The consolidation of Yorktown and Mount Pleasant has left seven council seats to be filled. Twelve candidates are running in contested races for those seats. And eight of them debated in front of potential voters last night. IPR’s Sarah Phinney was there.
Americans now ow more on their college loans than they do on their credit cards — nearly $870 billion. At the same time, sate governments and national foundations are setting lofty goals for universities to churn out more graduates. Higher education policy experts worry the country’s burgeoning student debt load will make it really hard for colleges to meet those goals. StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes sat down with an Indiana University junior who’s already $18,000 in debt and unsure whether she’ll have enough money to finish her degree.
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An immersive learning project at Ball State University has set its sights on the Village and how to improve the business area adjacent to campus. Students wanted to find ways to make the Village businesses more appealing to both students and the Muncie community. IPR’s Virginia Stigall reports on what they came up with.
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock says his opponent in the Republican primary for US Senate, incumbent Richard Lugar, takes the wrong stance on appointing judicial nominees. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Mourdock calls it a critical issue in the campaign.
It won’t be long until students in almost every state are held to the same expectations in school. That’s because 45 states have adopted a uniform set of academic standards called the Common Core. When they’re fully implemented, the standards will bring new — and, state officials say, more rigorous — statewide tests to Indiana in 2015. But StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes found one school that offers a preview of what students can expect.
Hoosiers are getting a chance to voice their opinions about reinstating single-class basketball in a series of eleven public meetings being held around the state. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith attended a meeting last night at Plainfield High School in central Indiana.
Almost all the Republican candidates for the 6th district congressional seat met at Ball State last night to debate the issues. As IPR’s Cody Butler reports, the candidates share more than just a place on the ballot.
Women’s groups across the country are recognizing Equal Pay Day today. It’s the day, they say, when an average woman’s earnings catch up to her male counterpart’s earnings from last year. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
An immersive learning project at Ball State University has created a documentary and accompanying website on historic properties and areas in Muncie. According to its creating class, the goal of HistoricMuncie.org is to show the history of the city and its civic pride through its buildings. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann sat down with the project’s faculty advisor, telecommunication instructor Chris Flook.
The documentary can be found on the Historic Muncie website.
Ball State University today named its new athletic director. Bill Scholl previously served as the deputy associate athletic director at Notre Dame University. University president Jo Ann Gora praised Scholl’s two decades of experience at Notre Dame.
In South Bend, Scholl was responsible for the supervision of football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer, and women’s golf. Scholl says he is happy to be a Cardinal.
Current athletic director Tom Collins announced in January that he would leave Ball State at the end of his contract. Scholl will officially begin work on April 30th.
Rick Sadlier contributed to this report.