Ball State University

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HeadquartersMuncie, Indiana, US
Public university in Indiana

Ball State University is a public university in Muncie, Indiana.


On July 25, 1917, the Ball brothers, founders of the Ball Corporation, purchased the failed Indiana Normal Institute for $35,100 and gave the school and surrounding land to the state of Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly accepted the site in the spring of 1918, after which 235 students initially enrolled at the Indiana State Normal School - Eastern Division. Ball State University has been named in honor of the financial support of the five Ball brothers since 1965.[1]

As of Fall 2020, total enrollment was 21,597 students,[6] including 15,205 undergraduates and 5,817 postgraduates.[2]


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Victor Marchetti“To the Clandestine Services the universities represented fertile territory for recruiting espionage agents. Most large American colleges enrolled substantial numbers of foreign students, and many of these, especially those from the Third World, were (and are) destined to hold high positions in their home countries in a relatively few years. They were much easier to recruit at American schools — when they might have a need for money, where they could be easily compromised, and where foreign security services could not interfere — than they would be when they returned home. To spot and evaluate these students, the Clandestine Services maintained a contractual relationship with key professors on numerous campuses. When a professor had picked out a likely candidate, he notified his contact at the CIA and, on occasion, participated in the actual recruitment attempt. Some professors performed these services without being on a formal retainer. Others actively participated in agency covert operations by serving as "cut-outs," or intermediaries, and even by carrying out secret missions during foreign journeys.”Victor Marchetti1974
Victor MarchettiHelms asked his staff to find out just how many university personnel were under secret contract to the CIA. After a few days of investigation, senior CIA officers reported back that they could not find the answer. Helms immediately ordered a full study of the situation, and after more than a month of searching records all over the agency, a report was handed in to Helms listing hundreds of professors and administrators on over a hundred campuses. But the staff officers who compiled the report knew that their work was incomplete . Within weeks, another campus connection was exposed in the press. The contact was not on the list that had been compiled for the Director.”Victor Marchetti1974


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  1. White, Glenn (1967). The Ball State Story: From Normal Institute to University. Muncie Indiana: Ball State University. p. 86.