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Morale improves in north Carbondale mobile home park

Morale improves in north Carbondale mobile home park

By Sharon Wittke
January 31, 2012
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Cornerstone Village, a mobile home park on Carbondale’s north side, is getting more than a new name.Tim Coleman, the property manager, said he is committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of what used to be The Crossings.He said he is focused on renovating the mobile homes his compan...

Proposed advisement changes mean more faculty advisers, fewer academic advisers

By Sarah Mitchell
January 30, 2012
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The university is considering a change to the advisement system that would shift advisement duties from academic advisers to faculty members who would mentor students.Provost John Nicklow announced the change to faculty in an email Jan. 25. Administrators said they are not sure when the change will be im...

Students face the impact of drinking

Students face the impact of drinking

By Ashley Zborek
January 30, 2012
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After one of Carbondale's most notorious drinking weekends, many students must face the university's jurisdiction in handling drinking citations.Jason Gillman, assistant director of Student Health Services, said right after Polar Bear, an all-day drinking event, is the busiest time for the Student Well...

Enrollment affects courses offered

By Lauren Duncan
January 30, 2012
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For students who sign up for a course that doesn’t meet enrollment requirements, a last-minute notification that the class has been cancelled can alter their semester plans.Since the semester is in its third week, students who wish to enroll in a course will now be required to have the approval of...

Forest Service considers land proposal

Forest Service considers land proposal

By Sharon Wittke
January 29, 2012
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A proposed land swap between Peabody Energy and the Shawnee National Forest would give the Forest Service 830 acres of prime wildlife habitat and the energy company land that could be strip mined.According to the proposal, Peabody would give two parcels of land in Pope County and one in Jackson County...

New program to replace Blackboard next fall semester

By Tiffany Blanchette
January 29, 2012
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Administration said convenience, necessity is behind system switchSIU will be switching out Blackboard by fall 2012 for a new learning management system called Desire2Learn, intended to modernize the way instructors and students connect.Desire2Learn is a more modern systen that includes components fo...

Green movement on campus to award $29K

Green movement on campus to award $29K

By Lauren Groppi
January 29, 2012
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The university's Sustainability Council announced this month it will award nearly $29,000 to seven green projects.The seven projects in the most recent cycle of funding range from climate neutrality, a recycled art exhibition, video field lighting conversion and an Earth Day celebration.The funding came fr...

Teen hit by train transported to St. Louis, condition improves

By Eli Mileur
January 28, 2012
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A 19-year-old male was struck by a moving train Saturday in Carbondale around 2:50 a.m. while attempting to jump onto the train, according to a Carbondale police report.Michael Assefa, of Frankfort, was first brought to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale but was later taken to St. Louis with life-thre...

Carbondale prepares for Polar Bear

By Lauren Duncan
January 26, 2012
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While Chancellor Rita Cheng warns the university community about alcohol safety, employees at one local bar are removing pool tables to provide extra space for the busy weekend.“Polar Bear” and “Puck Finch” are day-long drinking events some Carbondale bars have planned for Saturday, where cust...

Crab Orchard offers eagle-viewing tours

Crab Orchard offers eagle-viewing tours

By Sharon Wittke
January 26, 2012
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In 1964, there were fewer than 450 breeding pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 United States.Today, there are about 10,000.Four of those pairs live in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, five miles west of Marion. During the last two weekends in January, visitors can take guided tours to view e...

Gaia House lacks funding, possibly faces closure

By Ashley Zborek
January 26, 2012
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The Gaia House Interfaith Center has about two months to pull a profit before its doors close.With an average $1,563 monthly loss and a current bank balance of about $4,000, the Gaia House is at risk of shutting down in the near future.According to its website, the Gaia House is a meeting place for people o...

Student workers bring in donations for university

By Tara Kulash
January 26, 2012
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In an isolated, windowless room of the Student Center’s basement, SIU students are raising money for the university almost year-round.The SIU Foundation, which was established in 1942 to solicit gifts and donations from private sources for the university, uses the gifts for educational purposes such ...

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