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Volunteer eagles: sorority gives back to the community

Alpha Sigma Tau hosts a cook-off event every fall called tASTE.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Every other week the Shield will interview a student involved in volunteer work. This week, Emma Shafer and Dana Hunt talk about their involvement with volunteer activities through Alpha Sigma Tau. Emma Shafer said she wanted to join a sorority in college to find a strong sisterhood and a community on...

Expanding the view of poetry

Rosalie Moffett, an assistant professor of English, will present her work for the Southern Indiana Reading Series Sept. 26 4:30-5:30 pm. at the Griffin Center.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 17, 2019

Rosalie Moffett said she likes poetry because it lets her study whatever she wants. “I’m interested in history and science and technology and being a writer allows me to pursue any interests that I want to and bring bits of it to my writing,” The assistant professor of English said. “Unlike othe...

Biking to the beach for a good cause

Evan Stieler, a 2017 graduate, stands behind the banner with his teammates Aug. 31.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 10, 2019

Evan Stieler had never attended a bike race when he took part in the 2019 New England Ride for Autism and Disabilities. The event took riders down a 100 mile route from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Rhode Island. Although the former USI student was tired by the end, he knew it was for a good cause...

Student lives out dream as pro wrestling ring announcer

Junior accounting and philosophy major Aaron Mattoon introduces challenger Bishop Frost before the Main Event at Lanterman Park in Bridgeport, Illinois Sept. 6.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

  The lights inside Lanterman Park’s Community Center dimmed, calming the crowd as they awaited the introduction of the man they hoped would claim the Heavyweight Championship. A booming voice came across the speaker: “It’s time for the main event of the evening. The following cont...

Event to bring education, awareness about gender violence

Beverly Gooden, creator of the hashtag #WhyIStayed, will speak Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in Carter Hall.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 9, 2019

The Knowledge for Life Speaker series will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in Carter Hall with speaker Beverly Gooden, a domestic violence survivor and creator of the popular hashtag #WhyIStayed. As the fourth speaker in the annual series, Gooden will be speaking about sexual and domestic violence, common m...

More than just glamour

Callie Cessna, a junior social work major,  photographed at Miss Indiana which ran from June 9-15.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 3, 2019

Callie Cessna was competing in her eighth pageant when she won the title of Miss Northwestern Territory in Vincennes, Indiana in November. The junior social work major placed third runner-up at the pageant she competed at before. “Placing felt great because you look at all of the other women there...

Volunteer USI recognizes students, mentors, members of the community

Jennie Puckett, a 2003 graduate, Darrin Sorrells, a learning assistance specialist, and Rebeka Mercker, a senior biology pre-med major, accept their awards.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 2, 2019

Volunteer USI recognized three recipients of the Volunteer of the Year awards during their annual dinner Aug. 21. The awards recognize a student, a mentor who is a part of the university faculty or staff, and a volunteer who is a part of the university’s faculty, staff or alumni. Each volunteer was...

The trials and triumphs of experiencing a culture

Vince Tweddell, an adjunct journalism and English instructor, carries his daughter at the Great Wall of China.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 2, 2019

Vince Tweddell was working part time as an adjunct professor when he decided he needed a change. The adjunct journalism and English instructor had accumulated some debt and needed a full time job to pay the bills. Tweddell didn’t expect that he would end up working overseas in China for six years...

Crafting art to craft a business

Carli Murkve photographed on campus.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

Carli Murkve sat in her great aunt’s green room and felt inspired to draw her aunt’s German Shepard. Focusing on the dog’s brown eyes, Murkve said the calm scenery of the room helped inspire her to craft the piece. She gave the dog’s image a textured fur with a clean and simplistic figure tha...

Art exhibit displays scale, human connection to nature and body

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

August 22, 2019

The green figure poses at ease inside the white canvas as money bleeds from her wrists onto the canvas’s edge, resting on the floor. Behind her figure, in a cursive font, arches the phrase "Only the wealthy get to stay healthy." Artist Tonja Torgerson said the piece, titled “Cobra,” focuses on the fau...

Starting a green community

The plant-filled apartment of Cody Hagerman, a junior environmental science major.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

August 20, 2019

Cody Hagerman keeps around a hundred plants in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment. The junior environmental science major stores his collection of mostly large tropical plants on plant stands, under grow lights and behind his bed on a shelf he built. His favorite plants are orchids. Hagerman...

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