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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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2nd annual SIU Diversity and Inclusion Conference on March 22-23

From SIU: “Navigating Professional Challenges and Building Opportunities: Creating a Global Citizenry” is the theme for the second annual System Diversity and Inclusion Higher Education Conference coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale March 22-23. The two-day conference is open to the public. The kick-off is from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 22 at the upper level of Grinnell Hall…

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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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