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Same-sex marriage ban blurs church’s future

Same-sex marriage ban blurs church’s future

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 22, 2019


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Becoming an LGBTQ clergywoman in the United Methodist Church is not an option for Emma Loane. Loane, a former youth pastor at Newburgh United Methodist Church, said she was sad about the UMC General Conference vote last month to strengthen it’s ban on same-sex marriages and LGBTQ clergy but not o...

Rochon to answer questions at first ‘Breakfast’

Rochon to answer questions at first ‘Breakfast’

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019


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The Student Alumni Association will host the annual Breakfast with the President April 4 at 8 a.m. in Carter Hall. The breakfast is open to all the students and faculty. This traditional breakfast will give students, staff, faculty and alumni an opportunity to have breakfast with Present Rochon and as...

Birch Bayh, author of Title IX legislation, dies at 91

Birch Bayh, author of Title IX legislation, dies at 91

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 14, 2019


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Birch Bayh, a former U.S. senator from Indiana who spurred a number of notable legislation, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Easton, Md at the age of 91 according to his obituary. Bayh, a liberal Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981, was the chief author of federal Title IX legis...

Rochon addresses alleged sexual assault incidents

Rochon addresses alleged sexual assault incidents

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019


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University officials are responding to multiple alleged incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence over the past month on campus. “If I deem that there is a potential danger to our campus community, I am going to act,” President Ron Rochon said at a Student Government Association meeting ...

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019


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Vice President for Student Affairs Marcia Kiessling announced the appointment of Jennifer Hammat as the university’s next dean of students following a national search. Hammat currently serves as university Title IX coordinator for the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics Office at George Mason U...

Choir to hold St. Patrick’s Day Concert

Choir to hold St. Patrick’s Day Concert

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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The university Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir and Irish Traditional Ensemble will present a St. Patrick’s Day concert March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Rice Library 2nd Floor Reading Room. This concert includes Irish Traditional Tunes, Songs and Blessings. The concert is free and open to the public. The Cham...

Performing Arts department to host first-ever faculty piano recital

Performing Arts department to host first-ever faculty piano recital

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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The university's Performing Arts department will host a piano recital by instructor in music, Thomas Drury March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Performance Center. This event is free and open to the public. The theme of the event is "Dance Music for the Piano" and it features music by Frederic Chopin and Scot...

State Senator to hold town hall meeting on campus

State Senator to hold town hall meeting on campus

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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State Senator Vaneta Becker will hold a town hall meeting March 22 at 11 a.m. in Mitchell Auditorium. Becker, a 1994 USI graduate, will discuss the state budget process from a state legislator's view. The event will feature an hour-long discussion and Q and A with Becker. She was elected to th...

Website asks users to rate female students on attractiveness

Website asks users to rate female students on attractiveness

Riley Guerzini and Megan Thorne, Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019


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When a friend told Alexis Reeder her photo was on a website that was rating female students on their attractiveness she was shocked and confused. “I immediately went to the website to find many pictures of girls I didn’t even know and then I became angry and I just kept thinking, ‘why would an...

Trustees approve new program, degree candidates

Trustees approve new program, degree candidates

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 7, 2019


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The university Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new degree program for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The new degree will offer students enhanced experiential learning through hands-on experiences within each project and lab clas...

Alpha Sigma Alpha to host ‘Mr. Southern’

Alpha Sigma Alpha to host ‘Mr. Southern’

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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Alpha Sigma Alpha will host “Mr. Southern” on Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Carter Hall. The money they raise throughout the competition will go to their philanthropy, the S. June Smith Center. The event is a male beauty pageant featuring USI students who will compete for a cash prize. They will go throu...

Hess hired as new director of Web Services

Hess hired as new director of Web Services

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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Brandi Hess, a class of 2000 graduate, has been promoted to the position of director of Web Services at the university. Hess previously held the position as manager of Web Services and officially began her new duties as director of Web Services at the beginning of February. Hess will lead the We...

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