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University suspends programs to countries affected by coronavirus

University suspends programs to countries affected by coronavirus

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 2, 2020

The university is suspending all university-led and sponsored programs to any country the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of State (DOS) deems a Level three risk, according to an email from the school. A level three risk advises people to avoid all nonessential travel...

White supremacist activity doubles nationwide

White supremacist activity doubles nationwide

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 25, 2020

White supremacist activity on college campuses have reached an all-time high, according to a new study from the Anti Deflamation League (ADL). Over 1,200 cases of white supremacist activity were reported nationwide in 2018, including the distribution of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ flyers, stickers, banne...

Faculty Senate pleased with town halls

Provost Khayum speaks at town hall Feb. 12.

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

February 25, 2020

Kenny Purcell, chair of the Faculty Senate, said that the relationship between administration and faculty has improved in the last year, but with the financial difficulties of the university is in and salaries not increasing, some tension will exist. Faculty and staff members were invited to take a ...

Student petitions for gender neutral bathrooms

Student petitions for gender neutral bathrooms

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 25, 2020

Sydney Mitchell said she believes with the varying genders existing on campus, every student should feel included and safe while using the restroom. The junior social work major and gender studies representative for the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council started a petition to get gende...

IT still looking for solution to Wi-Fi woes

Wednesday's network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. 

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2020

The campus experienced a Wi-Fi outage around noon today, lasting until about 2 p.m. The network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. "We d...

‘Don’t be afraid to be Democrats’

Dana Black, deputy chair for engagement for the Indiana Democratic party, made an appearance in LA 1016 Tuesday night to rally local and student Democrats to the voting effort.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2020

Democrats are gearing up for an important election determining the direction the state and local community could be heading for in the next half decade.  Dana Black, deputy chair for engagement for the Indiana Democratic party, spoke to local and student Democrats Tuesday night to rally their engagemen...

Student demands increased Title IX funding

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 18, 2020

Katelyn Vinci wants better resources for survivors of sexual violence statewide and at USI and she’s putting her advocacy into action. The junior social work major and president of Students for Gender Violence Awareness (SFGVA) is working on a petition to create an office housing Title IX, but ha...

Gender neutral, summer housing to begin in May

Gender neutral, summer housing to begin in May

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 18, 2020

Students will have the option to live on campus this summer, even if they’re not taking a summer course. Amy Price, director of housing and residence life, said everyone has an option with new changes coming to housing at the end of the semester. Contracts will start this summer and applications will be a...

Former USI basketball coach appears on episode of ‘The Bachelor’

Former USI men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl appeared on Monday night's episode of 'The Bachelor' to lend a helping hand to Bachelor Peter Weber and contestant Madison Prewett.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 18, 2020

The university had a small connection to ABC’s hit reality show ‘The Bachelor’ in last night’s episode. Bruce Pearl, who coached the USI’s men’s basketball team from 1992 to 2001, made his ‘Bachelor’ debut during a date between Bachelor Peter Weber and contestant Madison Prewett. ...

Health Center sees rise of flu cases

Ateg Alharthei, senior health administration major (left) and Zaid Altayyar, senior public health major (right), walks past the University Health Center.

Hayden Olberding, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

A minimum of five students a day test positive for influenza at the University Health Center, according to Brandy Sitzman, practice manager at the University Health Center. Flu season is upon us, as students on campus present with flu-like symptoms. This is congruent with flu trends around the stat...

University announces enrollment management changes

University announces enrollment management changes

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

The university released details on the new structure of enrollment management Tuesday morning following the resignation of Andy Wright, former vice president for enrollment management. President Ron Rochon appointed Rashad Smith, director of admissions, with the new title of executive director for...

New details released on future wellness center

The approximately 40,000 square foot Wellness Center will connect to the south side of the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center with the goal of centralizing university services and making them more accessible.  

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2020

A new Wellness Center will be expected to be built with the goal of centralizing university services and making more accessible. The Wellness Center will house the University Health Center, Counseling Center, Student Wellness, Religious Life, Creative, Print Services and Public Safety. It will cos...

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