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Sheriff’s Office arrests Evansville Woman on additional theft charges

Sheriff’s Office arrests Evansville Woman on additional theft charges

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office arrested Caroline Rich Sept. 25 on additional charges stemming from a fraud investigation in which she stole money meant to fund funeral expenses for Oliver Dill, the son of a USI employee who died on campus in July after being left in a hot vehicle.  The Sher...

Report shows college voting rates in midterm elections doubled in 2018

Report shows college voting rates in midterm elections doubled in 2018

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

September 24, 2019

Anna Ardelean said that you can’t get upset about voting results if you don’t show up.  The President of the College Democrats said that after the 2016 election, many young people were upset about the results and were energized to take part in the change. According to a report from the Institut...

USI student debt among lowest in the nation despite rising higher ed costs

USI student debt among lowest in the nation despite rising higher ed costs

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 24, 2019

Students are feeling the pressure as accumulating loans due to the cost of higher education sends them further and further into unaffordable debt. Sophomore Business Management Alex Smith said he has accumulated around $30,000 in student loan debt since he enrolled at USI.  Smith decided to u...

USI students protest policies as Climate Strike hits Evansville

USI students protest policies as Climate Strike hits Evansville

Maddie Nolan and Josh Meredith

September 20, 2019

USI and University of Evansville students, as well as concerned citizens of Evansville, gathered in front of the Civic Center on Sept. 20 to protest against the government for failing to address climate change and pollution.  Activists chanted “Stand now or swim later,” “The wrong ICE i...

Southern Indiana ‘super polluters’ continue to harm resources, air quality in region

Southern Indiana ‘super polluters’ continue to harm resources, air quality in region

Maddie Nolan, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Evansville is known for the beautiful rolling hills, dense forests, and the Ohio River, but what most people are unaware of is the amount of pollution surrounding the city.  Seven coal-powered plants lie within 30 miles of the city. These so-called “super polluters” produce greenhouse gases a...

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2019

Total enrollment has dropped for the eighth consecutive year at USI, falling to 8,690 students. This year’s fall enrollment of graduate and undergraduate students is a 3% decrease from last year’s numbers according to Census data numbers released by the university Sept. 17. Total enrollment h...

FDA, CDC warn of vaping risks after third confirmed death

FDA, CDC warn of vaping risks after third confirmed death

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

When Taylor Benge first came to USI he had never smoked a cigarette in his life.  However, as Benge’s freshmen year carried on, he slowly picked up on the risky habit. The environmental science major began vaping because all three of his roommates vaped and he was heavily exposed to it. Eventua...

Apple computer source of Wi-Fi woes

Apple computer source of Wi-Fi woes

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

September 16, 2019

Multiple Wi-Fi issues have affected campus within the last few weeks and it's all because of a sleeping Apple. The root of the problem is a rare combination when an Apple Mac is on the university’s network and goes to sleep, causing it to reconfigure the way the network works according to Chief...

PAC renovations, new aquatic center slated for late 2020 completion

PAC renovations, new aquatic center slated for late 2020 completion

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

September 16, 2019

Construction of PAC phase II will bring some exciting new features to university. The Board of Trustees approved construction of phase I and phase II of the project in September of 2017. Phase I called for the construction of the Screaming Eagles Arena, which officially opened in April. The $25 milli...

Pressure mounts as concern grows over sluggish wages, depleted morale

Pressure mounts as concern grows over sluggish wages, depleted morale

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2019

Tensions between faculty and the administration have reached a deadlock as concerns grow over a lack of employee morale and stagnant wages. Faculty were asked to submit questions anonymously to Faculty Senate Chair Kenny Purcell for the administration in early August. Concerns listed in the ques...

Woman arrested for allegedly stealing from grieving family

Woman arrested for allegedly stealing from grieving family

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2019

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office arrested an Evansville woman for fraud after allegedly stealing over $18,000 from the family of Oliver Dill, a 3-year-old child who tragically died in July after being left in a hot vehicle on USI's campus. Caroline Marie Rich was arrested Sept. 11 and charged...

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Khalilah Doss remembers a different campus when she came to USI as an undergraduate. Doss, who competed on the track and field team at McKendree University, noticed a large discrepancy in the number of buildings and people on campus when she came for an interview for the Vice President of Student Affai...

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