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Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Classes around the world are now fully transitioned to online-learning over COVID-19 concerns in order to keep staff, students and the community safe and healthy. Because of this, the University has decided to implement an optimal pass/fail policy for each individual class.  Students, staff or their family may have con...

Universities are conducting appropriate responses to COVID-19

All entrances and exits besides University Boulevard are blocked off. Authorized personnel must present their university IDs before entering campus.

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

This semester has turned out to be a great hassle for USI’s students and faculty. Many people have been put out and businesses have closed for the time being with COVID-19 spreading throughout the world. The CDC has recommended that universities move to online classes and for citizens to avoid goi...

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2020

It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in some way. From state lock downs, toilet paper feuds and many people getting sick, this outspread has impacted everyone in the country. More close to home,  high school and college seniors are losing many of their “last” experiences no...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Everyone needs to unite

If there's a Will, there's a way: Everyone needs to unite

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 is in full swing and causing panic for everyone. Colleges and work are closing down for millions of people across the globe.  Students now have to address having classes online instead of on-campus with their peers and support systems. Many people are starting to hoard supplies, making...

Letter from the Editors: Our next steps

Letter from the Editors: Our next steps

The Shield Editorial Board

March 18, 2020

Dear USI community,   The Shield shares the frustration and sorrow felt across the state, nation and world as the COVID-19 pandemic infiltrates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. We want to assure the community we will continue to provide up-to-date information including cancellation...

Students are not paying to teach themselves

Students are not paying to teach themselves

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Students spend thousands of dollars to attend college and certain standards are expected from universities with the hefty sum of money students take out in loans. One such standard includes professors and their willingness to teach students.  USI, among other schools, does not meet these requireme...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: How to find a career you love

If there's a Will, there's a way: How to find a career you love

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

March 1, 2020

We’ve heard it a million times- whether it be you or someone you know. “I have no idea what I want to do with my life”, utters a random student in the Starbucks line.  Don’t fret- many students are undeclared or undecided majors, or are unsure of what they want to do with their life. It...

Title IX desperately needs more resources

Teal ribbons line a table, available for attendees of the Sexual Assualt Awareness Prevention Month kick-off event, April 2, 2018, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The teal ribbon is a national symbol of SAAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

February 25, 2020

A chilling reality multiple college campuses across the country face are issues with sexual assault. A statistic from the United States Department of Justice reports one out of every four female students will fall victim to sexual assault before they graduate. This statistic highlights further the need for increased awareness and improved s...

Is there enough care for students put into USI’s funding?

Is there enough care for students put into USI's funding?

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

The first thing we hear in our high school career is, “where are you going to college?” This question haunts us until we eventually decide where we will spend the next four years of our education.  The question on the table now -- is there enough care going into higher education?  The answ...

Tax season is the absolute worst

The 2018 tax filing season is upon us. With all of the changes affecting taxpayers under the new tax law, you are encouraged to seek self-help resources and/or professional assistance with understanding and filing your taxes this year. (U.S. Army photo illustration by Thomas Hamilton III)

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

Yes, it’s that time of year again. We know it, we hate it and it’s the worst thing the government makes us do.  Taxes are a bill the government charges you, to put it lightly. So why do you have to do all the math? If you did that with any other bill, you would be going to jail for not payin...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Your mental health matters

If there's a Will, there's a way: Your mental health matters

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Students are starting to realize how important it is to acknowledge mental health issues in college freshman. Over 95% of college counseling centers surveyed by Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors said the number of students with mental health issues is a growing con...

Angela Davis inspires social awareness in students

Angela Davis inspires social awareness in students

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

The turnout for Dr. Angela Davis’s speech was great. A live-stream was set up for those who weren't able to sit in Carter Hall due to overcrowding.  It was impressive to see how many people in the community were interested in social justice and came to be a part of the discussion. Every seat was...

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