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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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Lockett elected SIU Student Trustee

From the Southern Illinoisan: Graduate student Brione Lockett will replace Sam Beard as Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s student trustee. Lockett narrowly beat sophomore Josie Arnett in a campus-wide student election, earning 553 votes to Arnett’s 529. The election results were announced Wednesday in the Student Center’s Missouri Room. Student trustees serve one-year terms beginning July 1. The governor designates one…

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SIU alumna earns promotion at iHeartRadio’s Chicago region

From RFFocus, a music and radio industry site: iHeartMedia announced today that Echo Robinson has been named Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Chicago Region, effective immediately. The iHeartMedia Chicago Region has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing six stations comprised of CHR, AC, Hip…

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SIU’s first black graduates reflect on their experiences

From the Southern Illinoisan, this article features SIU alumni Norma Ewing, Harvey Welch and Harold Bardo: Historic moments don’t always feel historic in the moment — three of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s first black graduates are quick to point that out. “I thought of it in terms of a way to get an education and to elevate my life and…

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