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Kinza Fatima, international exchange student from Balochistan, Pakistan, smiles outside University Center East. Fatima is studying at the university for the Fall 2021 semester.

America through the eyes of an exchange student

Kinza Fatima, Guest Contributor November 18, 2021

I am honored to be studying in the USA this semester as a cultural exchange student. Even though I am here studying for just one semester, I got to learn, relearn and unlearn so many things that have overwhelmingly...

Gulaiym Bolatova, Nicold Bazán and Fatimah Albahrani drink lassi and chat in the Liberal Arts Building during Diwali: The Festival of Lights hosted by South Asian Student Association Nov. 4, 2021.

Students discuss awareness in diversity on campus

Casey Clark, Chief Copy Editor November 15, 2021

A young woman attends a campus open dialogue event concerning Latinidad issues.  Veronica Portillo, a senior health services and communication studies major, feels uncomfortable in this setting as...

Video: Student’s view of the Travis Scott Astroworld concert

Josh Meredith, Chief Photo Editor November 12, 2021

Warning: This video contains a brief scene of violence. Kyle Crone, a junior finance major, attended the Astroworld Festival Friday in Houston, TX. This is his personal footage of what occurred at the...

Kyle Crone, Zeke Davidson, Erik Vanderliet and Rifat Chowdhury at the Astroworld Festival. Crone and Davidson are  students at the university.

Exclusive: ‘You weren’t sure if you were gonna die or not’ — Student reflects surviving Travis Scott’s Astroworld

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief November 11, 2021

A student’s tendons ache as he walks to class Monday. With every sore step, he remembers walking out of the deadly Travis Scott concert feeling like he survived a war zone.  Kyle Crone, a junior...

Artist Kathrine Watts shows communication professor Lisa Verkamp an installation piece as part of her latest exhibition -rhiza Oct. 21, 2021. -rhiza is on display in the McCutchan Art Center from now until Dec. 10.

Alumna talks trash and makes mushrooms sing in latest art show

Josh Meredith, Chief photo editor November 4, 2021

  University alumna Katherine Watts spoke in the Performance Center Oct. 21, 2021, on her traveling art show “-rhiza,” an exhibition on the relationship between nature and humans.  “-riza”...

Cody Saton, junior computer information systems major, accepts a prize from Kathrine Barnett, president of the anthropology club. Saton won the prize for most creative costume dressing as Willy Wonka.

Gallery: multicultural Halloween party

Josh Meredith, Chief Photo Editor November 4, 2021

The anthropology club celebrated Halloween in Carter Hall Monday offering games and prizes to students. Other clubs had the chance to table and inform attendees on the Fall holidays and traditions...

Leigh Anne Howard, chair of the Communications department, and Melinda  Roberts, Interim dean of the college of liberal arts, stand in front of the communications table Wednesday.

Gallery: trick or treat meet and greet

Josh Meredith and Charity Pflederer October 28, 2021

Student organizations and all departments of Liberal Arts gathered in front of the Liberal Arts building Wednesday to meet with students and inform them of the college's different programs. Presenters...

With so many Halloween themed films on streaming platforms. How do you know which one to choose? Do you skip it or stream it?

Skip it or stream it: Halloween edition

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer October 27, 2021

The horror genre of film has been a staple of Halloween for decades with major film franchises like “Halloween” and “Friday the Thirteenth” dominating merchandise and costume isles since their...

International Club, Panamanian Association and Spanish Club joined together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a kickball tournament Sept. 28, 2021. National Hispanic Hertiage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct.  15, was enacted as an official month of observance Aug. 17, 1988.

Students celebrate their heritage through student organizations

Casey Clark, Chief Copy Editor October 21, 2021

Editor's Note: This article was originally published Oct. 14, 2021, in the print issue "Falling for Student Organizations."  International Club, Panamanian Association, Gamma Phi Omega International...

The USI Cheer team kicks off the Midnight Madness festivities by performing cheers and stunts for fans Thursday night at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Midnight Madness 2021

Photo by Michaela Nees, Staff Photographer October 18, 2021

A look at 53 years of The Shield

A look at 53 years of The Shield

Editorial Staff October 14, 2021

The Shield turns 53 Friday. The first issue of The Spartan Shield was published Oct. 15, 1968. After three issues, the newspaper was renamed The Shield. The Shield established its website,,...

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