IU NewsNet 3-12-2020

Moments after we finished our newscast, several new coronavirus developments broke. March Madness–for now–is off. Almost all professional and college sports are cancelled or on hold. We have multiple angles on the IU Covid-19 impact. Students and faculty react to the historic decision to take all classes online for two weeks after spring break. Some students scramble after spring break trip cancellations, and you’ll hear from IU students abroad who say it’s a nightmare. The extended break could put your Bloomington house at risk. We’ll tell you what you need to know to keep burglars away. Indiana has a new distracted driving law, and a key witness in the impeachment hearings speaks to a packed house at IU. This is our last in-studio newscast until campus classes resume, but we’ll find a way to bring you the news in the interim. Welcome to a new way of life–for all of us. Join anchors Mary Kate Hamilton, Szu_Min Yang and Maxwell Glenn on sports.


Front Line Fighter: Phalo Pietersen


In 2003-2004 the Indiana Men’s soccer team was able to win back-to-back National Championships, a feat that has been accomplished by few, but twice by IU. 

Back then, IU was led by a couple of legends: Danny O’Rourke and Kevin Robson. Little did they know, they were having a profound impact on a Bloomington kid who idolized them and what the team accomplished.

That kid was Phalo Pietersen (Peter-son), and moving to Bloomington as a soccer lover during those times was like, “putting a kid in a candy shop” according to Pietersen. Moving it full circle, Pietersen went on to attend IU himself, becoming soccer student manager from 2008-2011. Now, Pietersen has been added to the team’s staff as Director of Operations, and he is working alongside none other than his idols, Danny O’Rourke and Kevin Robson.