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Bethune pleads not guilty to the murder of Pravin Varughese

Bethune pleads not guilty to the murder of Pravin Varughese

By Cory Ray
July 18, 2017
Filed under Campus, Crime, More Headlines, News

Gaege Bethune pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder of SIU student Pravin Varughese on Tuesday. Bethune appeared at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro for his arraignment in the murder case for SIU student, Pravin Varughese. He was held under two charges, one count in aggra...

Montemagno hopes to implement a vision for the university and achieve it by 2025

Montemagno hopes to implement a vision for the university and achieve it by 2025

By Cory Ray
July 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

 Newly-appointed Chancellor Carlo Montemagno proposed what he called the need to discover and implement a vision for the university in his first public address since he was appointed chancellor by the SIU Board of Trustees on July 13. "We have to be successful," he said to a crowd of people on Thursday. "As SIU goes, Southern Illinois is going to go." Specifically, Montemagno said the...

Gaege Bethune released on bond in Varughese murder case

Gaege Bethune released on bond in Varughese murder case

By Branda Mitchell
July 14, 2017
Filed under Campus, City, Crime, More Headlines, News, Showcase

Gaege Bethune posted $100,000 bail and was released from Jackson County Jail on Friday after being indicted Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder. The charges come more than three years after the death of Pravin Varughese, an SIU student whose body was found in the woods near Route 13 on...

Gaege Bethune indicted for the death of Pravin Varughese

Gaege Bethune indicted for the death of Pravin Varughese

By Cory Ray
July 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

Three and a half years after the death of Pravin Varughese, his mother Lovely Varughese has finally found some solace after Gaege Bethune was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder on Thursday. "Finally, my son has a voice," Lovely Varughese said. "We felt like all of the fight of us trying...

Board votes to implement $26 million cut, Montemagno appointed chancellor

Board votes to implement $26 million cut, Montemagno appointed chancellor

By Cory Ray
July 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

The SIU Board of Trustees approved a $26 million dollar budget cut called the "Financial Stability Plan" and appointed Carlo Montemagno as the university's first permanent chancellor in three years at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The cut is split between a $6.8 million payback by various...

Details of Financial Stability Plan revealed, seven programs face elimination

Details of Financial Stability Plan revealed, seven programs face elimination

By Cory Ray
July 12, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News, Showcase

On Wednesday, SIU President Randy Dunn released the details of the potential "SIU Financial Stability Plan," which would include the closure of up to seven programs, the absorption of the College of Science into one or more colleges, consolidation of individual departments and budget cuts to many other...

University Museum to close indefinitely on July 1

University Museum to close indefinitely on July 1

By Cory Ray
June 8, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell announced Thursday the University Museum will close indefinitely on July 1. Colwell said the closure is a result of the nearly two year state budget impasse, and the museum will remain closed until "a permanent state budget provides enough support to hire the staff...

184 non-tenure track faculty members unsure of their contract renewals

184 non-tenure track faculty members unsure of their contract renewals

By Cory Ray
May 26, 2017
Filed under More Headlines

The renewals of 184 non-tenure track faculty positions at SIUC are still being considered as the state continues without a budget. The university has approximately 400 NTT faculty, according to Illinois Education Association UniServ Director Bret Seferian. This means half of the NTT faculty at the u...

Charges dismissed against alleged shooters from Kansas

Charges dismissed against alleged shooters from Kansas

By Erin Mathews | The Salina Journal
May 18, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, More Headlines, News

Charges were dismissed Wednesday against two men from Saline, Kansas that authorities had alleged were conspiring to kill people in Illinois, and both were expected to be released from the Saline County Jail, where they had been held for about eight months. Prosecutor Amy Norton, an assistant Saline...

McLeod Theater announces Summer Playhouse series

McLeod Theater announces Summer Playhouse series

By Cory Ray
May 18, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News

The McLeod Theater announced its Summer Playhouse series: "Into the Woods," "Sister Act," "Singin' in the Rain" and "Pinkalicious the Musical." "Into the Woods" is a musical featuring fairy tale characters such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from "Jack and the Beanstalk." The...

SIU names two additional chancellor finalists; Pinkert withdraws

SIU names two additional chancellor finalists; Pinkert withdraws

By Luke Nozicka
May 16, 2017
Filed under Campus, More Headlines, News

The university on Tuesday named the two additional candidates being considered for the chancellor position at the university's largest campus. Rodney Scott Hanley, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., and Carlo Montemagno, a professor in engineering,...

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