The Media School

Mold issues mark transitional time for Bloomington student housing

April 18th, 2019

IU junior Sam Neidermann didn’t know what lay ahead when he agreed last summer to live at Evolve, one of the newest state-of-the-art choices for student housing in Bloomington. As a first-year transfer student from the University of Alabama, he thought Evolve seemed like the perfect option and was convinced to sign a 12-month lease.

“The location is prime,” he said. “It’s convenient. It looked like a very attractive option from what they advertised.”

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Kurtis Cummings finds new meaning with Switchyard Brewing Company

April 2nd, 2019

Leaning back on an aged leather couch near the back corner of the taproom, Kurtis Cummings, coffee in hand, looks on proudly as the morning light hits the windows encasing Switchyard Brewing Company. It’s the beginning of another day of guest lectures, community outreach, and an opportunity to spread the word about one of the newest additions to the Bloomington community.

“I’m actually about to go on campus here in a minute and talk to an entrepreneurship class,” he says, smiling. “They’re probably not going to like what I have to say.”

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Diversity in Bloomington discovered through reporting experience

March 28th, 2019

The tremendous diversity found just blocks of the Indiana University campus is truly remarkable. That is perhaps the first and most important realization I came to when reporting in the Bloomington community for the first time this semester.The goal of my “person on the street” story was to convey a balanced and well depicted observation of views regarding food in Bloomington and what cultural role that plays. In order to do that, I needed to cast a wide net in terms of who might be an engaging interview subject; I believe that approach paid off.

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Food options highlight cultural diversity in Bloomington

March 26th, 2019

Residents in Bloomington expressed a wide variety of opinions regarding choices for food in town and how it may need improvement, according to four random interviews conducted on and around Kirkwood Avenue on Feb 14. Citizens also reported that sometimes, there may even be too many options when it comes to deciding where to eat.

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On the Beat — Community & Culture

February 21st, 2019


Jan. 31, 2019

Ligaya Mishan, The New York Times

Yuksel Akdas, an immigrant from Istanbul, honors his heritage through cooking. In terms of food, New York City is often thought of as one of the most diverse. Turkish restaurant Sofra, which opened this past November, is a prime example.

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Bio: Connor Hines

Connor Hines
Connor Hines is a sophomore from San Diego, California majoring in sports media at The Media School. Outside of his regular course work, Connor broadcasts games on BTN Student U and WIUX Student Radio. The bulk of his work comes as a lead contributor at The Hoosier Network, an online content site covering Indiana athletics, where he writes, produces video features, and contributes on multiple podcasts. In his free time he enjoys reading, finding new music, trying new food, and exploring all the Bloomington community has to offer. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @ConnorHines17.