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Non-credit course options allow the general public and continuing students to expand their knowledge and seek enrichment. The goals for the courses include enrichment, empowerment and engagement. Students are able to register for courses online at siue.edu/educational-outreach.

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With a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Booksmart” was bound to be a solid movie. And it is. The movie has all the characteristics of a good coming-of-age drama, and it refuses to fall into the trap that so many in this genre have done before.

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Turning away from bad break-ups or other mainstream music topics, artists are using political statements within their lyrics to hopefully create change, ranging from Beyonce’s “Formation” about police brutality or Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” about questioning the wisdom of leaders in power. 

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Last summer, the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability at SIUE began housing Art Hives — a small, community-based project mirrored from a global campaign. Whether it be for therapeutic reasons or just to give someone a place to create, Art Hives brings a sense of community to the area.

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“Cuphead” launched on Xbox and PC in September 2017. Now, it is out on Nintendo Switch, and the masterpiece feels completely at home.

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Autonomous robots are the name of the game in an annual competition called “botball,” which tasks middle school and high school students to work together to program robots based on practical ideas.

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Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature Valerie Vogrin teaches students about writing, literature and English inside of the classroom. However, outside of the classroom, Vogrin has created many fiction works to inspire and educate students beyond the typical curriculum. 

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For people seeking a video game that won’t fight back much, but instead offers an adorable experience that will make them feel great inside, look no further than “Yoshi’s Crafted World.”

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Each major comes with their own trials and tribulations. Not all majors are made equal, either. Sure, some may require more math, some may require more writing, but all university students face their own difficulties in their own specific regards.

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For those on the fence to try something new, SIUE Fencing Club can show students how to be en garde to duel and have fun.

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Ubisoft’s second foray into the realm of persistent online games tops “The Division” by leaps and bounds — standing as a true pinnacle of its genre, adding numerous quality-of-life improvements, a living world and another hyper-realistic city to the first game’s promising formula.

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Two years ago, members of SIUE’s class of 2021 were experiencing a lot of lasts; last football games, last homecomings and last first days. However, sophomore Jordan Lipe could not accept the fact that her last season of color guard in high school would be the last of her life.

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Many think learning one language is hard enough, but junior computer science major Ahmad Masalha, of Dabburiya, Israel, knows seven. Masalha said he wishes more people knew multiple languages so they could all practice new languages together.

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 Micaela Maco, a junior secondary English education major of Centralia, Illinois, is a first-generation Peruvian immigrant. Her parents first came to America before she was born, and the experience of being a child to Peruvian immigrants has shaped her culture and life.

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“New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe” is essentially the same game released in 2012, which is great for those who missed it or never played it because what’s here is some of the best Mario platforming ever, even if the base game feels a little easy. 

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The Alestle staff set out to find the best holiday treats in the Metro East. From lattes and ice cream to festive cookies. We hope you’ve been nice — these treats sure are.

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In the past several years, The 1975 has risen to the forefront of Britpop bands much like Arctic Monkeys and the Neighbourhood. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the band’s third album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” since it was teased by drummer George Daniel in late 2016.

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“Artifact” is Valve’s first new game in years, and it’s quite different from their normal outing. Based on the ridiculously popular “Dota 2,” “Artifact” is a card game that’s unique, difficult, intriguing and all-around fun.

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Out of 13 teams from Lindenwood, Missouri S&T, Webster University and Mizzou, SIUE earned first and third place during the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest on Nov. 3. 

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Student Government’s Angel Tree invites sponsors to help bring gifts to children just in time for the holiday season.  

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Over the last few years, mainstream film has finally begun to widely explore black culture. Releases like “Black Panther” in early 2018 have reinforced the emergence of black cinema in America, just like 2016’s “Moonlight” allowed further success in “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Hate U Give” lat…