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Construction blitz in full swing around Ball State

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks until the start of classes at Ball State University, businesses in Muncie that will cater to students are racing to complete their building projects.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Discovering a new festival—and new musicals—at Ball State

July 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to the Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival, an uphill climb for new tuners has gotten just a little bit easier. Not easy, mind you, just easier.
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Ball State hires prosecutor to review investment fraud

July 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis attorney Deborah Daniels will scrutinize what happened to $13.1 million.
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Ball State fraud involved failed internal controls

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State Treasurer Randy Howard told The Star Press he doesn't know whether that failure involved deception by anyone at the university, lack of due diligence or both.
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Sports memorabilia forfeited to help repay Ball State

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
A New York City man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $3.8 million has agreed to forfeit a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and boxing gloves autographed by Mike Tyson.
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Second man serving time in Ball State fraud scandal

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $13.1 million.
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Ball State bilked in 2nd scheme for $5 million

June 16, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University lost $5 million in an investment fraud scheme in addition to the $8.1 million scheme announced last week.
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Ball State says feds asked for quiet about fraud

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
A top Ball State University administrator said the school kept quiet for more than two years about an $8 million securities fraud at the request of federal law enforcement authorities.
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Can Ball State University keep its vibrancy?

May 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Incoming President Paul W. Ferguson must escape harsh realities to continue the university's impressive gains.
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UPDATE: Ball State chooses new president from Maine

May 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ball State University’s trustees on Thursday named Paul W. Ferguson, the president of the University of Maine, to lead the 19,000-student campus in Muncie.
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Ball State prepared to pick new president

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
The new president will replace Jo Ann Gora, who is retiring in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university.
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Ball State challenges ruling on transcripts

April 27, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to hear its challenge of a court ruling that would require it to release transcripts of students who leave the school with unpaid tuition.
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Ball State down to five presidential finalists

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The new president will replace Jo Ann Gora, who plans to retire in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university in Muncie.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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Indiana charter school backers fret about losing movement's edge

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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Ball State starting search for new president

December 20, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University's trustees have hired an executive search firm for $150,000 to help them find a replacement for outgoing school President Jo Ann Gora.
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Colleges go social in quest for young alumni donorsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
University and foundation leaders throughout the state are trying to find ways to target donors 35 and younger, through online tools that could be critical to future fundraising strategies.
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HILL: Too much money blown on energy fixesRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
William Hill / Special to IBJ
More than one homeowner has been convinced to cut home energy bills by replacing windows or installing radiant barriers in their attic.
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Study: IU, Purdue rank best in return on investmentRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
Big budgets used to rule in college rankings. But that could be changing. A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is the latest effort among several nationally to score universities on their bang for the buck.
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Gora to retire in June as Ball State president

October 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
During Gora's 10 years leading the university, Ball State raised its academic standards and completed more than $520 million in construction and renovation projects.
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Ball State president rewarded with pay raise

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Jo Ann Gora is getting a 3.5-percent pay hike months after her salary drew attention when deferred compensation and incentives pushed it to nearly $1 million.
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Firm passed over for Ball State planetarium cries foulRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bowen Technovation President Jeff Bowen says the university unfairly favored his Florida-based competitor to install a sophisticated audio-visual system for its new planetarium, but Ball State maintains there was nothing wrong with its process for awarding the nearly $2 million contract.
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Ball State wins state approval for new planetarium

July 11, 2013
Associated Press
The State Budget Committee on Wednesday approved the new $4.6 million planetarium and the $1.35 million greenhouse upgrade. School fundraising campaigns will pay for the projects.
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Sharper minds coming to TV production truck?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Ball State University next month will launch what’s believed to be the nation’s first-ever digital sports production major.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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