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Ball State kicks off fundraising drive for sports facilities

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Ball State University has launched a capital campaign to fund $20 million in improvements to its sports facilities in Muncie, with a $3 million gift in hand to help sustain the drive.

The George and Frances Ball Foundation has committed $3 million to the campaign’s goals, which include creating a practice facility for basketball and volleyball teams attached to Worthen Arena; renovations to the school’s softball and baseball complexes; and an indoor golf practice facility with locker rooms and coaches’ offices.

BSU competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Mid-American Conference. The school rolled out details of its plans for upgrading its athletic facilities on Saturday.

“Every aspect of Division I athletics is competitive,” said Bill Scholl, Ball State’s athletic director. “We’re competing with other universities not just to attract and retain top athletes and coaches. We must also provide great facilities so our teams can train, compete and succeed in the MAC.”

Titled “Cardinal Commitment: Developing Champions,” the campaign has a target end date of December 2014. It already has raised close to $13 million toward the final goal, including the Ball Foundation’s gift, according to the Muncie Star Press.

Other improvements will include a new football team complex attached to Scheumann Stadium, and general upgrades to the 1967 stadium.
 

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  • BSU Spends Out of State
    I own a company that designs and equips planetariums all over the world. We have completed 300 of them. BSU just awarded a $1.8M, yes million, contract to a three person "company" in Florida. We have BSU grads on our payroll and have brought millions of $$ in revenue from other states and nations to Indiana . And we offered systems at a better price than the other bidders.We were invited tom bid but were never even asked to interview. I suggest Indiana taxpayers donate to other institutions. I will.
  • ignorant
    Dr. Brguy, Ms Gora is finally getting it. if she doesn't spend money on these upgrades BSU is going to become a division 2 or 3 school and coaches, teachers, athletes, and students will go to other schools. ask Butler why they have jumped conferences 2-3 times. more alumni give and more students apply when your teams actually are competitive in more than just graduation rates.
  • Here's an example
    Just looked up the salary of the BSU head football coach. It said that his total compensation is $400,000! (source: Coaches Hotseat.) Compare this to Indiana Governor Mike Pence who manages a State employee workforce of approximately 28,000 and a State budget of $27 billion. Salary: $111,688 plus temporary housing. (Source INGov.com). Something is really wrong here.
  • Misguided priorities
    Well, my recent contribution to BSU will be my last. As an alumni I have given generously for over 20 years, without question. But how can Ms. Gora continue to justify annual increases in tuition and housing fees, while also endorsing reckless spending like this? Somebody need to stop this spiraling waste of money on sports facilities and coaching salaries.

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