Last week was a watershed event for my alma mater of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. First off, of course I don't think I should have to tell anyone where Ball State is located, but I realize that is a bit optimistic - even if they remain undefeated in football this season and have won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West championship and are hoping to clinch the MAC East championship on Friday and get a bowl invitation.
But the biggest news, much more amazing than the fact that I have this little dab of football knowledge, is that my little power ranger, my little karate kid, my little buddy woosink (as he once called himself for no apparent reason) HAS BEEN ACCEPTED at Ball State. I found this out the day after Ball State dealt Western Michigan University (WMU) a crushing defeat in Muncie and sealed the MAC West handily. Especially pleasant: many of my co-workers went to WMU (my HQ is in Middleville, MI. Sorry, boss and boss's boss's children!).
Now it would be too much to hope that he might major in journalism and get to study in the beautiful new communications building or the Letterman Building (above), but I'll take this little victory. He will definitely get to see the lovely bell tower daily-something that wasn't there either when I got my B.A. in 1980. However, the very familiar winged Beneficience statue remains in her glory, a BSU icon, as does Frog Baby. I'm not especially eager for him to learn the BSU legends about either one of these works of art! But, he'll find out, probably during orientation. Let's just say the more PG-rated of the two legends- the one about Frog Baby- caused it to have to be moved and restored and placed where students couldn't touch it.
And although my little guy turns 18 Saturday and just got his gorgeous orange and black high school letter jacket with his letters for varsity baseball, I have to admit he'll always be my red power ranger. But, I am more than a little excited for him to don the red, white and black of the BSU Cardinals. Send the Legacy Scholarship application stat!