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I began going to music festivals my senior year of high school, beginning with the now-dead local LouFest. Since then, I have gone to Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta for other festivals, such as Shaky Knees, in Atlanta. After my first experience, I could not wait to go again.

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Like many students, the COVID-19 pandemic has left our staff feeling like we lack control over many facets of our lives. We’re all struggling with a lack of normalcy. While staying in your pajamas sounds like a good plan, getting dressed when you wake up can help bring back some of that norm…

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It’s been a few weeks since SIUE has moved formerly in-person classes online, and many students hoped it would be a seamless transition. However, some people are finding that their teachers are loading on more assignments than were in the original syllabus, adding on papers and extra tests p…

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Like most college students, our staff has faced our shared fears about the transition to fully online classes. On one of the last nights we could come into work, our reporter John raised quite an interesting one: How awkward would it be if students felt the need to ask their instructor to go…

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 and increasing numbers of associated casualties has driven President Donald Trump to extend the national guidelines for shutdown to April 30. For those who are ignoring stay-at-home orders and continue to associate with large groups of people, please stop. Trust …

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Learning how to make mistakes is something that all people must learn. Music, fine art, theatre, speech and creative writing all have one thing in common: to succeed, you have to make mistakes and learn from them. 

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In the midst of complete uncertainty and panic, it can be hard for us as college students to look beyond our own fears and frustrations. Some of us are booking cheap flights as a distraction, while others are checking Blackboard every five minutes for updates. No matter what coping method we…

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When I was with my family in England over winter break, I found an envelope of family photographs which dated back to the last years of the Victorian era. I sat on the floor at the foot of my 102-year-old great-grandmother’s chair. She still knew every name of every person I asked her about,…

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The job of a police officer is to threaten people. They carry with them the threat of punishment enforced by the government for anyone who is caught breaking a law. If you don’t act in a certain way around police, the police will use physical force against you and get away with it.

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Let’s be real for a second: You probably don’t look as hot as you do in your Tinder profile pictures as you on any average day. Whether you’re looking for a quick hookup or something “real,” we all comb through our camera roll to find the perfect pictures. It’s standard practice, it’s human …

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In the wake of the tragic news of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s passing this week, we are all reminded to hold our loved ones close.Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA championship winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is arguably one of the best shoot- ing guards and small forwards of all t…

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It can be hard for students to keep up with everything. Some of us attend school full-time and work multiple jobs just to keep our debt from building up quick- er. We don’t have absolute control over our circumstances, and it can be pretty hard just to get by. If you can’t keep up with it al…

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There’s this fantasy I have where everything meaningful thing I’ve accomplished and every positive thought I’ve ever had about myself are lies. All of my good qualities and experiences can be lumped up and dismissed as invalid, but everything I have ever hated about myself is fundamental to …

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Before going to SIUE, I got a brochure from the school highlighting the percentage of students of color. After becoming a freshman at SIUE in August 2017, one of the first things I heard about was when someone posted the N-word on a black student’s door in Cougar Village. 

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More than 15 million acres of land have been engulfed in flames over recent months throughout Australia. At least 24 human casualties have been reported, and millions of animals have been killed by the fires, according to a TIME article published over a week ago. 

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For those who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can be one of the hardest times of the year. It is a time filled with family and tradition, which draws attention to anyone who is missing and magnifies this loss.

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Every year around the holidays, students finish their semesters and finally get the opportunity to go home and relax with close family and friends. Oftentimes, this is ruined by prying family members who want to know way too much about our personal matters. 

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Studying for big exams can be overwhelming for many, but developing healthy and effective study habits can go a long way toward reducing stress and improving chances of acing exams.

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Just before Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to buy into the streaming trend and purchase Disney Plus. While I don’t regret giving my debit card information in exchange for “A Goofy Movie” and “Tangled,” I can’t help but wonder how many more streaming services I’ll subscribe to over time.

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It’s a common practice for people to share what they are thankful for around Thanksgiving, but it’s important to do more than just tell others what you’re thankful for.

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, meaning we will soon have an excuse to indulge in our favorite holiday foods. Many people eagerly look forward to this time of year, but for those struggling with eating disorders, food-centric holidays are likely to be sources of apprehension and anx…

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I am a woman. I also identify as a woman. This is, of course, redundant. Neither statement can be true without the other being true as well. One might think this makes them interchangeable, but that is not the case. People will perceive someone’s political stance very differently depending o…

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“I didn’t realize anybody was fronting candidates yet. I don’t think either of the parties have had their caucus yet to pick. I think it will be pretty similar to last year. Republicans are probably going to rally behind Trump. I mean he has not been doing too bad, and honestly I think the D…

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People often think of transgender people in terms of how well they “pass,” as if there is a universal goal among us to hide who we are. There isn’t, but there are times when I do try to pass for the sake of my safety, convenience or self-esteem. 

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Although food is a necessary component of life, each individual’s relationship with food varies — some positive, some negative. Low-income individuals are at a disadvantage when it comes to developing and sustaining healthy eating habits, and we should keep this in mind when discussing weigh…

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Some adults are hired as recruiters by the military to go to high schools, hang out with children, eat lunch and play sports with them and establish friendships. This is because the relationships they foster make it easier for them to convince the kids to enter armed combat.

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It is no secret that the current political and social climate reflects a large distrust toward mass media. However, the many journalists who strive to provide only the most accurate and unbiased information are being overshadowed by petty quarrels.