Ball State gets new yearbook after 17-year absence

Ball State University
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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Ball State University is bringing its student yearbook back in a completely new form following a 17-year absence.

Journalism instructor Brian Hayes says the high cost of publishing yearbooks “makes it nearly impossible” for Ball State to have a traditional one like The Orient, which ceased publication in 1997.

But Hayes says students in an immersive class who worked for a year created the concept of the new yearbook called Cardinal Life that can now be ordered online.

He says it’s more like a year-in-review because it’s a summary of the past school year’s major events and lacks a photo album and student-group sections.

Ball State has entered into a partnership with national yearbook producer Friesen’s, which is selling the new yearbook online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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