Each month, Ball State’s photographers capture hundreds of moments on and around campus. These are some of our favorites from September (and a few from the last week of August).

Hanging out

Student relaxes in a hammock on campus

Hammocks have become a noticeable part of student life on campus, providing cozy comfort and privacy, even on University Green. (Photo by Samantha Strahan)

Room to grow

Construction continues on the new Multicultural Center

Construction continues on the new Multicultural Center. Replacing the current center, the new 1,5100-square-foot facility—located east of Bracken Library—will provide services closer to where students live and study, with amenities designed to assist and support all students and to promote diversity and inclusion. (Photo by Samantha Strahan)

Winning pose

Women’s volleyball player Esther Grussing

Women’s volleyball player Esther Grussing—a redshirt sophomore from Willmar, Minnesota— poses in the West Quad photo studio on September 10. Grussing is a three-time MAC West Division Setter of the Week. “I chose Ball State because I loved the campus, coaches and players. It is far enough away from home that I can feel independent,” she said. (Photo by Samantha Strahan)

Bubble break

This bubble-blower was among the student who gathered on University Green in September

This bubble-blower was among the students who gathered on University Green in September for Fiesta on the Green. Hosted by the Latinx Student Union, the event invited the campus community to have fun while learning more about and celebrating Latino culture. (Photo by Samantha Strahan)

Studying in the stacks

A student studying in Bracken Library

Offering solitude, plenty of space for physical distancing and reliable wifi, Bracken Library has become even more essential to student life during the COVID-19 pandemic. A quiet spot near the stacks can serve as a remote classroom for online instruction or a place to study between in-person classes. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Drumroll please

Snare drum players in Ball State University’s "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band practice

Snare drum players in Ball State University’s “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band practice on a hot September afternoon. The marching band has been practicing in sections to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

New day, new year

The morning sun creates silhouettes and casts long shadows in The Atrium dining facility

The morning sun creates silhouettes and casts long shadows in The Atrium dining facility at the Art and Journalism Building on the first day of class, August. 24. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Crossing a threshold

A proud father helps move his daughter into her new dorm room at Studebaker West

A proud father helps move his daughter into her new dorm room at Studebaker West, marking the beginning of her undergraduate experience. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Solidarity

A student shows her support for the Black Lives Matter movement during a peaceful demonstration

A student shows her support for the Black Lives Matter movement during a peaceful demonstration on August 25 to protest the police-action shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Bobby Ellis)

Autumn sunset

As the sun sets behind Shafer Tower, the light casts a reflection on a leave-encircled puddle on University Green’s walkway

As the sun sets behind Shafer Tower, the light casts a reflection on a leave-encircled puddle on University Green’s walkway. (Photo by Daria Buschur)