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Almost nobody is intentionally bigoted, but basically everyone has said or done something bigoted in their life, often without being aware. That’s not a bad thing, so long as you are willing to correct that behavior; making mistakes is the most effective way to learn.

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Award shows, listen up! While animation is widely regarded as a genre—since it’s classified that way in award shows such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes—animation is an art form rather than a genre.

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As the historic election of 2020 grew nearer, I wrote an article discussing third party options in the U.S. during that election. I volunteered to cover the topic because, as the fledgling political science major I was, I was passionate about the issue, and wanted every American — not just m…

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By now most people have heard the infamous story about Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend allegedly having a concerning side effect on his genitals after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The tweet was quickly debunked by medical professionals, but the damage was already done. Fans protested outsid…

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Raising the minimum wage has been a frequent topic of discussion the last few years, but few mention how much the minimum wage of tipped workers lags behind. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but the minimum wage for servers and hospitality workers is only $2.13. In Illinois, our mi…

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Within just the last two years, multiple campus coffee shop storefronts like the Lovejoy Library’s Starbucks and the former location of Kaldi’s are left sitting empty by campus closures. As many students and staff depend on caffeine to get through the day, there’s mounting pressure on SIUE t…

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At a surface level, SIUE’s name change process seems like an easy, inclusive way for students — especially those who are transgender — to go by their chosen name. But when many services on campus use your legal name and even greet you out loud with it, it fails at its main purpose. 

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Editor's Note: The Alestle is standing by our use of Lorde's "Solar Power" cover because it is artistic nudity. It is an image of Lorde just existing as a nude woman and not for the purpose of objectification. It is actually more oppressive to say a woman expressing her body artistically is …

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With subject lines like “GET THIS SUMMER JOB” and “free job opening” getting more common in our SIUE inboxes, it’s worrying that SIUE’s filters aren’t catching spam emails more often. Whether it means getting better spam filters or teaching staff and students to be more aware, something need…

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Social media sites like Instagram and Twitter seem increasingly plagued with “bots” — fake social media accounts which are automated and run by software instead of real people. These bots have generated an increasing amount of misinformation and spam messages in recent years, and we at The A…

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Most women who try to obtain a designer body do not realize the consequences for women everywhere and the message that it sends to little girls who observe us. Thin, smooth and voluptuous ideals of women have become the standard that has a negative impact on girls and women.

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As a student newspaper, we at The Alestle have multiple jobs to accomplish, but none of that is possible without the cooperation of the SIUE community being readily available and willing to talk with us.

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To help promote body positivity, people on TikTok have been posting videos dancing to “Folding Chair” by Regina Spektor, mainly to the lyrics, “I’ve got a perfect body / ‘Cause my eyelashes catch my sweat.” The notion that our bodies are perfect because they work is something I’ve seen a lot…

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April grades bring May finals. This month is the month of stress among students and faculty alike across universities. And with COVID-19, the stress only increases. Although we’ve written about stressful group projects in the past (and received some counter-arguments), finals are a very diff…

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“Super-straight” is a sexuality proposed by young men on TikTok to mean sexual attraction to cisgendered people of the opposite sex. In short, some teenage boys were mad about the prospect of being called transphobic for not wanting to be with a trans woman, so they made up a sexuality that …