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Even though students left for the summer, USI’s campus was anything but quiet with the whirring of machines tearing up asphalt, erecting building structures and the completion of several renovations. The university made headway on existing projects and started and completed some new ones. Here is a rundown of what happened while students were gone:

Event: Topping off ceremony Event: Ribbon cutting for Applied Teaching Theatre Engineering Center Time: 11 a.m.

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Sept. 5

Date: Sept. 13

1: Applied Engineering Center

2: University apartments

A laboratory facility for engineering, industrial supervision and advanced manufacturing students, the Applied Engineering Center has been in the works since fall 2011. The center will hold different types of machinery used for cutting metals and wood to provide students with hands-on experience. ENGINEERING on Pg. 2

Mount and Wallace campus apartment buildings underwent renovations over the summer, as part of a multi-year apartment renovation project. Facility operations and planning director Stephen Helfrich said the two buildings, as well as the Baker building earlier in the year, received interior renovations in the forms of new cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, heating and air systems, carpet and paint jobs. APARTMENTS on Pg. 2

3: The Teaching Theatre

4: Bennett Lane

Almost an entire year after the Teaching Theatre’s groundbreaking, it’s almost 50 percent complete, Helfrich said. The $16.7 million project started under the leadership of former USI President H. Ray Hoops and is expected to be completed fall 2014. THEATRE on Pg. 2

The road that partially stretches in front of the Physical Activities Center (PAC), Bennett Lane experienced major renovations over the summer to create more efficiency and beauty, Helfrich said. “There were several problems with the old Bennett Lane,” Helfrich said. Part of the improvements included creating an unloading lane in front of the PAC that can fit a few buses or several cars. BENNETT on Pg. 2

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES… …A NEW ONE OPENS TXTBookRental closes its doors after five years

Improved store offers more than just books

By JAMES VAUGHN News editor

By JAMES VAUGHN News editor

Students returning from summer break with the intention of renting books from TXTBookRental will be out of luck.The West Side shop has decided to close its doors. TXTBookRental Founder Alex Beaver sent an email to customers July 25 notifying them of the closure. “I want to assure you that we are not closing due to a lack of customers and support,” Beaver said in the email.“Great customers helped make us, and we truly appreciate the enormous amount of enthusiasm we have received.” The store, located at 4818 W. Lloyd Expressway, has served the USI community for five years. They are liquidating all remaining textbooks. Store Manager Will Bader said they had been looking to sell for quite a while. “We are still hoping someone will come in and take over the store and the name,” he said. They are hoping it happens at some point during the fall semester, but can’t be certain it will, he said. Bader said Beaver is pursuing “other opportunities” but couldn’t comment on what those might be. If the store does not reopen, Bader recommended students utilize online resources, such as Amazon or Chegg. “They’ve always been fairly competitive with our prices,” he said. Sophomore psychology major Abby Schreyer discovered TXTBookRental before she was even a student at USI. “There was a book that I needed for a history class and I could not find it anywhere other than the campus bookstore and I refused to pay full price for a book that I may or may not end up using,” Schreyer said. So she searched the web and found TXTBookRental, which was conveniently located. CLOSES on Pg. 2

The USI Campus Store, which replaced the USI Bookstore this summer, offers more than just textbooks. Apple products, including Macs and iPads, can now be found at the Tech Store located inside the Campus Store. “We’re hoping that people will take advantage of the discounts,” said Michael Goelzhauser, USI Campus Store manager. “If nothing else, at least the inventory is here on campus. Students don’t have to go to the east side or order it online.” Apple products and various software packages are being sold to students at a university rate, which is between 5 and 10 percent off the regular price. Faculty will receive a 10 percent discount on new and used textbooks and 20 percent off apparel, office supplies and gift items. But Campus Store Technology Associate Cole Collier does more than just help customers choose the best device. “You get home and you have a brand new computer, and then you don’t know what to do with it,” Goelzhauser said. “You don’t know how to load it.You don’t know how to configure it. That’s part of the service that we’re now providing.” The Campus Store sells clothing apparel, supplies, headphones, batteries, snacks and Coke and Pepsi products, among other things. “We’re more than just books, but when you hear ‘USI Bookstore,’ the first thing that probably comes to mind is books, books, books and more books. But we have a lot of things,” Goelzhauser said. The name change came following a steady decline in textbook sales. “Students buy them online, or they buy them in digital format,” Goelzhauser said. “The industry is just not as big as it was 10 or 15 years ago.” The remodel has been a long time coming. Nearly 10 years ago, a group of bookstore consultants visited and offered their advice on how to increase traffic and sells. OPENS on Pg. 2

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News Briefs New options for meal plans The mean plans for the 2013-2014 school year are different. In addition to the Titanium, Platinum and Gold options are the Titanium II, Platinum II and Gold II options. The “II” options are the plans that don’t include meals, only munch money and dining dollars. The originals include munch money and dining dollars, but with a varying amount of Loft meals. All plans cost the same as their counterpart. Go to for more information.

Make room for new students Avoid parking in Lot C (next to the Physical Activities Center), lot D and E (in front of the Residence Halls and south of the Fitness Center) today. This allows for students and families to gain access to the PAC for Welcome Week check in, and it allows for the residence hall students and families to park in lots D and E.

Events welcome new students Welcome Week begins Aug. 22 and ends Aug. 28. Various activities such as outdoor movies, scavenger hunts, a “welcome bash” and comedians will be available, as well as free food. New student convocation for incoming freshmen is at 3 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Physical Activities Center. Visit for more information.

The Shieldʼs open house Interested in writing for The Shield? Want to earn a little extra money? Visit The Shield’s open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 in UC 0227 (in the lower level of UC East.) Editors will be present to answer questions.

USI Security Incident Log 8/2 - 8/22 Fire-Alarm Foundation Field- Clarke Lane 8/2 7:22 a.m. Closed Property Damage-University RFWC 8/3 1:18 p.m. Closed Fire-False Alarm UC East 8/5 2:13 p.m. Closed Theft PAC 8/5 8/5 5:03 p.m. Fraud UC West 8/6 4:42 p.m. Closed Property Damage University RFWC 8/6 7:13 p.m. Closed Suspicious circumstances 7922A OʼDaniel Lane 8/6 9:38 a.m. Closed Injury Report Various campus locations 8/7 1:20 p.m. Closed Fire- False Alarm/Constructioner Science Center 8/10 4:04 a.m. Closed Traffic Accident Parking Lot C 8/14 1:26 p.m. Closed Injury Report Clewe and Schutte Parking Information gathered from USI’s Public Crime Log, provided by USI Safety and Security.

Crime Log Key * Case suspended: No suspects listed, no leads. No follow up investigation unless new information arises. * Case cleared: The incident is resolved, suspect was identified and will be adjudicated appropriately. * Case pending: On hold, awaiting new information. * Violation of University Policy: Violation of the Studentʼs Rights and Responsibilities. * Failure to comply with a university official: Any university official, from an area coordinator to a security officer. *Residential entry: Someone walked into the residence. This is different than burglary because burglary is entering with intent to commit a felony.

ENGINEERING continued from Pg. 1 A unique aspect of the Applied Engineering Center is that it is one of only two laboratories in the entire world equipped with German Festo technology. It also contains modern and large equipment such as the same welding robot used by Toyota. It cost $3.3 million, which was funded through the university reserve fund. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Sept. 13. “We’re really looking forward to using the new facility and we have the first classes scheduled to meet in it

this semester,” said Zane Mitchell, Engineering Department chair. He said about 70 students will use the facility this semester, but eventually all 400 students in the major will use it. “They’re going to get exposure to state of the art manufacturing equipment prior to entering the workforce,” Mitchell said. “It’s a valuable tool for educating our students.”

APARTMENTS continued from Pg. 1 The past few summers, the university has renovated two or three apartment buildings, but Helfrich said the university is going to seek approval to speed things up a bit. “If we only do three a year, it will take a while, and by the time we finished we’d have to start over,” he said. “In the next year or so, we’ll get approval to renovate many more buildings over a summer to try to shorten the number of years it will take.” The three housing renovations cost the university $1.3 million. Funding came from the university’s housing reserves.

THEATRE continued from Pg. 1 The theatre, which will be used for performances and instructional purposes, will have 300 seats, compared to USI’s Mallette Studio’s 100 seats. “Construction has been pretty smooth this summer,” Helfrich said. “We’re now to the point of being ready to start laying the stone and brick exterior.” Sandstone from Brazil, Ind., and limestone from Bedford, Ind., will be used for the exterior walls. Over the summer, Helfrich said masonry walls were constructed and the structural steel was erected. In the next few months, students should expect to see the roof and the exterior in place. “We’re striving to get the roof on so we can waterproof the building,” he said. “Once we do that, a lot more people can start working in there.” Senior theatre major Erik McCandless said the Teaching Theatre will provide students with many opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. “From a lighting student’s standpoint, it will be a huge advancement in our education since we will be working with equipment that we can’t use in a blackbox theatre,” McCandless said. He said the new equipment in the theatre will save time and a second venue may allow for more performances throughout the year. “Also, since it will be getting an entirely different inventory of lighting units and control, I will get to design in another type of architectural space with equipment that I have yet to work with, which will help us all learn to adapt to working in different theatres once we leave USI,” McCandless said. A topping off ceremony, where people sign the last beam before it is raised into place, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 5.

CLOSES continued from Pg. 1 Every time she stepped foot in the store, the line was almost out the door, she said. At least half of her friends utilized TXTBookRental as well. “I am horrible at remembering to mail things, so using Chegg or other textbook rental websites isn’t really an option for me,” Schreyer said. She plans to buy her books from both Amazon and friends who are also psychology majors, she said. “Textbooks are the biggest rip off and a little bit of my soul dies every time I pay for them,” Schreyer said. “I have to pay for college entirely by myself, so every

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Worker constructs portion on top of Teaching Theatre.

BENNETT continued from Pg. 1 “If someone wanted to drop someone off, they would always end up blocking a lane of traffic,” Helfrich said. “This will help keep the traffic flowing but allow people to drop off and pick up persons for events.” Medians between the travel lanes were also constructed. “They allow us to not only make the area prettier with more plants, but it is also a safety feature,” he said. Another safety feature is the raised crosswalks that will help direct pedestrians across the roads at a central point. “(The renovations) are just going to make the entrance to the PAC much more attractive and help beautify the campus even more,” he said. The project cost $670,000, with 80 percent of the funding coming from the federal government in 2009, and the remaining 20 percent coming from USI reserves funds.

Other campus projects: The Eagles Nest, the area in University Center West where all the food options are, received new lighting fixtures. The Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center added a new computer lab adjoining the indoor track on the facility’s second level. The Health Professions building added a simulation lab for its students.

dollar counts.” The following status was posted to the local business’ Facebook page Aug. 12: “Yo, we’ll have a small space open until August 28, 2013 for online order pickup, rental returns, and store credit redemption. We’re no longer buying books back or taking orders in store.” The current store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bader said no potential buyers have been announced and there are no plans to remain open after Aug. 28.

OPENS continued from Pg. 1 A couple years later, Goelzhauser asked the same consultants to visit a second time, and again, they said the bookstore needed to be remodeled. It was finally approved three years ago. “Everything takes time, and of course, there are budgets,” Goelzhauser said. “You don’t always get money when you want money.” The two-phase project cost the university $700,000, said Mark Rozewski, vice president for finance and administratio. The first phase was completed last year, but the majority of the change took place this summer. “We totally gutted the Bookstore,” Goelzhauser

said. “All new fixtures; everything was brand new. We were stuck in the 90s, so we got rid of everything. It was time for us to move into the 2000s.” With the help of R. Berlin and Associates Retail Design and Planning of Detroit, the new store came together piece by piece, he said. “We took the same square-footage and better utilized it,” Goelzhauser said. Aside from specifics, store staff had very little input on the design. There was no student input at all. There was no increase in the amount of full time store personnel or student workers. A new program was in-

troduced this semester that will allow students who are enrolled in university courses to purchase up to $1,000 worth of merchandise, excluding Apple products. “We’re hoping to be a convenience for the students,” Goelzhauser said. Apple products are not included because most are $1,000 or more, he said. Apple didn’t want the university to advertise an Apple store because it is not an Apple store, Goelzhauser said. The USI Campus Store is an authorized reseller of apple products. While it’s too early to tell whether or not sells have gone up, Goelzhauser said what he’s hearing

from people who enter the new store for the first time is a good indication sells will increase. Senior business administration and management major Adam Brothers compared the Campus Store to an airport gift shop. “It’s beautiful,” he said. “It has a real modern look that is more open and spaced.” He also likes the clothing and merchandise displays at the entrance to the store, he said. “From a marketing standpoint, it makes more sense,” Brothers said. “I think it will draw more customers. It’s a store we as students can be proud of.”

Stafford loan interest rate decreases By DENNIS MARSHALL Staff writer Going forward undergraduates will receive a 3.9 percent interest rate on their federally subsidized Stafford loans, down from the 6.8 percent rate that took effect when Congress failed to meet a July 1 deadline. Senior history major James Wethington took out a student loan for the first time this semester. He said he would have accepted

the loan whether the interest rate was 3.4 or 6.8 percent. “I would have had to because I have no other way of paying for school,” Wethington said. “With it being my last year, I had to take it or else I couldn’t finish school.” He said he thinks legislators could do more to help today’s average college student. “They just need to get their act together. I don’t want to get in more debt than I have to,” Wethington said. “I think they could do more in

the sense of trying to hear us out and see what help we need. With college getting more and more expensive, it’s getting harder for people to pay for school, except for taking out loans and being thousands of dollars in debt.” The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act allows graduate students to borrow at a 5.4 percent rate and parents to borrow at 6.4 percent. For more of the story, visit!

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BOX SCORES WOMEN’S SOCCER: Tuesday Aug. 20 Murray State 2 So. Indiana 1 Goals: (MUR) Mooney 2 (3) (USI) Carneal 1 (1) Attendance: 412 Officials: Referee: Randy Pavlovich; Asst. Referee: John Rufli; John Miller; Timekeeper: Sarah Marshall; Scorer: Parker Griffith

MEN’S SOCCER: 9/5 at Cedarville, 6:00 p.m. 9/8 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, 1:30 p.m. 9/13 vs. Illinois-Springfield, 7:30 p.m. 9/15 at McKendree, 2:30 p.m. WOMEN’S SOCCER: 8/24 at Ind. Wesleyan, 3:00 p.m.(EXH) 9/7 vs. Ohio Dominican, 12:00 p.m. 9/9 vs. Urbana (Ohio), 4:00 p.m. 9/13 vs. Illinois-Springfield, 5:00 p.m. 9/15 at McKendree, 12:00 p.m. VOLLEYBALL: 9/6 vs. Albany State, 2:00 p.m.& 9/6 vs. Northern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.& 9/7 vs. Minnesota Duluth, 11:30 p.m.& 9/7 vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 4:30 p.m.& 9/13 vs. Mercyhurst, 9:30 p.m.% 9/13 vs. Findlay, 6:30 p.m.% 9/14 vs. Malone, 12:00 p.m.% 9/14 vs. Hillsdale, 4:00 p.m.% &UWF Hemingway Invitational %Findlay Classic CROSS COUNTRY: 9/6 vs. Stegemoller Classic 9/13 at Spartan Invitational WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: 11/2 at Evansville (EXH) 11/9 vs. Asbury 11/16 vs. Davis &Elkins 11/22 vs. Salem International 11/26 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan 12/5 at Kentucky State 12/7 vs. Bluefield State 12/20 vs. Travecca Nazarene^ 12/21 vs. Wayne State^ 1/3 at Rockhurst 1/5 at William Jewel 1/9 vs. Missouri S&T 1/11 vs. Drury 1/16 vs. St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 1/18 vs. Indianapolis 1/20 at Bellarmine 1/23 at Lewis 1/25 at Wisconsin-Parkside 1/30 vs. Illinois-Springfield 2/1 vs. McKendree 2/6 at Truman State 2/8 at Quincy 2/13 vs. Maryville 2/15 vs. Missouri-St. Louis 2/20 at Indianapolis 2/22 at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 2/27 vs. Bellarmine* 3/2-3/9 GLVC Tournament 3/14-3/17 NCAA Tournament ^Bellarmine Classic


View from the Cone: Clodfelter tackles football issues, scores solution By ZANE CLODFELTER Sports editor The dog days of summer are nearing a completion, and the new school year is now upon us. For some, excitement is fueled by catching up with friends and former classmates—while for others, athletics and other extra-curricular activities, fuel that energy. However, in my time as a student, something has been missing. It’s a constant void that finds the campus atmosphere lacking something to be desired when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, leaving students isolated from their school. Welcome Week activities do what they are designed to do—get people engaged, but once those activities end, what keeps students involved? The force that helps kickstart school pride and passion within a school and their athletic teams, in my mind, is NCAAsanctioned football. I understand that this column isn’t the first attempt to vent frustration about the University of Southern Indiana not having a football program, but through my past experiences visiting friends at other campuses nearby, I’ve been able to make observations that I feel explains the lack of school


spirit displayed at times on this campus. Football bridges the gap created by summer break. It’s a unifying sport that creates atmosphere and school pride from the moment classes begin. As a student body, what generally excites us about USI athletics? The common answer, rightfully so, is basketball. But how can we show school pride and enthusiasm before basketball practices officially start in October? USI sponsors five sports during the fall season; volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross-country, and despite efforts by the university to promote those events on social media and other platforms, they are an afterthought to many students, despite each team having successful seasons in recent years. Tailgating and football go hand-in-hand, and that brings out student involvement and spirit. Just check

out the intramural fields in the fall if you don’t believe me, especially when flag football is being played. The university can try to replicate that setting with a different sport, but it won’t have near the impact as it would had it been scheduled around football. Of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) 16 full-time members, only seven have NCAAsanctioned football. The eighth football playing school in the conference is Kentucky Wesleyan, who left the GLVC as a full-time member after the 2012-13 academic calendar, but will remain a football-only affiliate member until at least 2013 because their new conference does not sponsor the sport. Of the seven full-time members, five schools are privately funded, with the two public schools being Missouri S&T and Truman State, who replaced Kentucky Wesleyan as a fulltime member starting this year. The GLVC’s largest two largest schools based on enrollment, University of Missouri-St. Louis (15,548) and USI (10,540) don’t sponsor football, and both are public universities. Meanwhile, William Jewel, a small private school on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri can sup-

port football with a total enrollment of 1,050. Why is that? Clearly the universities that sponsor the sport are getting added revenue from different sources since the majority are privately funded. If that added money and revenue wasn’t there, football would be an afterthought there like it is here on campus. Is it going to take a large donation and commitment to athletics by a donor or donors to get the process rolling for sanctioned football? That’s very likely, until the university and those in charge see an added effort and campaign, nothing will change. We can complain and moan that USI doesn’t have football, but it will take a concentrated and organized effort to get the job done, including giving back to the university long after we have graduated. Both sides are going to have to make concessions to get football on campus, now it just comes down to who is willing to do it first. Either those in leadership positions begin to allocate money to the sport or graduates start giving back more for show support to expanding athletics on campus. Otherwise, this same topic will be in this paper for years to come. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Sports Briefs Volleyball: USI announced their ‘Dig for the Cure’ match will take place on October 18 when the Eagles host IllinoisSpringfield at the PAC. USI will wear special pink jerseys in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer and is one of ten games scheduled for the Eagles during the regular season. The Eagles will begin their 2013 campaign in Pensacola, Florida, in the UWF Hemingway’s Invitational. USI will open their home schedule at the PAC with a September 28 contest against Missouri S&T. Five of USI’s ten home matches scheduled in 2013 will take place over the last two weeks of the regular season. Women’s Basketball: The Eagles will open regular season play with a home contest against Asbury University on

Saturday, November 9, with a scheduled Noon tip. The Eagles will play 13 other home games throughout the season, including visits from Kentucky Wesleyan (November 26), Indianapolis (January 18), and Bellarmine (February 27). USI will play an exhibition game against the University of Evansville Purple Aces at the Ford Center on November 2. Last season, the Eagles fell to UE 65-47 in their exhibition opener. UE leads the all-time series against USI 16-7, and this season’s meeting is only the third meeting between the two schools since the 1986-87 season. Rick Stein returns all five starters from last year’s team that finished the season 17-10. Varsity Club: USI announced the 21

members for the Varsity Club Board of Directors for the 2013-14 academic calendar, which will be chaired by Bob Werner. Werner has been member for five years and is in the final year of his second threeyear term. New board members include: Alvin Basham, Larry Multerer, Marvin Wright, Mark Isaac, and John Campbell. Members Hunter Slade, Linda Willis, Karla Horrell, Jerry Clewlow, Kenny Gentry, Chris Jenkins, Bitzy Mourning, Peter Whiting, Yvonne Floyd, Joe Rohlfer, and John Schutz return to their positions on continuing terms. Former USI Associate Vice President for Student Affairs John Deem will continue to serve on the board as an honorary member, at title that Deem has held since the 2011-12 academic season.


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Osborne wins city title By DENNIS MARSHALL Staff writer University of Southern Indiana junior golfer Logan Osborne shot a seven-under par, 277, to win the 84th Courier and Press City Golf Tournament at the Evansville Country Club. Osborne, who was trailing Indiana University senior David Mills and ten-time champion Kevin Wassmer going into the final round, posted the score of the day -- a 67, 4-under par. “Every hole is different, no matter what you do on the last hole. Every hole is a new hole that you can try to make birdie on it,” Osborne said. ”I was really just focused on shooting a good score.” Osborne hopes to carry the momentum from this win into his collegiate season this spring with USI. “To win this, hopefully I use this to propel my career and win a few college tournaments,” Osborne said. Eagles golf coach Jim Cheaney also played in the city tournament, shooting a score of 156 through the first two rounds. “Logan is very serious at his sport. He’s a gifted individual, but he got to be gifted by working hard at what he does,” Cheaney said. “It’s not a surprise that Logan won this tournament.“ Cheaney said the level of competition does not affect Osborne, and that good college players have an advantage because of they get to play top-notch competition throughout the year. “Logan (Osborne) sees competition as competition, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Cheaney said. “He knows other people are good players, but he knows the whole thing is all about how he plays.” Cheaney said Osborne is extremely competitive and gives nothing away on the golf course. Cheaney has nicknamed him the “silent assassin,” based on the way he handles business on the golf course. “His demeanor is always even keel and he challenges me to play my best every time we play together,” said Jordon Wildt, Osborne’s sophomore teammate. Wildt shot a 161, but did not make the cut. He said Osborne has great striking ability and hits plenty of greens in regulation. “He is tough to beat,” Wildt said. “He played to his potential validating why he made his way to the superregionals in college golf.” USI had three additional players competing in the city tournament: Zach Thomas, Tanner Mandel and Nolan Ballard played each played two rounds. Thomas shot 132 through three rounds, but was disqualified from the tournament in the fourth. Mandel and Ballard respectively shot 311 and 152.

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SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek 1. In 2012, Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins became the fourth player in major-league history to have 2,000 hits, 350 steals and 150 homers for one team. Name two of the first three to do it. 2. Who has tossed the most career shutouts in the history of the Dodgers franchise? 3. Entering the 2013 NFL season, who is the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leader in quarterback sacks? Answers 1. Craig Biggio (Houston), Barry Larkin (Cincinnati) and Paul Molitor (Milwaukee). 2. Don Sutton, with 52 shutouts. 3. John Abraham, with 68.5 sacks. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By JAKE TAPLEY Staff writer

Since I now have an Android phone, I’ve been getting into Instagram lately. Acting as an innovative way to document your life, it transcends both Facebook and Twitter by using pictures instead of just words. Of course, this probably isn’t exactly news to everyone, seeing as how I was a little late to hop on the Instagram bandwagon myself. However, once I was on Instagram, there is a bandwagon that I didn’t hesitate getting on. And I kind of wish more people would do likewise. What I’m talking about is supporting Evansville culture. I semi-frequently (i.e. when I remember to Instagram what I’m doing) make posts with the hashtag “#supportlocal.” Now, by no means am I trying to say that supporting local businesses, artists, musicians, etc. is something that is exclusive to Instagram nor should it even be viewed as an Instagram trend. On the contrary, I think it should be a lifestyle trend that manifests

Cyberbullying Can have lasting effects By JESSIE HELLMANN Staff writer As USI students geared up to go back to school, the USI Confessions Facebook page started up, too. USI Confessions encourages students to submit “confessions” anonymously through a Google Doc. What started out as being an innocent and sweet way for people to announce their crushes turned into an easy way to cyber bully others. Some confessions call out people for being “fat” or “ugly.” Some call those who live in Evansville “trash” compared to those who live in Newburgh, and the worst types of confessions ooze misogyny and racism. The page is basically a hub for anonymous cyber bullying, and it has to go. As a journalism major, I support free speech, but I understand that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. According to, more than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber bullying, and while it may seem innocent to the perpetrators, it can have severe effects on people. Those who experience cyber bullying are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, skip school, receive poor grades, have lower self-esteem and possibly experience health problems. So, please, the next time you consider posting something on Facebook on pages like USI Confessions, consider how it can affect someone.

itself via social media from time to time. I think people should actually want to support the culture of the city they live in or were born in (or, in my case, both). This summer, I have invested myself heavily in local businesses. Whether I was taking a trip to the Farmer’s Markets with my girlfriend or going to Penny Lane or getting a haircut at Old Town Ladies & Gents or attending a show at The Hatch music venue, I was making a contribution to the culture of Evansville. And who needs to eat at McDonald’s when we have Zesto’s? Also, don’t confuse supporting Evansville culture with being an Evansville die-hard. I can see the problems we have as well as I can see the people striving to make this city a better place. I just think the people deserve more acknowledgement. So if you care about your city, start showing it. If you want to see improvements being made, get out there and support the people making the improvements. Whoever said this city was a lost cause? If #WeAreEVV knew what was good for them, they’d change their campaign to #supportlocal.

Student Comment: SGA president opens arms to new students

At the time I’m writing this, Welcome Week hasn't happened yet. That’s something I want to talk to you about. You have just started on your journey through college. Journey. Adventure. Experience. Whatever you call it, college has its fair share of ups and downs. It’s a taste of real life and a place for growth. If you set goals and plan ahead, you stand a much better chance of succeeding and having more “ups.” I have some goals for Welcome Week. When I pick this up paper Thursday morning, I hope I have accomplished three goals: Having fun, finding great applicants for Student Government Association’s seven Freshman Member-At-Large positions, and making some new friends. This paper must be written, organized, proofread, and printed before it reaches your hands. The lesson here is that achieving something is rarely immediate. It takes a lot of hard work, but definitely pays off. I hope you remember some of the words I spoke at Convocations. The theme is “Shaping the Future.” Let the knowledge that your future is in your hands guide your choices and lead you to a bright future. With that in mind, I would just like to say: I hope you had a blast at Welcome Week! Hopefully you made some great memories, met new friends, and feel welcome at USI. -Zack Mathis SGA President

We want to know you Welcome newcomers and those who are returning to campus. We wanted to prepare you: students are important to The Shield. And you may be photographed or asked to give your input on a subject matter. Don’t worry though – we don’t bite. You’re holding The Shield newspaper, if you couldn’t tell by the red square on the front page. We’ve been preparing for almost the whole summer the 10 pages you hold. We

have a new staff, and all our ideas are bleeding onto your fingers as we speak. We are an independent, student-run publication, which means our adviser, faculty members or administration cannot censor or tell us what needs to be in The Shield. All content is approved by us – the students. Seven editors are the ones who make the ultimate decision, but we ask our writers as well. The Shield was named the No. 1 Division II newspaper in Indiana this past

spring and won 28 awards at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. The whole point of us publishing an issue each Thursday is to inform you – the students of USI. We want to know what you want to read. Our editor-in-chief loves to write profiles. The news editor likes to write off-the-wall stories that seem unimportant at first, and then turns into a bigger story. Features editor wants to write about music in her journalism career.

Sports editor’s favorite thing to write about is about NCAA-sanctioned sports. Our visual editor isn’t picky though. He just likes to design. If you have an idea for any of those – send it our way. We want to please you, but we know we won’t always be able to do that. Everyone is welcome to write a letter-to-the-editor. Or send us story ideas. We tend to say stories because that’s what we’re doing – giving someone a voice and telling their

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Everyone prepares for school Some stores run out of supplies the week before school starts because college students all want to be ready. But the hustle and bustle isn’t just for the incoming students. Each department at the university was rushing this week to get prepared for the new students. Training sessions scattered all across the campus. Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the faculty members and student leaders getting ready for Welcome Week.

TOP: Campus Store readies in the new store.

LEFT: From left to right, Otavio Vinicius Bacous, from Brazil; Moch Wah, from Malaysia; Diggly Mavius, from Malaysia; and Paulo Martinez Piratelo from Brazil, take a break and eat lunch. All four international students are part of the Intensive English Program.

BELOW: Faculty members crowd around the breakfast tables filled with doughnuts, coffee and fruit. They stepped foot on campus around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday for the Fall Faculty Meeting.

A Delta Zeta member laughs at part of the meeting’s activities.

TOP: Resident assistants, Amigos and Welcome Week Leaders gather for Eagle Experience Training.

BELOW: New faculty fill out the mounds of paperwork during the New Faculty Human Resources Meeting.

Delta Zeta women congregate for a planning meeting in UC East’s Student Life Lounge.

The Fall Faculty Meeting fills Carter Hall Tuesday morning.

Photos by NICK EBERTZ/The Shield


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New assistant dean of students feels at home at USI By ARIANA BEEDIE Features editor The new Assistant Dean of Students Tara Frank is already quite acclimated with the campus. “When I met students during my interview process, I just felt so comfortable,” Frank said. “I raved to my partner about how much I loved it.” As of July 1, the assistant dean was welcomed into the USI family, and she’s still feeling the love, she said. “People here are really there for the students,” Frank said. “It’s like the administration and faculty are very much there to support students.” This school reminds her of her undergrad at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, she said. One of Frank’s main goals for this year is establishing connections with students by adding a different dynamic to the work Dean of Students Angela Batista has created. “I think my position offers an opportunity to meet students needs in this office,” Frank said. “Students who gravitate towards someone who is very extroverted and outgoing may gravitate towards Dr. Batista, whereas I have a calmer more introverted side.”

By adding this different approach, there are hopes of achieving excellence in an efficient manner. “I think it’s really effective to round out the office by having these two personalities who see very much eye to eye on where the office is going,” Frank said. Frank recently received her doctorate in educational leadership, adding another notch to her academic belt. Her background makes her knowledgeable in student relations with bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling. Along with her educational background, Frank served as an assistant dean at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Frank was chosen for the position at the end of Spring 2013 semester, and attended an open interview with faculty and students. “Throughout my interview people talked about

The Civil Wars “The Civil Wars”

I first heard The Civil Wars on a local NPR syndication a few weeks back, and I was intrigued by their sound. I would describe it as being a more modern variation of folk music but still very true to its roots. The duo, composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White, relies heavily on their two part harmonies and interchanging verses to separate them from many other acts in their genre. When I first heard them on the radio, I thought of their music as being similar in format to the folk music of the late-60s and 70s. However, the sound is very modern. While it certainly bears resemblance to the roots of folk music, the arrangeRating: 3.5/5

USI being like a family,” she said. “By the end of the day I had heard that same mantra from faculty, staff and students with genuine examples.” The university has proved that point to Frank. “In the six weeks that I’ve been here, I genuinely see that,” she said. Batista welcomes the addition to the office. “I am very excited to have someone else who’s helpful and student centered,” Batista said. “She really has made great progress in the time she’s been here.” Frank helps create a stronger sense of community and has hit the ground running, she said. “This will allow us to connect with students on all issues, and take on stronger program initiatives,” Batista said. Having an assistant dean will help the office reach out to students who wouldn’t normally enter the dean’s office. Senior Hannah Nash has never stepped foot in the dean’s office, but this new added diversity is promising. “I would totally go there,” the health services major said. “I think having a new assistant dean could change some things for the better.” Diversity can’t hurt, she said.

ments are a bit more unique. Some songs on their eponymous sophomore release use a distorted muddy-sounding guitar as accompaniment, drawing comparisons to some old blues musicians. This blend of musical styles works in their favor, largely contributing to the mood of the album, which can be very dark and dismal at times. My favorite tracks on the album would have to be “I Had Me A Girl,” “Dust To Dust,” “Devil’s Backbone,” and the closing track “D’Arline,” Overall, I wasn’t totally blown away self-titled “The Civil Wars.” But I wasn’t really disappointed either. For me, there were a few standout tracks, some emotionally-charged moments, and a whole lot of heart - certainly not a misstep for the band, by any means.

By JAKE TAPLEY, Staff writer “The Conjuring”

James Wan's newest horror flick, "The Conjuring," is mostly what I would have expected from the man who gave us "Insidious," which holds a spot as one my favorite horror movies of all time. “The Conjuring” follows a family that recently moved into a house where evil forces reside and a married couple that deals in the paranormal and specializes in religious practices. Like "Insidious," this movie doesn't necessarily feel like an entirely new idea as much as it does a new take on an old idea. But I'm not saying that is a bad thing. On the contrary, I think what we are left with is a movie that succeeds in doing what every other horror movie like it attempts to do: keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. As a movie primarily about evil forces and demonic possession, this movie blends into the plethora of movies that tackle the same topics - not even the name of the movie really helps to distin-

guish it from its predecessors. However, I would argue that the style of the movie most certainly does set it apart from many others. Modern horror movies typically rely on a very formulaic approach to making horror movies. This approach usually involves building up suspense over the course of the entire movie, slowly giving the viewer what they came to see. This style is what the “Paranormal Activity” series operates on, as the first half of most of those movies tends to be lackluster and building towards something. There is also a lot of empty space and time put into those movies that creates a sense of suspense, but I would argue that it is only successful due to the context of the movies. I feel Wan creates real suspense with "The Conjuring" and manages to stretch that suspense throughout the course of the movie, which runs for almost two hours - and it doesn't even feel like overkill.

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By JAKE TAPLEY, Staff writer

Library digitalizes By ARIANA BEEDIE Features editor Rice Library has taken steps to make the student’s study experience more convenient. This summer the library staff and the IT department has added new technology for students to have at their fingertips. Additions like charging stations, media hubs, more iPads and longer hours will take affect this year. “The charging stations are for personal device charging,” Library Director Marna Hostetler said. “They’re very portable.” The library staff has two charging stations placed in highly trafficked areas on the first floor for a trial run. There are two others that are being placed in other strategic areas. The idea behind the placement is for safety for the students and their devices. “We’re thinking it might be good to have them in a more busy location in the library,” Hostetler said. “We’re kind of worried that the students will leave their devices.” If they’re in a public spot, somebody might see if someone decides to steal an iPad, she said. The charging stations are equipped with plug-ins for multiple devices such as iPhones, Androids and other devices using those chargers. Another addition to the library is the Media Hubs.

These are workstations with up to four device hookups that will link to a large screen so groups can incorporate their technology with any project with easy display. “They finally became totally operational a couple weeks ago and we’re still waiting on a couple things to be done,” Hostetler said. “We want to mount the monitors on the wall, and we’re also hoping to get more of the chords underneath the table so there’s more work space for the group.” For now, there are two located on the first floor to see how students react to them. Library staff will display the other two later in the semester. The hubs are still a work in progress. “Right now we’re calling them the in house octopus,” Hostetler said. Along with the other technology improvements, Rice Library has been approved for 20 additional iPads, which will bring the total number up to 60. “I’m hoping that’ll be approaching the number that we need,” Hostetler said. “We just placed the order, so I don’t know when they’ll arrive.” The iPads will be available for checkout as soon as possible, she said. After adding the technology, the library will also close later on Fridays and Saturdays this school year. Hours are extended just an hour, making Rice Library open 12 hours on

both days: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Closing procedures are going to also be altered. “The closing process will begin a lot closer to actual closing time,” Hostetler said. “Hopefully that’ll mean fewer people getting kicked out of the computer labs and study rooms.” The staff will actually stay later, she said. All the library staff members are on the same page with these changes. It’s a group effort, with lots of support. Jennifer Greene, reference and archives librarian, is in full support of these changes. “I think that anything we can do to help the students to be able to access our services more is a really good thing,” Greene said. “Our main goal is to protect the students and how to benefit the student’s needs.” These changes benefit library staff, but especially student workers. “The whole idea of the media hubs are really cool,” senior William Love said. “I haven’t gotten around to playing with them yet, which is something I want to do.” The elementary education major is also a checkout assistant. “During the school year there’s a lot more traffic in the library so it’s more typical for us to stay open late,” he said. “The late hours are a great idea.”

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25 states, 73 days

Art professor receives grant to travel in ‘64 trailer By ARIANA BEEDIE Features editor

Kristen Wilkins, art associate professor, traveled through 25 states in 73 days for the purpose of nostalgia and memory triggering images in a 1964 Avion Sports trailer named Alice. “I’ve always loved to travel,” Wilkins said. “There’s this sense of freedom when you leave in the car.” Wilkins moved to Evansville in August 2012, to accept the art position at USI. During her first year she applied for the USI Summer Fellowship program that grants money to new, tenuretrack faculty. “These fellowships are so that faculty don’t teach in their early summers so they can get a jump start on their research,” she said. “You also have to show promise in your work and teaching to the university.” Wilkins always knew she would receive the fellowship, even after hearing rumors that first year professors don’t usually get it. But she did. The fellowship totaled $7,000, which funded her final journey, completing her project. “The road trip took longer than expected,” Wilkins said. “Which is OK, you have to be flexible.” This trip was different for Wilkins. She gained more of a focus. “Before if I didn’t see anything I wouldn’t necessarily stop,” she said. “But this time you have to say no, this is different.” The 18-foot aluminum trailer traveled 11,000 miles and used four propane tanks. Wilkins bought the trailer in 2009, and has been taking cross-country road trips ever since. The trailer was named Alice after the first woman to drive across the country in a car, Alice Ramsey. Five years ago, while working a one-year teaching job at Wabash College, Wilkins thought maybe she could

live in the trailer. “Anyone can live anywhere for one year, and if you can’t then you’re not adaptable,” Wilkins said. “You want to be ready for what life throws at you.” She was interested in making a documentary, but her plans changed when she didn’t receive funding. “When I first set out, I thought I was going to make a film about the economy crisis,” she said. “That wasn’t vibing with my experiences. I found I wanted to be in the wilderness.” Instead Wilkins decided to take the road trip of a lifetime. “I thought, ‘what else can I do?’ It’s a great opportunity for a road trip,” she said. “I thought maybe it’s time for the road trip.” From then, Wilkins began researching aluminum trailers and found the lucky one online listed in Evansville.

with all of her photos compiled, which she showed to publishers and even exhibited her work. The book showed Wilkins that she ignored the southeast portion of the U.S., which led her to inspiration for the final summer in 2013. “I hope that when people look at these photos they can

Photo courtesy of Kristen Wilkins

There’s this sense of freedom when you leave in the car, -Kristen Wilkins Art associate professor “I decided I wanted a good trailer that was exciting to own, one that people would want to talk to me about,” she said. Thus began her first journey across the country in the aluminum trailer. Wilkins approached this trip differently by only driving on two lane highways, taking a more scenic route. “As long as the road is going west, I’ll just take it and see what happens,” she said. By taking main roads and sometimes using a map, she completed her six-week journey. Wilkins continued these trips every summer, documenting with photographs. She eventually made a book

Art associate professor Kristen Wilkins purchased the 1964 Avion Sports trailer. She named it Alice after Alice Ramsey, who was the first women to drive across the country in a car.

vicariously experience that these places are still there, not just on postcards,” Wilkins said. Wilkins explorations have gained much support in the art department. “I think it’s a fantastic project and a well-deserved grant,” said Katie Waters, art professor. What Wilkins does with her photography calls for a certain nostalgia that exists in America, and for traveling, she said. Wilkins has a lot of faculty support as well as student support as well. Senior Matt Perez said he is a huge supporter of side projects in the art department. “If you want to be a working artist, you’ve got to make opportunities for yourself,” Perez said. Seeing professors doing side projects shows that anything is possible, he said.

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