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Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The difference between high school counselors and college counselors is the size gap.  The largest high school in Indiana is Carmel High School, which has 5,000 students and 16 counselors. But while USI has nearly double the enrollment, it only has about half the amount of counselors.  What does that s...

Normal is boring; be different and own it

Normal is boring; be different and own it

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

December 3, 2019

When I was a senior in high school, my teacher told me that he’d be surprised if I could even graduate from college because I couldn’t stay focused.  He also told me that I should reconsider my journalism degree because I think and do things differently.  An educator, someone who should ...

USI vending machines are a complete waste

USI vending machines are a complete waste

Riley Guerzini, Editor in Chief

December 2, 2019

Convenience on campus is not so convenient. It’s commonplace on campus. It’s 2 p.m., you’ve just left class and are on your way to your last lecture of the day. You’re hungry, but you ate lunch not that long ago and just want a quick snack so you stop by a vending machine. You reach for y...

Cengage learning acting as a substitute teacher for classes

Cengage learning acting as a substitute teacher for classes

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

There are different forms of learning environments available to students at USI and one particular education technology that many professors use is known as Cengage.  Cengage is an online learning environment that provides tools and information to learners about the course that they are enrolled in...

We’re all human, what’s so hard to understand?

We’re all human, what’s so hard to understand?

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Stunned USI students walked to their cars on a slow, snowy Tuesday, bundled up in all the coats they had in their closets, prepared to go home. Instead of an uneventful stroll as per usual, they discovered white supremacy fliers on the windshields of their cars.  The fliers, made by uneducated bigots, urged...

USI roundabout drivers are wrecking havoc

USI roundabout drivers are wrecking havoc

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Driving onto University Boulevard should be an easy task but instead, students and faculty are almost constantly faced with reckless drivers.  The roundabout seems to be a huge factor when it comes to accidents on campus. An accident that occurred recently on Oct. 30 at the roundabout caused the car to ...

Your liberal arts degree makes you a superhero

Your liberal arts degree makes you a superhero

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

You might be hesitant to get a liberal arts degree, especially in the current age, where it’s a running joke that majoring in English or Art will make you a professional barista.  Much to the surprise of the hillbillies in the town you grew up in, liberal arts degrees are powerful and valuable. ...

Students in housing need more education on fire safety

Students in housing need more education on fire safety

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Some students are accident-prone no matter how hard they try to avoid it. This is especially true for students who try to cook. As students continue to be left alone with things that can kill them, more fires have been spreading throughout USI. If you cause more than one fire in an apartment, yo...

It’s time to start appreciating USI’s beauty

It’s time to start appreciating USI’s beauty

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

One of the things that stands out with USI is the beautiful layout of the campus.  Out of all the schools I visited, I fell in love with the architecture and landscape of USI the most. A beautiful fountain welcomes visitors and students every day, showcasing what USI has to offer.  Each buildi...

Make your parents proud by getting the flu shot

Make your parents proud by getting the flu shot

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

With fall comes cooler weather, bonfires and most importantly, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but it's also inevitable that you’ll be getting sick.  Sneezing, coughing and generally feeling horrible is just part of colder temperatures. Instead of getting annoyed looks from your classmates because you’re...

Why communication is key

Why communication is key

Nik Cunningham and Rhonda Wheeler

October 29, 2019

It’s getting to that time of year again where students are starting to get used to their roommates and familiar with their habits.  Having roommates can be an amazing experience for students. It gives you a chance to make new friends or meet someone with a different background than yours. Hav...

USI WiFi crashing more than working

USI WiFi crashing more than working

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

Opening our computers to start assignments or tests should be an easy task.  It should be easier than the assignment at hand and yet, we are often left with frustration because the WiFi isn’t working. I’ve noticed that USI has a big issue when it comes to having strong and continuously working WiFi. I...

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