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Late Nite Carnival will take over C1 tonight until Sunday
WHAT Cars parked in commuter lot C1 and the Duck Pond lot must be moved
WHEN Move by 9 tonight, lasting until Sunday
WHERE TO PARK
NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES AFFECTED
WHY The yearly Late Nite Carnival will light up the area Friday
North of Worthen Arena and south of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center or the top floors of the McKinley Avenue and Student Center Parking Garages
Offense powered with freshmen reduces impact of lost leadership
Cars left will be ticketed and could be towed
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A Muncie Sanitary District truck drives through flooding on North Ball Avenue to unclog the sewer drains and reduce flooding. Gaps in insurance coverage can keep students from getting reimbursed for flood damage.
to Jordan. Now it’s his job to pass it down to the KeVonn [Mabons] and these other guys so they can learn how to work. »
Flooding damage may cost students
KEITH GAITHER, wide receivers coach
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Homeowner’s, renters insurance do not always cover disasters |
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A couple inches of rain last week called attention to gaps in insurance coverage when property was damaged from flooding. Junior marketing major Kirsten Mesch and junior telecommunications major Jack Smith experienced a COVERAGE OF close call Thursday INSURANCE when their North Ball Avenue house FOR STUDENTS flooded. • Personal possessions Smith said drains • Liability for bodily injury were clogged in • Additional living expenses front of his house, causing water to SOURCE: bsu.edu drain into their basement. It rose from an inch to between two and three feet. “The flood was absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “I got home that morning and had to park uphill and take my shoes off just to get up to my house — it was out of control.” Smith said they cut the power to the washer and dryer, which were located in the flooded basement. Luckily, they said, only a “Scrabble” board was ruined. For previous flooding that caused more damage, their landlord reimbursed them, Mesch said. But not every renter is as lucky. Standard homeowner’s or renters insurance does not cover flood damage, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. Jon Nagy, attorney for Beasley and Gilkskin in Muncie, formerly worked for American Family Insurance and said landlords often have a policy that protects their own investment against forces like hail, fires and floods. This policy is often just for the landlords’ individual coverages and does not include tenants.
See FLOOD, page 4
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Receivers take control as opportunities arise
DAKOTA CRAWFORD SPORTS EDITOR
s he took the field for Ball State’s first spring practice, Jordan Williams realized he wasn’t just another contributor. The junior, surrounded by a largely unproven group of receivers, looks to become a leader in the coming season. See FOOTBALL, page 6
Pool of student applicants biggest yet Incoming freshmen so far have highest GPA, SAT, ACT scores KAITLIN LANGE CHIEF REPORTER | firstname.lastname@example.org Ball State’s pool of applicants for the 2014-15 academic year so far is not only larger than previous years, but also smarter. As of publication, 17,749 students have applied — the largest number in the university’s history, said Tom
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Taylor, vice president for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications. He said the previous record was set in 2010 with more than 17,000 when Indiana required every university to allow free applications for one week to encourage more people to apply. Taylor said most of the students who applied were just those who decided to apply to more colleges, simply because it was free. “We feel really good that we exceeded that without a ton of artificial bump of free applications,” he said. “It’s been a really positive trend in terms of applications and interest
in the institution.” Taylor said he expects about 200 more applicants before the start of the Fall Semester. Of the current applications, 66.4 percent of students are Indiana residents. So far, accepted students’ ACT and SAT scores and GPAs are higher than they were last year at this time, said Taylor. The average ACT score of students accepted is 24, one point higher than last year’s. The SAT score is 33 points higher at 1,662, and the average GPA is 3.52, 0.05 higher than last year’s numbers.
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As of publication, 17, 749 students have applied for the 2014-15 academic year. The following shows scores for students the university accepted.
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Monday’s article “Godfrey leads weekend’s offensive charge” stated the Ball State baseball team scored 63 runs over the weekend. This is incorrect; the team scored 33. The Daily News regrets this error.
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3. COST TO FACTOR IN TRACKING STANDARDS ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tony Tyler, the director of the International Air Transport Association said Monday he wants to see a globally agreed tracking standard established by the end of this year, which also takes into consideration the cost on airlines in order to avoid another disappearance like that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Tyler said the cost of tracking will have to be examined in any decision. “Clearly, cost is one of the issues
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army investigators on Monday released a more detailed timeline of last week’s fatal shootings at Fort Hood, describing an eight-minute rampage in which the suspect fired 35 shots over an area spanning the equivalent of two city blocks. Three people were killed and 16 others wounded in the shooting spree before the suspect, Spc. Ivan Lopez, killed himself, authorities said. During a news conference Monday, Army spokesman Chris Grey said the shootings at the Texas post followed an argument related to Lopez’s request for taking leave, but he didn’t indicate whether it was granted or describe circumstances behind the request. A spokesman for Lopez’s family said last week that Lopez was upset he was granted only a 24-hour leave to attend his mother’s funeral in November. That leave was then extended to two days.
that will have to be considered when we are looking at what to do about it,” Tyler said. He said the point of establishing a global standard for tracking is that “the traveling public has a right to expect that aircraft won’t disappear like this — can’t disappear like [the missing Malaysia flight].” Tyler said regulation must be driven by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization.
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Army Michael Clift participates in a candlelight vigil Friday for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting in Killeen, Texas.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way. Some American Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones pocketed last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama. The request came after the selfie Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took with the president. Many criticized it as a marketing ploy after Samsung used the picture in an advertisement.
“I was a little bummed,” said Nick Goepper, a bronze medalist in slopestyle skiing. “I thought about trying to sneak one, but they were pretty adamant about it. I’m sure if they would’ve allowed it, there’d be 150 people with selfies with the president right now.” The White House confirmed that the athletes were asked not to take personal photos with Obama. The White House insisted there was no outright prohibition of selfies.
2. END OF WINDOWS XP SPELLS TROUBLE FOR SOME 5. ALLEGED BRAIN THIEF FACES NEW CHARGES NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP today, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger of hacking. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system. “What once was considered lowhanging fruit by hackers now has a big
neon bull’s eye on it,” said Patrick Thomas, a security consultant at Neohapsis’s firm based in San Jose, Calif. Microsoft has released a handful of Windows operating systems since 2001, but XP’s popularity and the durability of the computers system was installed on kept it around longer than expected. While users can still run XP after today, Microsoft said it will no longer provide security updates, issue fixes to non-security related problems or offer online updates.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bloody fingerprint and stolen items sold online have led to additional charges being filed against an Indianapolis man who allegedly took human brain samples from a medical history museum, prosecutors said Monday. Two additional counts of burglary and an additional count of theft were filed against David Charles, 21. Stolen items that had been sold on eBay were recovered when the pur-
chaser became suspicious after seeing reports of similar items that were determined stolen from the Indiana Medical History Museum, the news release said. Court documents in December alleged he broke into the museum several times, stole jars of preserved brain samples and other tissue from long-dead psychiatric patients to sell online. Investigators were tipped off by a San Diego man who became suspicious about six jars of brain tissue he’d bought on eBay for $600.
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ACROSS 1 Parking lot attendant 6 False friends 11 Brillo competitor 14 St. Teresa’s home 15 Just beginning to learn 16 Demolition need 17 High-maintenance Gonzales? 19 Native Nebraskan 20 Power co. service 21 Pitcher Maglie 22 Dove call 23 Off-the-cuff stuff 26 Took a chance on 28 Cinque e uno 29 Naps, say 33 Versatile bean 34 Fond du __, Wisconsin 35 Like a blue moon, in old Rome 36 Hand-holding group dances 39 Sacred synagogue cabinets
41 Muse of poetry 43 Forum robe 44 Rahm Emanuel, vis-àvis Chicago 46 Felipe or Matty of baseball 47 Outdated PC monitor 48 Curly tormentor 49 December drop-in 51 __ to the city 52 Bee bites 55 One in the game 57 Curved part 58 Feverish 60 In need of sharpening 61 Round-bottomed cooker 62 Overeating bird tempting Sylvester? 67 Eden outcast 68 Spooky 69 “Sesame Street” roommate 70 “L.A. Law” co-star Susan
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Students take notes in a military science class. These classes aim to give the soldiers the knowledge they need to operate in the field.
in thomas’ words
I ENDED UP HAVING TO PAY FOR THIS PAST SEMESTER AT BALL STATE WITH STUDENT LOANS AGAIN.
Alex Thomas, an Indiana National Guardsman
WHAT’S HAPPENING THE NATIONAL GUARD ALLOWS SOLDIERS TO EARN THEIR DEGREE WHILE IN SERVICE. BUT OVER THE PAST YEAR, THERE HAS BEEN AN ISSUE WITH GUARDSMEN NOT RECEIVING COVERAGE.
THE INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD • ENLIST IN THE NATIONAL GUARD • ATTEND ONE OF THE NINE STATE COLLEGES • WILL PAY UP TO 100 PERCENT OF GUARDSMEN’S TUITION COST • WILL USE NGSG AND FTA TO PAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TOWARD EVERY SOLDIERS’ TUITION AND FEES FOR THE SPRING 2014 SEMESTER • ASKED THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO LOOK INTO INCREASING THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE GRANT IN THE FUTURE
ROUGHLY $3.5 MILLION AMOUNT THE INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATED FOR THE 2013-14 ACADEMIC YEAR
BENEFITS SURGE IN SOLDIERS CAUSES SHORTAGE IN AID FOR TUITION, FEES
STORY // LAUREN HUGHES, BALL BEARINGS REPORTER
rom responding to emergency situations in our cities to fighting overseas, soldiers still make time to further their college education. The National Guard helps by allowing soldiers to earn their degree while in service. The Indiana National Guard offers guardsmen up to 100 percent of their tuition cost by enlisting in the National Guard and attending one of the nine state colleges. But over the past year, there has been an issue with guardsmen not receiving coverage. Due to the substantial increase in number of soldiers attending state universities and applying for the National Guard Supplemental Grant, they ran out of money to be distributed as of December 2013. Because of this change, many student soldiers wonder how they will pay for college without the grant assisting them. Maj. Jeffrey Coomler, Education Services Officer of the Indiana Army National Guard, explained that the Indiana General Assembly appropriated roughly $3.5 million in funds for the 2013-14 academic year. Of that, it used $2.6 million in the fall, which caused the Indiana National Guard Education and Incentives Office to prioritize the use of what was left. Coomler said the biggest reason for the increase in applications for the grant is the fact that “fewer soldiers are deployed in support of the war on terror than at any other time in the
last 12 years.” But, Coomler said the Indiana National Guard still tries to find ways to help pay for schooling without going too far into debt. “National Guard soldiers have a second funding stream to pay for college called Federal Tuition Assistance,” he said. Anyone who was eligible to receive the Federal Tuition Assistance was pushed away from the NGSG. Guardsmen are required to use FTA and were notified about this option by email. The message stated there wouldn’t be enough money for student soldiers in the spring, but listed the processes they would need to complete for the Indiana National Guard to still pay for their school. Former student Alex Thomas is a soldier in the Indiana National Guard. He said when he joined, it said he would receive some benefits such as a paid college education. When he returned from basic training in Georgia, he tried to figure out what he needed to do to sign up for classes again at Ball State. The university advised him to find the paperwork on the GoArmy website to receive tuition coverage. When the government shutdown happened, it became even more difficult for Thomas to get the needed funds. “I ended up having to pay for this
past semester at Ball State with student loans again,” Thomas said. He later found out about the NGSG and applied for the upcoming Spring Semester. Unfortunately, Thomas didn’t meet the FASFA deadline, so he could not receive the grant either. He now is at Ivy Tech Community College because of the National Guard Supplemental Grant’s being taken from not having full funding to pay for Ball State tuition. “Thankfully, I still have the $2,500 from the Federal Tuition Assistance program that will cover all of my tuition and a little bit more at Ivy Tech,” Thomas said. “So I can still pursue my education.” Despite Thomas’ issues with the NGSG, he was still able to transfer to a school that was affordable enough for the FTA to cover his education. For this Spring Semester, the Indiana National Guard is using a combination of the NGSG and FTA to pay as much as possible toward every soldiers’ tuition and fees. Soldiers attending Ball State received up to $4,500 for the Spring Semester and currently are working to pay as much of the difference as they can by using the remaining NGSG fund balance. The Indiana National Guard has asked the State Legislature to look into increasing the appropriation for the grant for future years to come.
$2.6 MILLION OF THE FUNDS WERE USED IN THE FALL
ABOUT 74 PERCENT OF THE FUNDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN USED FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR
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Backpacks and school supplies line the gym. The students start their day with physical training.
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Students learn troop positions during a class. Exercises taught in the course are designed to work the entire body.
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Some professors have hourlong commute 1 instructor budgets $300 each month to get to Ball State KARA BERG STAFF REPORTER | email@example.com Not everyone has a five-minute walk across campus or a 10-minute drive to get to class in the morning. Some professors commute more than an hour to get to work multiple times a week. Lisa Beck, an instructor of physiology and health science, lives in Bluffton, Ind., making her commute to and from campus around 70 minutes, traveling three times a week. She said since her roots are
in Bluffton, where her family lives and her husband works, she wouldn’t want to move. Beck also graduated from Ball State and said teaching at the university is her dream job. “I love Ball State ... [and] I love teaching health — I love it,” Beck said. “I can’t even explain how much I love teaching it.” But even though driving takes up more than two hours of her day, Beck said she doesn’t mind the drive. “It’s a fun way to just relax and kind of just have some me time because as soon as I get here, I have students all day, and as soon as I get home, I have my husband and my mother-in-law [whom] we take care of,” she said. However, Beck said when the
an instructor of physiology and health science
weather was bad, she had to permit three hours to drive to Ball State. “I was waking up at 5:30 in the morning to come here, and that was not fun,” she said. She said she spends about $16 on gas for a round trip. “I always have to balance that if I need to come down for a meeting or training,” Beck said. “I budget about $300 a month, but it stresses me when gas gets a little more expensive.” When she first started teaching here two years ago, she said she ended up having to get her oil changed every six weeks because she was driving to the university five days a week. She said she is not alone in her long commute.
• Per round trip: 91-122 miles • Per semester: 4,368-5,856 miles
• About 70-minutes Cost: • Teaches classes three times a week • Per round trip: Approximately $16 • Drives from Bluffton, Ind. • Per semester: Approximately $768
“I’d say at least half of our department [drives more than 40 minutes],” Beck said. Sam Minor, an associate professor of art, lives in Kokomo, Ind., and his one-way commute is a little more than an hour. He’s been a professor at Ball State for 24 years and moved to Kokomo six years ago because of a relationship. He said because he was thinking of retiring soon, it wouldn’t be practical to change jobs to avoid the commute. Minor also said he didn’t mind the drive. “One of the many reasons I commute is because I really do enjoy working with the students,” he said. “If it were not for the quality of students at Ball State, that drive would
be much harder.” He said on his usual morning, he gets up at 4:30 a.m. and is out the door in an hour, getting him to Ball State before 7 a.m. “I like my hour before classes, and I really enjoy that time in the morning,” Minor said. “Sometimes, the commute home is a little harder if I’m tired, but I really enjoy that time in the morning because I really like that time by myself.” Minor said he has a Prius he drives when the roads are clear, which saves him money on gas. In the winter, he has a truck with four-wheel drive. He said he has to pay $30 for gas for one round trip when he drives the truck. Dennis Hickle, an instructor
an associate professor of art Commute: • Little more than an hour •T eaches classes three times a week • Drives from Kokomo, Ind.
of accounting, commutes from the southeast side of Indianapolis. It takes him a little more than an hour to get to campus. “I enjoy the environment [at Ball State] and what really makes it worth the drive is the drive is fairly relaxing because I’m going away from traffic,” Hickle said. “I’ve often said if I had to make the reverse commute and travel to Indianapolis in the morning and back in the afternoon, there’s no way I would do it because there’s so much traffic and it’s so much more stressful.” He said he wouldn’t want to move closer to Muncie because that would force his wife to drive into traffic each morning and afternoon to Indianapolis.
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• Little more than an hour •T eaches classes three times a week • Drives from Indianapolis
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Flooding on North Ball Avenue caused water to rise above the curb by approximately a foot and flood front yards Thursday.
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University not liable for student property | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “A tenant who suffers a loss like personal property, typically that is not something that is generally covered under landlord policy,” Nagy said. He recommends students purchase renters insurance to protect their belongings and because it includes provisions of bodily injury liability, if someone were to be injured in their residence, which could get expensive otherwise. He said students can get a fair policy including decent coverage for $40 to $50 a month if they buy insurance to only cover what they actually need. He said students probably only need a policy that covers $5,000, the lowest available. For students in residence halls who may assume that their property is insured by Ball State, this isn’t necessarily true. According to the Residence Hall Policy, Ball State does not carry insurance for students or their property. However, students who rent from the university must purchase renters insurance. Still, the university would reimburse students if damage occurred due to flooding,
STUDENT RENTERS INSURANCE PERSONAL POSSESSIONS ARE PROTECTED FROM:
• Fire • Smoke • Lightning • Vandalism • Theft • Other disasters
• It started four months ago. • The names of candidates are not released because it’s a closed search. • The presidential search committee will recommend its top two or three finalists to the Board of Trustees. • So far the board has narrowed down the pool of 22 candidates to five. • President Jo Ann Gora will officially retire at the end of June 2014 after 10 years.
A presidential search committee member said the committee will likely recommend its final two candidates to replace President Jo Ann Gora during the last week of April. Wayne Estopinal, Board of Trustee member on the search committee, said they are doing background checks and calling references before setting up interviews with the five current candidates. Each interview is scheduled to last a couple hours, he said. Estopinal said the Board of Trustees will likely hold its interviews for the finalists and find a time to have the candidates on campus afterward. “Certainly, somebody that is making a very important decision in their career — like becoming the president of our university — we want them to come to campus,” he said. “... As Dr. Gora demonstrates every day, this is an all-in job. So we want them very, very comfortable with their setting. We’d also like them to meet a few of the people that they could potentially be working with.” He said the search would most likely remain confidential at that point, as long as there are multiple candidates who have concerns about having their information publicized. “I think, given the realities of today and how quickly names spread and things of that nature, I think the candidates probably, even more today than
10 years ago, appreciate that this is a closed search,” he said. Estopinal was involved in the committee that helped select Gora in 2004, the first time the university used a closed search. While the committee received negative feedback from the university 10 years ago, Estopinal said he hasn’t run into any backlash this year. Gora visited campus anonymously in 2004 before she was announced as the new president of the university. She attended a women’s basketball reception at the Alumni Center. “We acted like lost parents checking out a college campus for an aspiring college student,” Gora said to the Daily News in 2004. “And we didn’t eat any of the [banquet’s] food because we had not been invited.” Estopinal said Gora was a great outcome of a closed search. “Jo Ann has done, and continues to do, an incredible job for the university,” he said. “She hasn’t taken her foot off the gas one minute since she announced her retirement. So we can only hope that we can find someone of her dynamic personality and her commitment.”
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ENROLLMENT: Official says school’s image improving
said George Edwards, associate director of Residence Hall Facilities and Housing. LaFollette Complex is currently undergoing some repairs for small leaks from the winter that were found last week. Edwards said he walks campus twice a year to specifically check that drains are open and there are no leaks in joints on the roofs. He said he hopes to find small leaks before they become larger problems. “[Walking on the roof], that’s the only way to know [if there is damage],” Edwards said.” [I use] binoculars and look up sides and on the roof. We look down to see tops of windows to see if there are any openings that need to be caulked and taken care of.” Smith said he wished he
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Freshman nursing majors Shae Baugh and Katie Staton and freshman business major walk through puddles Thursday in the Quad.
knew more about his responsibility for property before the flood, even though he didn’t lose anything from the basement flood last week. “I would like to know more about how old houses are,” Smith said. “When we moved in, the house looked like every house, but there are cracks in the foundation where all the flooding went in. I know nothing about renters insurance, and I would want to know about that if I had more stuff in the basement.”
PART OF THEIR DAY Wiley Flak and Randy Wright of the Muncie Sanitary District scraped build up out of storm drains Thursday to lessen flooding. “There’s about 500 other places just like this one,” Wright said. They follow calls from residents and landlords wherever water isn’t draining properly. They get calls every two to three minutes. Their department has about 20 people, Flak said, but there are more helping out. “They tell us to work all night, we work all night,” Wright said.
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President Jo Ann Gora said the university has been raising admission standards for about the last seven years. “I believe that we will see a very academically strong class for this 2014,” Gora said in an interview with the Daily News on March 26. “The most important thing for me is to continue to raise the profile of our students because that will lead to the ever increasing strength of the university.” Taylor said more people with higher scores are becoming interested in the university because of the university’s increasingly positive image. “I think we’re on a good projector,” he said. “We continue to get a lot of positive attention. People have a great deal of respect for the kind of education we offer.” Gora said she is “delighted”
students applied at this time last year
average ACT score
1,629 average SAT score 3.47 average GPA
with the outlook of the future Ball State freshmen. “A university’s reputation is really based on the quality of its students, the quality of its faculty and the quality of its alumni,” she said. “When you bring in strong students and you provide them with excellent mentoring, you produce strong graduates and the institutions reputation can only advance with that kind of formula.”
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EFFECT After losing key seniors, 4 new players bring offensive firepower DAVID POLASKI ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Upperclassmen typically carry the offensive burden for baseball teams, but Ball State is an exception. The Cardinals stand at 2210 overall and 7-1 in the MidAmerican Conference, just half a game behind the Central Michigan Chippewas for first place in the MAC West. The team has veteran seniors such as Sean Godfrey and T.J. Weir leading the team, but youth has provided sparks for both the offense and pitching staffs. Ball State has four freshmen who are batting over .300 and playing strong defense, making last year’s graduation of players such as center fielder Wes Winkle and infielder Billy Wellman negligible. “We have a lot of really good
young players who have displayed their talent from the beginning,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “I didn’t know how they were going to react, but they came in and weren’t intimidated.” The losses left sizable gaps in talent and leadership, ones that could be difficult to replace. Winkle spent a lot of time running and diving to catch balls that were nearly out of reach while Wellman was a consistent infielder. With question marks dotting Ball Diamond, Alex Call and Caleb Stayton have stepped up. Call occupies center field and is hitting .336 while committing just two errors. Stayton controls first base and has the second highest batting average
on the team with .348. With the other young players, an offense that was inconsistent at best last season has risen to be one of the most lethal in the MAC. The Cardinals are scoring 6.3 runs per game, a full run higher than what the 2013 team averaged at the end of the season, and is currently hitting .292. The top of the lineup is getting on base, allowing for RBI opportunities for the middle of the order. “It felt like every time I went up to bat, there were guys on base for me to knock in,” Sean Godfrey said after Sunday’s win against Eastern Michigan. “Players get into a rhythm and the offense starts putting up a lot of runs.” Supporting the rookie batters
is fellow freshman pitcher Zach Plesac. Plesac has stepped in after the team lost Chris Marangon, becoming the most consistent pitcher for Ball State. He made his debut Feb. 16, when he pitched in a doubleheader against Morehead State and Wofford, picking up two wins in the process. He leads the team in wins with six and his ERA is the lowest on the pitching staff at 2.30. On Sunday, he pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one run, leading Ball State to a weekend sweep of Eastern Michigan. “I didn’t know how [the freshmen] would do in their first year,” Maloney said. “At the end of the day, when you have a talented bunch that works really hard, there’s going to be success.”
OFFENSIVE STATISTICS 2014 SEASON Freshmen have carried the Ball State baseball team. Here is their production compared to the other eligibility standings on the team.
ON BASE PERCENTAGE
Percentage of total hits 11.1
Percentage of total RBIs Freshmen Seniors Sophomores
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FOOTBALL: Slot position becomes possibility for Mabon when season begins
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Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Williams attempts to shake the Kent State defense during a game Oct. 12 at Scheumann Stadium. Williams is expected to be a leader for the team this season.
| CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “I was like, ‘Wow. I’m a junior now,’” he said. “Every rep counts now; time is ticking.” With the departures of wide receivers Willie Snead, Jamill Smith and Connor Ryan, Ball State lost three of its top four wideouts from the 2013 season. The voices that kept players focused are gone now. Williams is now left to fill those voids. Sometimes, it’s a matter of picking up other players or making a play to get the offense back on track. Either way, wide receiver coach Keith Gaither said the focus needs to be there every day. “[Williams] took the step,” he said. “He can be a leader. He can be a captain on this football team. The only way you can be that is by being a worker every day.” Sometimes, talented play-
ers don’t exert themselves in practice, simply because they don’t have to. They rely on pure athleticism to succeed. Gaither said that’s not the case with Williams. The 6-foot-2 receiver didn’t register a catch his freshman season. Before Ball State played in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in December 2012, though, Gaither saw Williams
start to practice like a “real ball player.” That’s why Williams’ 67 catches for 1,050 yards and 10 touchdowns last season was no surprise to Gaither. He’s been watching Williams mature for two full seasons, and there’s no sign of him slowing down. “[Growing] has been fun,” Williams said. “To get out here and do that with this team has been a blessing.” Now, Williams is focused on being the best player he can be. He looks forward to the opportunity to increase further his production. For the first time in his Ball State career, Williams is going to be “the guy” for this team. “The torch has been passed down to Jordan,” Gaither said. “Now, it’s his job to pass it down to the KeVonn [Mabons] and these other guys so they can learn how to work.” Mabon, a junior himself, is no stranger to putting in work on the field. After missing much of last season with a broken collarbone, Mabon is using spring practice to “learn the ropes.”
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Even though Mabon is in his third season with the team, he’s working on fundamentals within the offense. Route running and making catches — sometimes as many as 150 in a single practice — are commonplace. He’s working to learn multiple roles, too. Since the second spring practice, Gaither has moved Mabon around and experimented with him as a slot receiver. Williams and Mabon hope to complement each other in a manner that keeps defens-
es from bracketing both of them in any given formation. Reading defenses and making adjustments on the fly is an important aspect of their mental game. Knowing the entire field means Mabon can lend advice to any teammate that needs it. He is looking forward to being a leader on the field, too. “[Williams and I] wanted to start immediately,” Mabon said. “We had to sit behind those guys for two years. We feel like it’s our team now; we lead the way.”
Gaither said they can’t afford to hang out in the back during practices any more, they have to be the go-to guys. But he’s confident it will come in time — spring practice is just the next step in testing his veterans. Watching players develop off the field is as important as the wins they get on air for Gaither. “It’s not how many bowl rings or trophies you get,” he said. “It’s seeing a kid improve. To me, that’s why you coach.”