The Shield

Students try to stay focused despite distractions at home

Graduate Cailan Walters paints a flamingo in her room April 4. Walters said she is spending her newly found free time doing new hobbies.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

Students were forced from their campus housing in mid-March, a move that sent them back to their parent’s house or other residence. This can be problematic but they’re making the most of it. “I have tried something with my friends that kind of worked,” said Sierra Coon, junior chemistry maj...

University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

President Ron Rochon announced today the university will move to online-only classes for the remainder of the semester because of COVID-19. Campus, along with all other university owned property, will be closed to all non-essential personnel effective immediately until April 6.  All on-camp...

University extends spring break, moves classes online

University extends spring break, moves classes online

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 12, 2020

Spring break is extended for one week and all-in person courses will be moved to "online or alternative delivery" by March 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus the university announced today. Campus will remain open during the extended break and all employees are to report to work as usual. Courses...

IT still looking for solution to Wi-Fi woes

Wednesday's network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. 

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2020

The campus experienced a Wi-Fi outage around noon today, lasting until about 2 p.m. The network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. "We d...

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

Khalilah Doss

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Khalilah Doss remembers a different campus when she came to USI as an undergraduate. Doss, who competed on the track and field team at McKendree University, noticed a large discrepancy in the number of buildings and people on campus when she came for an interview for the Vice President of Student Affai...

Toddler found dead after being left in hot vehicle

Toddler found dead after being left in hot vehicle

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

July 9, 2019

A child has died after being left in a hot vehicle on USI’s campus. Maj. Jason Ashworth with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office said the father of the toddler went to the children’s learning center where the parent asked for help after discovering them in the car. The child later died. A...

Assistant Director joins Public Safety

Sam Preston joined USI in May as the assistant director of Public Safety.

Noah Alatza, News Editor

September 11, 2018

Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said the biggest challenge he faced was trying to find someone to fill his own shoes. Bequette was assistant Public Safety director for nine years under former director Stephen Woodall until January 2018. Now, 26-year veteran Vanderburgh County Sheriff depu...

Better speakers, better students

Sam Stoffer, Staff Writer

January 17, 2018

I have never had to experience a professor offering extra credit for attending a program that brings in a guest speaker or member of the faculty to discuss a major, topic, etc. Unfortunately for many other students, this is not the case. Many professors offer extra credit for this and for various reaso...

Master Plan maps future

The university's next master plan has five main topics: enrollment, utilization of space, campus needs, student housing and dining and the character of campus.

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 6, 2017

  In 10 years, the university will increase enrollment by over 5,000, take the engineering department out of the business building and build a second entrance and exit to campus. At least that is the plan. Last Wednesday, outside design firm Smithgroupjjr sent Campus Planners Doug Kozm...

(GALLERY) ‘It’s so beautiful’

After unlocking her dorm room for the first time, Fredrick gazes out of her window in Governors Hall. “It’s my new backyard,” she said to her mother, pointing out how green the view is compared to California.

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

August 17, 2016

Light rain pattered the sidewalks as freshman Alicia Fredrick and her mother, Katherine, arrived on campus the evening of Aug. 16. The two were all smiles after a three-day road trip from California.

Fourth sex offense reported

Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 17, 2016

A forcible rape was reported in the university crime log March 2. This is the fourth rape reported in four months. The incident occurred more than five months prior than when the report was filed. The log states the rape took place between 11-11:59 p.m., Oct. 24, 2015,  at a “non-campus” loca...

Students need Wi-Fi questions answered

Cara Meeks

October 26, 2015

Things appear to have been improving for the Wi-Fi since August based on a few students comments but are not progressing as fast as before. The Shield has reached out to IT director Richard Toenisketter five times via phone and email without response. “The wifi was terrible,” senior sports mana...

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