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Faculty Senate pleased with town halls

Provost Khayum speaks at town hall Feb. 12.

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

February 25, 2020

Kenny Purcell, chair of the Faculty Senate, said that the relationship between administration and faculty has improved in the last year, but with the financial difficulties of the university is in and salaries not increasing, some tension will exist. Faculty and staff members were invited to take a ...

New details released on future wellness center

The approximately 40,000 square foot Wellness Center will connect to the south side of the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center with the goal of centralizing university services and making them more accessible.  

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2020

A new Wellness Center will be expected to be built with the goal of centralizing university services and making more accessible. The Wellness Center will house the University Health Center, Counseling Center, Student Wellness, Religious Life, Creative, Print Services and Public Safety. It will cos...

Sheriff’s Office partnership brings safety increase

Sheriff's Office partnership brings safety increase

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 5, 2020

When Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office finalized a partnership with the university to have deputies patrol the campus in 2018, Sheriff Dave Wedding said it would lead to a safer campus. Domestic violence dropped from five to one, dating violence from six to five and drug law violations on campu...

USI officials identify person who distributed racist flyers

USI officials identify person who distributed racist flyers

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2020

University officials announced they have identified the individual who left White Supremacist flyers on vehicles in the campus parking lot multiple times last semester. Steve Bridges, Vice President for Finance and Administration, said at tonight's SGA meeting the person has been asked not to return...

Town halls address faculty and staff concerns

Steve Bridges

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 22, 2019

The university is hosting town hall sessions with faculty and staff throughout the year to address concerns regarding morale, lack of communicated vision and accountability that were expressed during the university meeting in August.  Faculty Senate Chair Kenny Purcell said Provost Mohammed Khayum suggested the idea of themed town halls. “This is...

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

Tuition for full-time, undergraduate, resident students has increased by 225% since 1997.

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

University President Ron Rochon (left), and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding (right) greet members of the media outside Rice Library Aug. 21 to formally announce a USI-VCSO security 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...

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