SGA funds College Democrats, Orthopedic Interest Group

In the USD Student Government Association’s last meeting of the semester, the organization passed special appropriations bills for the College Democrats and Orthopedic Special Interest Group. Aaron Mallinger, SGA Director of Finance, reported SGA has only used 12% of their total budget so far this year and attributes that low number to operations changes around […]

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My final article

Roughly three and a half years ago I was assigned my first story for The Volante as a new freshman reporter. I remember that first story so vividly — I was going to cover Nikki’s Run, a suicide awareness glow in the dark run.  I remember calling my mom terrified to interview a college senior […]

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USD takes part in radioactive material experiments

USD’s Physics Department is taking part in radioactive material experiments with the goal to research and develop the next generation of germanium (Ge) detectors. Ge detectors are particle detectors that attempt to use excellent energy resolution and extremely low-energy thresholds for dark matter searches and detection of new properties of neutrinos. Dongming Mei, the principal […]

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School of health sciences organizes new public health department

This semester, the USD School of Health Sciences organized the new Department of Public Health and Health Sciences, and while it doesn’t offer any new majors, it does combine several programs to allow for new educational opportunities. DenYelle Kenyon, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, said the new department is the result of Dean of Health […]

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Duo to be required by all BOR schools

Students may not know it, but hackers and scammers try to steal university credentials every day. This, IT security officer Joe Reynoldson said, is why the Board of Regents (BOR) is requiring all students to enroll in Duo Security by Jan. 27, 2021. About half of all active students have Duo, and new students are […]

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Green Initiative Fund moved from SGA to USD Sustainability Committee

The Student Government Association voted this past October to move the jurisdiction of the Green Initiative Fund (GIF) from SGA to the USD Sustainability Committee. The GIF gives students at USD funds provided by the general activity fund (GAF) to pursue projects on campus that make USD a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. Abuk […]

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USD Chamber Singers look forward to spring season

USD’s Chamber Singers looks nothing like it did last year.  Singers are required to wear masks and are divided into four separate groups. The four groups work on their own music along with several combined pieces, Emily Muirhead, choir president said. Combined rehearsals with all four groups are held outside, weather permitting, or in Aalfs […]

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