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Former student paints for the cats

Jenna Sharp, USI graduate and recipient of the Endeavor Award grant, paints a mural at the River Kitty Cat Cafe on Main Street.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 27, 2020

River Kitty Cat Cafe has a fresh coat of paint. The cafe, located on Main Street, is home to drinks, snacks and cats up for adoption from the Vanderburgh Humane Society and it now has a new mural right at the entrance painted by a former USI student. The mural depicts a group of cats floating do...

To stay or go: living as an international student during COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused many countries to shut their borders, resulting in complications for international students.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 20, 2020

Haifa Rejili received a call at 7 p.m. telling her she had the option to either stay at USI housing or go back to her home country.  The international student made her decision and by 10 a.m. the next day, she was taking a flight back from the U.S. to Tunisia, ending her time in the U.S. early. T...

Counseling Center Director: ‘It’s okay to be anxious’ in this time

Dean of Students Brian Rush and counselor Thomas Longwell sign the poster which states that they will stand against racism or discrimination of any kind during the Stand Against Racism rally put on by the YWCA on Thursday.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

The Counseling Center is the place to go when you’re anxious, depressed, or just stressed, but with the campus shutdown and the counselors distant, stress is running high for many students. Thomas Longwell, director of the Counseling Center, said it’s OK to feel stressed about this pandemic. “Reg...

Students, faculty push on despite online learning difficulties

The university moved all classes online in response to COVID-19

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 1, 2020

Jody Henke was looking forward to no more online classes.  Henke, a junior art major, doesn’t have internet access at her home in Washington, Indiana. She was able to access the internet after she moved back home thanks to a mobile hotspot provided by her photography job at Christian Camp Illia...

Educating about the female orgasm

Sex educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart led a lecture about the female orgasm on March 2 in Forum 2.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

March 3, 2020

Marshall Miller had this advice to give straight men in the audience at an event focused on the female orgasm. “Let her come first,” he said. The Activities Programming Board (APB) hosted an educational program called “I Love Female Orgasm” on March 2 in Forum 2. The event saw two sex ...

Exhibit captures mythology, reality

This piece titled “Ophelia” is a part of a series by Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow Livia Alexander called “The Shakespeare Suicides.” Alexander's show Mortal Flesh will be on display through March 15 at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

February 25, 2020

It took Livia Alexander her whole life to get to the level of painting she is at now. Alexander curated her “Mortal Flesh” exhibit as part of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship which allows a postgraduate student to spend a year making art. The exhibit is made of several paintings created by...

Students advocate for change at oratorical competition

Kassandra Santos, a junior communications major, won first place for her speech at the Black History Month Oratorical Competition

Christian Lewis, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

When Kassandra Santos began her oration, impassioned attention fell within the audience. Listeners leaned forward, experiencing a passionate presentation, which ambitiously discussed and challenged an uneasy issue: immigration.   D'Angelo Taylor, the assistant director of the multicultural center, hosted The...

Podcast features women of USI economics

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recorded a podcast featuring the women of USI's Economics Club at the Romain College of Business.

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

The USI Economics Club attracted the attention of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis when they weren’t even a club yet.  The bank released a 20-minute episode of their Women in Economics Podcast on Jan. 29 that featured the women of USI’s Economics Club. The episode was recorded in September...

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