The Media School

Online school leads to increased mental health risks for Bloomington high schoolers

April 21st, 2021

Hanh Bui, a senior at Bloomington High School South, remembers driving to school for the first and only time in 2021. But it wasn’t for class. Her art teachers coordinated a drive-up event for online students to pick up art supplies.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the high school gave students the option to attend classes online or in-person. But because Bui lives with her immune-compromised grandmother, she decided to remain virtual. Of the 1,700 BHSS students, she is one of 600 who is still online.

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Bloomington Orangetheory Owner Lyle Feigenbaum promotes a healthy lifestyle

April 1st, 2021

Five years ago, Lyle Feigenbaum and his wife Kerry shielded their faces as snowballs rained down. Coaches threw from the left, sales associates from the right. The game developed following a dinner in downtown Indianapolis the co-owners hosted to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Avon Orangetheory studio.

Matthew Brackney, a front-desk associate at the time, remembers the night as the first time he noticed Feigenbaum’s unique personality. He said the owner’s presence indirectly convinced him to stay at the organization.

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The struggle of interviewing through a mask – making genuine relationships

March 25th, 2021

Nearly one year ago IU moved classes online and sent students home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are back on campus now, the effects still linger for journalists.

In March 2020 my reporting classes insisted that all interviewing be conducted virtually. So, this semester, the opportunity to interview students on campus excited me. I stood outside Sample Gates with a Canon 80D hanging around my neck, and the audio recorder ready on my phone.

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IU students consider ‘wellness days’ beneficial to mental health

March 11th, 2021

IU’s first wellness day benefited mental health, according to three IU students interviewed outside Sample Gates on Feb. 20. One voiced annoyance at having no spring break yet still said he was grateful for the revised schedule.

What’s happening: Three scattered wellness days replaced the weeklong spring break this semester. IU administration announced in-person and zoom classes would not take place on Feb. 16, March 24 and April 22, but other classes may lengthen to redeem the lost time.

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On the Beat – Health & Fitness

February 25th, 2021


Feb. 4, 2021

Sam Baker and Andrew Witherspoon, Axios AM

The number of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths is falling or remaining steady in each state. Thousands of new cases still emerge daily, but the numbers are headed in the right direction.

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Bio: Abigail Niezgodski

Abigail Niezgodski
Abigail Niezgodski is a junior at Indiana University pursuing a major in journalism and minors in psychology and marketing. The past two summers she worked as a teller and marketing intern at 1st Source Bank in her hometown, South Bend, Indiana. During the school year she works as an undergraduate assistant for business law (L201) and spends most of her free time training for the Little 500 with her team. Post-graduation she hopes to work as a news reporter or anchor. Abigail is especially interested in covering community business, health, and education. This semester she will report on Health and Fitness for the Bloomington Beat.