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Students gather at Statehouse for Red for Ed

Crowd gathers around State House for Red for Ed protest

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

November 19, 2019

Nearly 12,000 teachers surrounded the Indiana Statehouse Nov. 19 to protest low teacher pay and lack of resources in the education system. At least six students from the university traveled to Indianapolis to visit the Statehouse, said freshman elementary education major Serena Morgan. Morgan...

Students protest lack of Counseling Center resources

Senior Psychology major Claire Ellis at the front of the demonstration on Wednesday.

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

Most finals involve writing essays or studying for a big exam but in the Community Psychology’s class, it hosted a walk and sit-in to bring awareness to improvements to the Counseling Center and mental health. Psychology students partnered with the Psych Club to host a protest that began in front of the ...

USI students protest policies as Climate Strike hits Evansville

USI students, sophomore Elizabeth Bowers (center) and junior Josie Ault (right) bring fighting spirit to the Evansville protest supporting the Global Climate Strike on Friday.

Maddie Nolan and Josh Meredith

September 20, 2019

USI and University of Evansville students, as well as concerned citizens of Evansville, gathered in front of the Civic Center on Sept. 20 to protest against the government for failing to address climate change and pollution.  Activists chanted “Stand now or swim later,” “The wrong ICE i...

USI, I can’t hear you

USI, I can't hear you

Brian Alexander, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Creative Commons The Trump Administration issued an executive order last year banning travel from seven middle eastern countries. Students pulled together to form a Facebook event for a meeting of solidarity to show support for students of all faiths, held four days later after the order. The stude...

Evansville community responds to Charlottesville tragedy

Evansville community responds to Charlottesville tragedy

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

August 13, 2017

A rally held today in Evansville aimed to show support for the people affected by the recent events in Charlottesville.

Rally takes stand ‘against hate, bigotry’

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

February 2, 2017

Zarmina and Naaima Mufti want President Trump to know that being Muslim is not a crime. The Muslim-American cousins attended the Interfaith Rally of Support Tuesday night at the University of Evansville. “Regardless of the religion, we are just trying to show our solidarity with American values and h...

The year of the march

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer

January 31, 2017

Every year for the past 44 years, there has been a profound march of people from all over the United States walking for the right to life, to end abortion, and to defund Planned Parenthood. This is a march that I have respectfully been part of for a couple years. Recently, on January 27th, a record amount o...

Marching out hate

Megan Thorne, Chief Photographer

January 24, 2017

Saturday more than one million people across the world marched the streets in unison. In Washington, D.C. alone, the attendance numbers at the Women’s March almost doubled the amount of people who attended the inauguration. People took to the streets with one goal in mind: equality. Something our new pr...

‘Every intent of being open’

The university has updated its policy regarding areas on campus which are designated for “speech and expressive activities.” The locations are the lawn area south of Rice Library, the lawn area between the Physical Activities Center and the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center and the lawn in front of the Health Professions Building. The three areas combined are approximately 1.6 acres of the 1,400 acre campus

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

August 31, 2016

Freshman Shelby Heins said having zones specific for free speech wasn’t something she would expect to have on a college campus. “We’re paying to go here,” the nursing major said. “So our thoughts should be heard.” As a new student, Heins and several other freshman said they didn’t k...

Evangelists draw crowd to USI’s free speech zone

Street evangelist James Gilles (left) preaches to a crowd on campus Monday, which prompted USI student Spencer Kiessling (right) to create the sign he’s holding.

James Vaughn

September 23, 2013

Street evangelist James Gilles, better known as Brother Jim, preached about homosexuality, “whores” and President Barack Obama, among other things, Monday and Tuesday in USI’s free speech zone. The Evansville native, dressed in a suit, began passing out brochures titled “The Jim Gille...

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