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University confirms first case of coronavirus

University confirms first case of coronavirus

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The university was informed that a student has contracted coronavirus, marking the first case of COVID-19 for a member of the USI community. A test of the student came back positive yesterday and the student is self-isolating at home according to a university-wide email. The student was last on ...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Staying motivated during uncertain times

If there's a Will, there's a way: Staying motivated during uncertain times

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

April 11, 2020

A lack of motivation and positivity is normal and natural during this strange, difficult time.  It’s important for us to identify how we feel so we can move forward and make this time beneficial. it’s also crucial to not be hard on ourselves. A lot of people- including college students- are...

Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Classes around the world are now fully transitioned to online-learning over COVID-19 concerns in order to keep staff, students and the community safe and healthy. Because of this, the University has decided to implement an optimal pass/fail policy for each individual class.  Students, staff or their family may have con...

Universities are conducting appropriate responses to COVID-19

All entrances and exits besides University Boulevard are blocked off. Authorized personnel must present their university IDs before entering campus.

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

This semester has turned out to be a great hassle for USI’s students and faculty. Many people have been put out and businesses have closed for the time being with COVID-19 spreading throughout the world. The CDC has recommended that universities move to online classes and for citizens to avoid goi...

Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Students ‘satisfied’ with pass/no pass option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

April 1, 2020

Hairo Rivas said he was in awe because of the university’s decision to have a pass/no pass option. The university announced earlier today they would adopt the option for courses this semester. “I’m actually really happy they’re doing it,” Rivas, a sophomore international business administr...

COVID-19: Timeline

The Shield has compiled a list of five resources students can take advantage of as the university switches to online learning for the remainder of the semester due to coronavirus.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped our world, country and university, causing various shutdowns, layoffs and cancellations. Here is a timeline of events from the past three months regarding the pandemic.     Jan. 11 - China reports first death due to coronavirus     Jan. 20 - Countries outs...

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2020

It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in some way. From state lock downs, toilet paper feuds and many people getting sick, this outspread has impacted everyone in the country. More close to home,  high school and college seniors are losing many of their “last” experiences no...

If there’s a Will, there’s a way: Everyone needs to unite

If there's a Will, there's a way: Everyone needs to unite

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 is in full swing and causing panic for everyone. Colleges and work are closing down for millions of people across the globe.  Students now have to address having classes online instead of on-campus with their peers and support systems. Many people are starting to hoard supplies, making...

Five free resources for students at home during COVID-19 pandemic

The Shield has compiled a list of five resources students can take advantage of as the university switches to online learning for the remainder of the semester due to coronavirus.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2020

Tech companies across the country are offering free resources for students at home who are light on cash due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shield has compiled a list of five resources students can take advantage of as the university switches to online learning for the remainder of the semester. ...

Students feel the frustration of quick move out turnaround

Morgan Beyer, a freshman biology major, moves out of her on-campus apartment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 20, 2020

Students must leave housing by Sunday, a quick turnaround causing many frustration and confusion. The move-out went into effect to facilitate social distancing, according to a university statement. Students who leave housing will have their accounts credited for the unoccupied days from March 22 to M...

All sports cancelled until April 6

Coach Rodney Watson talks to the team during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

The NCAA, GLVC and USI Athletics have cancelled all athletic season games and practices until April 6.  After April sixth the Athletics department will review the situation brought by COVID-19. They will either extend the cancellation or slowly start practicing again based on how the virus develops. ...

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...

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