After members of the SIUE community voiced concerns regarding statements made about reports of a white employee spitting on the vehicle of a Black employee, university leadership took to the email announce listserv to break the silence.
With the chaos and confusion that COVID-19 brought last semester, SIUE was concerned about enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester declining. However, new numbers show this concern will not prove to be an issue.
As students prepare for a fall semester under COVID-19 limitations, Counseling Services reports relatively steady numbers despite the lack of face-to-face sessions.
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.
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.
The Board of Directors for the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School has elected a new president.
The latest DREAM Collective webinar honed in on how white anti-racist allies can contribute to equality and inclusion while avoiding being too passive.
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.
Many international students were worried about the future when it was announced earlier this month they would be deported if their classes moved online, but those worries have been alleviated as the policy was rescinded. The rescission, however, will still shape the future of international l…
The funding allocation for the SIU system has been brought under scrutiny by the SIUE Faculty Senate in the last few years, with pushes for change being reasserted in recent months.
The Board of Trustees approved Gireesh Gupchup, former dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy, as the new system vice president at their meeting last week.
At the SIU Board of Trustees’s latest meeting, the Academic Matters Committee voted to approve changes to SIUE’s academic programs, including restructuring several departments and adding 11 accelerated bachelor’s to master's programs.
After arriving at SIUE in 2017 as the director of Counseling Services, Courtney Boddie will soon be assuming the additional position of associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion.
Leading social justice advocacy groups came together in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences to discuss how quality education should be upheld as a Constitutional right for all. The conversation was in response to a recent federal court ruling.
A local movement has gained traction recently, which demands the relocation of the Ninian Edwards statue and the renaming of the Ninian Edwards Plaza. The Edwardsville City Council addressed this group at a meeting last week, and the aldermen and citizens briefly explained their views on rel…
The Academic Continuity Task Force held a town hall meeting via Zoom on July 10, in which they discussed recommendations for the fall semester, including a new Ambassador Program and specific course evaluations for online classes.
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:
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.
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…
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.
The SIU Diversity Advisory Council recently hosted a meeting to propose new mandates in an effort to subvert institutionalized racism, citing ideas that included system-wide racial awareness training and minimizing the importance of standardized testing when considering incoming freshmen.
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.
The role of the SIU system vice president is expanding as System President Dan Mahony voices his recommendation for the new vice president for academic innovation, planning and partnerships. The Board of Trustees will vote on his recommendation July 9.
Over the summer, many changes to SIUE’s Dining Services have been finalized — both in the Morris University Center and elsewhere on campus — according to Director of Dining Services Dennis Wobbe.
During a recent forum hosted by the DREAM Collective, questions arose on whether universities should factor in free speech violations when punishing racist behavior.
As Gov. J.B. Pritzker has moved Illinois into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, the Cougar Commitment Plan was sent in an email to students detailing what they can expect in the upcoming academic year.
SIU System President Dan Mahony has recommended Dr. Gireesh Gupchup to take on the role of Vice President for Academic Innovation, Planning and Partnerships for the SIU system. Gupchup currently serves as a pharmacy professor and director of University-Community Initiatives at SIUE, and prev…
Statues of historical figures with problematic histories are being taken down in the U.S. and internationally, and this movement has now reached Edwardsville.
More than 400 students, faculty and administrators gathered during the DREAM Collective’s hosted forum, entitled Dismantling Institutionalized Racism in Higher Education.
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.
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.
With an ongoing pandemic and frequent rallies for social justice, fire departments are one of many essential services that have had to adjust quickly to the changes caused by these events.
Hundreds of people gathered across Manchester Avenue in St. Louis at an LGBTQ rally on June 5 to raise awareness about the violence that Black transgender people face.
Shaken by the deaths of George Floyd and Sandra Bland, Prince Robertson, assistant director of student conduct, turned to a new form of activism: He hosted an open meeting with civil rights academics from across the country.
As Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan draws nearer, many small Metro East businesses continue to make policy changes as COVID-19 cases have largely decreased across the state.
Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #328 is hosting a fundraiser called Mustache Mayhem to benefit SIUE students who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Monday’s town hall meeting held via Zoom, the Academic Continuity Task Force announced five possible courses of action for SIUE during the fall semester.
St. Clair County wants to be the host site for the headquarters of the new U.S. Space Command on land that previously had been proposed for the $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters.
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.
For the past three weeks, many across the nation have been breaking out their art supplies, Black Lives Matter banners and megaphones in protest of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
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.