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Student Spotlight: SIU ceremony is black excellence exemplified

Written by Simbiat Lugboso Photos by Toussaint Mitchell The lives of our people and culture are scrutinized every single day because we break the social norm without even trying. We challenge society and prove to the colonizers that although a minority, our black magic is superior. The 15th annual Black Excellence Ceremony on May 5 at SIU proved how amazing…

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Class of 2018 honored at annual Black Excellence Ceremony

Written by Simbiat Lugboso Photos by Toussaint Mitchell SIU hosted its 15th annual Black Excellence Ceremony on May 5 to celebrate and recognize over 200 graduate and undergraduate students for their academic and leadership achievements. The ceremony featured impactful speeches. Speakers like Janice Cox brought a few people to tears as she explained her journey in life as a “full…

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More than ‘Shaft’: Iconic actor returns to SIU to reflect on 50-year career

From SIU Press Office: Iconic actor Richard Roundtree will reflect on a career that has spanned five decades this week while at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “A Conversation with Richard Roundtree” will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Communications Building’s Christian H. Moe Theater. The program is presented by the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Novotny Lawrence,…

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Lyons named principal of St. Louis prep high school

From the St. Louis American: When Michael Blackshear announced his retirement in November after serving as Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s principal for 10 years, many were wondering who would be able to “fill those big shoes.” “He’d almost become synonymous with Cardinal Ritter College Prep,” said Tamiko Armstead, president of Cardinal Ritter and a former student under Blackshear. Before Blackshear…

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End of an era: Towers residence halls to close

From the Daily Egyptian: As of fall 2018 SIU will no longer house students in the towers, Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced today in a university press release. Student housing will be merged together on West campus to increase student engagement in the upcoming fall semester. “By bringing students together in Thompson Point, we can continue to build a tightly knit, engaged…

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SIU president launches ethics inquiry into chancellor for hiring family

From the Daily Egyptian: SIU’s Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics on Thursday opened two inquiries related to the hirings of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s daughter and son-in-law, as well as searches involving previous coworkers. The decision by SIU President Randy Dunn comes after the Daily Egyptian on Tuesday reported the hiring of Melissa and Jeffrey Germain into university jobs…

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Bryson named interim associate chancellor for diversity

From an SIU news release: Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced today (Jan. 11) the appointment of Todd S. Bryson as the interim associate chancellor for diversity. The appointment was effective this week. Bryson, of Carbondale, is an alumnus of SIU and has served in a number of roles at the university, including positions largely focusing on diversity…

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Students plan to launch social media campaign for Africana Studies

Excerpts from the Daily Egyptian and check out the broadcast interview from WSIL TV: To try to save the Africana studies program from being cut, students are putting together a video campaign to raise awareness and support of the department. … The possibility it could still be eliminated is concerning to students like Kelechi Agwuncha, one of the campaign’s organizers.…

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Video: National expert gives first SIU diversity lecture

This fall, SIU held its Inaugural Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lecture, featuring Tim Wise, a nationally renowned anti-racism activist and writer. A video of the speech was sent to all alumni along with a message from SIU system President Randy Dunn. Check out the full video below to hear Wise’s powerful message!

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