SIU turns Earth Day into Earth week

The sun shone bright on a beautiful spring day and helped liven up students and faculty before their final weeks of classes. From April 21 to April 25, SIU is celebrating Earth Day with many activities to highlight and promote green initiatives throughout ... Continue Reading →

Second autopsy shows bruising on Varughese

An independent autopsy on the body of Pravin Varughese, commissioned by the family has found several discrepancies with the official report. Charles Stegmeyer, the attorney for the family, said the autopsy showed Varughese had a “significant number ... Continue Reading →

Creative writing hobby becomes career

When it is time for a break from the typical schoolwork, many students turn to creative writing for a chance to relax.  Morris Library sponsored the Little Grassy Literary Festival from April 16 to 18. The festival gave students the opportunity to hear ... Continue Reading →
Olympic fencer Nicole Ross, left, demonstrates warm-up techniques with SIU Fencing Club president Joseph Wilson Saturday at the Recreation Center. Ross made her first Olympic appearance in 2012 and is now ranked 24th in the world and third in the U.S. She said she hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympic games.

American Olympic fencer trains SIU club

  In a narrow room full of swords and facemasks, several students greeted an Olympian to campus. American Olympic fencer Nicole Ross came to teach the SIU Fencing Club how to become better athletes from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation ... Continue Reading →

Arena opens for ‘Finding Nemo’

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting a babysitting event to benefit the Special Olympics. The event, Kids Night Out, will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at SIU Arena. For $10 per child, parents can drop off their kids ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon Debate turns friends into foes

Two national champions normally on the same side of an argument found themselves head-to-head in the inaugural Paul Simon Debate. Ben Campbell, a senior from Springfield, Mo. studying political science, and Josh Rivera, a junior from Chicago studying ... Continue Reading →
Attendees listen to the 78th - annual Easter Sunrise Service Sunday at Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass. The cross stands at 111 feet and was completed in 1963. It overlooks the Shawnee National Forest and was repaired in 2013 for its 50th anniversary. Victoria Olsen, of Portland, Ore., said she is glad the service is outside, as a buiding should not define church.

Community at the cross

Gallery: Community at the cross On top of one of the highest hills in Alto Pass, one man celebrated his first Easter Sunday since being released from prison as he, along with nearly 1,000 others, watched the sun rise. Dave Newberry spent the previous ... Continue Reading →
Gukdo Byun, a doctoral student in business administration, and his wife Susan Lee, both of South Korea, share a meal together at the International Student Council’s spring picnic on Saturday at the Campus Lake Boat Docks. “International food is so delicious,” Byun said. “Today, the weather is so excellent. It’s good for a barbecue, and the Campus Lake Boat Docks is a beautiful area for a picnic. I’m so happy.”

International students share traditions

Greetings were traded in various languages and national flags blew in the breeze while foreign exchange students met and reflected on their time in southern Illinois Saturday. The International Picnic is an annual event sponsored by the International ... Continue Reading →
Cornel West speaks to a crowd of more than 1,400 spectators Friday at Shyrock Auditorium. West, a civil rights activist and professor at Princeton University offered the attendees his outlook on everything from civil rights history to the economy and its effect on college students. “For students the key to our history is remembrance, reverence, and resistance,” West said. “You have that and our history will never be lost.”

Cornel West inspires SIU audience

The standing-room-only crowd was brought to its feet to cheer for the man of the night as Professor Cornel West stepped onstage Thursday at Shryock Auditorium. “I came to Carbondale to unnerve you,” West said. “I come from a stigmatized and traumatized ... Continue Reading →

Student employee week brings recognition to Center for Inclusive Excellence

SIU honored the 2013-14 student employee of the year Thursday morning in Lentz Hall. The criteria necessary to be nominated for this award is established by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators, of which many schools, including ... Continue Reading →
SIU president Glenn Poshard will step down May 1.

Poshard steps down May 1

President Glenn Poshard has announced he will conclude his tenure May 1. Poshard’s contract was set to expire June 30, when incoming SIU president Randy Dunn was to begin. The board unanimously approved the presidential transition allowing Dunn ... Continue Reading →

Staff council election results in

The Administrative Professional Staff Council will have some new faces in leadership for the next three years. The council met Wednesday in Anthony Hall to announce results of the general election: current councilwoman Kathy Jones, and new members Shane ... Continue Reading →

‘Under matching’ can hinder academic potential

“Under matching” is a new term used to describe the phenomenon that occurs when students, to ensure their acceptance, attend less selective colleges than their academic achievements would permit.  According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, under ... Continue Reading →
Quin O’Brien, a freshman from Mt. Prospect studying automotive
technology catches and releases a bluegill Tuesday at Campus Lake.
This was O’Brien’s third time fishing at the Campus Lake. Although
he hooked two fish close together, he said, “I got one, actually I think
it’s the same one.” Associate Professor Marjorie Brooks said Campus
Lake’s fish diversity has decreased over several years.

Urban lakes unsafe in summer

Again this summer, scientists are advising people to not swim in Campus Lake or allow their dogs to drink from it.  Associate Professor Marjorie Brooks, who specializes in freshwater and marine biogeochemistry and aquatic ecology, said small animals ... Continue Reading →

Poshard: There’s not enough support

President presents legislators with repercussions of a 20 percent cut If university officials want to avoid a major appropriations cut, they will need legislators to extend Gov. Pat Quinn’s temporary tax increases. But President Glenn Poshard said Tuesday, ... Continue Reading →
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