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Cherry Bomb, Christian Ruth, wins Mr. Southern 2022 Feb. 24, 2022, in the Performance Center.

Gallery: Snapshots of ’21-’22

Shelby Clark and Ian Young April 21, 2022

Photos by Shield Staff

Makayla Schirmer, senior health services major, smiles in front of the Cone at the University Center.

Seniors reflect COVID-19, four years at USI

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer April 21, 2022

Five graduating seniors put their heads together after a Christian Fellowship’s Church meeting to come up with a quote that best describes their four years at USI.  Sitting on a large white rug in...

Nathan Payne,  the program coordinator for Center for Campus Life, passes out SpringFest 2020 T-shirts at SpringFest 2021.

SpringFest to return with events as COVID-19 protocols change

Ian Young, Staff Writer March 23, 2022

SpringFest is back with food, concerts and events for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day event is scheduled from April 6 - 8, 2022, and is bringing back past SpringFest...

Micah Ellyson, freshman nursing major, and Anna Kegeris, freshman exercise science major, meet with Campus Outreach staff member America Sons (middle) in the Jazz Lounge.

Students return from Spring Break maskless and feeling recharged

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor March 17, 2022

It’s sixty degrees and the sun is shining down on the university. Students fill campus Monday after returning from Spring Break. The maskless masses smile as they walk into class for the first time since...

Gina Flores, junior exercise science major, and Elizabeth Dauby, senior exercise science major, lower their masks as they wait outside for the athletics facility  celebration to begin Sept. 16, 2021.

University maintains mask mandate amidst COVID-19 cases lowering

Fallon Heady, Staff Writer February 23, 2022

Positive COVID-19 cases are lower on campus and in the state, but the university mask mandate is not lowering.  University COVID-19 cases dropped from 203 positive cases between Jan. 16 to Jan. 22...

Anna Ardelean, Student Government Association president, hands a KN95 mask and COVID-19 information to Christian Holman, a senior sociology major, Thursday in the University Center West. SGA has been distributing COVID-19 masks in University Center West Wednesday and Thursday.

KN95 masks distributed on campus amidst second week of record breaking COVID-19 cases

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor January 27, 2022

For the second week in a row, university positive cases of COVID-19 have dramatically increased. Multiple university departments and organizations are working together to distribute KN95 masks on campus...

Residential students using their residential address at Housing and Residence Life are being blocked from ordering the free COVID-19 testing kits administered by the Biden Administration.

Residential students unable to order free COVID-19 testing kits

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor January 27, 2022

Students living on campus are unable to place an order for the government sanctioned free COVID-19 home testing kits due to their campus mailing address being recognized as a business address.  The...

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...

Graphic: USI COVID-19 Timeline

Graphic: USI COVID-19 Timeline

Maliah White, Design Editor December 8, 2021

University of Southern Indiana COVID-19 timeline from January 2020 to December 2021.

Tegan Ruhl, staff writer, lists her favorite movies released in 2021.

Best of 2021 Movies

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer December 7, 2021

I would almost consider 2021 to be the year movies made a comeback. With the widespread closure of movie theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it seems movies decided to come back strong this...

The Lane building in McDonald East. Students waited outside for over twenty minutes on Sept. 29 for Public Safety after a fire alarm went off.

‘We’re lucky it wasn’t serious’ — Students discover Lane fire alarms not connected to Public Safety

Ian Young, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

A fire alarm was triggered at the Lane apartment building on Sept. 29, 2021. Residents of Lane stood outside for twenty minutes waiting for Public Safety.  Public Safety was not notified of the fire...

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