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WOOD RIVER — The Madison County Health Department on Tuesday announced 56 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,905 cases.

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Following a heated discussion surrounding racial terms, which took place on SIUE’s discuss listserv, the Office of the Chancellor shut the listserv down. Now, the office is creating a committee to reevaluate the purpose of the forum.

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SIUE, along with almost every other college in the world, was forced to alter its spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, SIUE has been working to prepare for the fall in order to make it less turbulent.

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SIUE released its “Our Cougar Commitment” plan on June 30, detailing the guidelines students can expect to follow upon returning to campus. With the semester quickly approaching, administration hosted a virtual Q&A on July 17 to answer any questions students and their parents still had.

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The news surrounding the pandemic is never ending, making it hard to keep up with the precautionary measures one’s own campus is taking. Here’s what you can expect fall to look like, according to Our Cougar Commitment plan:

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SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois declined significantly over the holiday weekend and into Monday, touching their lows since the state began reporting the figures daily in April.

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SIUE’s Anti-Racism Task Force has been around for just under a month, but they plan to make SIUE a more inclusive and accepting campus. The specifics of their plans are not yet set, but meetings have begun as the task force aims to act with a “Fierce Urgency of Now,” as stated in messages fr…

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A statue of Ninian Edwards, the namesake of Edwardsville, has come under scrutiny due to Edwards’s stance on slavery, as well as his opinions on Native Americans. Recently, community members have been rising up demanding that the statue be removed and the Ninian Edwards Plaza be renamed.

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After the Office for Accessible Campus Community and Equitable Student Support released a survey asking students their concern level for returning to campus in the fall, students reached out to The Alestle to voice a mix of concern and excitement at the prospect.

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In response to the death of George Floyd and recent protests, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion hosted listening sessions via Zoom to hear ideas as to how SIUE can improve race relations.

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As police departments are changing their policies in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the SIUE Police Department said they already practice many of the precautions other departments are just now enacting.

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Illinois Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) recently pledged to donate her pay raise to two local organizations: SIUE’s Cougar Cupboard and the Edwardsville branch of I Support the Girls.

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EDWARDSVILLE — The opening of the Land of Goshen Community Market may be almost a month late, but organizers were happy to see customers coming in.

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a curfew for the city, beginning last night. An executive order signed June 2 states that no one is allowed outside from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m. Those exempt from the order include people traveling to and from work and those seeking emergency services.