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 →

Salukis remember Kent Haruf

A former professor crafted an entire city in his head, knowing exactly where the fictional train station, general store and tavern were located. Now, visiting his imaginary town may be the best way to pay respect to the now deceased author. Kent Haruf, ... Continue Reading →

Leave homes safe during break

Once this semester finishes, students will begin migrating elsewhere for break. Those living off campus need to ensure all their residential ducks are in a row before flocking for home. The following are rules of thumb for keeping a protected, clean and ... Continue Reading →
Chelsea O’Reilly, a junior from Crystal Lake studying history, leaves Jimmy John’s in Carbondale Sept. 13 with delivery orders. O’Reilly said on
an average Friday night from 12 to 4 a.m., she makes between 50 to 75 deliveries. O’Reilly said she enjoys delivering because the more efficiently
and harder that she works, the more money she leaves with. “It motivates you to do your best every shift,” she said.
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Dining hall hours increase student spending

According to local business managers, students who are still hungry after the operating hours of SIU dining halls buy food frantically during the weekends. Guillermo Ortega, a manager at Don Taco on Grand Avenue, said there is a 25 to 30 percent increase ... Continue Reading →
Sabrina Barnes, left, a junior from Chicago studying speech communication, walks with community members down Washington Street in Carbondale Monday during a “No Justice, No Peace Rally”. The NAACP, Black Affairs Council and Alpha Phi Alpha SIU student chapters organized the rally with a walk from Grinnell Hall to the Carbondale Public Safety Center and back to Grinnell. Desmon Walker, a junior from Champaign studying finance and president of the Alpha Phi Alpha SIU student chapter, said the purpose of the rally was to spread awareness of the Grand Jury decision Nov. 24, and for people on campus to speak some encouraging words to one another. –Lewis Marien | Daily Egyptian

NAACP members host Ferguson rally

More than 15 students held a rally Monday at Grinnell Hall in protest of a grand jury decision to not indict former police officer Darren Wilson, in relation to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, ... Continue Reading →

Lovely Varughese files suit against state trooper

Lovely Varughese, mother of deceased SIU student Pravin Varughese, has filed a $100,000 civil lawsuit against Illinois State Trooper Chris Martin for his negligence while investigating the disappearance of her son. Pravin was reported missing on Feb. ... Continue Reading →
Police push protesters back after people broke the windows of a St. Louis County Police vehicle Monday in Ferguson, Mo. —Nathan Hoefert | Daily Egyptian

No indictment: Ferguson erupts in chaos

Doug Moore | St. Louis Post-Dispatch Anger spilled over into violence Monday night throughout the region after it was announced that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. At least two St. Louis County ... Continue Reading →
Protestors chant “No Justice, No Peace” at the corner of West Main Street and North Illinois Avenue Monday night in Carbondale. —Lewis Marien | Daily Egyptian

Carbondale protesters show solidarity with Ferguson

The chants “no justice, no peace” were not heard in just Ferguson, Mo. Monday night. More than 30 community members gathered in nearly freezing weather by the Town Square Pavilion to protest the grand jury’s decision not to indict ... Continue Reading →

SIU could face more budget cuts

James Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, said state universities should plan for substantial budget cuts next year. In an email sent to Illinois university presidents today, Applegate said all state agencies should ... Continue Reading →
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