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It’s okay to relax

It’s okay to relax

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 14, 2020

Everyone is wound up so tightly and we’re not even halfway through the semester. There are a lot of things to worry about: homework, classes, jobs, and COVID-19, but everyone has to relax eventually, or they risk snapping. One of the best things you can do when stressed is watch an old movie from...

Recruitment during a pandemic

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Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Fall is considered a major recruitment season for the many sororities and fraternities at USI. Now, much of this recruitment process and other such aspects of greek life must be conducted virtually. Last year there were rows upon rows of tables representing the thriving Greek life here on campus, th...

Student feelings about mask policy

Student feelings about mask policy

Nik Cunningham, Pubications Editor

September 14, 2020

Students are okay with the mask policy on campus, and except for a few people here and there, most would still be willing to wear masks without the policy. Most students I’ve spoken to aren’t willing to risk getting sick, nor do they want to leave school due to a sudden spike in COVID-19. “...

You must keep breathing

You must keep breathing

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 11, 2020

Shoulders are things that can fall to the ground, right? Saying the word ‘free’ forces you to smile, correct? This podcast forces you to relax...at first, anyway. I’m not going to lie- I tried to stay awake during this podcast. I really did. But Hester’s voice is so soothing that I’ve ended up falling asl...

The Freshman 15 can go both ways

Mpho Mashabe (left), a graduate student studying public administration, stirs ingredients for the dish, jollof rice, that will be representing Ghana as Kow Pik Yok (right), a freshman English teaching major, prepares her food, bak kut teh, for Malaysia Thursday in The Loft’s kitchen.  Both dishes will be served at the International Food Expo Friday in Carter Hall.

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 9, 2020

The freshman 15 was a joke between my dad and me before I came to college; usually going in only one way: up. I didn’t realize that it could also go in the other direction as well. I didn’t even think it was real until I lost ten pounds in my first semester.  Ten pounds isn’t a lot, but I’ve never b...

E-Sports during a semester of COVID-19

Wednesday's network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. 

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

September 9, 2020

Many student organizations and sports teams have either had to readjust their plans for the fall semester or temporarily postpone them due to COVID-19. One organization that’s been doing fairly well is the Southern Indiana Esports Association.  The biggest impact that COVID-19 has had on SIEA is that it wi...

Trustees approve housing, meal increases fourth year in a row

Trustees approve housing, meal increases fourth year in a row

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2020

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved housing and meal plan increases for the next school year during their Zoom meeting this morning. Housing rates increased by 2.5%. Last year, housing increased by 2%. “We continue to work extensively with Student Affairs to maintain programming in the complexes and ma...

How has James the bus driver been since March?

James Putnam on the bus.

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

One of the most well known and beloved staff members at USI is bus driver James Putnam. James has been driving with the Metropolitan Evansville Transit System for just short of twenty-five years and has been driving on campus for about seven years now.   James is known for greeting students when they board the b...

Register to vote before it’s too late

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 3, 2020

The 2020 election is one of the most anticipated elections in years and information about each candidate is at the fingertip of everyone in the country. It’s easy to learn about the candidates running and what they stand for because everything is online now.  Now is the time to register to vote. Soon yo...

Drive safely on the roundabout

Nik Cunningham, Productions Editor

September 3, 2020

A bus hit a car while driving out of the roundabout yesterday. The roundabout has a history of accidents and fender benders and Tuesday was no exception. Here is how to drive safely on the roundabout to ensure that you and those around you are safe. While driving, be sure to keep both hands on the stee...

Campus Store will be taken over by Barnes and Noble

USI bookstore located in University Center East.

Nik Cunningham, Publicaions Editor

September 3, 2020

The university signed over the Campus Store to Barnes and Noble College the week before classes started. The employees were told on Aug. 21 just before the store opened.  “We were only one of two public universities in Indiana who had not already hired somebody to lease their store and operate it...

Spring Commencement canceled

Spring Commencement canceled

Nik Cunningham and Rhonda Wheeler

July 17, 2020

University President Ronald Rochon sent an email to the USI staff and student body announcing spring commencement has been officially canceled. “I had sincerely hoped to stand and celebrate with you, but this decision does not in any way diminish the amount of pride we have in the work that you hav...

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