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TKE under quarantine

TKE under quarantine

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2020

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) is currently under quarantine.  On Friday, the university sent out an email to the campus the community about several positive COVID-19 cases in one organization, now confirmed by a TKE member. When asked about this, TKE president Mike Durchholz said the fraternity had no comm...

University releases COVID-19 dashboard

University releases COVID-19 dashboard

Hayden Olberding, Digital Editor

August 31, 2020

The university just released its COVID-19 dashboard, but the results are from before the first day of classes. The dates are from August 16-22 and said 11 students were tested positive that week for COVID-19. 25 students and seven employees have tested positive since March.  The dashboard is up to date...

University to ‘reduce the density of campus’ first six weeks of fall semester

University to ‘reduce the density of campus’ first six weeks of fall semester

Hayden Olberding, Digital Editor

August 18, 2020

Students may have noticed their professors have Zoom office hours and aren't on campus unless necessary. University employees are being asked to work remotely when they are able to, President Ron Rochon announced Tuesday in the fall meeting. This initiative aims to reduce traffic and congestion o...

WWE is sticking it out and saving my sanity

WWE is sticking it out and saving my sanity

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

May 8, 2020

A dark room suddenly lit up by laser lights and an overhead panel showing an athlete’s name. The crowd’s roar and holding of homemade signs while wrestlers throw each other around and out of the ring to hype up the crowd. That is what wrestling should be. Now it’s two people hyping up a crowd that...

USI reports second COVID-19 case

USI reports second COVID-19 case

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

The university was informed that an employee was tested positive for COVID-19 making this the second case at USI. The test was performed on April 28, and the employee was only authorized to be on the third floor of the Orr building, according to the university email. The space where the employee was...

Respect for essential workers should continue after pandemic

Respect for essential workers should continue after pandemic

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

Most days you can end any sentence with the words “but Corona.”  There is no doubt that COVID-19 has pretty much ruined all your April plans. People can’t sit in restaurants anymore, they can’t go to the movies with friends and a lot of people have been unable to work, except for “essential ...

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 ...

Shield staff movie picks to help you out of quarantine boredom

Graphic by Maddyson Lewton

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 is proving to be a difficult, crucial time for everyone, causing them to adjust their daily lives. Because of the boredom and anxiety many are feeling, here are some of the Shield staff’s movie recommendations for those who need to pass the time or take their minds off what’s happening. ...

How to stay financially responsible during the pandemic

How to stay financially responsible during the pandemic

Riley Guerzini, Editor in Chief

April 21, 2020

It’s easy to get carried away with frivolous spending when you’re bored, sitting around most of the day. Online shopping only makes the problem worse as you can spend hundreds of dollars at the click of a button.  People are looking to spend money on entertainment as the coronavirus pandemic thru...

To stay or go: living as an international student during COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused many countries to shut their borders, resulting in complications for international students.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

April 20, 2020

Haifa Rejili received a call at 7 p.m. telling her she had the option to either stay at USI housing or go back to her home country.  The international student made her decision and by 10 a.m. the next day, she was taking a flight back from the U.S. to Tunisia, ending her time in the U.S. early. T...

Archuleta getting ready for next season

Archuleta getting ready for next season

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

With all spring sports canceled and athletes sent home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, coaches and players are struggling with the changing reality. Tracy Archuleta, head coach of the baseball team, said it’s important for everyone to understand how bad the situation and how important it is f...

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...

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