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Please take care of yourself

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the sudden life change.

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2020

2020 has been a weird, stressful year to say the very least.  In March we went on spring break not realizing the only time we would be back on campus was to move out. Now, we’re back and balancing a mix of online, in-person and hybrid classes. We’re dealing with the anxiety of being back 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...

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...

Students try to stay focused despite distractions at home

Graduate Cailan Walters paints a flamingo in her room April 4. Walters said she is spending her newly found free time doing new hobbies.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

Students were forced from their campus housing in mid-March, a move that sent them back to their parent’s house or other residence. This can be problematic but they’re making the most of it. “I have tried something with my friends that kind of worked,” said Sierra Coon, junior chemistry maj...

Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Pass/fail option a policy that works for everyone involved

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Classes around the world are now fully transitioned to online-learning over COVID-19 concerns in order to keep staff, students and the community safe and healthy. Because of this, the University has decided to implement an optimal pass/fail policy for each individual class.  Students, staff or their family may have con...

Universities are conducting appropriate responses to COVID-19

All entrances and exits besides University Boulevard are blocked off. Authorized personnel must present their university IDs before entering campus.

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

This semester has turned out to be a great hassle for USI’s students and faculty. Many people have been put out and businesses have closed for the time being with COVID-19 spreading throughout the world. The CDC has recommended that universities move to online classes and for citizens to avoid goi...

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

COVID-19 has taught me to appreciate the little things

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2020

It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in some way. From state lock downs, toilet paper feuds and many people getting sick, this outspread has impacted everyone in the country. More close to home,  high school and college seniors are losing many of their “last” experiences no...

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