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Mail facility closure would cause job loss for region

By Sharon Wittke
February 27, 2012
Filed under News

In the midst of the U.S. Postal Service's financial crisis, the Carbondale Mail Processing Center is slated to move its operations to Evansville, Ind., according to a Postal Service press release.While the distribution center will relocate, the Carbondale post office will remain open and customers wil...

Proposed facility closures would affect 34 Carbondale positions

By Sharon Wittke
February 27, 2012
Filed under News

Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to close two state facilities in Carbondale would cause job losses and delays in processing criminal evidence for the region, said Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler Thursday.“Southern Illinois is suffering disproportionate job losses compared to other regions in the state,” he ...

Cool cause has people plunging for a purpose

Cool cause has people plunging for a purpose

By Tiffany Blanchette
February 26, 2012
Filed under News

Polar Plunge raises thousands for Illinois Special OlympicsDonning a pair of Daisy Dukes and the Greek letter Chi on his chest in body paint, Kaleb Whipple submerged himself in the frigid waters of Campus Lake during the Special Olympics Polar Plunge Saturday.Whipple, a junior from Galatia studying ...

Early people in southern Illinois led nomadic lives

Early people in southern Illinois led nomadic lives

By Sharon Wittke
February 26, 2012
Filed under News

Prehistoric people lived in southern Illinois for about 8,000 years, said biologist John Schwegman at the Cache River Wetlands Visitor Center in Belknap on Saturday.Schwegman's lecture was one of a series of monthly programs the center holds on topics about southern Illinois history, geology and loca...

Illinois Board of Higher Education director invites faculty input on funding

By Lauren Duncan
February 26, 2012
Filed under News

Although performance-based funding has already been decided on by the state, university employees were given a chance to weigh in on the subject.Faculty and staff had an opportunity to speak to one of the people most involved with the state’s new performance-based funding measures: Illinois Board o...

House bill may give Board of Trustees student representatives a stronger voice

By Tara Kulash
February 23, 2012
Filed under News

Legislation being discussed in the Illinois House could give the SIU Board of Trustees' two student members a vote in all of the committee’s decisions.The Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses each have a student representative on the board to speak for their peers. While both members vote on decis...

Voters can still register in grace period

By Ashley Zborek
February 23, 2012
Filed under News

Clerk encourages students to vote in March 20 primary electionsEven though the Jackson County clerk said many students do not vote in primary or local elections, he said the clerk's office anticipates many  voters in the November  presidential elections.Larry Reinhardt, county clerk and recorder, said a...

Gov. Quinn addresses MAP funds, pension in budget

By Lauren Duncan
February 23, 2012
Filed under News

Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to boost funding for college students might come at the cost of significant cuts.At his budget address Wednesday in Springfield, Quinn told legislators he plans to refrain from cutting higher education spending and increase grants for students in the next fiscal year. Much of his ...

Times of turmoil not over for Gaia House

By Ashley Zborek
February 22, 2012
Filed under News

Members of the Gaia House Interfaith Center have collected enough money to keep the organization going for another month.As of last month, there was a possibility of the Gaia House being shut down because of insufficient funds, but the center's balance is now $4,718, which is approximately $718 more ...

Burn barrel fire spreads in DeSoto shed

Burn barrel fire spreads in DeSoto shed

By Sharon Wittke
February 22, 2012
Filed under News

Firemen from the DeSoto Township Fire Protection District responded to a fire in a shed on Crane Road about a mile west of DeSoto Wednesday afternoon.The fire, which began as a controlled fire in a burn barrel, got out of control and spread to an adjacent shed. Lumber and other building supplies stored the...

Radio community helps blind, visually impaired receive news

Radio community helps blind, visually impaired receive news

By Matt Daray
February 22, 2012
Filed under City, News

Because he can't read his news, Frank McClesky said he depends on the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service to hear about local and national issues.McClesky, a Carbondale resident, said he has been visually impaired his entire life and after learning about the service two weeks ago, he has rel...

Advisement makes improvements

By Tara Kulash
February 21, 2012
Filed under News

After an advising consultant was brought in to assess SIUC’s advisement system, she labeled the university’s advisement methods under a new category: chaotic.“It sort of identified exactly what we suspected,” Provost John Nicklow said.Lynn Freeman, founder of AdviseU, a consultant firm for college and ca...

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