Increase in Student Volunteers at Humane Society

USD student involvement at the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton had increased in the past year. Currently, there are over 150 volunteers with a mix of community members and students. In total, there are 25 students volunteering this year.  The Heartland Humane Society is an animal shelter for unwanted animals. They take care of a […]

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Non-Profit Celebrates 50 Year in Vermillion

Sesdac, a non-profit organization that provides services and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, celebrated 50 years of service to Vermillion on March 24. Sesdac held an open house for USD students and Vermillion residents. Dr. Don Monroe was the founder of the Southeast South Dakota Activity Center, Inc., later known as Sesdac, in […]

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Alcohol Anonymous Numbers Decreasing on Campus

There has been a decrease in the number of students involved in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. In the Delzell Education building, USD student Wesley McDonald, holds recovery meetings for students who want to overcome addiction. For those seeking tailored support, it might be beneficial to explore other options such as alcohol […]

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Award Winning Professor Back in Fine Arts Department

Young Ae Kim has returned to USD as professor in the graphic design program after teaching at SDSU for five years.  In the beginning of Kim’s career, she wanted to be a doctor. However, she changed her major after realizing that she wanted to do something she enjoyed. In 2000, she graduated from Sookmyung Women’s […]

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UPD Speaks about Sexual Assault on Campus

USD has sent two timely warnings since Jan. 1, 2023, regarding sexual-based violence.  There is concern whether these acts are getting more frequent. However, Bryant Jackson, the UPD Chief of Police, said that these occurrences are rare for USD.  However, sexual assault can be confused with sexual abuse and rape. Jackson describes someone being physically […]

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Two Major Bills Unanimously Voted on and Sent to Government Affairs

The student organization reports at SGA’s meeting consisted of USD Tiospaye, The Honors Association and TED X. These organizations spoke about some events they held last semester. They also mentioned some of the events they hope to hold during this year.   For the advisor report, Kim Grieves, the Dean of Students, talked about activities that are […]

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House Bill Introduced to Potentially Scrap the Bar Examination Requirement

There is a shortage of lawyers in South Dakota. Earlier this month, Rep. Mary Fitzgerald introduced a solution to this problem with a bill to remove the bar exam for USD students who are attending the Knudson School of Law.  House Bill (HB) 1076 would award law graduates who plan to stay in South Dakota […]

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Marijuana Dispensary Opens Downtown

Dakota Herb is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in downtown Vermillion. It opened early November of last year and is one of three dispensaries opened by Dakota Herb in South Dakota.   In 2020, South Dakota residents voted to approve Initiated Measure 26, thus legalizing medical marijuana. This allows South Dakota residents to buy […]

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Diederich Helps Volleyball Team Start the Season 

Junior outside hitter Evelyn Diederich could not imagine anything other than volleyball. From childhood to her teen years, and now into adulthood, she could not picture any moment of her life without volleyball.   In her senior year of high school, Diederich was named Class 6A Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Stater while […]

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