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Dental hygiene clinic fulfills veterans’ needs

Dental hygiene clinic fulfills veterans’ needs

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
March 15
Filed under Features, Showcase

During one of his check-ups at the USI Dental Hygiene Clinic, veteran Harley Hobgood said he considers himself friends with senior Kaila Raven after several visits together. With several tools in her hands and goggles around her head, a smiling Raven nodded in agreement. As Raven adjusted a pillow behind Hobg...

Ceremony to highlight ‘trailblazing women’

Ceremony to highlight ‘trailblazing women’

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
March 15
Filed under Features

As the Phenomenal Women ceremony approaches on March 23, The Shield talked to organizer and Multicultural Center Director Pam Hopson about the event honoring females in the community. The ten honorees this year include USI students, faculty and women from the Evansville area. The Shield: What is the his...

‘Vagina Monologues’ seek justice

‘Vagina Monologues’ seek justice

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
March 1
Filed under Features

In soft lighting that seemed to have a hint of pink in its glow, performers and the audience chanted in unison to reclaim the word ‘cunt.’ The university’s presentation of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 23 and 24 drew a packed crowd filling up Forum 3 by the time the show began. Within each mon...

Students lack accessibility to childcare, but push forward

Students lack accessibility to childcare, but push forward

Gabi Wy, Special to The Shield
March 1
Filed under Features

When Mariah Wilhite became pregnant with her son Grayson during her freshman year, others told her to abort her child so she could finish her degree. “They said I wouldn’t be able to graduate and finish school,” the junior social work major said. “They said I wouldn’t be able to live my...

Arabic instructor spreads acceptance

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 24
Filed under Features

Mervat Odeh can single-handedly write, photograph, print and distribute a newspaper in the midst of chaos. “[In Palestine] it was a really hot war zone,” the Arabic instructor said. “Some days there would be no power, but we would still have to publish. We would literally hand the paper to peo...

Expo promotes ‘eating and learning together’

Expo promotes ‘eating and learning together’

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Features

Students and faculty filed through the doors of Carter Hall Friday as the smells of the International Food Expo filled the air. The International Club hosts the yearly event, and it serves as a way for students from the 23 countries represented to offer a taste of traditional cuisines from their homelands t...

Coming of age story to illustrate resilience

Coming of age story to illustrate resilience

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 15
Filed under Features

As the production nears, The Shield spoke with guest director Ron Himes about working on USI Theatre’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” and the meaning of the play in today’s America. Himes is the founder and producing director of The Black Rep, a theatre company in St. Louis, as well as a mem...

Freshman overcomes adversity

Freshman overcomes adversity

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 9
Filed under Features

Immediately after high school graduation, Clifton Jett’s mother sat down with her son and asked if he wanted to pursue college. “I was diagnosed with a learning disability in the second grade and was held back,” Jett said. “Since then, I’ve struggled academically. I decided to come to college be...

New Harmony Gallery features theater masks

New Harmony Gallery features theater masks

Taylor Hall, Staff Writer
February 1
Filed under Features

After making theater masks for more than 20 years, Jonathan Becker’s works will be on display at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. “It always feels great to be recognized for the work I’ve done. I was deeply flattered to have been asked to display work at the gallery. I have only had...

Selfless and Soaring: Senior embarks on year-long charity campaign

Selfless and Soaring: Senior embarks on year-long charity campaign

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 1
Filed under Features

When Megan Gresham saw a tattered, empty donation box outside of an animal shelter, she wiped her tears and started thinking of what she could do to help. Gresham, a senior criminal justice and sociology double major, started the Giving Graciously Campaign as her New Year’s resolution, adopting 12 ch...

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