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The Shield

University of Southern Indiana's student publication | USI | student newspaper

The Shield

University of Southern Indiana's student publication | USI | student newspaper

The Shield

Evan Kahre, senior outfielder, waits for a pitch Wednesday in the game against Oakland City University at the USI Baseball Field.

How DI has changed USI

Eric Reynolds and Bryce West April 25, 2023

The university’s first year of NCAA Division I athletics is coming to an end. Students, student-athletes and athletic administration report higher student attendance at sporting events, more school spirit...

Caroline Stapleton, freshman outfielder, waits for a pitch at home plate Tuesday in the game against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at the USI Softball Field.

Gallery: Women’s softball loses to IUPUI 0-3

Emalee Jones, Managing Editor April 5, 2023

The women's softball team went up against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Tuesday at the USI Softball Field. USI lost to IUPUI 0-3.

Common questions and answers about the possible transition of university athletics to Division I.

Everything you need to know about DI

Quinton Watt and Ian Young February 3, 2022

What’s going on? The university is considering transitioning its athletics from NCAA Division II to Division I. The feasibility of the university transitioning to DI has been studied since September...

From the Archive: Looking at the recent History of USI sports

From the Archive: Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor October 14, 2021

Message from 2021-2022 Editorial Staff:  The first issue of The Spartan Shield was published Oct. 15, 1968. The Shield Staff is celebrating The Shield's 53rd birthday by digitally republishing stories...

The university softball team in 2018 as they concluded their season.

Softball team withdraws from Midwest Region Crossover following car accident

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

The university’s softball team withdrew from the Midwest Region Crossover and canceled all games from March 5-13 due to the injuries of 4 softball players and 2 coaches. The university’s 15 passenger...

Students have to come back for eligibility

Students have to come back for eligibility

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor April 20, 2020

The NCAA announced that spring athletes are able to get their eligibility for the next year back next year, if the athletes decide they want to. “Right now, we're just trying to make sure we get clarification...

Give me the ball, I want to be out there

‘Give me the ball, I want to be out there’

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor January 28, 2020

Every week The Shield will interview an athlete or coach about their life and the sport(s) they participate in. This week The Shield interviewed Jennifer Leonhardt, a senior pitcher, about softball and...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor December 3, 2019

There are all sports at USI and only two people manage all of them, Ray Simmons and Dan McDonnell.  Together, they make graphics, write press releases, attend travel games, manage the USI athletics...

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor August 29, 2019

The University of Southern Indiana has not been around very long. It started in the 60s and USI is still going strong today. With everything constantly moving forward, it is always good to look back at...

Softball senior day wins double header

Softball senior day wins double header

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor April 16, 2019

The USI softball team had their senior night Saturday along with a doubleheader against Missouri University of Science & Technology. In the bottom of the first inning, sophomore infielder and outfielder...

‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor March 12, 2019

Caitlyn Bradley and Haylee Smith agree: having multiple softball games, one after the other, over spring break, is tiring, but it is too much fun to complain. The USI Softball team played twelve games...

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