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Semester in photos

TOP ROW: Chris Zoeller, Jennifer Gonzalez, Remy Abrought MIDDLE ROW: Sarah Gardner, Sarah Schneider, Ian Muller BOTTOM ROW: Jake Haines, Lewis Marien, Matt Daray Max Shackelton, 6, of Desoto, plays with a train set April 8 at the Center for Autism Spectrum ... Continue Reading →
Freshman pitcher Shaye Harre gets tagged out at home plate Saturday during game one of a doubleheader against Indiana State University at Charlotte West Stadium. The Salukis split the doubleheader, which ensured the team a first-round bye in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday through Saturday at Illinois State University.

Sycamores stun Salukis with series win

SIU softball played in its final weekend series of the year: a series that had major postseason implications for both teams. Indiana State University took the series win two games to one, spurred on by strong Sycamore pitching and lackluster performances ... Continue Reading →
Charles Baudo, a graduate student studying molecular biology at St. Louis University, fills bottles with moonshine Saturday at the Grand River Spirits distillery in Carbondale. Baudo was one of many volunteers to help bottle the distillery’s new moonshine product, Red Eye Cherry. The distillery produces brandy, aged-whiskey, bourbon and three flavors of moonshine. Karen Binder, one of three partners who own the distillery, said the owners started the business as a way to showcase resources and ingredients from southern Illinois.

Manufacturing ‘Shine’ on a Grand scale

For many years moonshining was an illegal activity according to the federal government, and still is, without the proper license. For one area spirits distillery, moonshining is not only a legitimate business, but also an art form. Grand River Spirits ... Continue Reading →

Student makes history

A woman in an all-white uniform is usually what comes to mind with the word “nurse”. But one student is redefining what it means to be a nurse in the 21st century. Kwamane D. Liddell, a senior from Bellwood, will be the first black male to graduate ... Continue Reading →
Junior outfielder Tyler Rolland takes a pitch April 15 against the University of Tennessee-Martin at
Itchy Jones Stadium. Rolland is one of six players who have shared playing time in the outfield this
season. His left-handed batting and improved batting average have made Rolland a valuable member
of the starting lineup.

New position brings new opportunity

Coach Ken Henderson has six options for his starting outfield but one of his best picks may be a player who has not played in the outfield since Little League. Freshman catcher Jake Hand started six of the last seven games in right field, and the other ... Continue Reading →
Senior kicker Thomas Kinney was named to the All-Missouri Valley
Football Conference second-team and the All-MVFC newcomer
team for the 2013 season. Kinney ranked second in the conference
in field goals made with 18 out of 24 attempts during the 2013
season. He also tallied a career-best 52-yard field goal which tied
for second longest in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Kicks with wind prove to be tough

Kicker is the only position in football I would allow my frail body to play at any level beyond the pee-wee league.  Senior kicker Thomas Kinney said he’s been hit in games before, which made me reconstruct that statement, but did not stop me from ... Continue Reading →
Junior outfielder Tyler Rolland is tagged out at third base Tuesday during the Salukis’ 16-5 win
against University of Tennessee-Martin at Itchy Jones Stadium. Rolland went three for four with
one RBI as the Salukis outhit the Skyhawks 19-11. SIU will play Austin Peay State University 4:30
p.m. Wednesday at Itchy Jones Stadium.

Salukis swing back after rough week

The Salukis had a team batting average of .203 last week, forcing coach Ken Henderson to construct a new lineup, which teed off Tuesday.  SIU baseball (19-17, 3-6) had at least one hit from every spot in the lineup, and set five offensive season highs ... Continue Reading →
Ashani Hamilton, a junior from Brooklyn, N.Y. studying animal science, gets up close with Sheik, one of three camels featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Thursday at SIU Arena. Hamilton and his zoology class were given a behind-the-scenes look at how the animals are cared for during the circus’s tour, which performed five shows at the arena during the weekend. Hamilton said it was a great opportunity to ask unique questions about the mix of exotic and domestic animals. “We don’t have many opportunities like this, so this was pretty special,” he said.

Circus brings entertainment, education and protestors

As the circus traveled through Carbondale, it brought exotic animals, educational opportunities and activist protests alike. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stopped at the university from Friday through Sunday as part of its “Super ... Continue Reading →
Senior catcher Allie VadeBoncouer squeezes a pitch from senior reliever Taylor Orsburn Wednesday during the Salukis’ 7-6 loss to Eastern Illinois University at Charlotte West Stadium. Freshman pitcher Shaye Harre started a seventh inning rally with a solo home run but the Salukis ultimately fell short of a comeback. SIU will travel to Peoria Saturday for a weekend series against Bradley University.

Salukis fall short against Panthers

In a game where the Dawgs left eight runners on base, the team fell just short against a quality Ohio Valley Conference opponent. Eastern Illinois University (27-11) traveled to Charlotte West Stadium for a midweek matchup against the Saluki softball ... Continue Reading →
Clifton Howell, owner of Bison Bluff Farm, feeds corn to a herd of bison Saturday. Howell, who runs the farm with his family, said he raises bison to provide a healthy alternative to red meat. The farm sits on 1,100 acres of family owned property east of Cobden.

Bison roam the hills of southern Illinois

Early afternoon on a warm day in southern Illinois, there is not a cloud in the sky. A man maneuvers his four-wheel off-road utility vehicle into the middle of a wide pasture and stops. As he steps out of the vehicle, his boots dig into the mud as he ... Continue Reading →
Junior pitcher
Katie Bertelsen
delivers a pitch
Tuesday during
the Salukis’ 9-1 win
against Murray
State University
at Charlotte West
Stadium. Bertelsen
allowed one run off
three hits in five
innings before the
game was called
for the mercy rule.
The Salukis travel
to SIU-Edwardsville
Wednesday to take
on the Cougars.

Quality starts become routine for pitcher

Salukis’ softball pitching staff may have a new ace up their sleeve. Junior pitcher Katie Bertelsen has been a solid starter in the circle for the Salukis this season. In 16 starts, Katie Bertelsen is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA, but Bertelsen’s best performances ... Continue Reading →
Senior Davante Drinkard shakes hands with senior Colby Long as coach
Barry Hinson thanks Long for his future military service Tuesday during
the 2013-2014 Men’s Basketball Postseason Celebration at SIU Arena.
Long, who graduates in May, will be a first lieutenant in the army. Hinson,
Athletic Director Mario Moccia and Chancellor Rita Cheng all spoke
during the event that celebrated the team’s accomplishments on and off
the court this season.

Saluki basketball gets final standing ovation

For the final time this season, fans were able to admire and show their appreciation for the SIU men’s basketball team as more than 300 fans gathered in SIU Arena. The voice of the Salukis, Mike Reis, was the moderator for the 2013-2014 men’s basketball ... Continue Reading →
Scott Qualk of the Beatles’ tribute band The Beatle Brothers performs Friday at Hangar 9. The Mount Vernon-based band has been together for more than 20 years.

Brothers don’t need help to rock

The Beatle Brothers said hello and goodbye to Hangar 9 Friday. The tribute band from Mount Vernon has been playing music for more than 20 years. “Our whole purpose and ambition is to share the music, and the love of the music that The Beatles brought ... Continue Reading →
Levi Rhodes, a sophomore at Southeast Missouri State University from Jackson, Mo., walks across a slack line Friday
over the pool at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Slacklining was one of many activities showcased during Slack Off at
the Rec, a free event hosted by Outdoor Pursuits. Students also played water volleyball, went kayaking and were able
to see tents that can be rented for camping. Rhodes said he and his friends once tried to set up a slack line over a lake
near their campus but it wasn’t set up as well as they had it during the event. “This was quite a bit more fun,” he said.

Slacklining, triathlon attract athletes to Rec

Whether swimming, biking or running, Recreation Center attendees were able to test the waters with a plethora of events during the weekend. Friday night featured “Slack Off at the Rec,” a free event presented by Outdoor Pursuits, which included kayaking, ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore thrower Josh Freeman broke the SIU indoor shot put record
held for 30 years by his throwing coach John Smith Jan. 25 at the Notre
Dame Invitational. Freeman is ranked 12th nationally and second in the
Missouri Valley Conference for shot put. Freeman also qualified for the
Pan-Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Columbia in 2013
and said confidence played a key role. ”When you spend three months
out of the year training for something, you kind of have to go in with that
confidence,” he said.

Gold medalist shows weight is no obstacle

My ability to throw a baseball is equivalent to Josh Freeman’s ability to throw a 16-pound shot put. I challenged Freeman to a best of three throws shot put competition. In high school, Freeman was a two-time United States of America Track and Field ... Continue Reading →
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