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EDWARDSVILLE — After approval of the Madison County Board of Health’s plan to reopen the county’s economy amidst Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s phased reopening plan, Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton talked about what this “rift” means for city residents and business owners.

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Senior political science major Gavin Rodden, of Alton, Illinois, is one of many graduating this month. He’s made a name for himself in the political science department for tackling Russian election interference on his senior assignment. 

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As the school year comes to a close, some students are worried that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to the next school year being online as well. That prospect can be especially worrying for graduating seniors who plan on becoming teachers.

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The upcoming presidential election won’t look the same as previous years due to pandemic precautions, such as social distancing causing an increase in online campaigning and fear of voting in person.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate is higher than it has been in years, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people out of work, people have had trouble paying for their basic needs, like food.

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With emails regarding refunds flooding student inboxes, it can be hard to keep track of all this new information. Here are the basics: 

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As the spring semester nears an end, SIUE has to collect textbooks for the start of the summer semester. It has been decided that students must either drop them off in a designated box behind the library, or they must ship them back at their own expense.

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COVID-19 has become the top priority of almost every hospital in the world. Meanwhile, there are still patients who need medical assistance for different reasons.

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While some local restaurants and shops are closing down during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, many are continuing operations and making sure their customers know they are in good hands. Extra precautions have been put in place, such as glove and mask wearing and around-the-clock sa…

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The current state of the world has made current SIUE students and incoming freshmen unsure about how they will continue their education.

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When one asks new members of the Student Government executive branch their goals for their terms, each SG member is guaranteed to give a unique answer.

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On Wednesday, the Chancellor’s Council meeting centered around the topic that’s been on the minds of students, faculty and staff alike: refunds.

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It has been a month since Cougar Cupboard gave out boxes with three weeks of food to students in need, now making it time to replenish students’ pantries. However, the staff now faces unique challenges due to the pandemic.

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While the federal government will be providing many Americans with $1,200 checks to help those left without work during the coronavirus pandemic, many are left wondering if they are eligible or not. Students in particular have lots of questions.

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The last major pandemic the world faced was in 2009 with swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus. Comparing that outbreak to the one we are currently experiencing, it’s clear which has had the bigger impact.