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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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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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Student Government released the unofficial results for those elected to the 2020-2021 SG positions, following elections that took place last Tuesday and Wednesday.

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In response to SIUE’s recent and sudden transition to online courses, SIUE’s Director of the Registrar Laura Strom announced in an email Thursday that there are new guidelines for withdrawals.

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With the coronavirus outbreak suspending on-ground classes and shutting down on-campus academic resources, students no longer have the convenience of walking to the Tutoring Success Center and receiving help.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily forced many people to leave their jobs or to work from home, there are a few professions that still need their employees to make the trip to work. One of these jobs is that of a police officer.

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University Housing announced in an email Monday afternoon that they would be giving refunds to residents who have moved out of their housing assignments.

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The SIU Board of Trustees approved a resolution during a special meeting on Monday to allow SIU System President Daniel Mahony, or any designees that he chooses, to authorize partial refunds to students.

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With formerly in-person courses being suddenly transitioned to online formats, students who once thrived at SIUE are now at risk of falling behind. Multiple entities on campus are working to make sure that doesn’t happen, namely ITS and ACCESS.

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Students who were planning to move out of on-campus housing on Sunday, March 22, will have to change their plans in light of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement of the stay-at-home order, according to an email sent out by Director of University Housing Mallory Sidarous.

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On March 11, SIUE extended spring break by week in response to COVID-19. Four days later, the school announced that all on-campus courses will be moved online until the end of the semester. Behind these decisions is a team working around the clock to keep up with the news and examine what is…