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SIUC alumna named rising star of NYC theater scene

Aiesha Dukes, who graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in  co-stars in the critically-acclaimed, off-Broadway musical comedy revue Me the People: The Trump America Musical at the Triad Theater in New York City. Dukes, who portrays nine different characters, is brilliant throughout the production, giving a particularly memorable performance with the ensemble during the Mar-a-Lago skit. … A…

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New medical school associate dean to expand programs to promote diversity, inclusion

The SIU School of Medicine has hired a new associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Wendi Wills El-Amin, who began on Aug.1, says she plans to launch and expand programs to increase high school student interest in medicine and help future doctors avoid unconscious bias when working with patients. Wills El-Amin succeeded Dr. Wesley Robinson McNeese, who helped…

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Letter to the editor: Don’t cut Africana Studies at SIUC

The Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition published a letter to the editor on August 24, in defense of the administration’s proposal to cut the Africana Studies department at SIUC. Here is an excerpt: We are writing to express our deep dismay and concern about the possible closure of the Bachelor of Arts program in Africana Studies at SIU Carbondale, announced at…

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Students protest cuts to Africana Studies department

About 25 students and recent graduates marched through campus Tuesday to protest the administration’s decision to cut the Africana Studies program. “Keep Africana Studies! Meet us outside!” rang through the Student Center as demonstrators rallied inside the building before taking the march to Anthony Hall, where the chancellor’s office is housed.  The undergraduate degree program is on the chopping block…

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Saluki Dick Gregory dies at 84

On August 19, activist and comedian Dick Gregory died at age 84. Gregory attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as noted in his obituary in the Washington Post: He was accepted at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he was captain of the cross-country and track teams and continued winning championships. After his sophomore year, he left college and spent two…

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Three Salukis set for 2016 Olympics in Rio – Southern Illinois Athletics

Three former Saluki student-athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning with the opening ceremony on Friday, August 5. Competition begins on August 6 and concludes on August 20. They will be joined by women’s head coach for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics is none other than SIU alumna and four-time Olympian Connie Price-Smith.

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When is an institution not its people? When it is convenient.

On Main Street, looking past the railroad tracks.

In response to a demand by a group of student activists that the university hold a press conference to admit its problem with institutional racism, Chancellor Brad Colwell stated the following: “The way I’ve been reading the demand is for us to come out say that we are a racist campus or institution and that’s not the case, but are…

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