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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, Showcase

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
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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, Showcase

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
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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
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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...

Intern finds valuable learning at SS&C

Intern finds valuable learning at SS&C

Nigel Meyer, Special to The Shield
February 1
Filed under Features

Abigail Bridges sits down at her desk to finish her reports in the large, open ground floor of the two story building. On her desk are two computer screens, from which her mouse moves back and forth, as she transfers information from one window to another. The senior finance major is one of the fou...

‘Removing the blinders’

‘Removing the blinders’

Shayla Hughes, Special to The Shield
January 25
Filed under Features

Jordan Stewart tried to squeeze through a narrow doorway holding a pile of decorations, but the long blue present caught on one side. Her sister, Jessica Stephens, gave her a nudge that caused them both to laugh as she was freed into the large dining hall filled with round tables draped in white clot...

Spanish film festival to screen five films

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
January 25
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The Spanish Film Festival will screen five Spanish films on campus free of charge to the community. The Shield spoke with David Hitchcock, associate professor of Spanish, about the background of the film festival and themes between the pictures. The Shield: What’s the origin of the Spanish film fes...

Selfless and Soaring: Sophomores roast coffee for charity

Selfless and Soaring: Sophomores roast coffee for charity

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
January 21
Filed under Features

As they enjoyed cups of joe in a diner on a late night in June, Keegan Roembke and Mitchell Thomas contemplated becoming coffee roasters.

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Selfless and Soaring: Student cycles for a cause

Selfless and Soaring: Student cycles for a cause

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
January 18
Filed under Features

Some students, alongside attending classes and working jobs, also contribute to causes bigger than themselves. Through this series, Selfless and Soaring, The Shield will feature Screaming Eagles who promote change through charity. Raegan Ball likes to live life in other people’s shoes. “Any time I ...

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