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Former student dies after 14-month battle with cancer

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 King Center Care Center in Henderson, Kentucky when she passed according to her obituary. She graduated from Union Coun...

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 three cases of vaping related deaths this year.  ISDH is currently investigating 75 individuals ...

Woman arrested for allegedly stealing from grieving family

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 being left in a hot vehicle on USI's campus. Caroline Marie Rich was arrested Sept. 11 and charged...

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 High School in 1986 and from Vincennes University with a degree in Computer Science according to h...

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 from 2011 to 2014. In July of 2015, he was reappointed by former governor Mike Pence to serve his current...

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 a tree head-on. Perry County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the wreck shortly...

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 attended Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Henderson and received his high school diploma from H...

‘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 perfected—even death is no longer an issue. Citra and Rowan, two teenagers of different backgrounds, are cho...

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 10 and April 14. Rust was a project engineer for the university on campus and in Historic New Harm...

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 2001. “He was a workaholic,” Serials Technical Services Librarian Peter Whiting said. “He was ...

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 use no hyperbole when I say the day George Lucas passes could potentially elicit as much grief from me as...

Lifelong friends remember former student

Lifelong friends remember former student

Rachel Christian

August 30, 2014

On a rainy afternoon, Megan Lengacher sat on the floor of her house Saturday with friends and family, looking at photos of Emily Lengacher, her second cousin and close friend. “There's some kind of comfort in it,” Megan said. “In seeing her smile and talking about her laugh. She had one of the...

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