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Public Safety to release new safety app

Public Safety to release new safety app

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

We have so much technology at the tips of our fingers in today’s world. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube crowd our phone screens but a new app is gaining popularity. Wildfire, a safety app where users can report crimes and post warnings for their surrounding area, was created in 2015 for ...

Importance of meditation amongst students

Importance of meditation amongst students

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Being a student means putting long hours into our studies in order to reach our ultimate goals. It can be hard to create a balance between education, having a social life, quality time for ourselves and physical and mental health.  It can be overwhelming when we try to cram all these elements in...

USI students protest policies as Climate Strike hits Evansville

USI students protest policies as Climate Strike hits Evansville

Maddie Nolan and Josh Meredith

September 20, 2019

USI and University of Evansville students, as well as concerned citizens of Evansville, gathered in front of the Civic Center on Sept. 20 to protest against the government for failing to address climate change and pollution.  Activists chanted “Stand now or swim later,” “The wrong ICE i...

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Total enrollment falls for eighth consecutive year

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2019

Total enrollment has dropped for the eighth consecutive year at USI, falling to 8,690 students. This year’s fall enrollment of graduate and undergraduate students is a 3% decrease from last year’s numbers according to Census data numbers released by the university Sept. 17. Total enrollment h...

SpringFest kicks off with Food Truck Festival

SpringFest kicks off with Food Truck Festival

Caroline Schultheis, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

The university will host a food truck festival April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the new arena as a part of the annual SpringFest week at the university, meant to celebrate warmer weather and campus spirit. This year's SpringFest is only Aprill 11 and 12. USI students are inv...

Professors’ syllabi might be holding students back

Professors’ syllabi might be holding students back

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Across nearly every major project, homework assignments and papers are judged on a rubric created by the professor that fits the guidelines of what the university expects. This rubric provides a means for not only the professor to grade their students but a way for students to understand their grades. How...

Website asks users to rate female students on attractiveness

Website asks users to rate female students on attractiveness

Riley Guerzini and Megan Thorne, Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

When a friend told Alexis Reeder her photo was on a website that was rating female students on their attractiveness she was shocked and confused. “I immediately went to the website to find many pictures of girls I didn’t even know and then I became angry and I just kept thinking, ‘why would an...

This generation’s electronic devices

This generation’s electronic devices

Jessica McKinley, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

When we walk around campus, we always see people on their phones. Most mornings while riding the bus, nobody talks to each other. Every single student on that bus is staring at their cell phones or mobile devices. It is like everyone is in their own little world, and for the most part, they are heads do...

Man arrested for USI parking lot explicit messages

Man arrested for USI parking lot explicit messages

Noah Alatza, News Editor

September 20, 2018

A Newburgh man has been arrested for allegedly writing sexually explicit messages on vehicles belonging to female students on the university’s campus. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office obtained an arrest warrant and took Aaron Douglas Otto, 31, into custody as he was leaving his home in Newburg...

New Vectren facility not sitting well with students

New Vectren facility not sitting well with students

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

April 3, 2018

A natural gas plant and solar farm are in the works for Vectren’s A.B.Brown plant in Posey County, just six and a half miles from USI’s campus. Vectren announced in late February that the $900 million upgrade would be anywhere from 800 to 900 megawatts. Vectren plans on retiring three of i...

Undergraduate enrollment down; Graduate, CAP students up

Undergraduate enrollment down; Graduate, CAP students up

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 19, 2017

Excluding CAP students, total enrollment actually decreased from 9,024 in Fall of last year to 9,017 this year. Since 2007, enrollment has decreased by 922 students, not counting CAP students, according to information gathered by the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA). The univer...

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