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Students and Faculty open to napping area on campus

Bobby Shipman

October 1, 2013


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A designated sleeping area could definitely benefit students, Aryn Cross said. The senior social work major laid on a stretch of sun kissed grass in front of the Rice Library. Cross, along with a friend, found the location cozy for an afternoon break, she said. “I kind of sometimes sneak up to...

COLUMN: River City Sound Jason Litherland

COLUMN: River City Sound Jason Litherland

Ariana Beedie

October 1, 2013


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Jason Litherland has played piano since age five, guitar since 13 and writes songs for his band. “They all give me ideas,” he said. “They’re pretty good at putting ideas in my head.” Litherland, a Mcleansborough, Ill. native, recently moved to USI from Rend Lake University. “There’s n...

Tenure Series: Aimee Mark

Tenure Series: Aimee Mark

Ariana Beedie

September 24, 2013


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Aimee Mark added a notch to her academic belt by receiving tenure this year. After six years of working hard for this achievement, her work paid off. “Typically it’s a six-year process,”  said Sid Hall, who gained tenure in 1993. Having tenure allows individuals to say what needs to be...

COLUMN: River City Sound, City Grimm

COLUMN: River City Sound, City Grimm

Ariana Beedie

September 24, 2013


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A local band describes itself as not so local. Jeremiah Daniels and Nick Henning developed City Grimm in 2010. The two met while playing in another band but split off to form their own unique sound. “We play noise rock and post punk,” Daniels said. “There are even some psychedelic influences.” Daniels,...

A day in the life of a math instructor

Ariana Beedie

September 24, 2013


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Over the 30 year span of teaching math, Robin Sermersheim developed a routine when starting her day at the office. She checks her emails, grades papers and prepares a lesson plan for the 9 a.m. pre-calculus class. “I like to get to class early so my students can get ready for class,” Sermershe...

Sorority Recruitment achieves success

Bobby Shipman

September 20, 2013


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Maddie Ziller said she was excited to join Alpha Sigma Tau. Alpha Sigma Tau does a lot of community service, such as working with people diagnosed with down syndrome, which Ziller said she was excited about being a part of. “Ultimately I am where I wanted to be, but it took a lot more contemplating...

Different perspectives in the Bursar’s Office

Meredith Harris

September 19, 2013


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When Amanda Mitchell was an early childhood education major at USI, she worked as a student worker in the Bursar’s Office. She said she had to quit when she graduated, but when two cashier positions opened, she applied for one and received it. “I really like it," Mitchell said. "The people...

Students and faculty focus on diversity

Bobby Shipman

September 19, 2013


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Kirat Baath, assistant professor of biology, said every growing community shapes the people within it.  She received her Master’s degree in India before traveling to the United States to earn her doctorate. "I have seen USI’s diversity significantly increase since I began teaching 13 years ago,"...

#USIbannedbooks

Ariana Beedie

September 19, 2013


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Ashley Clark’s favorite banned book is “Farenheight 451” by Ray Bradbury. “I think it’s hilarious that people tried to ban a book about reading,” she said. “It’s a very anti-banned books book.” Clark, the university’s new instructional librarian is bringing new fresh events...

COLUMN: River City Sound Philip Lawrence

COLUMN: River City Sound Philip Lawrence

Ariana Beedie

September 18, 2013


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Evansville native Philip Lawrence  began writing songs at 16 when he went to Memorial High School. Since then, Lawrence has hit fame at full speed. The 39-year-old songwriter makes up one-third of the production team, Smeezingtons, along with Bruno Mars and Ari Levine. “I’ve been writing for...

Brief: Radio station reaches finals

Ariana Beedie

September 12, 2013


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USI's student radio station is a finalist at production awards. College Broadcasters Inc. announced finalists Monday for the National Student Production Awards. The Edge and its members are competing  in the categories of "Best Imaging Station," "Best PSA," "Best Podcast," "Best DJ" and "Best Promo."...

Spanish film fest brings diversity in campus events

Bobby Shipman

September 11, 2013


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USI’s Spanish Film Festival kicked off Sept. 6, with minimal attendance. Merely 30-40 attendees were present for Friday’s screening of Spanish film “Wilaya,” the first in a series of five Spanish movies that will be presented in Forum I. “We have to probably promote more across campus...

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