SIU parking among area’s cheapest

Brian Robbins | Daily Egyptian Students coming into SIU might find an attraction of the lush Thompson Woods and stunning academic buildings but once here what they really want is a parking spot right next to the door. For underclassmen who live on campus, ... Continue Reading →

Financial aid refunds boost Carbondale economy

Brian Robbins | Daily Egyptian This year SIU students received nearly $20 million in financial aid refunds, an amount that has a large impact on the local economy, according to a university study. If students do not file early this year, they could be ... Continue Reading →
Student Center Craft Shop coordinator Ron Dunkel poses for a portrait in the Big Muddy Room at the Student Center on Monday. Dunkel plans to retire in his position, which he has held since 1994. —Peter Rogalla | Daily Egyptian

The art of inspiration

Jonathan Swartz | Daily Egyptian Finding Ron Dunkel is easy. In the basement of the Student Center is a Craft Shop that has been around for 40 years. Ask the person at the main desk if Ron is in. The answer will likely be, “Yes, check in the wood shop.” Since ... Continue Reading →

Talk warns of heroin use increase

Sarah Wolfson is back on her horse. Wolfson rode and trained horses throughout high school, but five years ago as an SIU student, Wolfson had an accident while riding, severely hurting both of her knees. To relieve her pain, she was prescribed Vicodin. ... Continue Reading →

Sisters aren’t always by blood

A little-known southern Illinois women’s group is no longer a secret. The Secret Sisters Society of Southern Illinois, an organization that embraces women’s versatile personalities, is gaining traction. The group–created in 2013 by Kristi Hoak, ... Continue Reading →

Wire fire burns memories, displaces eight

Eight students affiliated with Tau Kappa Epsilon had to find new living arrangements for the semester after a Jan. 5 fire damaged their home. The resolution found some young men living with friends, some finding a new apartment and some even taking shelter ... Continue Reading →

Trial delayed for man accused of sending SIUC threats of beheadings, bombings

A federal trial has been delayed for the man federal law enforcement say is responsible for sending bomb threat letters to the university which caused the evacuation of more than 2,000 students from Brush Towers in the middle of the night in September ... Continue Reading →
Branda Mitchell | Daily Egyptian

Year in review: front pages that defined 2014

2014 was a busy year for SIU. The university saw a drastic change in its top administrative roles. After the retirement of former President Glenn Poshard and the reassignment of ex-Provost John Nicklow, SIU hired President Randy Dunn and promoted ... Continue Reading →

Large predators coming to Illinois

Axyl Blades, a senior from Assumption studying physical therapy, said when he was near the end of a trail in Giant City State Park this summer he quickly ran out of the woods after hearing a mysterious growl. Blades said he may have misidentified the ... Continue Reading →

Community urged to support home team when holiday shopping

When men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson encouraged the southern Illinois community to support its home team in a local radio commercial, he was not talking about the basketball team. In this case, southern Illinois’ home team is local business. In ... Continue Reading →
Rev. Joseph Brown, a professor of Africana Studies, consoles Ben Smith, a senior from Chicago studying speech communication, Tuesday during a die-in demonstration at the Student Center. Smith, who organized the die-in, said he decided to speak to the attendees to inspire them and release his own frustrations about the grand juries not indicting two white police officers who each killed an unarmed black man earlier this year. “It was therapeutic,” Smith said. “I’m serious about change.” –Lewis Marien | Daily Egyptian

Students “die-in” for change

While students returned textbooks to the bookstore, stopped by Starbucks for their mid-afternoon pick-me-up or by McDonald’s for lunch, they could have ran into something out of the ordinary Tuesday. They may have heard Tupac’s “Changes” blasted ... Continue Reading →

Residents troubled by Arbor District safety

After a string of violence and large parties in the Arbor District of Carbondale, a group of residents are planning to meet with Carbondale City Council to discuss ways to make the area safer for families and non-students. Members of the Arbor District ... Continue Reading →

Health Center uses protocol to lower prescription drug abuse

More people died in 2013 of drug overdoses than in car accidents, making prescription drug abuse the third leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., according to Dr. Ted Grace, director of Student Health Services, is confident ... Continue Reading →

Roller derby: fun for girls and boys

After its conception in 2009, the southern Illinois girls roller derby team can say hello to competing against its newer brother team. The Brigade of Handsome Gentlemen roller derby team made its debut and played its sister team, Southern Illinois ... Continue Reading →

Committee meetings end, progress begins

Chairman Jack Langowski said the Downtown Advisory Committee has heard about 230 ideas from community members. The committee held its eighth and final meeting Wednesday at the Carbondale Civic Center. The committee, created to gather input on downtown ... Continue Reading →
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