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African cultures day to celebrate beauty, diversity of Africa

African cultures day to celebrate beauty, diversity of Africa

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 18, 2019


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Olivia Akerele hasn’t been home in six years. The sophomore nursing major said the closest thing she gets to feeling like she’s back in Lagos, Nigeria, is going to the African Cultures Day event. “When I listen to the music it just makes me want to get up off my feet and start dancing, and...

Netflix and study

Netflix and study

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019


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Ciera McCann said the real reason she watches television is for a break from the stress of school work. “Usually it’s a way to escape the everyday struggle of college life,” the junior English teaching major said. “It’s important to do that so you don’t overwhelm yourself. A lot of college stu...

The age of Faboocrats and Twittertarians

The age of Faboocrats and Twittertarians

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 12, 2019


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Lauren Wojcuich said Americans are “ridiculously embarrassed to be wrong.” The senior communication studies major said American politics have become a hard divide between Republicans and Democrats. “Instead of thinking about each issue and developing an opinion on it they think, ‘okay what do t...

Poets to speak on gender, sexuality

Poets to speak on gender, sexuality

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019


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The Shield interviewed poet Marty McConnell who will present her work with Meg Day at a poetry reading sponsored by the Department of Communications, Gender Studies Program, Sexuality and Gender Alliance and Southern Indiana Reading Series at 7:00 p.m. March 20 in the Griffin Center. The Shield: When did you start writi...

Battling between hope and addiction

Battling between hope and addiction

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019


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Will Haas was 17 years old when he decided to try OxyContin for the first time. The smell of cigarettes and fuel surrounded the garage room as a line of OxyContin was distributed on the used CD case that sat on the worn out ping pong table. The group of older high school kids handed Haas a str...

Men reflect on stereotypes, joys of teaching

Men reflect on stereotypes, joys of teaching

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


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In his first year of college, Ben Flora’s major was radio and television. But during Flora’s summer break, he worked at a summer tutoring school. The senior elementary education major said the idea of helping younger students with their work pushed him outside of his comfort zone. “I had this ...

Art students begin first stages of project

Art students begin first stages of project

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 26, 2019


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A crumbling house on the long stretch of Jefferson Avenue will be torn down. Yet, before the lot is cleared of any indication of the home that once stood there, it will be filled with people straining their necks to admire the art made by university students. The students of Art History 490 have started worki...

Students collect signatures for TNR program

Students collect signatures for TNR program

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


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Victoria West grew up loving animals, nature and the environment. Now the senior psychology major is trying to help reduce the feral cat population at USI through Trap, Neuter and Release. Victoria West is the Environmental Chair of the USI Honors Student Council. She became aware of the feral cats her freshman year...

‘Vagina Monologues’ the legacy that lives

‘Vagina Monologues’ the legacy that lives

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


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Morgan Dale said there is power in being open. “And apparently, this involves asking one about vaginas. At first women were reluctant to be open, in which I understand,” the junior philosophy major said. “Then they got excited because most people do not ask them about the touchy subject.” Dale sai...

Please mind the people behind the curtain

Please mind the people behind the curtain

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


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Rafael Gonzalez just happened to fall into theatre. The junior theatre major was the lighting designer for the USI Theatre Department’s production of “Pygmalion.” This was his first time designing the lighting for a show in the performance center after he was the lighting designer for the...

German films to feature complex story lines

German films to feature complex story lines

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


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Emma Carmichael said she doesn’t usually see American movies step outside the box and try things that are out of the ordinary. “I feel like I’ve never seen an American movie that’s this weird,” the junior history major said. “It really shows that the people at the time and their r...

The power of the human voice

The power of the human voice

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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The Shield interviewed essayist Elena Passarello who will present her work for the Southern Indiana Reading Series with Hanif Abdurraqib, at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Performance Center. The Shield: How did you end up coming to USI? Elena Passarello: I was lucky enough to be asked to be the New ...

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