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Quarantine Life as a Freshman

Quarantine Life as a Freshman
October 28, 2020

A sweet-toned phone call masks dreaded news. During this fall semester, freshman students are beginning the college experience with an added stress: quarantine.  Freshman suitemates Chase Hollenkamp,...

Things don’t always turned out as planned

Things don't always turned out as planned
April 16, 2019

My time at USI ends in two weeks, and I can’t say I’m excited. I mean, I won’t have to worry about being swamped with homework, but at least after four years, I know what to expect from college....

Fall festival lacks appeal of fall season

Fall festival lacks appeal of fall season
October 15, 2018

Ah, finally October. The weather starts to cool down, scarves, boots and flannels start to make their annual appearances, and the ever so famous Pumpkin Spice everything returns for the season. For...

Class of 2022 Convocation

August 20, 2018 Convocation here at USI is an event where freshman split off in their own colleges to learn a little more about their professors and the degrees they are studying for. We...

A big fish in a little pond

A big fish in a little pond
Freshman represents club at national conference
April 3, 2018

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Smith The first time Vanessa Smith traveled by herself, she flew to Miami, Florida, as the sole representative of the organization she joined just months before. The freshman...

Freshman overcomes adversity

Clifton Jett, president of the Black Student Union introduces Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
February 9, 2017

Immediately after high school graduation, Clifton Jett’s mother sat down with her son and asked if he wanted to pursue college. “I was diagnosed with a learning disability in the second grade and...

Roommate Reality

January 9, 2017

The probability of being lifelong friends with your freshman roommate is unlikely. The probability incoming freshman will actually believe that is even more unlikely. It seems most students come...

More than a T-Shirt member

Students walking to class often pass by bulletin boards like these filled with information about upcoming events and important information for on campus events.
Upperclassmen encourage 'quality' involvement
August 24, 2016

Freshman Clifton Jett wanted to join “everything” college had to offer. The day before classes started, he spoke at the first Christian service offered by university Religious Life. He feels...

Walking into Welcome Week: New students introduced to college life

Students participate in a chant for their individual colleges during last years Welcome Week. Each college works to be the loudest as they walk into the Physical Activities Center.
August 17, 2016
Moms and dads unloading vans packed with clothes, TV’s and mini-refrigerators, faculty members guiding students around campus and an ice cream and movie night – these are just a few things to discover during this Welcome Week 2016.

(GALLERY) ‘It’s so beautiful’

After unlocking her dorm room for the first time, Fredrick gazes out of her window in Governors Hall. “It’s my new backyard,” she said to her mother, pointing out how green the view is compared to California.
Freshman and her mother ecstatic to experience campus
August 17, 2016
Light rain pattered the sidewalks as freshman Alicia Fredrick and her mother, Katherine, arrived on campus the evening of Aug. 16. The two were all smiles after a three-day road trip from California.


August 25, 2015

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