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The End of the College Roommate?

When Spencer Kiessling was a freshman at the University of South Carolina, he had a terrible roommate experience. “I really didn’t want to have to share a room again,” he says. So when he transferred to the University of Southern Indiana, a public university outside of Evansville, he requested a room all to himself.

And his new school was more than happy to oblige.

“The biggest advantage of your own room is, obviously, the privacy,” says Kiessling, now a junior majoring in environmental science. “Also, it makes it a lot easier for me to focus when I need to get work done.”

For students like Kiessling, who want to increase privacy, enjoy more personal space, and, most importantly, avoid bad roommate experiences, there’s an answer. In the parlance of university residence life, it’s called a “super single”: a room big enough for two people, but reserved for one. A natural outgrowth of the college amenities arms race—the competition to build facilities with ever-more luxurious spaces—super singles cater to a growing number of students willing to pay for a private room.

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Look at me now.

“Dear Caleb:

On Assessment Day, you were administered the ETS® Proficiency Profile. In order to gauge how well you scored, below is your score compared with scores from your peers. Scores from the ETS® Proficiency Profile range from 400-500.

USI FRESHMAN AVERAGE: 436.7
NATIONAL FRESHMAN AVERAGE: 434.5
YOUR SCORE: 470

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The We Are More campaign is a mission to show people that they are more than the things that hold them back. It is an opportunity to bring together those who believe they are broken, flawed or unloved because of the dark places they have been. Your worth extends infinitely past your dark places. TWLOHA-USI wants you to know that the labels, the ugliness and the scars are parts of your journey, but they do not define you. They are a part of your beautiful, unique and continuing story.

Throughout the week of of March 23rd-28th, we’re asking you to finish these statements:


                                              I am more than ___________.
                                                          I am _________.

If you would like to participate, submit your photos via our submission page on our Tumblr, or email them to us at twloha.usi@gmail.com.

We’re compiling photos of people’s statements and will have them on display on our social media, as well as our benefit on Thursday, March 27th.

We hope you’ll join us for this special night of live music, speakers, and celebration as we remind ourselves: 


WE ARE MORE than statistics. 
WE ARE living stories.

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i looked really cute yesterday and it made me feel really confident for the first time in a long time. i went running through our fountain on campus with my fiancé and my friends and i fell down and scraped my hands and my elbows but i felt really alive which was amazing. we all went for a drive and ended up at denny’s where i ate the best blueberry pancakes (pictured above in all their glory) it was wonderful and i fell asleep at 4 AM feeling content with my life.

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VIDEO: The Rob’s Radio Show Interviews Mike Posner

Mike Posner was interviewed by The Rob’s Radio Show, from 106.1 KISS FM in Evansville, IN, before his performance at the University of Southern Indiana’s SpringFest 2012.