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Class campaigns to make USI a fair trade university

Students in global studies and political science instructor Ellen Topper's class work on a poster to spread awareness on fair trade.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 29, 2019

Students in Ellen Topper’s Global Studies Capstone class are advocating for a change.  The instructor of political science and global studies is leading a class project among her students to get USI recognized as a fair trade university. The university will become fair trade if they adopt polici...

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 29, 2019

Suicide rates are at an all-time high for U.S teens and young adults. and dealing with mental health has become one of the university’s main priorities. Over 5,000 males and 1,225 females between the ages of 15 and 24 committed suicide in 2017. It is now the second leading cause of death for Ameri...

‘Never a happy situation’

‘Never a happy situation’

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

September 14, 2016

Six students from Katie Biggs high school died of suicide. Biggs struggled to figure out how to live her life without those she had lost. She eventually found the To Write Love On Her Arms’ organization, which helped her learn to live with the deaths of her high school classmates. To Write Love on ...

Student to encourage assault awareness at event

Students listen to a presentation in Mitchell Auditorium before donning colorful high heels and traipsing around campus during last year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

April 6, 2016

Two weeks are missing from Ellen Cooper’s memory — the two weeks following her sexual assault could have never happened for all she knows. Cooper was 13-years-old when she and a friend went looking for alcohol. Her friend knew an older man, who said he would give them alcohol for free. Cooper sa...

‘Boxless’ to spotlight homelessness

Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 15, 2016

Students Jenna Kruse and Ericka Smith are hosting "Boxless in Boxville" from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday in the Free Speech Zone. The event, hosted in cooperation with the Student Housing Association, intends to raise awareness for and lend a helping hand to those experiencing homelessness.

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