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

April 21st, 2021 No comments

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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Going to gyms became a new way to socialize during the pandemic

April 21st, 2021 No comments

The pandemic was an opportunity for many to be more physically fit due to having more free time, including Johnathan Krol. Krol, an IU Senior, said he benefited greatly from engaging in physical activity throughout the pandemic.

Krol kept physically fit as a way to keep himself busy during the early shutdowns. He said he missed activities such as going to the store and going to restaurants with his friends. He filled this time by going for a walk or run but once gyms reopened, he was back working out with his friends.

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Safely reopening gyms has improved gym-goers’ mental health

April 21st, 2021 No comments

When the pandemic started over a year ago, Monroe County gyms shut down. Gavin Schoenle was stuck without a place to work out. He tried home and virtual workouts, but nothing satisfied his needs like a gym.

“It was tough, because you got so used to your routine,” he said. “I was going to work and then as soon as I got off work, I would go work out. As soon as I heard they were closing all the gyms I was like, “All right what do I do now?””

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Bloomington Orangetheory Owner Lyle Feigenbaum promotes a healthy lifestyle

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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From health and wellness coach to personal trainer – Mollie Hitchcock’s path to discovering her passion

April 1st, 2021 No comments

Health and wellness fascinated Mollie Hitchcock at a young age. She knew she wanted a career in that field but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She went to college with hopes of becoming a health and wellness coach, but after getting her first job, she realized it wasn’t for her. She needed a change.

Almost 10 years after graduating from Ivy Tech, Hitchcock had a life-altering realization. She wanted to be a personal trainer. She got on her computer and found what she was looking for. She not only started a new job but she fell in love with a lifelong passion.

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Yoga instructor Ellen Hanania seeks to improve more than just physical health

April 1st, 2021 No comments

At age 11, Ellen Hanania steppeds into the yoga studio with her twin sister and her mom who has a passion for yoga. Hanania was about to participate in her first yoga class. At the time, she used yoga to return to physical activity after breaking her foot but the practice of yoga would make a profound impact on her life.

Nine years later, she is a certified yoga instructor, now teaching her passion to others. Hanania sits in front of a group yoga class, its participants staring at the cool fall sky.  Class is ending as participants take in a final deep breath after a brief period of meditation.

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The struggle of interviewing through a mask – making genuine relationships

March 25th, 2021 No comments

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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Journalism during a pandemic: Becoming more comfortable being uncomfortable

March 25th, 2021 No comments

It was an unusually warm February day, the sun was shining, and IU students were walking through the Sample Gates. I felt a feeling of normalcy in a year that has been anything but normal due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

I was out to complete a journalistic assignment that required me to interview three random students and ask them about how the pandemic has affected certain aspects of their lives. While this might seem simple, there is one problem. I’m deeply afraid of talking to people I don’t know.

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Fewer IU students on campus makes getting interviews a challenge for reporter

March 25th, 2021 No comments

On the Indiana University campus, there are usually thousands of students walking to class, to the coffee shop, to the auditorium or just out enjoying the weather. With the pandemic, that number has gone way down, with maybe a couple hundred or so on a good day. For a journalist needing students to interview, this is a problem.

When the pandemic began last March, students were sent home for the remainder of the semester. With the majority of classes being online-only this school year, finding interviewees has become increasingly difficult.

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Students try to keep sense of normalcy one year into pandemic

March 11th, 2021 No comments

IU students have found a way to keep their normal routines almost untouched to keep a sense of normalcy, despite more takeout food and isolation due to the pandemic. Maintaining routines are important, according to three students at Indiana University’s Sample Gates on Feb. 24.

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