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Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

April 1, 2020

Hairo Rivas said he was in awe because of the university’s decision to have a pass/no pass option. The university announced earlier today they would adopt the option for courses this semester. “I’m actually really happy they’re doing it,” Rivas, a sophomore international business administr...

USI adopts pass/no pass option for Spring 2020 semester

USI adopts pass/no pass option for Spring 2020 semester

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

April 1, 2020

The university announced Wednesday afternoon it would adopt a pass/no pass option for courses this semester. “These changes are meant to give students every opportunity to succeed, especially during these times of uncertainty,” read a university statement in a campus-wide email. The pass/no...

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 28, 2020

A “concerned student” started a petition to convince USI to change the grading system to a pass/fail option for the remainder of the semester after the university switched to online courses due to COVID-19. The petition requests a pass/fail option for a number of reasons, including the “great deal of stress and anxiety across the student body.” Another reason is since USI is a diverse school, there are international and out-of-state students who were ...

Students face mental struggles while social distancing

Students face mental struggles while social distancing

Riley Guerzini and Nik Cunningham

March 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the sudden life change. “Because of all this, I feel very distant from everything,” senior art major ...

COVID-19: Timeline

COVID-19: Timeline

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped our world, country and university, causing various shutdowns, layoffs and cancellations. Here is a timeline of events from the past three months regarding the pandemic.     Jan. 11 - China reports first death due to coronavirus     Jan. 20 - Countries outs...

University offers weekly updates in response to COVID-19

University offers weekly updates in response to COVID-19

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 23, 2020

The university sent out an email today regarding weekly updates with new information and resources. Rochon said in the email he is working on new ways to keep in touch with the community, including video messages. This week’s updates include: The campus return date has extended to April 7 in response to Gov...

Five free resources for students at home during COVID-19 pandemic

Five free resources for students at home during COVID-19 pandemic

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2020

Tech companies across the country are offering free resources for students at home who are light on cash due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shield has compiled a list of five resources students can take advantage of as the university switches to online learning for the remainder of the semester. ...

Students feel the frustration of quick move out turnaround

Students feel the frustration of quick move out turnaround

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 20, 2020

Students must leave housing by Sunday, a quick turnaround causing many frustration and confusion. The move-out went into effect to facilitate social distancing, according to a university statement. Students who leave housing will have their accounts credited for the unoccupied days from March 22 to M...

Governor delays Indiana primary election to June 2

Governor delays Indiana primary election to June 2

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

  Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Friday the state’s primary election will be moved to June 2. The original election was scheduled for May 5. All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 or more days corresponding with the delay of the election such as mil...

Letter from the Editors: Our next steps

Letter from the Editors: Our next steps

The Shield Editorial Board

March 18, 2020

Dear USI community,   The Shield shares the frustration and sorrow felt across the state, nation and world as the COVID-19 pandemic infiltrates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. We want to assure the community we will continue to provide up-to-date information including cancellation...

University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

President Ron Rochon announced today the university will move to online-only classes for the remainder of the semester because of COVID-19. Campus, along with all other university owned property, will be closed to all non-essential personnel effective immediately until April 6.  All on-camp...

All sports cancelled until April 6

All sports cancelled until April 6

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

The NCAA, GLVC and USI Athletics have cancelled all athletic season games and practices until April 6.  After April sixth the Athletics department will review the situation brought by COVID-19. They will either extend the cancellation or slowly start practicing again based on how the virus develops. ...

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