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David Bower,  chair of the COVID-19 task force, speaks before the Board of Trustees Thursday. Bower said the week of Jan. 2, 2022 to Jan. 8, 2022 marked the highest number of university COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

University has highest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic

Tegan Ruhl and Ian Young January 17, 2022

112 students and 15 employees tested positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 2nd and Jan. 8th. David Bower, chair of the COVID-19 task force, said this is the highest number of university positive cases since...

President Ronald Rochon announced at the University Updates session that he does not plan to close campus with the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Campus will not close for Omicron

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2022

President Ronald Rochon is not closing campus for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. In-person Spring 2022 classes will begin Jan. 10, 2022 as planned.  The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discussed...

a car pulls into a drive through testing clinic

Rapid COVID-19 testing available on campus

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer December 2, 2020

Students and faculty have access to rapid COVID-19 testing at the University Health Center starting Dec. 1. Students remaining on campus until the end of the fall semester, first responders and employees,...

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...

Two more deaths linked to vaping in Indiana

Two more deaths linked to vaping in Indiana

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor October 15, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed two additional deaths due to lung related injuries related to vaping.  Indiana now has...

FDA, CDC warn of vaping risks after third confirmed death

FDA, CDC warn of vaping risks after third confirmed death

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer September 16, 2019

When Taylor Benge first came to USI he had never smoked a cigarette in his life.  However, as Benge’s freshmen year carried on, he slowly picked up on the risky habit. The environmental science major...

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