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Research before you donate

Research before you donate

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 21, 2020

When people think of heroism, they probably first think of superheroes in Marvel or DC movies. Maybe they even think of life-saving professions like firefighters or doctors. All of these bring to mind the action of saving and helping people in need.  An act of heroism we perhaps don’t think so much of is donatio...

Podcasts can benefit students in a number of ways

Podcasts can benefit students in a number of ways

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

A student’s life can easily feel crammed with time-consuming tasks. Maybe you need to run to the grocery store, or make dinner. Perhaps you have to work soon or get to class. With all the responsibilities you have in life, it can be hard to get the necessary time you need to recoup. Lack of self...

World War III won’t happen

World War III won't happen

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Millennials and Generation Z have flooded the internet with World War III memes about being drafted for the war since the United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani with an airstrike Jan. 3. However, it’s unlikely that a draft will ever happen. A draft in the U.S. has not been issued si...

The benefits of part-time jobs for students

The benefits of part-time jobs for students

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

With the start of the new semester comes the stress of college, and for some, an awesome part-time job. Everyone likely has had some part-time job or side hustle, but do they know how beneficial their job could truly be? It’s no secret that college students are strapped for cash, and having a part...

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...

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