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Mel Foster places her pistol into her holster at the Women's Shooting Club at the Tombstone Gun Range on April, 11, 2021. Before joining the group, Foster had taken a couple of home defense classes. Foster has been taking classes for several years and is a concealed carry license holder.

‘More American:’ Minority Communities and Gun Ownership

By Oreoluwa Ojewuyi, Staff Reporter May 14, 2021
Protection, sex, race and more are all reasons that women and minority communities have crossed over into the world of guns. The growing diversity of American gun ownership defies the idea of the typical gun owner. 
A #Blackgunsmatter banner hangs in one of the booths at the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show on April 10 and 11, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. “I would tell Black people who are considering getting a gun to do your research to talk to people you trust people who know something about guns. Go to the gun range. Find something that fits you to for it and don’t be afraid of it,” Marc Ford, a Black gun owner, said.

‘Black guns matter’

By Oreoluwa Ojewuyi, Staff Reporter May 14, 2021
I have avoided and abhorred guns for the majority of my life but on the weekend of April 10th to 11th I stepped into the heart of American gun culture at the Wanenmacher's Gun Show in Tulsa Oklahoma, which is regarded as the largest gun show in the world. 
People wait in line at the Gun Buyback event on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Decatur, Ill.

Gun buybacks: A successful way to engage the community?

By Kallie Cox, Editor-in-Chief May 13, 2021
On the afternoon of April 2nd, Decatur Illinois held their first ever gun buyback event. More than 100 people gathered at the Community Church of God to return their rifles, pistols and old magazines in exchange for cash and no questions asked. Police said they bought back $40,000 worth of weapons during the event. 
A spectator looks on as Jack B. and Seth M. loaded guns at a shooting range in the Chicago, Ill. suburbs.

Left wing gun owners look for ‘a healthy amount of detente’

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter May 12, 2021
At a gun range in the suburbs of Chicago Seth M. shows me an AR, or Armalite Rifle, that’s become infamous as a tool for mass shootings.
Demonstrators hold up a rainbow flag as they march outside of the White House during the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington D.C., June 11, 2017.

Biden admin reinstates health care protections for trans people, here’s what changed:

By Bailey Aldridge, The News & Observer, Tribune Content Agency May 10, 2021
President Joe Biden's administration announced Monday it will restore protections from health care discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Southern Illinois University held its commencement ceremonies in Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. May 8.

Gallery: SIU Commencement Ceremonies

May 9, 2021
Southern Illinois University held its commencement ceremonies in Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. May 8.
Poem about racism at SIU distributed throughout communications building

Poem about racism at SIU distributed throughout communications building

By Kallie Cox, Editor-in-Chief May 8, 2021
Just under a dozen posters with an anonymous poem titled “White Walls” detailing racism at SIU were distributed throughout the communications building on the last day of school. They were still up on Saturday.
SIU Dietetic Interns Ashely Johnson, left, James Carmichael, Melanie Tharp, Arianna Bolivar, and Mariah Nelson stand for a portrait on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Quigley Hall at SIU. The Dietetic interns along with the undergraduates in Student Nutrition Academic Council (SNAC) have been producing a video series called Tasty Videos. These videos are made for the Murphysboro Food Pantry, to help show people coming into the pantry by showing quick cooking tutorials on how to make their meals more nutritious with things from the pantry.

Dietetics interns made educational videos to work around COVID restrictions

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter May 4, 2021
A group of grad students in SIU’s nutrition program waded into unfamiliar territory this year, making a series of educational videos for the Unity Point school district health fair and Murphysboro Food Pantry.
Aikido club returns, teaches peaceful martial art

Aikido club returns, teaches peaceful martial art

By Elena Schauwecker, Staff Reporter May 2, 2021

 SIU’s aikido club has returned after a year of COVID-19 restrictions. This club, hosted three times per week at the Student Recreation Center, is unique in its non-violent approach to martial arts.  Aikido...

Tara Nelsen, leader of Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance (SIPA) makes preparations before starting a smudging ritual on Wednesday April 14, 2021, inside the Labyrinth near Gaia House Interfaith Center, in Carbondale Ill. “We have been doing this since 1998 and I will continue doing it,” Nelsen said.

Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance welcomes all

By Jamilah Lewis, Staff Reporter April 30, 2021
The welcoming atmosphere of the Gaia House interfaith center is home to various religions/faiths and organizations, one of them being the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance.
Photo courtesy of the Mayor-Elect's Transition Team

Tishaura Jones, first Black female mayor of St. Louis, emphasizes transforming public safety

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021
Tishaura Jones, who made city history on April 6 when she became the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis, has quickly gone to work making changes to the city’s public safety infrastructure.
The Anna Veterans' Home is a 50-bed nursing care facility for eligible veterans that opened in 1994 Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Anna, Ill.

Illinois veterans’ homes receive aid to cope with quarantine

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter April 28, 2021
At the start of the pandemic, retirement home safety became a top priority in the U.S. as those most vulnerable to COVID-19 were together in a relatively small space, but after a year a new concern arose: mental health.
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