The Shield

Fulfilling a lifelong dream

Fulfilling a lifelong dream

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

April 16, 2019

Angela Ackerman stood alone on the Mallette Studio Theatre stage and aimed an AR15. A single heartbeat thumped through the audience for several seconds followed by a sharp burst of gunfire shattering the tension. The master of liberal studies student lowered the weapon and clutched her heaving chest...

English student stresses diversity through teaching research

English student stresses diversity through teaching research

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

The Shield interviewed Kennya Santiago Olmos, a junior English teaching major about her experience presenting her teaching research at the Indiana Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) 2019 conference. The Shield: What is your research over? Kennya Santiago: My research is over English teachers ...

“Friends Facing Fears” creates unity, promotes friendship

“Friends Facing Fears” creates unity, promotes friendship

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Kathleen Bolander finds middle schoolers inspiring, especially those in the GenerationOn club at Castle North Middle School. Bolander, a graduate student working towards a master’s in English degree, was one of eight graduate students who partnered with the middle school to help promote their y...

Educating for a better tomorrow

Educating for a better tomorrow

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Alyssa McClung believes that when she mentions climate change, most people think about the coastal regions of the U.S. instead of the midwest. Yet McClung said southern Indiana has been experiencing just as many effects from climate change. “The changes are pretty dramatic in some cases,” the ju...

“First Date” to feature contemporary love

“First Date” to feature contemporary love

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

The Shield interviewed Jacelyn Stewart, a junior theater arts major, who will be performing in the upcoming production “First Date,” which will take place at 7:00 p.m Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performance Center. The event is free to USI students one hour before show based on availa...

Supporting the influencers of tomorrow

Supporting the influencers of tomorrow

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

April 2, 2019

Kiana Smith said she couldn’t imagine beginning her student teaching halfway through a semester. The senior elementary education major is one of the eight students involved in the year-long student teaching program called “Teach Now, Transform Tomorrow.” The program is available to all elementary,...

Professor to present poetry at Griffin Center

Professor to present poetry at Griffin Center

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

The Shield interviewed Professor of English Matthew Graham who will present work from his new poetry collection, “The Geography of Home,” at a poetry reading sponsored by the Southern Indiana Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. April 11 in the Griffin Center. The Shield: When did you start writing? Matthew Graham: In hi...

Finding new ways to offer help

Finding new ways to offer help

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Christina Zolezzi’s mother was hospitalized the summer before her freshman year of college. The sophomore nursing major said as she began college, she struggled with the burden of needing to speak with someone about what was happening in her life. This led Zolezzi to seek professional help from the ...

Student uses written word to speak out

Student uses written word to speak out

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

Clifton Jett Jr. has a mission to provide leadership, inspiration and dedication for minorities. The junior theatre major has been giving presentations for his Minority Resiliency Tour since after Christmas break. The tour is a way for Jett to target minority communities and groups in regards to v...

C-Store announces vegan, gluten-free options

C-Store announces vegan, gluten-free options

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 19, 2019

Trinity Elledge was working at an orphanage in Thailand when she was asked to help with chores. The freshman social work and criminal justice major quickly agreed as she followed the small girls, thinking she would be helping with the daily sweeping or bed-making. Elledge’s eyes widened as an eight-year-old girl ...

Stories from behind the podium: daring to derby

Stories from behind the podium: daring to derby

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

Every week The Shield will interview a professor, instructor or adjunct at USI to share the interesting lives of those who work and teach at the university. This week, Jennifer Horn, instructor of English and director of the college of liberal arts, talks about her involvement on a roller derby te...

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