USD students lose “grandparents” after closure of Vermillion Assisted Living

Every Thursday, University of South Dakota senior Scott Cichos has gone to Vermillion Assisted Living to visit his adopted “grandfather” David Hansen. Cichos met Hansen three years ago through the Students Enhancing Resources for Vermillion Enrichment (SERVE) organization at USD. “He’s a huge jokester, and he’s just got the greatest outlook on life,” Cichos said of Hansen. […]

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City asks for dismissal of Oct. 1 complaint filed by local landlords

The city of Vermillion is denying allegations made by 15 Vermillion landlords included in a complaint stating the rental housing owners experienced financial harm through the amending of city ordinances. In a response filed Oct. 16 by James Moore, an attorney for the defendants with Woods, Fuller, Schultz and Smith, P.C. based in Sioux Falls, the […]

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“Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian” sheds light on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

After learning about social issues affecting people living on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation, John Maisch, asst. professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, knew he had to advocate for change. At Pine Ridge, Maisch said the teenage suicide rate is 150 percent higher than the national average, and the infant mortality rate is 300 percent higher than nationwide statistics, with one […]

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Students participate in philanthropic organizations

During a monthly event for Culture Connections, University of South Dakota senior Bailey Fish helped Yuta Shibazaki, a senior from Japan, carve his first pumpkin. Fish laughed when explaining the experience, but moments similar to that are what many USD student organizations thrive on. There are 14 student organizations at USD listed under the campus/community philanthropy category. All […]

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