Southern Illinois celebrates MLK

More than 300 people commemorated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at a breakfast hosted by the Carbondale branch of the NAACP on Monday at the Student Center ballrooms. The 33rd Annual King Breakfast started at 8 a.m. and featured top officials ... 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 →

Bonding over billiards

Abraham Rivera, right, of Oak Park, lines up a shot while Chad Lerman, a senior from Skokie studying electrical engineering, watches Monday during a game of billiards in the Student Center. Rivera, an SIU alumnus in architecture, visited Carbondale during ... Continue Reading →

Nutrition and exercise collide in student center

Those who have a break on Tuesdays can go to the Student Center to burn calories and eat a nutritious lunch. Lunchtime Bowl and Burn started Sept. 9 and continues from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the Student Center bowling alley each Tuesday. The program offers ... Continue Reading →

Subway back, as Starbucks moves

The Student Center has recently added a new dining option and change is still underway. Tena Bennett, director of the Student Center, said Subway opened Saturday and Starbucks is undergoing a move down the hall. She said the Subway was planned to open ... Continue Reading →

Clean Water Mission asks for shoes, bags

An international charitable organization is hoping SIU might help with the underprivileged in Kenya.  The Clean Water Mission is a nonprofit organization and collects used shoes and purses to sell to shipping companies for reuse by Kenyans. The fundraiser ... Continue Reading →

Molding a future

Sarah Dorau, a senior from Muncie, Ind., studying art, throws a clay pot Wednesday during a craft shop demonstration in the Student Center. Dorau first majored in blacksmithing before deciding to change her major. “I took my first ceramics class and ... Continue Reading →
Julie Perini prepares to watch a screening of “Drinking Buddies” Tuesday at the Student Center Auditorium during the opening of the Big Muddy Film Festival. “Drinking Buddies” is a film written and directed by SIU alumnus Joe Swanberg. Perini, a juror for the festival, will have a showcase of her work Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium and hold a workshop Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 752 of Morris Library.

Big Muddy film festival continues to flow

When the 36th annual Big Muddy Film Festival begins competition screenings Wednesday, artists from around the world will let their light shine in the darkened screening rooms. The festival consists of films from artists who produce new and contemporary ... Continue Reading →
Faim Lee Jewls, of Murphysboro, accepts a tip from Emily VanWaardhuizen, a sophomore from Rock Island studying art history, Saturday during the “Zombies: Eat Your Heart Out” drag show at the Student Center.

Drag show displays support for LGBTQ

Kings and queens with attitude and glamour expressed themselves on stage at the Student Center ballroom Saturday. The Saluki Rainbow Network and Student Center Special Programs presented “Zombies: Eat Your Heart Out” Drag Show on Saturday. TJ Jannak, ... Continue Reading →
Members of the Malaysian Student Association serve food Wednesday during the International Food Fair at the Student Center. Syairah Aida Othman, left, a junior studying finance, Nikahmad Kamaruddin a senior studying mechanical engineering, Ahmad Faris Zainuddin, a senior studying mechanical engineering and Nancy Yong, a senior studying human resource management, are all originally from Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. The group spent five hours preparing satay, a skewered chicken; bandung, a rose milk; and several other dishes to share as part of the International Festival organized by the International Student Council.

International food fair spices things up

The smell of foods from around the world filled the Student Center Wednesday as the International Student Council held its 52nd annual food fair. The fair featured cuisines from 12 different Registered Student Organizations representing countries including ... Continue Reading →

Seniors tie loose ends

Kayla Loyd, left, a graduate student in workforce education from Vienna, and Cassie Power, a senior studying workforce education and development from Effingham look through graduation announcements Wednesday at the annual Grad Bash in the Student Center ... Continue Reading →

Grad Bash prepares seniors

Seniors who are graduating in May now have an opportunity to take care of all their last-minute items. The SIU Alumni Association is collaborating with the University Bookstore to host the 2014 Grad Bash on Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student ... Continue Reading →

Rocky Horror (Picture Show) tradition lives on

There is only one time and place each semester where students can dress up and participate in an interactive show. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is sponsored by the Student Programming Council and takes place every semester. Don Castle, student center ... Continue Reading →
Sylvia Puente, right, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum, takes a question from David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, after Puente’s Latino Policy in Illinois presentation Monday at the Student Center. Puente discussed what the Forum’s goals are, such as improving education outcomes and just immigration reform for Latinos among other objectives. The Institute hosts a series of discussions and presentations on politics and policy throughout the semester.

Forum speaks to Hispanic students

As the population of the Hispanic community in Illinois rises, more efforts are being made to promote public policy for minorities. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2012, it was estimated more than 16 percent of the population of Illinois identified ... Continue Reading →

Sampling something new

Dana Garsky, a customer service assistant in procurement services, samples chicken Friday at the grand opening of Sbarro and Chick-fil-A at the Student Center. Free samples from both restaurants were provided and a raffle was held for students and staff ... Continue Reading →
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