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USI reports second COVID-19 case

USI reports second COVID-19 case

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

The university was informed that an employee was tested positive for COVID-19 making this the second case at USI. The test was performed on April 28, and the employee was only authorized to be on the third floor of the Orr building, according to the university email. The space where the employee was...

University focused on recruitment despite solely virtual outreach

University focused on recruitment despite solely virtual outreach

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

USI is normally full of admitted students and their parents touring campus this month as high school seniors try to find the best school for them before signing up for classes. Coronavirus and social isolation has forced the university to shift their typical campus tour to a virtual alternative.  Rash...

University confirms first case of coronavirus

University confirms first case of coronavirus

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The university was informed that a student has contracted coronavirus, marking the first case of COVID-19 for a member of the USI community. A test of the student came back positive yesterday and the student is self-isolating at home according to a university-wide email. The student was last on ...

Reckless driver arrested on campus

Reckless driver arrested on campus

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2020

An Indianapolis man was arrested Thursday night after sheriff’s deputies pursued and caught him recklessly driving on the westside of Evansville according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies observed Steve Eugene Edwards II, 34, abruptly travel across three lanes of traffi...

University will not refund parking, student fees

University will not refund parking, student fees

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

April 15, 2020

Along with the housing refund students who lived on campus will receive, students who had scholarships from the university may see adjustments in their scholarships. The refunds will be issued starting this Thursday. Students are encouraged to contact the Bursar’s Office if they do not receive the...

Housing refunds to start this week

Housing refunds to start this week

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

April 15, 2020

Students who left their on-campus housing due to the coronavirus pandemic should have seen housing credits on their TouchNet accounts Monday. If the students qualify for refunds, they will start to be issued this Thursday. Students who qualify are students who have stayed in housing and wouldn’t hav...

Resident assistants scramble to move students out

Resident assistants scramble to move students out

Maddie Nolan, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

Resident Assistants are a student's prime resource for all housing and general college problems. The university’s closure of campus for the rest of the semester sparked many questions from students who had either remained on campus over break, went home, or lived a considerable distance away from school. ...

Students try to stay focused despite distractions at home

Graduate Cailan Walters paints a flamingo in her room April 4. Walters said she is spending her newly found free time doing new hobbies.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

Students were forced from their campus housing in mid-March, a move that sent them back to their parent’s house or other residence. This can be problematic but they’re making the most of it. “I have tried something with my friends that kind of worked,” said Sierra Coon, junior chemistry maj...

Spring Commencement set for mid-August

Spring Commencement set for mid-August

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2020

Commencement for Spring 2020 will be Aug. 14 for master and doctoral degree candidates and Aug. 15 for undergraduate students, the university announced in their weekly update. The dates are subject to change based on timely guidance from state and federal officials related to COVID-19. Other univers...

Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

April 1, 2020

Hairo Rivas said he was in awe because of the university’s decision to have a pass/no pass option. The university announced earlier today they would adopt the option for courses this semester. “I’m actually really happy they’re doing it,” Rivas, a sophomore international business administr...

USI adopts pass/no pass option for Spring 2020 semester

USI adopts pass/no pass option for Spring 2020 semester

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

April 1, 2020

The university announced Wednesday afternoon it would adopt a pass/no pass option for courses this semester. “These changes are meant to give students every opportunity to succeed, especially during these times of uncertainty,” read a university statement in a campus-wide email. The pass/no...

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 28, 2020

A “concerned student” started a petition to convince USI to change the grading system to a pass/fail option for the remainder of the semester after the university switched to online courses due to COVID-19. The petition requests a pass/fail option for a number of reasons, including the “great deal of stress and anxiety across the student body.” Another reason is since USI is a diverse school, there are international and out-of-state students who were ...

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