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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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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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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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An email was sent out May 28 by Chancellor Randy Pembrook going over the steps that will be taken to slowly reopen SIUE’s campus. The next day, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan allowed all of Illinois to enter Phase 3 of restoring the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As Congress debates passing the HEROES Act, which would provide a second round of stimulus checks, many college students are continuing to face financial hardships, especially those who did not receive a check from the first round.

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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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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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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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Despite changes in course structure and schedule, faculty and staff are trying to get through this time alongside their students.

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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.