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Jeffery Jeff Seyler, professor of chemistry, demonstrates a chemical reaction to local students as part of a tabling event. Seyler passed away Dec. 16, 2021, on campus.

Campus community remembers beloved professor, coworker and friend

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 20, 2022

Students, faculty and staff return to campus for the Spring 2022 semester remembering their beloved professor, coworker and friend who passed away the day before the last day of Fall 2021 classes.  Jeffery...

Donations collected by senior Alexis Price for the survivors of a deadly Kentucky tornado in December. Price collected 32 bags and boxes total.

Student collects donations for Kentucky tornado survivors

Fallon Heady, Staff Writer January 20, 2022

A student looked at a bag of donations that had been lying near her door for months. After hearing about the recent tornado destruction in Kentucky, she thought to herself, “You know what, I could probably...

Ron Romain, chair of the Board of Trustees,  speaks at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. Romain said the board will make an official decision on transitioning university athletics to NCAA Division I by mid-February.

DI Exploratory Committee releases their final report

Ian Young and Tegan Ruhl January 18, 2022

The Division I Exploratory Committee released their final report to the public Thursday. The report broke down the 24-member committee's feelings and research on transitioning university athletics to Division...

David Bower,  chair of the COVID-19 task force, speaks before the Board of Trustees Thursday. Bower said the week of Jan. 2, 2022 to Jan. 8, 2022 marked the highest number of university COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

University has highest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic

Tegan Ruhl and Ian Young January 17, 2022

112 students and 15 employees tested positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 2nd and Jan. 8th. David Bower, chair of the COVID-19 task force, said this is the highest number of university positive cases since...

All students can park in lots A, B, C, D and F during the day for Spring 2022 including residential students who were previously restricted from parking on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during Fall 2021.

All students are allowed to park on campus for Spring 2022

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor January 17, 2022

Public Safety changed its parking policy for the Spring 2022 semester. The change allows all students to park on campus in lots A, B, C, D and E during the day including residential students who were restricted...

President Ronald Rochon announced at the University Updates session that he does not plan to close campus with the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Campus will not close for Omicron

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2022

President Ronald Rochon is not closing campus for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. In-person Spring 2022 classes will begin Jan. 10, 2022 as planned.  The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discussed...

Jon Mark Hall and Nick LaRowe, Division I Exploratory Committee co-chairs, present Division I survey results to faculty, staff and administration Wednesday morning at the virtual University Update session.

Division I Exploratory Committee release DI survey results

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2022

Division I Exploratory Committee released Division I survey results at the virtual University Updates session Wednesday morning during Spring 2022 Professional Development Day for faculty, staff and administration.  Jon...

Rochon announced the death of a faculty member from the Chemistry Department in an email to the campus community Friday morning.

Rochon announces death of a Chemistry Department faculty member

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

Update: Chemistry Department announces the death of Jeffery Seyler, professor of chemistry and former chair of the Chemistry Department: “His Chemistry Department family at USI would like to extend our...

Jon Mark Hall co-chair of the Division I Exploratory Committee, speaks about the Division I Exploratory Committee at the SGA Public Forum Thursday. Nick LaRowe and Jon Mark Hall as co-chairs of the Division I Exploratory Committee updated the SGA and audience on the Division I feasibility study.

Division I Exploratory Committee finishing Division I feasibility study

Ian Young and Shelby Clark December 5, 2021

The Division I Exploratory Committee met for the final time Friday morning and are currently in the process of finishing their report that will be presented to the Board of Trustees Jan. 13, 2022. The...

USI Counseling and Psychological Services is partnering with TimelyCare to provide students free 24/7 access to mental health resources. TimelyCare is a tele-counseling platform.

24/7 online mental health support now available for students

Fallon Heady, Staff Writer December 2, 2021

Counseling and Psychological Services is now offering tele-counseling and online mental health support through TimelyCare, a 24/7 virtual counseling platform.  TimelyCare is a free service to all students....

Anna Ardelean, president of Student Government Association, signs a resolution regarding the campus busing situation Monday. Erika Uebelhor (back left) wrote the letter of support and Haviland Wyant (back right) was the second signature on the resolution Monday.

SGA signs letter of support for on-campus bus solutions

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

Student Government Association signed a letter of support on Monday asking Public Safety, the Dean of Students Office and all related university organizations to fix the bus and parking situation during...

Peter Jarvio shows his model of the flat Earth to two students in the universitys Free Speech Zone on Monday.

Man claiming the moon landing is fake speaks on campus

Josh Meredith and Ian Young November 18, 2021

“The moon landing is fake” shouts a man presenting his ideas on campus. Peter Jarvio has been on campus sharing his theory about the moon landing being a cover up for the flat Earth. Jarvio first...

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