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Hannah Peterson, a bartender at the Hangar 9, pours a drink during trivia night July 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Peterson said she has worked at the bar since October of 2019 and enjoys the schedule because she is “a night owl” and doesn’t like to be up early.

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August 19, 2021
A man sits behind a sign advertising a free Mountain Dew with the purchase of a firearm at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla.

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August 19, 2021
The Liberty Reloading sign sits beside a second amendment flag at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. The company sells rifle casings and uses once-fired brass from indoor shooting ranges.

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August 19, 2021
Guns pile up on the tables at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. The gun show is the largest gun show in the world and has been held for over sixty years.

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August 19, 2021
Brandon Kuschnereit and Hollie Andress stand behind their table of hand crafted knives at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. Kuschnereit had gone to shows for the past three years and Andress had gone with him for a few months. Andress said her favorite part about coming to shows is meeting new people and being able to learn new skills from them such as knife training.

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August 19, 2021
Guns line the tables at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. The gun show had more than 4,000 tables and around 40,000 people in attendance over the two day event. The show has been going on for about sixty years and is run by the Wanemacher family.

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August 19, 2021
Tim Prince, an antique and collectable arms dealer, stands behind his booth at the Wanenmacher’s Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. He said his passion for antique firearms began when he was younger and he would visit battlefields with his family. “As a kid, my family’s idea of vacation was going to historic sites, battlefields, stuff like that, so I kind of grew up with a real love of history, particularly American military history from the eighteenth and nineteenth century and so that’s sort of what sparked my interest,” Prince said.

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August 19, 2021
A gun built by the Murray State College Gunsmithing students sits on display at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. The gunsmithing program works with students to build tools and parts to then make guns. “I always grew up with guns and I figured tinkering with guns would be a great way to make my heart happy,” Danton Faulker, a Murray State College Gunsmithing student, said.

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August 19, 2021
Brandon Baker and Danton Faulkner represent Murray State College Gunsmithing at the Wanenmachers Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. “Murray State College Gunsmithing is all about learning the entire premise of gunsmithing… we have one hundred percent job placement,” Faulkner said.

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August 19, 2021
Tim Prince, an antique and collectable arms dealer, stands behind his booth at the Wanenmacher’s Arms Show April 10, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. He said his passion for antique firearms began when he was younger and he would visit battlefields with his family. “As a kid, my family’s idea of vacation was going to historic sites, battlefields, stuff like that, so I kind of grew up with a real love of history, particularly American military history from the eighteenth and nineteenth century and so that’s sort of what sparked my interest,” Prince said.

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August 19, 2021
Andrew Novotney steers the boat up to the dock March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Sophie Whitten | @swhittenphotography

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April 6, 2021
Fishing rods lie on the boat March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Thomas (TJ) Johns said that they hope to get more people involved in the fishing team. “In the area, especially here in southern Illinois, bass fishing and fishing in general is huge,” Johns said.

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April 6, 2021
Andrew Novotney holds up his fishing rods March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Novotney has been fishing with the Saluki Bassers for two years but has loved the sport since he was a kid.

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April 6, 2021
Thomas (TJ) Johns holds a fishing lure March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Johns said that the fishing club is a registered student organization and they travel all over the country to fish in tournaments.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Nicole Miskelley cuts a rug pad April 3, 2021, at Melise’s Boutique in Marion, Ill. The boutique provides one on one customer service to give their customers the best formal wear shopping experience.

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April 12, 2021
Taylor Hoffman organizes dresses at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill.

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April 18, 2021
Allison Spence fits a client for a tuxedo at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Melise’s Boutique is a dress shop that provides formal wear as well as an embroidery service for the community.

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April 18, 2021
Zoe Harris, owner of Cadmus, a web content creator, holds up her finished business plan March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill. Harris combined her love of writing with her knowledge of business to provide articles and texts for other businesses to use on their websites and social media.

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April 18, 2021
Jackson County CEO student, Stasi Solbrig, applies for a loan for her business, ARS Photography, March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill.

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April 18, 2021
Jackson County CEO student, Ellee Doerr, pitches her business to her banker March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill. Doerr creates stickers for her business, Sticker Bug.

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April 18, 2021
Abrahim Cooper speaks at the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year event March 17, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “When I first came to the club, the first thing I noticed was that the staff here are very open and great, very easy to talk to, very easy to just, like, talk about anything and they’ll approach for anything,” Cooper said. He said if they are feeling upset, the staff is quick to help the students out.

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April 14, 2021
Superintendent at the Carbondale Community High School, Daniel Booth, guest speaks at the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year event March 17, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. He said the best thing the students can do to work on their success is to work on their happiness, to persevere through their hard times and to stay optimistic in every situation.

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April 14, 2021
SIU sophomore, Amelia Lawson, drives the ball toward the green during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 19, 2021
Hollie James putts the ball into the hole during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 19, 2021
Janie Samattiyadeekul drives the ball down the fairway during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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September 7, 2021
SIU senior, Rose Bundy, pitches the ball toward the green March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, Michael Coleman, holds out his paint-covered hands after working on the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “[The mural] talks about the racial unity and we really do need it in southern Illinois. We’ve had a lot of issues with racism [...] I want to be able to give something for the community for not even just a short period of time, but for a long period of time so more generations can be inspired by it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, opens a bottle of paint March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The mural is being painted as a symbol of unity between the races in the community and the world. It is located on a busy road at 715 South University Avenue, Suite X so that many people will pass by and see the art.

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April 21, 2021
Cree Sahidah Glanz and Marquez Scoggin’s daughter, Masterpeace, paints part of the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Glanz said that art is for people of all ages and they like to expose Masterpeace to it for that reason.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, paints the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “Just being able to just give time to give back to your community, I think that’s really important. We take so much but, like, we have to keep giving back to the community and this is my way of doing it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, paints the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “Just being able to just give time to give back to your community, I think that’s really important. We take so much but, like, we have to keep giving back to the community and this is my way of doing it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, A.J., hangs up her art, La Cosmodia, on a wall March 5, 2021, at Project Human X in Carbondale, Ill. “It was made for Black History Month as part of Project Human X so it’s meant to highlight, you know, the divine nature of Black women because I think that the world looks at Black women kind of like to be stereotyped as like angry or just mean or like whatever, but I think, like, the core thing that comes to my mind like when I picture a Black woman is just, like, nurturing, and when I think of nurturing, I think of space because space makes up everything,” A.J. said.

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April 21, 2021
A piece of art hangs on the wall Project Human X March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The piece represents the presence of Black culture and is part of a three-piece project depicting the past, present and future of Black culture.

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April 21, 2021
The untitled Art Reconciliation project is unveiled March 13, 2021, at Project Human X in Carbondale, Ill. The painting was sketched by Cree Sahidah Glanz and contributed to by over thirty community members. Each person could add to a patch of skin color or part of the brain. The different skin colors represents the unity of every race and the floating brain represents a higher understanding of the community and world around us.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, Cree Sahidah Glanz, speaks about the painting they taught the community during one of Project Human X’s paint nights March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “This was made for the ‘Stop the Violence’ workshop that we had with Carbondale united in October and we taught this to community members for free and it’s just a piece of art to show unity and peace,” Glanz said.

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April 21, 2021
Dana Penrose receives his order at Dairy Queen March 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Penrose said that he loves the customer service at the Carbondale Dairy Queen and it always makes him excited to come back. “They’re so good to me. [Sandra Bollinger] hasn’t seen me yet this year and she said, ‘You want the Hawaiian?’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ She already knew,” Penrose said.

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March 13, 2021
Sandra Bollinger, an employee at Dairy Queen, makes a shake March 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I have a lot of favorite memories. The owner’s father is who trained me, Joe Waicukauski, he was just always a joy to work with,” Bollinger said. Waicukauski passed away in 2016, but his son, Mark Waicukauski, continues to own the business.

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March 17, 2021
Kimora Brown holds up her Dairy Queen Blizzard March 8, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Brown said she loves coming to Dairy Queen and eating the ice cream with her family.

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March 17, 2021
Braylin Bostic and Kimora Brown receive their ice cream March 8, 2021, at Dairy Queen in Carbondale, Ill. Bostic and Brown said they begged to go get ice cream because they love the Dairy Queen in Carbondale.

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March 17, 2021
SIU freshman, Madison Ledbetter, sips on a strawberry smoothie from Dairy Queen March 8, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I love switching up what I get here and trying new things but a go it is always a hot fudge sundae,” Ledbetter said.

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March 17, 2021
SIU sophomore, Kaitlin Ducharme, waits for the ball March 9, 2021, at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 9, 2021
Rahim Khalil gets out of his truck that he started his business in Mar. 1, 2021, at Rahim’s Beauty Supply in Carbondale, Ill. Khalil started his business out of his truck in 1995 before moving into his current building on 110 East Oak Street in 2009.

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March 9, 2021
Abdul Rahim Khalil organizes boxes outside of his store, Rahim’s Beauty Supply, Mar. 1, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Khalil said he is passionate about hair and loves to help women feel empowered through it by giving them good hair products.

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March 9, 2021
Abdul Rahim Khalil displays his favorite books in his store, Rahim’s Beauty Supply, Mar. 1, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Khalil said some of his books helped him through his darkest times to persevere. He said he learned a lot of what he knows now because of the books he has read.

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March 9, 2021
Abdul Rahim Khalil poses with his alcohol and other drug abuse counselor certification  Mar. 1, 2021, at Rahim’s Beauty Supply in Carbondale, Ill. After being released from prison in 1993, Khalil opened his business and began studying at Southern Illinois University where he received a bachelor’s degree in university studies and a master’s degree in social work.

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March 9, 2021
Abdul Rahim Khalil flips through a binder of his accomplishments Mar. 1, 2021, at Rahim’s Beauty Supply in Carbondale, Ill. Khalil began his business in 1995, two years after he was released from jail and only three years after he started his business, he earned his master’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University.

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March 9, 2021
Sophomore, Kerrigan Gamm, winds up the bat against a pitch by Northern Kentucky University Mar. 5, 2021, at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 10, 2021
Senior, Jenny Jansen, runs to catch a fly ball hit by Northern Kentucky University Mar. 5, 2021, at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 10, 2021
Pitcher, Sarah Harness, winds up a pitch to Northern Kentucky University March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 10, 2021
Maris Boelens runs to third base Mar. 5, 2021, at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 10, 2021
Carmalita Cahill, the executive director at the Carbondale Warming Center, walks into the building March 4, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The Warming Center helps guests don’t have a place to stay by giving them food, a place to sleep, or supplies if they have been sleeping outside. “We try to take people in and we try to understand. We’re not judgmental,” Cahill said. “We just want to work with you where you’re at and we accept you where you’re at in that moment. We don’t expect that because we give you a pillow and a cot and a meal, that the problems that brought you to our door are suddenly gone.”

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March 10, 2021
Aleczander Cahill, an employee at the Carbondale Warming Center, poses in front of the building’s sign on the door Feb. 25, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Cahill said that they offer clothing, sleeping bags, and help finding medical attention. “Anything we can really do to get them from where they’re at to where they need to be,” Cahill said.

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March 6, 2021
Tony Watts stands in front of the Carbondale Warming Center Feb. 25, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Watts has been homeless for around 7 years and said the city has been supportive of him. “There are programs for the homeless, programs for people on disability. There’s tons of resources,” Watts said.

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March 15, 2021
Freddie Glasser poses for a portrait Feb. 25, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Glasser said that there is a lot of stereotyping against homeless people that needs to be addressed in order to create a better community. “A lot of the community looks down on homeless people, but not all of them are the same. Most of them are out here because of situations that are beyond their control, honestly. There’s a misconception […] A lot of people don’t like homeless. They get harassed,” Glasser said.

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March 15, 2021
Tyra Coleman poses in Rahim’s Beauty Supply Feb. 22, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. She said that she enjoys changing her hair and trying new hair styles. “It makes me feel confident because I look good. I like getting my hair done,” Coleman said.

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March 15, 2021
Abdul Rahim Khalil, owner of Rahim’s Beauty Supply, helps a customer Feb. 22, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Khalil said that he started his business out of a truck in 1995 and moved into his current location in 2009. He wanted to bring an Arfican American owned beauty shop to the area and help bring confidence and empowerment to the people who come to his store. “[Hair] gives a sense of pride and self esteem,” Khalil said.

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March 15, 2021
A trailer with the words Disaster Blaster sits outside the Banterra Center at SIU Feb. 20, 2021. The clinic was vaccinating community members who were eligible for the vaccine.

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March 2, 2021
Community members walk into the Banterra Center at SIU to get their COVID-19 vaccinations Feb. 20, 2021. The clinic was vaccinating community members who were eligible for the vaccine.

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March 2, 2021
Sara Ranchino receives her first vaccination Feb. 20, 2021 at the Banterra Center in Carbondale Ill. “What it means to me I guess mostly is trying to get our lives back to normal or the way it used to be,” Ranchino said.

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March 2, 2021
Delois McKinney answers questions from a health survey before she receives her vaccination Feb. 20, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. She said that she got the vaccine for added security. “I feel good,” McKinney said. “Not catching germs, not catching the virus.”

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February 21, 2021
David Craig answers a health survey before he receives his COVID-19 vaccination Feb. 20, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I’m like everybody else, I just think you ought to have it,” Craig said.

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February 21, 2021
David and Rhonda Stadelbacher show their excitement after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations Feb. 20, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The two said that they are happy to have the vaccine and are ready for a bit of normalcy to return to their lives. “I feel like it’s one step toward a healthier environment and a healthier situation,” David Stadelbacher said.

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February 21, 2021
Signs welcome the community to the COVID-19 vaccination clinic Feb. 20, 2021 at the Banterra Center in Carbondale Ill.

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February 21, 2021
Terry Johnson leaves the vaccination clinic at the Banterra Center Feb. 20, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. She said that she received the vaccine to be more protected and to help protect her family. “I’m more worried about my husband than myself, so I don’t want to make him sick,” Johnson said.

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February 21, 2021
Southern Illinois University freshman, Presley Scarbrough, studies alone in the nearly empty SIU Student Center Feb. 19, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. Because of the pandemic, many classes were converted to virtual courses and students were forced to adapt to new ways of learning. “This is my first year of college so this is definitely not what I was expecting, but it’s still alright,” Scarbrough said.

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February 21, 2021
Andrew Garab competes against Grace McGuire in a game of Guitar Hero Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Garab and other students in Neely Hall decided to enjoy a game night inside instead of going out in the freezing temperatures outdoors during the snowy day.

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February 21, 2021
SIU student, Colton Warnes plays pool at Mae Smith Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. While trying to get out of the cold, Warnes and his friend Evan Strauch stayed inside and played a game of pool.

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February 21, 2021
Devin Magee looks at his cards Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Magee brought pre-packaged snacks to share with his peers at Brown Hall for game night.

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February 21, 2021
Resident assistant, Tyson Lukrofka, shuffles a deck of Uno cards Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Due to the campus closure for the weather, the resident assistants at Brown Hall on West Campus organized a game day for the students to engage in on their day off of school.

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February 21, 2021
SIU students, Amanda Rhodes (left) and Maggie Loesch (right) read directions for a board game Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.

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February 21, 2021
Roman Cole draws a card in Uno Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Though the snow shut down classes for the day, there were many activities on campus on Tuesday for SIU students enjoy.

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February 21, 2021
Student slides down a snowy hill in a plastic bin Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Though the snow shut down roads and schools, it made for perfect sledding grounds on SIUs campus on Tuesday.

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February 21, 2021
A girl slides down a hill outside of the Banterra Center Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Community members in Carbondale enjoyed the day off of school by hitting the hills near the Banterra Center on the SIU campus for some sledding.

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February 21, 2021
An SIU student records a video as he sleds down a slope Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Many students took advantage of the day off of school by going outdoors and sledding on campus by the Banterra Center.

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February 21, 2021
A man sleds down a hill on the SIU campus Feb. 16, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Though it would have been easy to stay indoors during the wintery weather, many members of the community found themselves outside enjoying the snow.

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February 21, 2021
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