Public Service Colloquium allows USD students to show what they know

The USD Department of Political Science’s Public Service Colloquium will return this year after a one-year hiatus. The department was unable to host the event in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event allows political science and criminal justice students to present their final projects in front of an audience, which picks the best project […]

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Stop playing Christmas music

Every year, the clock strikes midnight on Halloween and suddenly everyone is walking in a winter wonderland. Stores rotate out their holiday displays, people start putting up their Christmas lights and the candy in the grocery store checkout aisle suddenly has a lot more peppermint. Most of these changes are understandable and acceptable. What isn’t […]

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South Dakota Department of Education cuts indigenous history, culture from draft standards

Educators and other South Dakotans working to craft new state social studies standards said Tuesday that Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration deleted elements dealing with Native American history and culture from their draft standards, according to the Associated Press. Members of the group, appointed by South Dakota’s Department of Education to review the standards, said the […]

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Office of Research’s New Faculty Reception breaks the ice

USD’s Office of Research hosted its annual New Faculty Reception in the Muenster University Center Ballroom last Wednesday, Nov. 3. The event, which was able to be held again after a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allows new faculty members to connect with faculty in the Office of Research in order to […]

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Pandora Papers reveal South Dakota’s role in the global financial system

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has recently begun publishing the Pandora Papers—11.9 million leaked documents showing the offshore accounts of 35 world leaders and more than 100 billionaires, celebrities and business leaders. The publication of these papers drew new attention to South Dakota’s role in the global financial system. Much of the Pandora […]

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Vermillion School District to build new elementary school

Early this month, Vermillion voters approved a bond issue for $26 million to construct a new elementary school. The election, in which 74.8% of voters approved the bond, is the first step toward making the school a reality. Vermillion Public Schools Superintendent Damon Alvey said the new school is necessary because of both the old […]

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ICARE hosts event to combat unhealthy relationships

USD’s ICARE, a campus sexual assault prevention group, is hosting “Because I Love You,” an event to discuss healthy relationships. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the Muenster University Center (MUC) pit at 4:30 p.m. The event is part of Healthy Relationships Month, the organization’s spin on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ICARE […]

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Vermillion-area cloggers attend weekly class

Every Wednesday, Grace Freeman teaches a small clogging class in the Washington Arts Center in Vermillion. The class, drawing roughly five to seven regular attendees, covers the basics as novice cloggers learn simple clogging steps to songs like “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Clogging is an American form of folk dance […]

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SGA expresses support for CDC, no confidence in South Dakota Student Federation

USD’s Student Government Association (SGA) introduced two resolutions and a bill at this week’s meeting. These included a resolution supporting the Center for Diversity and Community (CDC), a resolution of no confidence in the South Dakota Student Federation and a bill to re-codify the SGA Awards. SGA approved the first reading of Senate Bill 68, […]

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National Music Museum reopens for the first time in three years

The National Music Museum in Vermillion closed its doors for renovations in fall 2018. After three years, the museum is now letting patrons back in to see the completed west portion of the museum, including a temporary exhibit space and a performance hall. Michael Suing, the interim director of the National Music Museum, said the […]

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