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Delivery only models and new food options have changed Bloomington’s late-night dining experience

April 21st, 2021

Bloomington resident Benjamin VanMeter is ready to indulge in Bloomington’s late-night dining on a Saturday night. But due to the COVID pandemic, he is more likely to buy food at night when delivery is an option. 

“I used to order late-night pizza all the time, but since I can get Asian food or cookies delivered late-night as well I have more to think about when I am hungry at night,” he said. 

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Comfort Keepers owner Doug Johnson provides at-home care for senior citizens in Bloomington

April 1st, 2021

Doug Johnson sits confidently in his office at Comfort Keepers with art and ribbons hanging behind him. The antique art creates a contrast between the crisp first place award ribbons. He is alert, his hair freshly cut, his large, framed glasses resting on his nose. His phone rings multiple times, which is expected from a business owner of this scale.  

In 2008, Johnson opened the home health care business in Bloomington. The community was embracing of home care as an alternative to institutional care and he passionately cared about it. He believes that senior citizens thrive and live longer when taken care of in the comfort of their home. Comfort Keepers in Bloomington has had steady growth for 13 years. 

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A new reporter faces the challenges of journalism

March 25th, 2021

As a new reporter, being out in the field is challenging. What stories are new and exciting? Where can I find people that want to be interviewed? 

Coronavirus has been a challenge for many reporters. It is difficult to conduct face-to-face interviews, capture photos, and attend events when we are told to keep our distance from one another. 
 But another challenge is what has come from this distancing. People are less comfortable around strangers. Myself included. 

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IU students adjust to hybrid learning and weekly COVID-19 mitigation testing

March 11th, 2021

Some IU Bloomington students believe the weekly mitigation testing is important and others believe it is over the top. Overall, students are happy to be back in the classroom even if it’s only part time.
Why it matters: For Hybrid learning to continue going smoothly, IU Bloomington takes the necessary precautions to ensure safety for all.

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On The Beat Newsletter – Community & Culture

February 25th, 2021


Feb. 11, 2021 

Selene San Felice, Axios 

Yet again, our four-legged furry friends are here to save the day! Meet Mac, Hubble, Cobra and One-Betta the four canines who can sniff out COVID-19 odors.  The dogs have been serving all over the state of Florida including the campus of Florida International University. 

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Bio: Kendall Cole

Kendall Cole
Kendall Cole is a junior studying interactive and digital media at Indiana University Bloomington. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where she grew up studying in a K-12 Spanish immersion program. Cole is now bilingual and has obtained a minor in Spanish. Throughout her time at IU, she has developed a passion for graphic and web design and hopes to pursue a career in those fields in the future. She is creative and draws inspiration from her other interests which include cooking, art, and film. She is covering the Community & Culture Beat for The Bloomington Beat this semester and hopes to produce stories about Bloomington, IN restaurants.