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‘A better future for everyone’

‘A better future for everyone’

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

April 10, 2018


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After the election of President Trump, Evelyn Solano watched her twin sister get punched by a boy who told her that Trump was the president now. “It made me realize that not everyone is treated equally,” the eighth-grader at Castle North Middle School said. “Whether it is because of your age, gender, ra...

‘It’s an epidemic’

‘It’s an epidemic’

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


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Jalon Dowell Legs wobbled like newborn fawns as men trekked through campus in shiny high heels. Many laughed and tried to see if they could run in their new pointy-toed shoes as others gritted their teeth and held their arms out for balance. A police officer and an attorney even joined in the ...

Elevating illustration to fine art

Elevating illustration to fine art

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


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Emma Corry Theanoe Christos said she wanted to make people look at illustration like the true art form she believes it is. The senior art major honored women illustrators in New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit. The exhibit titled “The Politics of Imagination: Women in...

SpringFest committee works hard behind scenes

SpringFest committee works hard behind scenes

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


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photo by The Shield Marlee Sills has been involved on campus for the last three years through sororities and other events. Eager to do something special for her senior year, Sills applied for the SpringFest committee. “It does help me understand more of the process of the behind the scenes ...

A big fish in a little pond

A big fish in a little pond

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

April 3, 2018


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Photo courtesy of Vanessa Smith The first time Vanessa Smith traveled by herself, she flew to Miami, Florida, as the sole representative of the organization she joined just months before. The freshman public relations and advertising major scouted tables during the involvement fair in the fall, looking...

Beyond the surface: more than dragon daydreams

Beyond the surface: more than dragon daydreams

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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Creative Commons Every week The Shield will showcase students and their hidden hobbies and talents. This week Austin Steele and Kimberly Rocca spoke about their love for Dungeons and Dragons.  Austin Steele is also known as Dragonborn.   The sophomore computer science major is an avid play...

Best selling author speaks of murder, horror

Best selling author speaks of murder, horror

Austin Lewis, Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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  The sky was dark and ominous Friday evening as Dan Chaon read from his novel, “Ill Will.” The mood outside the Griffin Center was the perfect setting for Chaon’s novel of murder and suspense. Chaon is an American author, having penned three short story collections and three novels. Hi...

African Club to host celebration of diversity

African Club to host celebration of diversity

Jasmine Myers, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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USI photo services Jerome Degbe created African Club in hopes to bring awareness of all the different cultures and traditions of Africa to students at the university. “I want to bring to light the beauty of Africa, it is not what you see on television,” the freshman mechanical engineering majo...

‘I want to do something I genuinely like’

‘I want to do something I genuinely like’

Brian Alexander, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2018


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LaVerne Jones In physics class, there is not an open seat. Students are packed into the classroom, pencils furiously scratching notes as the teacher gives examples. In a class of 40 students, only four are women. “I was always interested in how we got here,” Ernestine Tramill, a junio...

‘I want students to know more about the foundation’

‘I want students to know more about the foundation’

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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USI photo services Andrea Gentry said it’s really neat to hear the stories of how the university came to be. “The faculty and the staff during those early years give us what we know about USI culture,” the director of development said. The foundation helps with the university’s progra...

Class offers opportunities in service, travel

Class offers opportunities in service, travel

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Wendy Turner Bri Martin said she always wanted to travel. Eighteen undergraduate and 12 graduate social work students participated in a service learning activity over Spring Break in Mandeville, Jamaica. The event is held by the Social Work Department in partnership with International Orphanage Relief....

Struggles, rewards of student entrepreneurship

Struggles, rewards of student entrepreneurship

Ann Powell, Special to The Shield

March 20, 2018


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Ryan Loehrlein flew a drone into a room filled with business professionals and lost control of it for just a few seconds. The audience likely thought it was just part of the presentation because he quickly gained control of the machine and landed it without incident.    For Loehrlein, Start-Up Weeken...

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