The Media School

Local dementia-friendly services involve entire community in patient care

April 19th, 2018

Bloomington resident Wendy Rubin has an arsenal of fond memories with her husband, Dick, who was one of about 50 million worldwide with dementia. Yet one particular moment stands out in her mind: The day she wrote his obituary.

In late September 2013, a nurse at the facility called her in around 6 p.m. to say goodbye. A small CD player laid next to his bedside, so Wendy inserted a Diana Krall album and listened to the throaty voice waft through the room as she wrote.

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Crystal Olry combines lifelong passions to diversify Ekah Yoga studio

March 29th, 2018

When Crystal Olry was a dietetics student at IU, she led groups of gymgoers through high-energy dance workout sessions as a fitness trainer. When she attended her first yoga class with her roommates, a session consisting of breathing exercises, she considered it a waste of time.

“The first time I ever took yoga, I did not like it at all,” she said. “I was of the mentality that you had to get your heart rate up to a certain amount before it was a workout, and if I was going to take an hour for an exercise session that it needed to be that.”

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Quick street interviews still require thoroughness

March 27th, 2018

On Feb. 11, 2018, I took part of my afternoon to randomly interview IU students and Bloomington residents walking along Kirkwood Avenue about their opinions on prescription drug abuse.

I figured I would be at a disadvantage because I assumed my topic would be heavier than most other students, but I was determined to stick to my subject and write about something that I believe matters. Surprisingly, three of the four people I stumbled upon were more than willing to share their opinions. My last interviewee, a sociology professor at IU, was not unwilling per say, but rather just a bit hesitant to voice his opinions on a topic he felt he was uninformed about.

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Bloomington residents are concerned about prescription stimulant use

March 1st, 2018

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the dangers of prescription stimulant abuse and whether college students should be educated about it, according to four random interviews along East Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 13.

Ava Clouden, a 22-year-old from Hughesville, Pennsylvania, said the dangers of using prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are often exaggerated.

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On the Beat – Health & Fitness

February 15th, 2018


Jan. 13, 2018

Linda Margison, Bloom Magazine

A group of ten local residents urge businesses to create a welcoming environment for dementia patients. This includes becoming certified and training at least 50 percent of employees to properly interact with patients, such as allowing extra time for them to answer questions.

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Bio: Christine Stephenson

Christine Stephenson
Christine Stephenson is a sophomore at Indiana University. She is majoring in journalism with a specialization in newswriting and editing and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Indianapolis, she spends her time working as a reporter and designer at the Indiana Daily Student, IU’s student-led newspaper. This summer, she will be traveling on a school-sponsored trip to Uganda to report on the HIV/AIDS crisis and intern for The Daily Monitor, a news publication in the country. In her free time, she enjoys running, binge-watching Netflix and exploring the Bloomington nature parks with her friends.