State program to increase campus safety, readiness

Universities statewide are participating in a test program designed to inform students that safety is a high priority on their campus. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced a pilot program April 22 for the Ready to Respond Campus initiative, ... Continue Reading →

Balancing Act

Faner project highlights budget, priority questions Enrollment is down, money’s so tight faculty have been laid off and the university is spending more than a million dollars to build a pedestrian mall outside Faner Hall. To some, that appears to be ... Continue Reading →

Gun control stirs up state, campus debate

Gun control became a national hot topic after recent affairs such as the ones in Aurora, Colo., Newtown, Conn., and, most recently Bakersfield, Calif. The university took steps to oppose firearms on campus by joining more than 355 colleges and universities ... Continue Reading →

Illinois concealed carry ban struck down

Illinois residents will soon have the right to bear arms because of a federal appellate court decision that denied the Illinois concealed carry ban Tuesday. The 7th U.S. Court of Appeals gave Illinois 180 days to construct a concealed carry law. Illinois ... Continue Reading →

Fight by towers yields arrests

University leaders said eight arrests were made in relation to a fight on campus Sunday. Todd Sigler, director of SIU Department of Public Safety, said police responded to the fight outside of Schneider Hall around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, and arrests were ... Continue Reading →

Marijuana legalization involves complications

In addition to the presidency, there was another issue some citizens got the chance to vote on Nov. 6: marijuana legalization. Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize the sale and possession of cannabis for recreational use since the ... Continue Reading →

University group looks to increase safety

SIU has established a task force to increase university students’ safety. Chancellor Rita Cheng sent an email Oct. 15 to the university community about the Campus Life and Safety Task Force, which reports to the chancellor ways to increase university ... Continue Reading →

SIUC: Party image unrealistic

Talks of the university’s party school reputation have resurfaced in the first few weeks of the semester, as a party attended by hundreds ended with police using tear gas in the street, and the chancellor insisted the image has affected enrollment. SIUC ... Continue Reading →

City raises parking fines

It’s about to happen, but Carbondale’s mayor said the city hasn’t changed its policy on parking fines in more than 20 years. At Mayor Joel Fritzler’s request, the council may also reduce the required time for parking fee payment from 9 a.m. to ... Continue Reading →

Parking spaces fill up quickly on campus

Parking decals expire today, but new ones are available. Parking is an issue on campus because the parking division must find a way to accommodate students who live on campus as well as faculty and students who commute. Students and faculty have to purchase ... Continue Reading →

Construction strikes second unmarked gas line

Construction near Faner Hall ruptured a second gas line around 10 a.m. Tuesday. A one-inch gas line that runs between Parkinson Laboratory and Faner Hall was struck, which caused the university to activate the mass email alert system to warn faculty, ... Continue Reading →

Fights begin to frequent Brush Towers

Sigler: Fights unrelated to gang violence Neely Drive was lined with squad cars for the second straight night. Monday, when police responded to two calls regarding disturbances outside the Brush Towers. Calls at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. reported small ... Continue Reading →

Illinois’ concealed carry ban advances, continues to raise questions, debate

Legislation regarding gun ownership has become frequent in Illinois after Wisconsin became the 49th state to pass legislation allowing residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons last November, making Illinois the last remaining state with ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale prepares for Polar Bear

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 ... Continue Reading →
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