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SLU 101 Going Virtual

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Colin Thierry, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

SLU 101, the summer orientation program for incoming students, is just around the corner as the end of the spring semester nears. After countless cancellations of on-campus activities because of the pandemic, SLU 101 is still set to take place this year—still, it will look different than in past yea...

Uncertainty of Study Abroad Continues into the Fall

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Caroline Lipski, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

With lockdown and stay-at-home regulations in place in many parts of the world due to the mounting number of COVID-19 cases, most are certain that international travel is the least of their worries. However, for students planning to study abroad in the near future, international travel is not just a worry—it...

SLU Cannabis Program Set to Begin in the Fall

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Riley Mack, News Editor

May 2, 2020

When registration for the 2020-2021 school year opened for SLU students, many were surprised to find a program called Cannabis Science and Operations on the drop-down list of courses.    “I was trying to plan my courses for next semester when I stumbled upon a new department/certification ...

Robert Hermann – A Very Important Person

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Sam Glass, Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

Four years ago, I left my dorm room in Marguerite Hall to start my new adventures in sports media: a women’s soccer game on August 19 where I would begin my career in the Billiken sportscape. I walked into a stadium unaware of the magnitude this humble location held for the history and future of s...

Essential Employees Keep SLU Running During COVID-19 Pandemic

Essential Employees Keep SLU Running During COVID-19 Pandemic

Colin Thierry, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees around the country have been afforded the ability to work from home. However, there are some employees whose positions do not allow them the same luxury. These workers are known as “essential employees” and have been on the front lines of the pande...

Pass/Fail policy put in place at SLU

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Klaudia Wachnik, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

When the SLU community officially went on spring break on March 9, many students expected that they would arrive back to campus on the following Monday, prepared to complete the rest of the semester as usual. However, that was not the case, as coronavirus cases in the United States began to multiply...

SLU Professor Renounces Endowed Chair in Protest

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Conor Dorn, Associate News Editor

April 22, 2020

Last month, David Rapach, Ph.D, previously the John Simon Endowed Chair in Economics, renounced his chairship in protest of perceived violations of academic norms surrounding the $50-million-dollar donation to SLU in 2018 by billionaire philanthropists Rex and Jeanine Sinquefield. The donation funds...

Life on campus with only 250 students

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Riley Mack, News Editor

April 21, 2020

Spring is in the air in St. Louis; yet, on SLU’s campus, the Clock Tower fountains are dry, hammocks remain empty and the tulips are blooming with no audience. While most SLU students returned home for the semester, some remain quarantined in the limited campus housing options currently available. St...

SLU Implements Consolidated Housing Plan in Response to COVID-19

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Colin Thierry, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

In late March, SLU unveiled a consolidated housing plan in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to provide relief to healthcare employees and patients nearby. Under this housing plan, students living in residence halls who chose “standard precautions” housing were moved to Spring Ha...

SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development Leads the Way Towards COVID-19 Vaccine

SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development Leads the Way Towards COVID-19 Vaccine

Conor Dorn, Associate News Editor

April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its course, public health experts and doctors have repeatedly stressed the importance of developing a safe and effective vaccine. Though it may be possible to gradually reopen sectors of the economy and adjust towards a “new normal” in the coming months,...

SLU’S Faith Community Goes Virtual

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Conor Dorn, Associate News Editor

April 16, 2020

As the SLU community continues to adjust to new ways of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, one area which has seen tremendous success is the maintenance of a strong and welcoming community of faith.  As President Pestello and others have repeatedly stressed, the times we currently find ourse...

Coming Home

Coming Home

Lenya Goda, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

I was in Madrid when I heard SLU was shutting down for the semester. I was visiting my friends who were studying abroad for spring break. Thursday, I was getting lunch with them, and Friday, I was holed up in my Airbnb calling, well, everyone. The world, for me at least, was in chaos. Trying to figure ...

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