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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...

Doorway a symbol of Evansville, USI history

Doorway a symbol of Evansville, USI history

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

September 3, 2019

Inside the Fireside Lounge of the University Center East lies a 100-year-old Evansville relic. The limestone doorway with “Orr Iron Company” engraved at the top displays city history and has a unique story. According to the university archives, Indiana Department of Transportation donated ...

IT employee dies

IT employee dies

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

August 7, 2019

Tim Risley, a senior systems administrator in Information Technology at the university, died Aug. 2 at the age of 50, the university announced in an email Aug. 6. Rinsley graduated from North Knox High School in 1986 and from Vincennes University with a degree in Computer Science according to h...

Student dies in car accident

Student dies in car accident

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

April 9, 2019

University student Clay Atkins, 21, died April 6 due to injuries sustained from a single vehicle accident. Atkins vehicle was reportedly traveling south on St. Croix Road when it went offroad and struck a tree head-on. Perry County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the wreck shortly...

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019

Vice President for Student Affairs Marcia Kiessling announced the appointment of Jennifer Hammat as the university’s next dean of students following a national search. Hammat currently serves as university Title IX coordinator for the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics Office at George Mason U...

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...

Multiple alleged sexual assaults reported in campus housing

Multiple alleged sexual assaults reported in campus housing

Megan Thorne and Bowman Clark

February 15, 2019

A student was removed and banned from campus last week pending a Title IX investigation after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The university announced they had become aware of multiple alleged sexual assaults that occurred in housing over the past week, in a Rave Alert sent at 5:17 p.m. Frida...

College Democrats sit out Women’s March after anti-Semitic comments

College Democrats sit out Women’s March after anti-Semitic comments

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

January 18, 2019

The USI College Democrats withdrew from the Saturday’s Women’s March in Evansville due to anti-Semitic comments made by leaders of Women’s March Inc., one of the organizations that grew out of the original march two years ago. The Democratic National Committee also rejected the march along ...

Health Professions Center upgraded to meet accreditation standards

Health Professions Center upgraded to meet accreditation standards

Noah Alatza, News Editor

January 15, 2019

After spring break, students will soon be able to enjoy newer amenities on the third floor of the Health Professions Center. “What we identified is that there are some programs that really needed additional space,” Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions said. The th...

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