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C-Store announces vegan, gluten-free options

The Eagle Express Convenience Store is now stocking dairy-free, meat-free, and gluten-free items.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 19, 2019

Trinity Elledge was working at an orphanage in Thailand when she was asked to help with chores. The freshman social work and criminal justice major quickly agreed as she followed the small girls, thinking she would be helping with the daily sweeping or bed-making. Elledge’s eyes widened as an eight-year-old girl ...

Stories from behind the podium: daring to derby

Jennifer Horn, instructor of English and director of the college of liberal arts living learning community, poses in her roller derby attire.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

Every week The Shield will interview a professor, instructor or adjunct at USI to share the interesting lives of those who work and teach at the university. This week, Jennifer Horn, instructor of English and director of the college of liberal arts, talks about her involvement on a roller derby te...

African cultures day to celebrate beauty, diversity of Africa

African cultures day to celebrate beauty, diversity of Africa

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 18, 2019

Olivia Akerele hasn’t been home in six years. The sophomore nursing major said the closest thing she gets to feeling like she’s back in Lagos, Nigeria, is going to the African Cultures Day event. “When I listen to the music it just makes me want to get up off my feet and start dancing, and...

Netflix and study

Netflix and study

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019

Ciera McCann said the real reason she watches television is for a break from the stress of school work. “Usually it’s a way to escape the everyday struggle of college life,” the junior English teaching major said. “It’s important to do that so you don’t overwhelm yourself. A lot of college stu...

The age of Faboocrats and Twittertarians

The age of Faboocrats and Twittertarians

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

March 12, 2019

Lauren Wojcuich said Americans are “ridiculously embarrassed to be wrong.” The senior communication studies major said American politics have become a hard divide between Republicans and Democrats. “Instead of thinking about each issue and developing an opinion on it they think, ‘okay what do t...

Poets to speak on gender, sexuality

Marty McConnell

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019

The Shield interviewed poet Marty McConnell who will present her work with Meg Day at a poetry reading sponsored by the Department of Communications, Gender Studies Program, Sexuality and Gender Alliance and Southern Indiana Reading Series at 7:00 p.m. March 20 in the Griffin Center. The Shield: When did you start writi...

Battling between hope and addiction

Battling between hope and addiction

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019

Will Haas was 17 years old when he decided to try OxyContin for the first time. The smell of cigarettes and fuel surrounded the garage room as a line of OxyContin was distributed on the used CD case that sat on the worn out ping pong table. The group of older high school kids handed Haas a str...

Men reflect on stereotypes, joys of teaching

Men reflect on stereotypes, joys of teaching

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

In his first year of college, Ben Flora’s major was radio and television. But during Flora’s summer break, he worked at a summer tutoring school. The senior elementary education major said the idea of helping younger students with their work pushed him outside of his comfort zone. “I had this ...

Art students begin first stages of project

The abandoned home on Jefferson Street will be converted into an art installation before being torn down.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 26, 2019

A crumbling house on the long stretch of Jefferson Avenue will be torn down. Yet, before the lot is cleared of any indication of the home that once stood there, it will be filled with people straining their necks to admire the art made by university students. The students of Art History 490 have started worki...

Students collect signatures for TNR program

Students collect signatures for TNR program

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

Victoria West grew up loving animals, nature and the environment. Now the senior psychology major is trying to help reduce the feral cat population at USI through Trap, Neuter and Release. Victoria West is the Environmental Chair of the USI Honors Student Council. She became aware of the feral cats her freshman year...

‘Vagina Monologues’ the legacy that lives

Students recite monologues during the

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019

Morgan Dale said there is power in being open. “And apparently, this involves asking one about vaginas. At first women were reluctant to be open, in which I understand,” the junior philosophy major said. “Then they got excited because most people do not ask them about the touchy subject.” Dale sai...

Please mind the people behind the curtain

The lighting crew works diligently during rehearsal.

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Rafael Gonzalez just happened to fall into theatre. The junior theatre major was the lighting designer for the USI Theatre Department’s production of “Pygmalion.” This was his first time designing the lighting for a show in the performance center after he was the lighting designer for the...

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