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Jackie Coryton (left) and Mitchell Brandon rehearse for the play, “Hay Fever,” at the McLeod Theater Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “The family that plays together, stays together,” Director Rion Towery said.

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November 18, 2021
Jackie Coryton pours tea while rehearsing the play, “Hay Fever,” at the McLeod Theater Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “Everything from the set, to the costumes, to the props, to the acting, its all done in-house. We build everything, we rehearse everything, everything is done by us in-house, and that requires many, many, many hours and many, many tears,” Director Rion Towery said.

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November 18, 2021
Mitchell Brandon acts in practice for the play Hay Fever at the McLeod Theater Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “I expect a good turnout because its a really funny show... Its really great. I would love a great turnout, because its going to be a great show,” Brandon said.

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November 18, 2021
SIU student, Jackie Coryton, practices for the play, “Hay Fever,” at the McLeod Theater Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “This play is about laughing at our own expense and about laughing about how we behave because we as people, whether within our immediate family or our friends, we all play games with one another,” Director Rion Towery said.

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November 18, 2021
SIU students practice for the play, “Hay Fever,” at the McLeod Theater Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois.

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November 18, 2021
ROTC students exit in a line after presenting the wreath at the Veterans Vigil Wreath ceremony Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “For our ceremony, we present the wreath, and then present arms and hold for 22 seconds to memorialize veterans who have committed suicide. On average, 22 veterans take their lives every day, ranging to about every 65 min, which makes that time for us serious when we stand silent for those 22 seconds,” second year Air force ROTC cadet Angelo Weyer said.

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November 17, 2021
Attendees look at a wreath at the Veterans Vigil Wreath ceremony Nov. 11, 2021 at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. “Our wreath also holds a POW/MIA flag so that our respects are also given to anyone who has been a Prisoner of War or has gone Missing in Action,” Second year Air force ROTC cadet Angelo Weyer said.

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November 17, 2021
West Campus RHA members discuss possible Christmas themed events Nov. 5, 2021 at the Lentz Conference Room in Carbondale, Ill. “We have an event coming up on the 30th of November. We’ll be doing Blitzen Bingo. Please come down to the bottom of Lentz at six o’clock. It includes everything from free lattes and cookies to prizes you can win just by sitting and playing a game of bingo. We’d appreciate it if everyone could show,” Jacob Bowers, vice president of inclusivity for the RHA, said.

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November 17, 2021
An inclusivity sign hangs on a tree near the entrance of Bandys Pumpkin Patch Oct. 13, 2021 in Johnston City, Ill. “This year we have an ADA compliant ramp, so the people in wheelchairs or who have ambulatory issues can get on the hayride. That was very important to us because we had a kid one year who came with their school, and she was in a wheelchair and we did not have that capability, several years ago,” said Kelly Bandy, co-owner of Bandys Pumpkin Patch.

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October 22, 2021
Taylor Hartke poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill.
“I applied for homecoming court because I am a very proud Saluki and I come from a Saluki family and I have so much passion for this school because of the opportunities that it has given myself, a lot of my classmates, and so many other students on campus,” Hartke said.

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October 22, 2021
Majesty Gunn poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. “I applied to homecoming court because I have always been behind the scenes and behind the camera. So, I wanted to take a leap of faith and leave the fear in the boat, like Matthew talks about in the bible, walking out on water and leaving all the fear away and doing something cool with my life. This is a little different. I’m always behind the scenes and I love serving behind the scenes but sometimes you should step out,” Gunn said.

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October 22, 2021
“I want to be a beacon of hope for the little people that aren’t a part of the frats or big clubs like the jocks or like the RSOs. Just because anyone is able to run, anyone has an equal opportunity... I like the challenge,” McKee said.

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October 22, 2021
Isaiah Overton, Undergraduate Student Council President, poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. “Homecoming is really about the school. It’s about choosing two students to represent the entire school, so I think having the two best candidates, regardless of gender, race or creed, that’s what is important,” Overton said.

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October 22, 2021
Emily Buikema poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. “I like representing SIU in all facets so I figured [homecoming court] would be another way to represent SIU and also just have a lot of fun during homecoming,” Buikema said.

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October 22, 2021
Chelsey Varela poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. “Have you ever realized you’ve hindered yourself from these really great opportunities because you’re scared of rejection? I made a promise to myself that I no longer wanted fear to control me…I want to be a role model but I want to put myself out there for myself. I am also representing the first generation students. We’re all out here trying to chase our dreams and we’re all figuring out who we are. I want to be a representation of that,” Varela said.

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October 22, 2021
Brandon Goede poses for a photo Oct. 9, 2021 at the Agriculture Building at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. “I really wanted to be a part of this piece of the history of SIU and be able to say, ‘Hey this is something I did in my time here. This is where I made my mark,’” Goede said.

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October 22, 2021
SIU graduate and former ASL Club president, Tessa Kerouac, signs to students during an ASL Club meeting Sept, 24 2021 at the Student Center in Carbondale, Ill. “When I started at SIU there wasn’t really an active ASL club my freshman year [...] my sophomore year we restarted it and got members back,” Kerouac said.

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October 2, 2021
SIU graduate and former ASL Club president, Tessa Kerouac, signs to students during an ASL Club meeting Sept, 24 2021 at the Student Center in Carbondale, Ill. “When I started at SIU there wasn’t really an active ASL club my freshman year [...] my sophomore year we restarted it and got members back,” Kerouac said.

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October 2, 2021
Seth Jacobs signs to Kacia Houston during an ASL Club meeting Sept, 24 2021 at the Student Center in Carbondale, Ill. “The [ASL] club tries to have events like the one we are doing here right now but it is challenging because there is a very small deaf community here,” said Brittany Fredrick, ASL club advisor and ASL instructor at SIU Carbondale.

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October 2, 2021
Southern Illinois Salukis football player Devin Love (#65) gets set to hike the football in the game against Illinois State University Sept. 25, 2021 at the Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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October 2, 2021
SIU spirit team and the Marching Salukis perform at the opening ceremony before the kickoff for the football game against Illinois State University Sept. 25, 2021 at the Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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September 27, 2021
Saluki mom Amanda Jackson (left) and SIU student Ashley Jackson (right) sing “Fancy” by Reba Sept. 24, 2021 during the Family Weekend karaoke event at the SIU student center in Carbondale, Ill. “I just wanted to make some memories for family weekend.” Ashely Jackson said.

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September 27, 2021
Sandra Cafey (left), Saluki mom Tameoa Johnson (middle), Saluki mom Tanya Dunlap (right) and SIU student Latanya Dunlap (back) sing “People Everyday” by Arrested Development  Sept. 24, 2021 at the karaoke event in the SIU Student Center during Family Weekend in Carbondale, Ill. “I can’t sing. It’s for entertainment purposes only.” Tanya Dunlap said.

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September 27, 2021
Brockton Tonkinson sings Blue Suede’s “Hooked On a Feeling” during the Family Weekend karaoke event Sept. 24, 2021 at the SIU Student Center in Carbondale, Ill. “I had a blast.”  Tonkinson said.

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September 27, 2021
Marching Salukis’ brass section plays at the Football game Sept. 25, 2021 during Family Weekend at the SIU Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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September 27, 2021
The solar panels at the Carbondale Public Safety Building face the sun to collect sunlight Sept. 1, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. The solar panels were installed by Straight up Solar via the Solarize Southern Illinois program. “Solar is only going to become more and more of the option that people turn to which means getting to hire more technicians then that is something that I think Southern Illinois can really benefit from.” Saxon Metzger said.

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September 12, 2021
Rows of solar panels sit outside the Carbondale Public Safety Building accumulating power via solar energy Sept. 1, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. Solarize Program Director Saxon Metzger said, “We have plenty of volunteering opportunities as well as referral opportunities for people who can’t go solar themselves but want to get involved in helping spread the amazing possibilities that our program has to offer.”

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September 12, 2021
The solar panels on the Carbondale Civic Center collect sunlight Sept. 2, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. “It is estimated that only about two to three percent of organizations that can go solar have already done so in Southern Illinois. About ninety-seven percent of homes and businesses that should go solar haven’t really taken advantage of the opportunity yet,” Saxon Metzger, Program Director of Solarize Southern Illinois said.

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September 12, 2021
Carbondale Civic Center solar panels gather sunlight to power the building Sept. 2, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. Saxon Metzger, Program Director of Solarize said, “Last year we had an incredibly successful program where twenty-three different homes and businesses went solar, which saved approximately several thousand tons of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere with about a 2 million dollar investment in solar power in our region.”

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September 12, 2021
Solar panels on the Carbondale Civics Center soak up energy from the sun Sept. 2, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. SolarizeSI Program Director Saxon Metzger said, “What I would love to see is Southern Illinois, and in particular some of the cities down here, take advantage of that economic prosperity that is going to be going along with those economies that are just really expanding and we see some of these non renewable resources become less and less viable as industries.”

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September 12, 2021
The Carbondale High School Terrier football team lines up for a practice drill Aug. 19, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. Coach Bryan Lee expressed concern for his student athletes in an interview. He said,  “The hidden problem with Covid and remote learning was that a lot of our kids suffered with that […] They need to be in the building. They need a teacher who loves on them and takes care of them and watches over them to be successful […] When their schooling became a chromebook it hurt a lot of our kids.”

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September 12, 2021
Dena Haun browses through the “Fair Trade Wax” crate at the Southern Illinois Vinyl Venturist’s Record Swaps and Needle Drops event Aug. 11, 2021 at Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House in Carbondale, Ill. “ If Vinyl is coming back and it is a way to  connect new people to old music, then yes I’m all about it.”

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August 23, 2021
Turmoil and Tinfoil” by Billy Strings plays on a turntable over the house speakers  Aug. 11, 2021 at Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House in Carbondale, Ill. Dominique Martinez-Powell | @dmartinez_powell.photography

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August 23, 2021
Josh Combs replaces a vinyl record after it finished playing Aug. 11, 2021, at the Southern Illinois Vinyl Venturist’s Record Swaps and Needle Drops event at Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House in Carbondale, Ill. Combs said “I love to see the fact that [vinyl is] coming back the way that it is. It says something for the medium.”

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August 23, 2021
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