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Archives prevail as Rice Library’s hidden gem

This 400 year old book is a part of a two volume set and an item from the University Archives and Special Collections.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 22, 2019

Deanna Engler’s favorite item in the University Archives and Special Collections is a two-volume book set from the year 1603.  The library associate and USI history graduate calls the second volume of the set the “Harry Potter Book” because its contents include alchemy and magic. Engler thinks ...

Author recounts Montana past through debut novel

Writer Joe Wilkins will read from his novel

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

Joe Wilkins said he fell in love with writing because language is something that he uses every day to reach out to those he loves and to try to explain himself to the world. The writer is now the author of the fictional story “Fall Back Down When I Die,” which was released last spring as the aut...

Volunteer eagles: engineering students build bridge, community

USI students and faculty spent eight weeks in Mblasomi, Eswatini building a bridge.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 15, 2019

Every other week the Shield will interview a student involved in volunteer work. This week, Koby Lindner and Josef Winkler talk about their involvement building a bridge in Mdlasomi, Eswatini. A nearly 100-meter long suspension bridge sits across the Ngwempisi River in the African country of Eswati...

Archie’s Food Closet numbers show an issue with student hunger

Archie's Food Closet gives students access to food and hygiene products.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Michelle Hahn has been a member of Archie’s Food Closet for the last two years and said her experience has been extremely rewarding to be a part of a resource that helps care for the university community. Archie’s Food Closet, located in the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center, allows student...

New Dean of Students to bring visibility

Dean of Students Jennifer Hammat was hired in May.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 15, 2019

If Jennifer Hammat was asked what role she would want to occupy when she was in graduate school, she would have said the Dean of Students. Hammat officially stepped into the position of Dean of Students in May after a nationwide search. She had previously worked as the Title IX coordinator at Georg...

Theatre students dress “The Revolutionists”

The wardrobe team helps the cast member with their costumes.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 1, 2019

Dara Turner had an obsession with costumes from an early age. The senior photography major could recognize what time period a film took place based on the costumes. Turner is the wardrobe supervisor for USI Theatre’s first play of the season “The Revolutions.” She and her team help the actors ...

Sodexo employee creates connections with students

Sheelah King has worked for Sodexo for 11 years.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 1, 2019

Sheelah King keeps a “Wall of Fame” folded up in her filing cabinet in her home. The Sodexo employee started this poster last year and it contains articles and pictures from The Shield featuring students she knew from her time working as a cashier at the Simply to Go food stand in the Liberal Ar...

Volunteer eagles: collecting books for a better future

Ibrahima Yaro, a public administration graduate student and Dawn Winters, a director of academics for English as a Second Language and part-time English faculty at Western Kentucky University, collect books for the drive.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Every other week the Shield will interview a student involved in volunteer work. This week, Jean-Marie Uwimana and Ibrahima Yaro talk about their involvement in the African Cultures Club book drive. Jean-Marie Uwimana said he always wanted to read, but there were never enough books in the Zimbabw...

Play to bring comedy to French Revolution

Jesmelia Williams and Cheyenne Welte, both senior performing arts majors, rehearse a scene.

Susanna Taylor, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Eric Altheide said USI Theatre’s upcoming play, “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, is funny, intelligent and timely. “It centers around the struggle of women to get their voices heard in a world that focuses on fighting and not listening,” The director and associate professor of theatre ...

Galleries showcase artistry of wood

John McNaughtan, a professor emeritus of art, created this piece titled

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 24, 2019

A wooden dresser with a flower on top sits in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. John McNaughton, a professor emeritus of art, made the piece titled “Reliquary” for a woman named Ann Lannert. The dresser was made to store the ashes of her and her children. The two leaves of the flower repres...

Mentoring program helps women build connections

Women Unlocked meets weekly every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Ta’Meia Burleigh said coming to the university as a new student can be difficult. Students are entering adulthood and everything is new, which can be scary.   The junior biology major said she wanted a place where she could share her experiences in a non-judgemental environment during her fres...

New trustee to bring student perspective

Josi Barscz, a sophomore biochemistry major, started as the Student Trustee July 1.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 17, 2019

Josi Barscz was excited and a little intimidated when she got a phone call telling her she had been appointed as the new Student Trustee.  The sophomore biochemistry major began in the position in July. She was unaware of the opportunity until she was recommended to apply by Associate Professor ...

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