The Shield

A leading legacy

A leading legacy

How one man's vision inspired a community
Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief January 16, 2020

  "Every citizen who desires an education, who is capable of attaining an education, and who is willing to achieve an education shall have the opportunity to do so." - David Rice Founding university...

Macy Simmons

Former student dies after 14-month battle with cancer

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief November 26, 2019

Former USI student Macy Simmons, 23, died Nov. 25 after a 14-month battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that produces immature bone. Simmons was surrounded by her family at Lucy Smith...

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...

Caroline Rich

Woman arrested for allegedly stealing from grieving family

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief September 11, 2019

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office arrested an Evansville woman for fraud after allegedly stealing over $18,000 from the family of Oliver Dill, a 3-year-old child who tragically died in July after...

IT employee dies

IT employee dies

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief August 7, 2019

Tim Risley, a senior systems administrator in Information Technology at the university, died Aug. 2 at the age of 50, the university announced in an email Aug. 6. Rinsley graduated from North Knox...

Former USI Board of Trustees member dies

Former USI Board of Trustees member dies

Megan Thorne, Editor-in-Chief April 12, 2019

Ted Ziemer Jr., a former USI Board of Trustees member, has died at age 84. Ziemer was appointed to the Board of Trustees by former governor Mitch Daniels in 2007 and served as the chair of the board...

Student dies in car accident

Student dies in car accident

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor April 9, 2019

University student Clay Atkins, 21, died April 6 due to injuries sustained from a single vehicle accident. Atkins vehicle was reportedly traveling south on St. Croix Road when it went offroad and struck...

USI sophomore dies

USI sophomore dies

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini October 3, 2018

Sophomore computer science major Ryan S. Johnson, 23, died at his home in Henderson, Ky. on Monday. Henderson County Deputy Coroner Shelia Patterson confirmed that Johnson died by suicide. He...

'Scythe': A utopia that fails to be perfect

‘Scythe’: A utopia that fails to be perfect

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer October 1, 2018

Would you take the chance to go to a world where there is no longer any more hunger, illnesses, warfare and misery? In “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman, the world seems to be perfect. Everything has been...

Two Facility Operations staff members die

Two Facility Operations staff members die

Riley Guerzini, News Editor April 19, 2017

One former and one current university employee from the Facility Operations and Planning department died last week. Staff Engineer Emeritus Bob Rust and Custodial Services Assistant Bob Alves died April...

Former librarian dies in car accident

Riley Guerzini, News Editor March 1, 2017

A retired university librarian died Sunday night following a car accident near Mount Carmel, IL in Wabash County. Philip Orr, 67, retired last semester after working at the university full-time since...

It’s OK to mourn the death of inspiration

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor January 27, 2016

The other day I was hanging up a shirt in my closet. Out of nowhere, I thought, “I miss Robin Williams,” and sighed. As snooty as I can get, there’s no denying celebrities are important to me. I...

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