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Classes to go online first three weeks of spring semester

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief October 23, 2020

All classes will be online for the first three weeks of spring semester. Classes will still begin Jan. 19, but will be held virtually. There are exceptions for labs, practicums, clinicals and other...

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

Students try to stay focused despite distractions at home

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...

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,...

The Quad and David L. Rice Library

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...

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. 

IT still looking for solution to Wi-Fi woes

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...

Khalilah Doss

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

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...

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...

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

Assistant Director joins 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...

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...

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.

Master Plan maps future

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...

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.

(GALLERY) ‘It’s so beautiful’

Freshman and her mother ecstatic to experience campus
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...

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