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Since ordinance was struck down, City Council debates about how to handle sleeping in parks

April 21st, 2021

After being out of town during the week of March 3, Liz McCrea returned to the news that an ordinance proposed by the city council to legalize sleeping in parks had been struck down. McCrea, 77, is a retired IU professor who has served as a volunteer on the board on New Hope for Families for the past six years.

McCrea said she concluded the biggest flaw was not enough collaboration between the two sides. There needed to be more bridge building so the ordinance could pass.

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Emily Pike’s work at New Hope for Families helps many struggling Bloomington families

April 1st, 2021

After arriving at Mitchell High School in 1998, Emily Pike was asked to join the local chapter of the Red Cross. She taught a few safety classes and chaired a volunteer recognition committee.

One of Pike’s first tasks was to throw a volunteer recognition dinner. The dinner was small. Fried chicken was served. And it was held in a church basement.

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Social distancing makes a reporter’s job even more awkward

March 25th, 2021

Although we have been dealing with COVID-19 for almost a year, it still makes tasks difficult, including reporting. Since everyone is being much more cautious, it is difficult to collect sources and information, epically to do it over zoom or over the phone.

For the last article I wrote, we were directed to stand in a place on campus and interview people about a topic of our choosing. We were told that three should have a diverse group of people interviewed, and in addition to say socially distant and wear a mask. It was already going to be awkward enough asking for people’s opinions on the street, but COVID made it even more so.

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IU students have become more politically aware during the pandemic despite being stuck inside

March 11th, 2021

Despite being in a pandemic, students have become more politically aware, according to three students interviewed on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the IU Sample gates.

Why it Matters: Due to constant exposure to the news and social media, students are becoming more educated on political issues. The increased general awareness is producing a more progressive younger generation.

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On The Beat – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021


 Jan. 27, 2021

 Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced his plan to shift the US away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. His plan will create millions of jobs and conserve public land and water. But, he must try and fight the fossil fuel giants.

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Bio: Hannah Cohen

Hannah Cohen
Hannah Cohen is a junior at Indiana University studying Media with a specialization in Advertising and a concentration in creative advertising, with a minor in sociology. She has an interest in working for an advertising agency, but also has interest in journalism. She is taking on the Civic Life beat and is excited to cover current events going on in Bloomington, IN. Although she is not exactly sure what she wants to do in the future, she knows that improving her writing and reporting skills will help her no matter where she ends up.