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Junior Titus Winders runs during the NCAA Division II championship races.

Titus Winders: For the love of running

Quinton Watt, Staff Writer April 5, 2022

A runner’s heart races as his feet propel him forward. He remembers that a year ago he was ranked 162nd. He looks ahead and sees another runner 50 meters ahead, and his feet start guiding him faster...

Micah Ellyson, freshman nursing major, and Anna Kegeris, freshman exercise science major, meet with Campus Outreach staff member America Sons (middle) in the Jazz Lounge.

Students return from Spring Break maskless and feeling recharged

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor March 17, 2022

It’s sixty degrees and the sun is shining down on the university. Students fill campus Monday after returning from Spring Break. The maskless masses smile as they walk into class for the first time since...

Ronald Rochon became the president of USI in 2019.

Q&A with the first Black president of USI

Sydney Lawson and Tegan Ruhl February 17, 2022

February is Black History Month. Black History Month celebrates the accomplishments of Black Americans. President Ronald Rochon is making history as the first Black president of USI. Rochon was inaugurated...

Nicholas LaRowe, co-chair of the Division I Exploratory Committee, speaks about the DI Exploratory Committee at a Public Forum hosted by the Student Government Association Dec. 2, 2021.

A look into the Division I Exploratory Committee

Fallon Heady and Sydney Lawson February 6, 2022

President Ronald Rochon formed the Division I Exploratory Committee on Oct. 8, 2021, to investigate if the switch from Division I to Division II would be feasible.  The Division I Exploratory Committee...

Ron Romain, chair of the Board of Trustees,  speaks at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. Romain said the board will make an official decision on transitioning university athletics to NCAA Division I by mid-February.

DI Exploratory Committee releases their final report

Ian Young and Tegan Ruhl January 18, 2022

The Division I Exploratory Committee released their final report to the public Thursday. The report broke down the 24-member committee's feelings and research on transitioning university athletics to Division...

President Ronald Rochon announced at the University Updates session that he does not plan to close campus with the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Campus will not close for Omicron

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2022

President Ronald Rochon is not closing campus for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. In-person Spring 2022 classes will begin Jan. 10, 2022 as planned.  The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discussed...

Rochon announced the death of a faculty member from the Chemistry Department in an email to the campus community Friday morning.

Rochon announces death of a Chemistry Department faculty member

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

Update: Chemistry Department announces the death of Jeffery Seyler, professor of chemistry and former chair of the Chemistry Department: “His Chemistry Department family at USI would like to extend our...

Students express mixed feelings about the Division I feasibility study. President Ronald Rochon announced Sept. 27 that the university would be studying the feasibility of transitioning university athletics to NCAA Division I.

Opinion: Students have mixed feelings about DI, it’s easy to see why

Sydney Lawson, Lifestyle Editor December 6, 2021

When President Ronald Rochon revealed the university is studying the plausibility of transitioning university athletics from NCAA Division II to Division I, it expectedly caused a stir. Faculty, students,...

Kindra Strupp and Tyler Henry stand outside the Screaming Eagles Complex filming a few takes for The College Tour.

“The College Tour” wraps up production on campus

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2021

The production team from “The College Tour” TV show finished filming an episode about the university Friday.  “The College Tour” is a national TV series that highlights colleges and universities...

The university is conducting a feasibility study to see if a transition to NCAA Division I is possible. At a Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 8, 2021, President Ronald Rochon said I will tell you all right now we do not have a lot of answers, thats why were doing the study.

University admin looks into D1 feasibility, facing faculty pushback

Shelby Clark, Josh Meredith, and Ian Young October 28, 2021

University administration and athletic department are working with members inside and outside the campus community to investigate the feasibility of transitioning the university from Division II to Division...

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

Message from the Editor:  The Q & A below is intended to provide members of the campus community with the resources they need to help one another. Seven Indiana college students have died from...

Jacob Jake Gwaltney was a friend, brother and freshman at the university, He was gentle, kind and funny.

The university mourns death of freshman

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

The university community is mourning the death of a student.  Jacob “Jake” Gwaltney, freshman undecided major, passed away on Sept. 9, 2021, at his home.  Gwaltney, 21, of Newburgh, Indiana,...

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