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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...

Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

The Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former USI scene shop and costume shop at it's meeting April 27. The deed to the land will now go to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's desk for his signature over to the buyer of the property.

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

Bids for the old theatre property on Iglehart Ave. will close April 19. The university has owned the property since they purchased it from the Evansville Catholic Diocese in 1970.

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

Construction of the Physical Activities Center (PAC) and the Fuquay Welcome Center are both in progress

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...

Empire Contractors awarded PAC construction

Empire Contractors awarded PAC construction

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 12, 2017

The Board of Trustees Finance and Audit committee elected to award Evansville construction company Empire Contractors the contract for the renovation of the Physical Activities Center (PAC). “The project is without a doubt going to be a transformational moment for our campus, our students and this c...

New fee hard to see

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

September 1, 2016

Junior John Mathews didn’t know the student activity fee doubled this fall, and he said he’d have liked to be notified. Over the summer, the Board of Trustees approved the doubling of the student activity fee after a spring proposal pushed by Student Government Association. The increase is vis...

SGA proposes doubled, mandatory fee

The Student Government Association passed a resolution that proposes the optional $50 student activity fee be raised to a mandatory $100 per semester. Some students opt out of paying the current student fee, but if every student did pay $50, the total revenue from the fee is less than $500,000 per semester. A mandatory $100 fee would collect nearly $1 million per semester based on fall enrollment.

Gabi Wy, News Editor

April 13, 2016

Taylor Dunlap doesn’t know what the Student Government Association does. However, both she and her fellow students are affected by a recent SGA resolution supporting an increase in student activity fees from $50 to $100 per student. Students can opt out of the $50 fee, but the resolution makes t...

Drivers talk new speed bump

Drivers talk new speed bump

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

March 2, 2016

Ashley Harris, senior administrative assistant at Distance Learning, said the bump outside the Health Professions Center is too high. Despite her driving a standard Mitsubishi Sedan, she feels she is on the verge of bottoming out as she crosses it. Since the installation of the speed bump on Jan. 6, st...

Storify: Trustees talk charges, projects, future

Gabi Wy, News Editor

January 14, 2016

The Board of Trustees met at 10 a.m. EST in Indianapolis today to discuss progress made since its last meeting Nov. 5.

Public Safety increases law enforcement presence

Sheriff Jason King watches over the students gathered in the Free Speech Zone during the Campus Ministry USA’s demonstration Monday. King said he wasn’t asked to go watch over the event, but felt “they might need me out here.”

Gabi Wy, News Editor

December 8, 2015

Public Safety Director Woodall said armed, off-duty officers are present more often now but not necessarily 24/7 or on a consistent schedule.

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