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Reasons why you should grab the Graduation Edition of The Daily News!

As the year comes to an end, it’s times like these we look back and celebrate all of our achievements. The achievements this year, despite many challenges faced, are exceptional. Which is why The Daily News wants to remember this year with their Graduation Edition, published on November 19.

Ball State Cross Country ends season with top 5 Mid-American Conference Championship finish

Ball State Cross Country finished fifth overall in today’s Mid-American Conference Championship, the team’s highest placing since 2007. The Cardinals were led by freshman Elka Machan, who placed fourth individually in the 95 runner race. Senior Cayla Eckenroth was not far behind, finishing 11th.

In Reflection: The final lap

The winter has always made me feel nostalgic. Waking up to cold air makes me feel like a 16-year-old boy, scrambling to get my jammers and goggles for swim practice, slamming back coffee and sprinting out the door. Now, with the end of the fall 2020 semester so close and that fabled finish line in sight, I’ll have more to remember waking up in the winter.

Rainy weekend ahead

Assistant Chief Weather Forecaster Maddi Johnson has the final forecast of the Fall 2020 semester, which features widespread rain chances for this weekend.

The first annual Foster Youth Toy Drive hits Muncie

Matthew Peiffer and his two sisters spent many years in the foster care system. They were all victims of abuse and faced many other challenges during their time. Now, Peiffer wants to give back to the foster children this Christmas with the first annual Foster Youth Toy Drive.

Unspoken: Time’s Arrow

My freshman year, this column was titled “Demi’s Diems.” I tried to play on the saying “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the day,” therefore making my column name “Demi’s Days.” It was an easy decision when I found out I could change my column title sophomore year — I mean, come on, “Demi’s Diems” was pretty terrible. So, I chose the column name “Unspoken.”

Cooler temperatures and rain chances

Assistant Chief Weather Forecaster Maddi Johnson has an update on this weekend’s rain chances.

Taking the next step: Kia Holder is eager to show her improved leadership on the volleyball court

Entering her fourth season with Ball State, Holder finished the 2019 regular season with 153 kills — sixth on the team. She was also named MVP of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship, leading the Cardinals with three kills per set.

Sunday snow ahead?

Weather Forecaster Jordan Wolfe brings you a story on the potential for snow showers later this weekend.

Top 5 Fantasy Book Series

With the popularity of big-budget, high profile fantasy shows popping up everywhere recently, streaming services seem to be looking for the next Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones to fill in that empty void. Shows like The Witcher and the upcoming Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings, and the Game of Thrones prequel will hopefully continue to provide great, epic fantasy entertainment. There are many other fantasy book series that often get overlooked by bigger series however, they deserve the same, if not more, recognition as the bigger show stoppers. These series could also make for great book-to-screen adaptations, like some of the others. Considering the state of the world right now, we all could use a break and jump into a fantastical world where our problems don’t seem quite as bad.

Working toward and finding a job in a recession before and after graduation

As the fall 2020 semester nears its end, graduating seniors must navigate how to enter the workforce even as the job market changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Clock: David Owsley Museum of Art student workers provide visitors with a cultural education

An hour before the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) opens to the public, senior art history and studio art major Marie Dickison arrives to flip on all the museum’s lights across its galleries.

Ball State Football defense comes full circle against Northern Illinois

Ball State allowed Northern Illinois (0-3 MAC) to score a touchdown on the first drive of the game and again early in the second quarter. The defense showed flashes but couldn’t quite muster enough stops to force a punt.

Ball State senior creative writing major shares her passion for storytelling

As someone who’s been writing for as long as she can remember, Mia Marrero, senior creative writing major, said one of her biggest challenges when writing is trying not to think about others’ opinions.

Second-half consistencies help Ball State Football retain Bronze Stalk Trophy against Northern Illinois

While the chilly, windy conditions Wednesday night in Muncie were similar to that of the Cardinals’ loss three years ago, Cosby’s presence played a key role in giving Ball State (2-1 MAC) the edge over Northern Illinois (0-3 MAC), defeating the Huskies 31-25.

Warmer Temperatures Ahead

Weather forecaster Chris Guevara is tracking warmer temperatures, windy conditions and the next weather system.

SGA introduces endorsement amendment

On Nov. 18, Ball State Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly meeting over Zoom and introduced an amendment establishing the SGA endorsement process.

2020 looking back

2020 has been a memorable year on and off campus. Here’s a recap of this year’s significant events.

Through his dedication and community service, Brandon Martin continues giving back to Ball State

Brandon Martin saw his mom tirelessly dedicate her time toward helping others, which inspired him to do the same.

Warm up ahead

Weather Forecaster Natasha Leland has the latest on when we will warm up. and cool back down again.

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Peyton Manning and David Letterman get together at Ball State for TV project

Indianapolis native David Letterman unveils the second season of Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” May 31. Indianapolis Star

Thanks to David Letterman, Ball State University is one of “Peyton’s Places.”

Letterman and Peyton Manning, a pair of Indiana icons, spent Tuesday on Ball State’s Muncie campus making an episode of Manning’s ESPN+ series “Peyton’s Places.”

According to the school, Ball State alumnus Letterman suggested his alma mater as the setting for an episode of Manning’s documentary series focused on football history.

Peyton Manning and David Letterman spent time together Tuesday at Ball State. (Photo: CBS file photo)

Letterman, who hosted network talk shows “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” from 1982-2015, and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Manning visited Ball State sites Scheumann Stadium and the Frog Baby sculpture outside Bracken Library.

Ball State provided no photographs of Letterman and Manning on campus, but the school’s student newspaper, The Ball State Daily News, tweeted four images.

Brandon Martin, a Ball State football player and a graduate of Lawrence North High School, is seen making an on-camera appearance with Letterman and Manning.

Peyton Manning and David Letterman were seen filming on campus with redshirt senior linebacker Brandon Martin. pic.twitter.com/uazxm2C9er

— The Ball State Daily News (@bsudailynews) October 20, 2020

A Colts jersey featuring Letterman’s name and the number 500 – likely a reference to August’s Indianapolis 500 victory by Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Takuma Sato – was draped on the Frog Baby sculpture.

The episode of “Peyton’s Places” is scheduled to air in January.

“It was an exciting day for our football program,” Ball State athletic director Beth Goetz said in a statement. “The team was thrilled to engage with these two Indiana legends for ‘Peyton’s Places.’”

The school described the TV project as a private and low-key workday because of the coronavirus pandemic and time constraints.

On Wednesday, Netflix will release the four-episode third season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.” Letterman, an Indianapolis native who graduated from Ball State in 1969, conducts long-form interviews with Dave Chappelle, Robert Downey Jr., Lizzo and Kim Kardashian West on the new season.

Manning made his first appearance on Letterman’s “Late Show” in 1997, when the quarterback was a University of Tennessee standout.

Manning’s final appearance on “The Late Show” was May 20, 2015, when he helped deliver the show’s signature “Top 10 List” on Letterman’s farewell episode.

In 2017, Letterman spoke during the ceremony unveiling Manning’s statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indiana icons Peyton Manning and David Letterman spend Tuesday on the campus of Letterman's alma mater ]]>