There are many Black candidates trying to make history as the first people of their race to hold office. The Metro East is no exception, with many Black candidates for mayor and alderman running to make changes and to make history.
In honor of Black History Month, The Alestle reflected on Black figures in SIUE’s history who shaped both the campus and the larger community.
For years, white people have been proclaimed or proclaimed themselves as “allies” for standing side-by-side with oppressed minorities. However, with increasing anti-racist training, some are rejecting the term entirely.
As comic book collectors from across the area gathered in Collinsville, Illinois, this weekend for the Metro East Comic Book Convention, long-time fans could not help but reflect on how far the culture has come since they first started collecting.
“To All the Boys: Always and Forever” occasionally stumbles on its path, but ultimately provides a romantic conclusion that’s touching without a conventional fairytale ending.
In honor of President's Day, we should look back at all of America's presidents and their histories. Reading about it in history books can be boring at times, so listen to this musical history of presidents — both well-known and not.
Students can go in person to the Student Fitness Center for Heart Healthy Week, a series of daily fitness events to encourage healthy lifestyles. Featuring basketball challenges, healthy snacks and a chance to win prizes, students can take a break from virtual events while keeping their hear…
Days before entering his junior year of high school, Henry Lu watched as protests erupted just 30 minutes away in Ferguson, Missouri. Even though Mike Brown’s death was the talk of the whole nation, Lu and other Edwardsville High School students were told to keep quiet.
The Office of Academic Advising is holding virtual events for incoming transfer students to learn more about SIUE. Although the events have undergone some changes, they will continue to be available every Tuesday this month.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, animals were being adopted at such a high rate that some shelters were running out of adoptable animals. These animals are now trying to adjust to life without their owners who are starting to leave for work and school again.
Several studies suggest it can make all the difference for students of color to see themselves represented in their teachers. While SIUE has made considerable progress in areas of diversity, some faculty members say there is still more work to be done in and out of the classroom.
If “The Little Things” were bread, it would be plain, white bread. No peanut butter. No jelly. But on the bright side, at least it’s not moldy.
As Todd Berghoff, 1997 School of Engineering graduate, steps into his new role as Director of Business Development at Avion Solutions Inc., he looks back on his time at SIUE.
It’s late January, and we all know what that means: tis’ the season where the New Year’s Resolutions are slowly losing their sparkle and the motivation is waning. With fitness at the top of everyone’s list, I decided to put together a playlist of songs that always get me moving, no matter ho…
Religion is a big topic to even think about, let alone discuss. And with so many religions containing specific guidelines, some people feel as though an non-organized, more interconnected view of spirituality is a good way to feel this side of oneself.
Most people have heard of epilepsy, but don’t know the specifics of the condition. Integrative studies graduate Allany Muniz, of Collinsville, Illinois, started a channel to educate people about the basics and details that aren’t always commonly known.
Shortly after being voted out of his own band, Joe Whiteside got a text asking if he wanted to start another. The text was from Preston Schepers, a then-junior at Alton High School who saw Whiteside’s departure as his chance to fulfill a lifelong goal.
The murder of George Floyd served as a catalyst for calls of racial justice around the nation. It also marked the beginning of Uncomfortable Conversations, weekly Zoom conversations about race, politics, religion and more.
While The Intrusion has not yet released original music, this playlist gives a taste of the generations of rock and roll their music is influenced by.
Libraries are hubs for resources, but with the pandemic, they are creating new ways to serve the public. From call-in services to virtual interaction, local librarians are getting creative.
Prior to watching Netflix’s newest true-crime docuseries, I associated Richard Ramirez with “American Horror Story’s” Billy Idol-loving Satanist. I expected “Night Stalker” to paint a more realistic biography of this character. Instead, I got something better.
The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed SIUE’s winter graduates of their in-person commencement, which means a lot to some students. As the semester draws to a close, some grads from last spring offer their advice on how to move forward from graduation in the pandemic.
Santa is finding creative and safe ways to visit kids this holiday season everywhere from behind acrylic and railings to fully online virtual meetings.
Due to the high risk of contracting COVID-19, residents in nursing homes have been cut off from their families for months. However, many nursing homes and community members are doing what they can to make the time stuck inside a little easier.
A new group on campus called Cougars for Changing Campus Culture wants to redefine what it means to be an ally, and give students the resources they need to fight against oppression.
Many restaurants are working creatively to balance following CDC guidelines, sheltering their customers from bad weather while indoor dining isn’t allowed and keeping their businesses afloat.
Every now and then, an idea comes along that seems so fresh and carries so much potential, it can inspire an energy within fans that appears obsessive and off-putting to outsiders. “Star Trek,” “Hamilton,” “Homestuck,” “Rick and Morty” and “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” are a few exa…
Just because 2020 has been the year of cancellations doesn’t mean we have to completely forego holiday celebrations. Here are some events in the St. Louis area this holiday season with measures in place to keep attendees safe and healthy.
One of the greatest phenomena of the pandemic has been the trending video games like “Among Us” or “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” In a world where there has been little else to do, students have been using video games to stay connected.
Panelists reflected on their experiences with race in childhood and how it shaped them and their current perspectives on race in the final “So You Want to Be Anti-racist?” session of the semester.
The Edwardsville and SIUE chapters of I Support The Girls, an organization that collects bras and menstrual hygiene products for people in need, have seen a spike in demand for their products due to COVID-19, but cannot use their usual methods of distribution.
As the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion hosts events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, some are calling for the university to better represent Indigenous people year-round.
Dorian Electra’s newest album, “My Agenda,” delivers a unique sound that might split hyperpop fans, while also commenting on the conflict between the incel and LGBTQ+ cultures.
After two half-semesters of virtual teaching, professors are learning to connect with their students in new ways, but it can still be challenging to get the level of engagement they want.
With COVID-19 limiting peer interaction, students are becoming increasingly reliant on other forms of communication. This includes using RateMyProfessors to size up prospective professors and instructors.
The Arts & Issues Event “Living the Legacy to Empower the Future” was a conversation held Oct. 29 between Assistant Professor of Political Science Timothy Lewis and Ilyasah Shabazz, an author, professor and daughter of activist Malcolm X. Shabazz highlighted parallels between her father’…
Instead of having their phones ring off the hook, students may notice a lot more texts coming through. This is because political texts are becoming the new political calls in the hopes of reaching a younger generation, but young people may not know real people are sending the messages.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased social media usage during an election year, creating a perfect storm for misinformation. As tech companies blur the line between information and entertainment, voters are left to piece together what is true and false — at least, to them.
Many members of the LGBTQ+ community are worried that their right to marry hangs in the balance with newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Differing opinions and views are important during elections, and at SIUE, many international students have formed strong and diverse opinions on the matter.
“Remixed and Reimagined: Innovations in Religion, Spirituality, and (Inter)faith in Higher Education” is a new co-edited book inviting readers to re-examine the way higher education has studied religion, spirituality and interfaith.
Those searching for a supernatural experience this Halloween don’t need to look beyond the Metro East — or even leave campus.
With necks snapping, faceless figures and creepy children in the trailer, the producers of “Bly Manor” made the show seem like a horror series. After binging the series last week on Netflix, I found it to be more of an 1800s gothic romance, but mystical nonetheless.
As the fight for equality for LGBTQ+ individuals continues in America, advocates and members of the community remember how far they’ve come, and what still needs to be done.
COVID-19 has affected many small businesses, including those run by SIUE students. While some student business owners benefit from the flexibility of online learning, others miss the structure of in-person classes.
During a typical election year, the walls of Sacred Grounds Cafe in Edwardsville, a popular study spot, are lined with posters of various themes and colors for patrons to take as they wish. This year, the display is hands-off, but the posters are being displayed online.
After 52 years in the basement of the MUC, University Hair is no more. Former owners Cindy and Terry Knebel have taken up shop at Tribe Hair Salon in Glen Carbon and University Hair’s space has become the Health Service Annex.
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month has begun at SIUE, and it’s continuing through mid-October with virtual events like inclusive conversations, a lotería game and Latin American cooking demonstrations.
While local formalwear businesses, which rely on large gatherings and events, have taken a hit due to COVID-19, owners are using technology and new ideas to stay afloat.