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Rumors addressed at town hall meeting

Rumors addressed at town hall meeting

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 2, 2019

Vice President of Finance and Administration Steve Bridges addressed the apparent rumors around the university on Oct. 2 during a town hall on finances and business operations. During the meeting, he said that the state of Indiana continues to be financially stronger than other states and USI is in stro...

Trustees approve housing, meal plan increases for third straight year

Trustees approve housing, meal plan increases for third straight year

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

September 5, 2019

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to increase student housing and meal plan costs for the next school year during their meeting Thursday morning. Meal plans will be increasing by $22 for is for the Red, White and Blue Eagle meal plans. This will bring the plan up to $2,235.  Two students, ...

Officials mull options as tuition, fees increase

Officials mull options as tuition, fees increase

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2019

The Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees June 4 in the Griffin Center. Following a public forum on the increases in which there was no public comment, the Trustees agreed to raise tuition for full-t...

Rochon addresses alleged sexual assault incidents

Rochon addresses alleged sexual assault incidents

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019

University officials are responding to multiple alleged incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence over the past month on campus. “If I deem that there is a potential danger to our campus community, I am going to act,” President Ron Rochon said at a Student Government Association meeting ...

University officials say not so fast on paperless timesheets

University officials say not so fast on paperless timesheets

Bowman Clark, Junior Copy Editor

January 22, 2019

Despite multiple funding requests for paperless timesheets and inclusion in the university's strategic plan, the university continues to use paper timesheets. Executive Director of Human Resources Andrew Lenhardt said that the university is still not paperless in many aspects. “We are hopef...

Trustees approve budget request, increases to housing, meal plans

Trustees approve budget request, increases to housing, meal plans

Riley Guerzini and Noah Alatza

September 7, 2018

Costs for student housing and meal plans will increase for the second year in a row. The university's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to raise the cost of student housing and meal plans for next year. An increase to overall student fees was also approved by the Board for this year at i...

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety partnership

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety partnership

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini

August 21, 2018

Raindrops fell as USI officials and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies gathered to formally announce an agreement between the university and sheriff’s office. Five full-time sheriff deputies will be patrolling on campus as part of the newly created USI Patrol Unit within VCSO’s Operations D...

Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 27, 2018

The university Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former USI Theatre scene shop and costume shop at it's meeting April 27. The property located at 96 North Barker Avenue in Evansville will be sold following a sealed bid auction. The building has been mostly vacant since the opening of the Performance Ce...

Old theatre properties to be auctioned off

Old theatre properties to be auctioned off

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

March 23, 2018

The aged walls of the former Indiana State University - Evansville Playhouse on the westside of the city quietly blended in the with the backdrop of homes straddling Iglehart Avenue. The Playhouse was built in 1950, with both the church and home across the street built in 1945. The Catholic Dioc...

Bequette named Public Safety Director

Bequette named Public Safety Director

Noah Alatza, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

The university has tapped assistant director of public safety Stephen Bequette to lead its security enforcement department. Bequette served as the assistant director for the last nine years and worked at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department for 34 years prior to joining the university. ...

Welcome Center goes overbudget

Welcome Center goes overbudget

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

August 23, 2017

Construction of the Fuquay Welcome Center is underway after bids ran over $700,000 over budget. “Construction is good in our area,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Bridges said. “When construction is good, the bids go up. There is a lot more demand for contractors and construction workers.”...

Welcome Center delays continue

Welcome Center delays continue

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 19, 2017

Construction for the Fuquay Welcome Center will be further delayed after bids continue to run overbudget. “We have been using a construction firm to give us a pre-look at what they thought it might cost,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Bridges said. “We would like to be su...

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