marching band at Homecoming

Each month, Ball State’s photographers capture hundreds of moments on and around campus. Below are some of the staff’s favorites.

Shafer at Sundown

Shafer Tower
The carillon atop Shafer Tower is cast in the supernatural glow of an autumn dusk. The carillon tower houses 48 custom-made bells covering four octaves. (Photo by Samatha Strahan)

Fall Classic

Burkhardt Building in morning sunlightOne of Ball State’s earliest buildings, Burkhardt is home to the departments of history, anthropology, and women’s and gender studies. (Photo by Lucinda Stipp)

In Sync

students perform at Air Jam
Going strong since 1987, Air Jam is Ball State’s most popular student Homecoming event. Student organizations dance and compete in the annual lip-sync competition. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Another Strong Start

students run in the Bed Race
If it’s Homecoming, it’s Bed Race time! For the 40th year, teams raced down Riverside. Costume-clad teams of students, faculty, and staff sprint along the avenue, with a bed and teammate in tow. (Photo by Samatha Strahan)

Home Stretch

Junior Arden Hudson creates a striking pose in the West Quad photo studio. From Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Arden was a 2019 Academic All-MAC. Women’s gymnasts are coming off a 10-win season, with three MAC victories and three athletes competing in NCAA regionals. The team’s first home meet is January 26 in Worthen Arena. (Photo by Samatha Strahan)

In Stride

children in Chase Charlie race
Children participate in the 19th annual Chase Charlie race as part of Homecoming. Runners dashed through campus along the parade route. (Photo by Samatha Strahan)

Clearing the Way

ground breaking for Multicultural Center
At Homecoming 2019, ground was broken for Ball State’s new Multicultural Center, east of Bracken Library. The $4 million, 10,500-square-foot facility will open in 2020. President Geoffrey S. Mearns explained that the location, at the center of campus, reflects the message “that diversity and inclusion must always be at the center of all that we do.” (Photo by Don Rogers)

Cosmic Vision

dome of Charles W. Brown Planetarium
At the heart of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the GOTO CHRONOS II Hybrid, which includes an RSA Cosmos digital 4K system to display amazing visualizations based on real scientific data. The planetarium operates with the support of several student staff members and volunteers. (Photo by Samatha Strahan)

Cause for Celebration

water dumped on football coach
With the traditional Gatorade dump on Coach Mike Neu, football players celebrated after defeating Toledo during the 2019 Homecoming game. Ball State’s 52-14 win gave the Cardinals their first victory against the Rockets since 2013. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Cardinal Pride

marching band at Homecoming
Bathed in autumnal radiance, the Pride of Mid America Marching Band led the Homecoming Parade with a flourish of drumbeats. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)