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Classes to go online first three weeks of spring semester

Classes to go online first three weeks of spring semester

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2020

All classes will be online for the first three weeks of spring semester. Classes will still begin Jan. 19, but will be held virtually. There are exceptions for labs, practicums, clinicals and other courses that will require students to meet in person.  “As we look toward the Spring Semester, I’...

Week eight COVID-19 data shows a decrease in new cases

Week eight COVID-19 data shows a decrease in new cases

Hayden Olberding, Digital Editor

October 16, 2020

The Office of Planning, Research and Assessment updated the university’s COVID-19 dashboard today with new data from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10. The new data shows there were 33 new COVID cases last week, less than each of the two weeks preceding it with 58 and 37. !function(){"use strict";window.addEve...

One protestor present at organized protest

One protestor present at organized protest

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer

October 15, 2020

Thursday, a silent protest for Seth Pressler was organized to take place on campus in front of the Wright Administration Building and on the Quad starting at 8 a.m.  Early that week, Pressler was reportedly asked by the university to continue his education off-campus.  “The University of Southe...

COVID-19 protocols to continue

COVID-19 protocols to continue

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2020

Fall semester started eight weeks ago and students here are still on campus. Provost Mohammed Khayum said the plan for reopening campus and staying at school involves the COVID-19 task force to monitor a combination of things. “We ended up looking at the occurrence of the disease, but also the spread as wel...

Petition turns into protest

Petition turns into protest

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

October 14, 2020

There are two protests going on on-campus tomorrow: one from Julia Ennis, creator of the change.org petition, and one on the Quad. Julia Ennis, a senior communications major, posted an update on the petition. She said the document now has more than 10,000 signatures but she wants the USI community...

Petition created for student removed off campus due to Tourette syndrome

Petition created for student removed off campus due to Tourette syndrome

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2020

A student was reportedly asked to leave campus after several reports to Public Safety due to his Tourette syndrome on Monday. Seth Pressler, a freshman, suffers from Tourette syndrome and he is physically and mentally unable to control it. Tourette syndrome is a disorder that involves repetitiv...

Students saddened by Fall Fest cancellation

With the cancellation of the Fall Festival, the half-pot booths stand empty at the corner of St. Joseph Avenue and the Lloyd Expressway .
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Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

One of the biggest events in Evansville, the Fall Festival which annually attracts 200,000 people each year is canceled. Due to the sheer size of the event, proper safety procedures would be difficult to enforce with festival chairman Ed Dietz said, “We want to make sure we’re providing a go...

Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard

Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2020

Colleges around the country have come up with a COVID-19 dashboard so their communities can keep track of cases at universities. The goal of the university’s dashboard is to provide the campus community with a weekly update with where we are with COVID-19 cases and tests. The results are updat...

Election year affects university’s political groups

Election year affects university's political groups

Samuel DeVoy, Engagement Editor

October 4, 2020

College students have an obligation to participate in the electoral process, and every four years the USI community sees an influx of on-campus political discussion. “So much has happened this semester and in this election year, that students just seem to be more engaged,” said Anna Ardelean, and...

University down $4.6 million

University down $4.6 million

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2020

Steve Bridges, vice president for finance and administration, said that the university has a shortfall of $4.6 million at a Zoom meeting last Thursday. “To summarize, the 2020-2021 budget has two major shortfalls: state appropriation of 3.4 million and tuition shortfall of 1.2 million, which is a total ...

Students upset over loss of spring break

Students upset over loss of spring break

Mohammad Albazzaz, Staff Writer

October 1, 2020

Students have mixed feelings about spring break 2021 being canceled and some didn’t know at all. Last year Dylan Murphy spent spring break in Orlando with his family, watching his brother play baseball. Last Monday, Dylan discovered he won’t be getting a spring break this year.  Murphy said he’...

Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments

Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Thomas Longwell, director of the Counseling Center, said he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t struggling right now. “COVID fatigue is real,” Longwell said. “It’s hard and it’s as hard on us as it is everyone. So, one suggestion I always have for people if to first off, accept that this is normal. ...

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