Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives
Feb21

Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives

In an Olympic host city shrouded by international tensions, the self-titled “American Outlaws” are having the time of their lives. Matching bandanas top off the patriotic U.S.A. outfits Tom O’Connor and Stephen Arlington are sporting for the extent of the Olympic Games. The recent college graduates from Buffalo, N.Y. have captured attention in Olympic Park. Even before achieving celebrity status, the friends did not plan on attending...

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Don’t lose sight of the big picture
Feb06

Don’t lose sight of the big picture

In a cramped cabin on the flight from Indianapolis to Detroit, I was reminded just how big this trip is. For 45 minutes or so, I made awkward small talk with the man seated next to me. Mere seconds into our time as passengers, I had to get really personal with my new neighbor. I forced my body over the armrest and used it as leverage to pull the seatbelt out from under my seat. Initially, conversation was just me apologizing for being...

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Threat of terror at Olympic Games won’t deter me
Feb06

Threat of terror at Olympic Games won’t deter me

Less than two years ago, this trip was nothing more than a dream. Fall semester 2012, I walked into “Journalistic Storytelling: Introduction” with little—actually no—experience in journalism. I hadn’t written in high school, and I started my sophomore year at Ball State as a transfer student. This course was my first taste of real, not-quite-real-life journalism. Lede writing, a handful of AP-style lessons and the keys to a successful...

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Nick Goepper’s Olympic run inspires fellow Hoosiers
Jan14

Nick Goepper’s Olympic run inspires fellow Hoosiers

Growing up in Indiana isn’t ideal for a would-be Winter Olympian. Miles of rolling countryside covered by neatly planted rows of corn keep the adrenaline-seeking skier in most Hoosiers from maturing. But Nick Goepper is breaking the stereotype associated with Indiana athletes as he finds success in a sport that requires slopes—and snow. The 19-year-old slopestyle skier from Lawrenceburg, Ind., soon will be competing at an Olympic...

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