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Special Board of Trustees meeting addresses fee refunds, housing and COVID-19

Left: Pulliam Hall can be seen Jan. 30, 2017, on the university's Carbondale campus. Right: The cougar statue can be seen Jan. 27, 2017, on the university’s Edwardsville campus. (Photos by Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

By Rana Schenke, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

The SIU System Board of Trustees voted to delegate authority for student refunds to system president Daniel Mahony.

Carbondale Police searching for missing woman

Carbondale Police searching for missing woman

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2020

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. 

They work multiple positions but get paid for one: Civil service staff share their stories

The sunset illuminates Pulliam Hall with warm light Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. (Brian Mu–noz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 25, 2020

About a third of SIU’s civil service staff have left campus in the past 10 years and now many employees are taking on the responsibilities of multiple positions or even whole departments. But many are not getting paid for all the additional work.

Over 3,000 sign petition for SIU to offer pass/fail option

Over 3,000 sign petition for SIU to offer pass/fail option

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 25, 2020

Students and SIU community members are petitioning the school to give a pass/fail option for classes because of the pandemic closure.

COVID-19 Update: Pritzker discusses lack of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers, first responders

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds a press conference at the SIU communications building in Carbondale on Tuesday, January 21. Pritzker spoke about plans for the new communications building, as well as his Rebuild Illinois plan.

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker talked about the state’s need for equipment for first responders during COVID-19. 

Opinion: Smiling through uncertain tears: The struggles of wedding planning in the midst of COVID-19

Reporter Bethany Rentfro with her fiance, Collin Heyde.

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2020

"As the CDC’s urge for social distancing and limiting large gatherings becomes stronger and more serious, us brides are wondering whether we should cancel, postpone or forge ahead with our weddings," staff reporter Bethany Rentfro writes.

SIU halts chancellor interviews amid coronavirus pandemic

The sunset illuminates Pulliam Hall with warm light Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. (Brian Mu–noz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 19, 2020

The university is halting all interviews with potential candidates for chancellor of SIUC because of growing fears of the coronavirus, according to a release by system president Dan Mahony.

SIU will not hold commencement in May, looking at alternate formats

Marie-Esperanoce Namage Baseleba waves the Democratic Republic of Congo's flag to her family on Saturday, May 11, 2019 during the 2019 commencement inside the SIU Arena.  Baseleba, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, received her degree in Computer Engineering.

By Staff Report, News Desk

March 19, 2020

SIU will not be holding the traditional commencement ceremony in May, according to an update on the coronavirus webpage. 

COVID-19 Update: Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Williamson and Jackson county

COVID-19 Update: Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Williamson and Jackson county

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 19, 2020

Two positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Williamson and Jackson counties on Wednesday.

COVID-19 update: Illinois has 288 positive cases of coronavirus across 17 counties

COVID-19 update: Illinois has 288 positive cases of coronavirus across 17 counties

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 18, 2020

Gov. JB Pritzker updated the state about COVID-19 from Murphysboro on Wednesday and announced that there are now 288 positive cases of coronavirus across 17 counties.

COVID-19 and Carbondale: Local businesses feel the effects

The Strip on S. Illinois Ave stands empty on Tuesday, March 17.

By Chloe Schobert, Graphic Designer

March 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the United States in unprecedented territory. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all public and private schools, bars, and restaurants that have dine-in options to close temporarily until March 30. 

Primary results amid the pandemic: Biden claims the most Illinois delegates

Local polling stations across hold voting for the Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020 in Waverly, IL.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

March 18, 2020

Illinoisans turned out to vote in Tuesday's primary despite the COVID-19 pandemic and they gave the most Democratic delegates to former Vice President Joe Biden.

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