I arrived on campus about 8:30 this morning. This is a busy place, I was on McKinley Street and there were students everywhere, lots of crosswalks. I drove very slowly, so I got the most visibility that I could with the bus. I’m sure many hundreds of students saw me. The problem was, which I didn’t realize at the time, I drove so slowly that a long line of traffic gathered behind me. When I finally turned at the end of McKinley, they all were happy to get by. I was pleased that not one of them gave me the single fingered salute as they passed.
At the end of McKinley, I saw the Ball State Campus House with a few parking spaces. A lady came up to the bus as soon as I pulled in. She is Valerie Mitchener she was a real expert on the school and the campus, giving me a lot of good advice on who to talk to and where to go. She referred me to a side street with a busy intersection with a park nearby. I found the spot and immediately talked to many students. Almost all of them mentioned that this project is really needed around there. The timing was good for my visit.
I met Heather Jade, a double major in art and business, and I found her to be a wonderful, giving person. She decided to make wedding cakes for a living and donate half the profits to local charities. She sent me to an art building, I didn’t find it but I saw a crowd and decided that it was another good place to stop. It was a good spot, there were students everywhere. I saw a campus policeman keeping an eye on what I was doing. I went over and introduced myself to let him know all about One Million Acts Of Kindness. He is Cpl. Dave Starkey, a good guy who I talked to for about 20 minutes. He again stressed that my visit was good timing, and the campus could use a dose of Kindness. There were many other people who were interested and had great thoughts and comments, I have to start writing names down so I remember them when I write the blog.
Facebook added 149 fans today! I am amazed at the level interest in this project.