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After much public outcry against a statue of Edwardsville’s namesake, Ninian Edwards, the city council finally announced they would rename the Ninian Edwards plaza, and try to add a plaque describing Edwards’ history last week during the Administration and Community Services Committee meeting. 

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SIUE has announced it will not hold a traditional graduation ceremony at the end of the fall semester. This follows the cancellation of Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Starting this fall, the SIUE School of Business is offering a new cybersecurity specialization. Through all-new curriculum and partnerships, this program aims to fill large cybersecurity job vacancies in Illinois and around the country. 

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While fewer people on campus means fewer crisis intervention calls to SIUE police, students may be less likely to seek mental health services in an online format, raising concerns. 

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The pandemic continues to change certain aspects of Dining Services. Most recently, Skywalk Cafe closed, joining Auntie Anne’s as a quick option no longer available to students. 

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University Housing has adopted several policies to limit the spread of COVID-19 within residence halls. While the number of disciplinary hearings due to violations is low, residents may be subjected to a variety of other sanctions depending on the circumstances.

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Health Service has been offering COVID-19 screening tests to members of the SIUE community, but many available appointment slots have gone unused. To increase testing on campus, mobile screening sites will now be in residential communities over the next few weeks.

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Certifiable changes, such as the Political Science Department requiring students to take classes related to race and identity, led SIUE to win the HEED Award for its diversity efforts. 

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Despite the prevalence of “anti-maskers,” SIUE’s mask mandate has been received positively by the campus community, according to the dean of students and MUC staff.

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The statewide COVID-19 test positivity rate hit its lowest point since July 26 on Wednesday as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,337 new cases of the virus among 48,029 test results reported over the previous 24 hours.

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Region 4’s positivity rate has consistently been above the 8 percent  threshold established in the Restore Illinois plan since mid-August, leading new mitigations to take effect Sept. 2, including the following:

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SIUE’s enrollment staff is dealing with a problem that many colleges around the country are trying to address— keeping admissions numbers up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Over the summer, Lis Pankl was chosen as the new dean of Library and Information Services at SIUE. Pankl assumed this role earlier this month and said she hopes to bring new potential to the Lovejoy Library and help it grow in many ways.