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STEM educator to bring inspiration, education

STEM educator Fredi Lajvardi will speak  at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Performance Center.

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Carmen Stoen enjoys hearing other’s stories and drawing inspiration from them. “I think it’s always helpful to hear someone else’s story and learn from others so I think it’s a good way to gain some encouragement for yourself,”  said Stoen, the director of student development.  U...

Student veteran explores personal struggles in new book

Anthony Farina, vice president of the student veterans association, authored a book titled

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

Traversing the complexity of mental illness can cause some to break down and lose hope. For others, it inspires them to make a change. “It can get really bad, but if you sit there and look for that purpose, that light is going to eventually show,” said Anthony Farina, vice president of the student ...

Activist reflects on changing times

Activist Angela Davis spoke at the Mandela Social Justice Day event on Feb. 5 in Carter Hall.

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 11, 2020

The crowd stood and cheered as Angela Davis took the stage. “I was warned that Evansville is quite conservative,” Davis said as the crowd responded with laughter. The renowned educator, activist and scholar was the keynote speaker of the Mandela Social Justice Day event, which took place on Feb...

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

The cast of

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

People normally hide their awkward sides, but this was not the case for Eli Young, who tapped into his inner awkwardness for his upcoming role as a teenage boy going through puberty.  The USI Theatre Department is continuing its season with “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The play is a comedy coming-...

Speaker to talk Silicon Valley experience

Rayvon Carter, who works in Silicon Valley, will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in Carter Hall D.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

February 4, 2020

D'Angelo Taylor said Rayvon Carter is innovative. The assistant director of the Multicultural Center said Carter, the upcoming speaker for Black History Month, inspired him. "He's always been one step ahead of his time,” The assistant director of the Multicultural Center said. “I consider him...

Planting the beauty of campus

The greenhouse at the Grounds Center stores and grows plants used for the university's landscaping.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

February 4, 2020

The dormant bulbs of 30 to 50 elephant ear and banana plants are kept at the greenhouse at the USI Grounds Center waiting to be planted in time for the spring season. The tropical plants are dug up during the winter so they don’t die out from the cold. The greenhouse is filled with large flower pots...

Display memorializes fallen veterans

The

Emma Corry, Features Editor

January 28, 2020

A wall displayed the memorialized and young faces of people in military uniform, their photos surrounded by post-it notes covered in hand-written messages picked up from surrounding tables next to the tissue boxes. A nationally touring photo-display of Indiana Military who have died in a war zone ...

Paintings and poetry join together in harmony

The exhibit will run until Feb. 12 in the Pace Galleries.

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

Nancy Raen-Mendez said she credits Katie Waters for making The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries what it is.  The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries is hosting its first exhibit of 2020. The event is “Life and Art: The Similar Sensibilities of Katie Waters and Matthew Graham” which opened on Ja...

Films to highlight African American activism then and now

The first film

Emma Corry, Features Editor

January 28, 2020

Sakina Hughes said film can make history come alive. The new Africana Studies program will present its first film festival this year titled the “African Studies Film Festival.” The theme of the festival is “Power to the people” and will highlight African American activism from the 1960s to today....

David L. Rice: building a foundation

Dr. David L. Rice helped push the university into becoming independent.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

January 21, 2020

Robert Reid said that David Rice understood, better than anyone, that USI needed to be whatever the community thought was needed.  Rice was the founding president of USI where he served for 27 years. Rice oversaw USI back when it was still Indiana State University Evansville and it was his push f...

A clear voice in troubled times

White House correspondent April Ryan spoke at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon Jan. 20 in Carter Hall.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

January 21, 2020

April Ryan stood before a crowd of people in Carter Hall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and asked them where was their "dis"ease (unease) at the state of the world for African Americans and where was the clear voice in troubled times that King represented. The Multicultural Center and USI Foundation ...

Professor mentors student in water safety research

Signature School student Ankush Dhawan (right) was mentored by Jeffery Seyler (left), a professor of chemistry.

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Jeffery Seyler has been mentoring both high school and college students since he came to USI in 1993.  Seyler, a professor of chemistry, recently mentored high school student Ankush Dhawan, who was recently named a top 300 scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search for his project, "An Impro...

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