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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...

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

October 22, 2019

We are quick to ask others if they are okay, but never ourselves. We are quick to comfort those who are crying on our shoulders, but we choose to cry in secret. We want to help others, but not ourselves. I firmly believe that looking at our own mental health state is one of the hardest thin...

The 40-hour work week needs to go

The 40-hour work week needs to go

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

The Dolly Parton song “Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’” from the 80s sure made it known that working for 40 hours a week was the norm back then. However, times have changed since then, and not in the way we want them to. In 2014,  work studies showed that most people worked 47 to 50 hours a week. ...

Grubhub transition troubling students

Grubhub transition troubling students

Susanna Taylor, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

You can always find students walking into class a few minutes late with Chick-Fil-A bags in hand during the school year. However, Grubhub has disappointed students by removing one of the most popular eating options from the menu, Chick-Fil-A. “I get off work and don’t have time to wait in the long line...

Campus laundry facilities are putting students in tight spots

Campus laundry facilities are putting students in tight spots

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

With it being my first year at USI, I was not accustomed to doing my laundry on campus.  After learning where the laundry facilities were located for on-campus apartments, I decided to check it out. I went to the laundry room located in the community center since it was the closest one to my apa...

Honing cooking skills improves student independence

Golden chicken fried rice cooked by Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni residents during a cooking class in Otake City, Japan, July 28, 2018. The cooking class, organized by the Cultural Adaptation Program, was held in order to show MCAS Iwakuni residents how to make traditional Japanese dishes and shop for the ingredients at a local store. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lauren Brune)

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

Cooking is one of the most essential skills for independent living. However, I’ve found that most college students prefer to order their food. It’s convenient and with the financial, social and educational stresses of college, it makes sense that it is more relied upon. We work hard to be where ...

Sororities establishing sisterhoods, community involvement

Sororities establishing sisterhoods, community involvement

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

Being in a sorority or fraternity can be hard for multiple reasons. Juggling events that are required for Greek Life, as well as handling school work that needs to be turned in on those same days can be difficult. The looks and judgments they receive from fellow students are really what demeans th...

Importance of meditation amongst students

Importance of meditation amongst students

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Being a student means putting long hours into our studies in order to reach our ultimate goals. It can be hard to create a balance between education, having a social life, quality time for ourselves and physical and mental health.  It can be overwhelming when we try to cram all these elements in...

Woes of USI parking

Woes of USI parking

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Mumbles of parking can be heard anywhere and everywhere when walking onto campus. This can be heard from the last student that walks into class as the professor begins the lesson, every student turning their head to slightly judge them for walking in late.  Students have to arrive by 8 a.m. in order t...

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