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SGA-sponsored week combats crime, drunk driving

SGA-sponsored week combats crime, drunk driving

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2019

This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week came with a little twist.  The annual educational week hosted by SGA  combined with Crime Prevention week, which usually occurs in the spring. Associate Vice President of University Affairs Amaka Atuegbu said both events are focused on safety so the student gove...

Third faculty convocation celebrates faculty accomplishments

Third faculty convocation celebrates faculty accomplishments

Susanna Fravell and Rhonda Wheeler

October 15, 2019

Faculty and community members gathered in Carter Hall on Oct. 3 for the third annual Faculty Convocation to celebrate faculty accomplishments. The celebration comes as faculty have cited concern for sluggish wages and lacking morale. The ceremony started with keynote speaker Katie Ehlman, professor of gerontology and director of the ...

Enrollment VP: University needs all hands on deck to compete in ‘difficult market’

Enrollment VP: University needs all hands on deck to compete in ‘difficult market’

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

University officials are looking for answers after enrollment numbers fell for the eighth consecutive year this fall, marking a changing environment in higher education. Total enrollment at the university, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, dropped to 8,690 students. Enrollment has falle...

Boil advisory hits campus; housing and food services offering bottled water

Boil advisory hits campus; housing and food services offering bottled water

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2019

The Evansville Water and Sewage Utility has placed a boil advisory on the university's campus as well as in housing due to a main water line break on North Red Bank Road. The impacted areas include north of the Ohio River, south of Mill Road, west of St. Joe Avenue and east of the Posey County Line. Housing...

Parts of Evansville on boil advisory

Parts of Evansville on boil advisory

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 9, 2019

People in the Evansville area, including those at USI, are going to have to boil their water before they drink it. According to the Evansville Water Sewer Utility (EWSU), all areas west of St. Joseph Avenue, east to the Posey County Line, north of the Ohio River and south of Mill Road are affect...

SGA approves letter supporting new graduation policy

SGA approves letter supporting new graduation policy

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2019

The SGA General Assembly voted unanimously to approve a letter supporting the ability for students to walk twice at graduation if they are receiving two degrees at their meeting Oct. 3. “Students that are earning two degrees work so hard,” SGA President Kelsey McCullogh said. “It’s not fa...

Greenhouse gives students opportunity to grow

Greenhouse gives students opportunity to grow

Maddie Nolan, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

The university has it’s very own greenhouse, utilized by students enrolled in classes such as Botany and Ethnobotany, located on the third floor of the Science Center.  Students gain first-hand experience observing plants, researching how they react in certain environments and producing plants that may b...

Rumors addressed at town hall meeting

Rumors addressed at town hall meeting

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 2, 2019

Vice President of Finance and Administration Steve Bridges addressed the apparent rumors around the university on Oct. 2 during a town hall on finances and business operations. During the meeting, he said that the state of Indiana continues to be financially stronger than other states and USI is in stro...

Fraternity raises $700 for shelter

Fraternity raises $700 for shelter

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 1, 2019

Fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma raised over $700 in just six and a half hours Sept. 25 with their bi-annual Pet-A-Pup event held on the Quad. Senior advertising major Eric Vergon said that this is the 5th year that the fraternity has hosted the event. They acquire the puppies from Warrick County Humane ...

Annual public safety report shows decrease in rapes, increase in stalking

Annual public safety report shows decrease in rapes, increase in stalking

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 1, 2019

The university released their 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Sept. 30, showing a decrease in reported rapes and domestic violence incidents, while stalking and liquor law violations increased. The 2019 report includes information and crime statistics for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 calendar ...

Students react to impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Students react to impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 1, 2019

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced Sept. 24 that the House will launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump after he asked the President of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son in a phone call back in July.  After the call, White House officials put th...

Public Safety to release new safety app

Public Safety to release new safety app

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

We have so much technology at the tips of our fingers in today’s world. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube crowd our phone screens but a new app is gaining popularity. Wildfire, a safety app where users can report crimes and post warnings for their surrounding area, was created in 2015 for ...

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