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Trustees approve $48 million Health Professions renovation, new degree program

Trustees approve $48 million Health Professions renovation, new degree program

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

The university Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to begin the planning and renovation of the Health Professions building along with a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program at their meeting Nov. 7. The $48 million renovation and expansion project will add more classrooms ...

It’s time to start appreciating USI’s beauty

It’s time to start appreciating USI’s beauty

Marissa Jacobs, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

One of the things that stands out with USI is the beautiful layout of the campus.  Out of all the schools I visited, I fell in love with the architecture and landscape of USI the most. A beautiful fountain welcomes visitors and students every day, showcasing what USI has to offer.  Each buildi...

USI to host Vietnam War Memorial replica

USI to host Vietnam War Memorial replica

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2019

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (WMF) will bring their three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial and an accompanying Education Center to the university in September of 2020, according to a press release from the university. The replica, titled “The Wall That Heals” will be displayed ...

USI Foundation accepting applications for scholarships

USI Foundation accepting applications for scholarships

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 15, 2019

The USI Foundation is accepting applications through AwardSpring for the next academic year. The application deadline is Oct. 20. Current, incoming and transfer students can click on the AwardSpring Icon on their myUSI accounts and fill out a single application. A student must access and complete ...

No superstitions in basketball

No superstitions in basketball

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

October 1, 2019

Rodney Watson, head coach of the men’s basketball team,  believes everyone has a superstition, although he doesn’t always have one. “Superstitions are kinda like throwing salt over your shoulder,” Rodney Watson, head coach for the men’s basketball team, said, “...I think it’s personal p...

Engineering program joins team to build bridge in Africa

Engineering program joins team to build bridge in Africa

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 1, 2019

The university’s Engineering Program spent a total of eight weeks in Malosami, eSwatini in southern Africa over the summer. The team, consisting of both students and faculty, assisted in the construction of a 95-meter footbridge over the Ngwempisi River. The USI contingent went as part of a team fo...

Passion for rugby takes priority over health

Passion for rugby takes priority over health

Nathan Brazina

September 24, 2019

Technological advancements supported by years of scientific research are being implemented in sports. Despite these advancements, sports are inevitably accompanied by injury. Alongside injury comes public ridicule from enraged fans and bystanders, demanding for new rules and adaptations to further sepa...

USI student debt among lowest in the nation despite rising higher ed costs

USI student debt among lowest in the nation despite rising higher ed costs

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 24, 2019

Students are feeling the pressure as accumulating loans due to the cost of higher education sends them further and further into unaffordable debt. Sophomore Business Management Alex Smith said he has accumulated around $30,000 in student loan debt since he enrolled at USI.  Smith decided to u...

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...

Woes of USI parking

Woes of USI parking

Emily Catterton, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Mumbles of parking can be heard anywhere and everywhere when walking onto campus. This can be heard from the last student that walks into class as the professor begins the lesson, every student turning their head to slightly judge them for walking in late.  Students have to arrive by 8 a.m. in order t...

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...

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