Ball State President Defends Tuition Increases, and Hopes for a Legislative Landfall

Will BSU get the cash they’re asking for?  This is a budget year at the Indiana statehouse, and I asked BSU President Mearns about the Cardinal allocation

He said there were a couple of areas in particular that any allocations would be targeted towards

Including upgrades to their e-cap building – built 30-40 years ago.

How is inflation impacting new BSU graduates – Pres. Mearns

Last week in WMUN’s Delaware County Today Radio show, he defended what he termed small increases over time

Budget Session begins – How your state legislature works – Suzanne Crouch

That, from last week’s Delaware County Today Radio show on WMUN.  The session opens in Indy today.

WLBC News Bytes:

Indy Parks has the “Sharing the Dream Open House” Jan. 16, and will be welcoming the public from noon to 4 p.m.

No. 1 snack for weight loss? The answer is hummus. In a 2020 study in The Journal of Nutrition.

Echo, a pup serving with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, has been given a vest to protect against bullets and other dangers – worth about $2,000 – from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The softer side of news – get to know more about Muncie’s Watasha Barnes Griffin

The leader of the YWCA is the guest of Dr. Joe Misiewicz, on the brand new Radio show – All Kinds of People, debuting on WMUN from 9:30 – 10 a.m. on 92-5 FM 1340 AM free streams, and on Alexa – Play WMUN.

It tourney week: the Delaware County basketball Tournament will be on Radio presented by Sam Pierce Chevrolet, AND on WMUN TV.  Radio plans presented by IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine  Muncie, include Wednesday (Jan 11th) Doubleheader on 96.7 and 102.9 FM.  Friday (Jan 13th) Doubleheader: on WMUN 92-5FM 1340AM.  Saturday (Jan 14th) Girls Championship and Boys Championship games are on WMUN.

He’s not used to be called Senator yet  – When the Indiana legislative session opens today, new Senator Scott Alexander told me last week about a unique effort that he’s already supported, in a different public office

He represents Delaware and Randolph counties.

WLBC News Bytes:

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Children’s Museum will be offering free admission on January 16th. Get tickets online at

The World’s Largest Ball of Paint in Alexandria, Indiana has been singled out by Mental Floss as the coolest off-the-beaten-path landmark in the Hoosier State.

Ball State Extends Winning Streak to Seven Games with Win Over Akron – road Tuesday, Jan. 10, for a MAC matchup with Ohio.

Madison County clerk’s office was busy on the first day of filing for the primary election — which includes offices in Alexandria, Anderson, Chesterfield, Edgewood, Elwood, Frankton, Ingalls, Lapel, Markleville, Orestes, Pendleton and Summitville.  On the first day of filing, 12 candidates — including nine incumbent Democrats and three Republicans filed on the first day.

Rental prices in Indiana have remained high despite a slight dip in November, according to the Zumper National Rent Report.  Prosperity Indiana, a non-profit that supports affordable housing initiatives in the state, reported that there has been an 8.4% increase in rent for one bedroom apartments and a 19.8% increase for two bedroom apartments over the past year.

The Ball State gymnastics team opened the 2023 season with a solid showing Friday evening, in a quad meet hosted by No. 2 Florida.  Saturday quad meet at Rutgers.  Gotta wait til Jan. 29 to see them at home.

Indiana history – this week in 1982, renowned conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein arrived at Indiana University to begin a six-week residency at the School of Music.

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