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The dance team poses together after performing their nationals routine for the last time Saturday morning in Orlando, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Abigail Durham)

My experience traveling to compete in a college dance competition

Abigail Durham, Staff Writer April 20, 2023

The USI Dance Team and I had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida from April 6-9 to compete at the College Classic Dance Team Union Nationals Competition.  Under their division and a style of...

USI mens basketball take the floor after a timeout against the University of Illinois-Springfield.

The Quint Take: What you missed this year

Quinton Watt, Staff Writer April 28, 2022

USI is going to Division I. The 2021-22 season is almost in the books, and the 43-year Great Lakes Valley Conference run is coming to an end. USI has been a big player in the GLVC throughout the years.  I...

Chase Hollenkamp, sophomore economics and global studies major, stands in front of the Castle of Segura de la Sierra.

Chase-ing Spain: entering the sea of olive trees

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

¡Hola! I am sad to say that this is the last time I will be writing to you before the end of this semester. However, I believe that I am ending on a good note. During my spring break here, I had the chance...

Chase poses in front of an almond tree at Quinta de los Molinos with friends and family.

Chase-ing Spain: COVID Catastrophe

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

¡Hola! These past few weeks have been anything but smooth sailing here in Madrid. To start, I have to clear up that I was not able to go to Milan, but I will explain that a bit more later on. Here in...

Hollenkamp stops for a picture with his friend during costume party celebrating Carnival. Hollenkamp is a sophomore Spanish, Global Studies, and Economics major through USI. He is currently studying abroad in Spain.

Chase-ing Spain: Barbecue in the Pueblo

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer March 17, 2022

¡Hola! For the past couple weeks, I have filled my schedule with a Spanish barbecue in Talamanca de Jarama, a costume party celebrating Carnival and some sightseeing in Madrid.  On Feb. 20, I met...

The Aqueduct of Segovia. In this week’s column, Chase visits old friends and sees the breathtaking sights of Segovia and Paris.

Chase-ing Spain: Romance in the air

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer February 23, 2022

¡Hola! Or maybe I should say, “Bonjour!” The first weekend of this month of love, I had the chance to go to Paris, France, the city of romance to see the city and visit my friend Salomé who I had...

The beautiful city of Toledo in Spain.  It is known for its rich cultural and multi-religious influence.

Chase-ing Spain: First excursions, wrong turns

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer February 9, 2022

¡Hola! Apart from attending class and settling into my new home, I have managed to continue traveling, sightseeing, hiking and eating some of the best food of my life. These past few weekends, I traveled...

The picturesque natural beauty of Reito Park.

Chase-ing Spain: Stroll Through Retiro and a Journey Through Art

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer January 26, 2022

¡Hola! After getting to know me through my introduction article, I hope you will join me for a deeper look into what I have been up to for the past few weeks. My main goal for this first month is to really...

Chase Hollenkamp on the streets of Madrid, Spain.

Chase-ing Spain: Starting the journey

Chase Hollenkamp, Staff Writer January 19, 2022

Entering the romantic city of Madrid, surrounded by the energy of Madrileños* and the people still celebrating Christmas is something magical. In every street, there are thousands of people eating tapas*,...

If theres a Will, theres a way: Staying motivated during uncertain times

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Staying motivated during uncertain times

Will Phillips, Staff Writer April 11, 2020

A lack of motivation and positivity is normal and natural during this strange, difficult time.  It’s important for us to identify how we feel so we can move forward and make this time beneficial....

If theres a Will, theres a way: Everyone needs to unite

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Everyone needs to unite

Will Phillips, Staff Writer March 24, 2020

COVID-19 is in full swing and causing panic for everyone. Colleges and work are closing down for millions of people across the globe.  Students now have to address having classes online instead of...

If theres a Will, theres a way: How to find a career you love

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: How to find a career you love

Will Phillips, Staff Writer March 1, 2020

We’ve heard it a million times- whether it be you or someone you know. “I have no idea what I want to do with my life”, utters a random student in the Starbucks line.  Don’t fret- many students...

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