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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

Universities are conducting appropriate responses to COVID-19

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, faculty push on despite online learning difficulties

Students, faculty push on despite online learning difficulties

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 1, 2020

Jody Henke was looking forward to no more online classes.  Henke, a junior art major, doesn’t have internet access at her home in Washington, Indiana. She was able to access the internet after she moved back home thanks to a mobile hotspot provided by her photography job at Christian Camp Illia...

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...

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Petition sparks request for pass/fail option

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 28, 2020

A “concerned student” started a petition to convince USI to change the grading system to a pass/fail option for the remainder of the semester after the university switched to online courses due to COVID-19. The petition requests a pass/fail option for a number of reasons, including the “great deal of stress and anxiety across the student body.” Another reason is since USI is a diverse school, there are international and out-of-state students who were ...

COVID-19: Timeline

COVID-19: Timeline

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...

University offers weekly updates in response to COVID-19

University offers weekly updates in response to COVID-19

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 23, 2020

The university sent out an email today regarding weekly updates with new information and resources. Rochon said in the email he is working on new ways to keep in touch with the community, including video messages. This week’s updates include: The campus return date has extended to April 7 in response to Gov...

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

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

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. ...

All sports cancelled until April 6

All sports cancelled until April 6

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. ...

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