Trustees begin search for new president

SIU’s Board of Trustees brought foundations of a plan to find a new university system president to its Thursday meeting. Chairman Randal Thomas said he and fellow trustees Donna Manering and Don Lowery have met on several occasions to discuss the search. ... Continue Reading →

University debt rating lowered

  A rating downgrade could deal Southern Illinois University additional stress when it comes to loan approvals, adding to financial burdens already coming from the state. Moody’s Investors Service, an international credit agency, lowered the university’s ... Continue Reading →

University president to retire after 40 years at SIU

At the end of next June, university President Glenn Poshard will retire after eight and a half years at the helm. Poshard announced his plans to retire Thursday at the SIU Board of Trustees retreat at Touch of Nature in Makanda. Poshard, along with other ... Continue Reading →

Legislators restore university budget

  State officials decided to keep the university’s funding equal to the last fiscal year after a legislative session Friday. The session, between Illinois Congress and House representatives, allowed the university to regain their original budget ... Continue Reading →

Groups speak out against fracking

  Several organizations took the initiative to protect southern Illinois’ wilderness and wildlife by asking for more restrictions in proposed state legislation. Pro-nature groups, including the Sierra Club Shawnee Group and Southern Illinoisans ... Continue Reading →

SIU’s credit score dips

After a review period, an investor relations company has moved the university’s credit status slightly. Moody’s Investor Services released a report March 18 that dropped the university’s credit rating from an A2 stable rating to A2 negative because ... Continue Reading →

Veterans to receive tuition assistance again

  Veterans enrolled in higher education remain eligible for financial aid because of a congressional resolution. Congress voted Thursday to reinstate military tuition subsidies, a move that reversed the March 8 military official decision to cut tuition ... Continue Reading →

Dow benefits for university hazy

Recent economic signs may point to a brighter future for the nation and Illinois. The Dow Jones Industrial, a stock market index, ended its 10-day gain streak Friday for the first time since November 1996, which was followed by a 19 percent market increase ... Continue Reading →

Fiscal cliff sparks economic concerns

Many Americans’ financial situations could become harder by the end of the year. Democrats and Republicans may have to work together to prevent the economy from going over the metaphorical fiscal cliff, which could send the country back into another ... Continue Reading →

Aid funding cuts affects students

President Barack Obama’s re-election presents the question of whether federal financial aid will be cut. Chancellor Rita Cheng said aid plays a large role in SIU’s enrollment. Obama said there would be no sequestration cuts. Sequestration refers to ... Continue Reading →

Thompson visits SIU, addresses politics

With a term that spanned from 1977-1991, Illinois’ longest serving governor spoke about the state’s political problems when he visited campus Thursday. Former Governor Jim Thompson delivered his address, “Perspectives on Illinois Government: Past, ... Continue Reading →

Southern Illinois celebrates new transportation education center

A new SIU facility aims to take programs to new heights. A grand opening was held Friday for the new Transportation Education Center at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro. The $63 million, 228,000-square-foot complex contains classrooms, faculty ... Continue Reading →

Federal cuts may affect SIU

Political disagreements in Congress could cost SIU in the long run. As a part of the Budget Control Act passed in Aug. 2011, Congress was required to decide on a plan to reduce the $1.2 trillion national deficit by Nov. 2011. Because the committee assigned ... Continue Reading →

Student loan interest rate increases worries campus

Students are encouraged now more than ever to get involved in politics as a popular loan program is in jeopardy. Congress has until July 1 to extend the interest rate of the Stafford Loan program, a fixed-rate student loan for undergraduate and graduate ... Continue Reading →

Trustees elect new chairman, officers

SIU Board of Trustees members voted out Chairman Roger Herrin at the annual election Thursday and elected John Simmons as the new chairman. Herrin, who was seated as chair last April, was voted out 4 to 2. Although the board also successfully selected ... Continue Reading →
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