minor in marketing Activities/Involvement: Comm Club Secretary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Treasurer, Lambda Pi Eta, Volunteer At Boys and Girls Club, Ball State Athletics Marketing Department


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