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A day at the fair

With the end of summer comes the beginning of annual southern Illinois tradition. A festival of sorts, this year’s Du Quoin state fair, running from Aug. 23 through Monday, has a plethora of events to attend — ranging from the mild (a petting zoo ... Continue Reading →

Double’s chemistry key to Salukis’ breakout season

  With the regular season in the books the SIU women’s tennis team concluded its season with one of the best records in school history. The Salukis finished their season 17-4 overall and 6-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Their 17 wins tied ... Continue Reading →

One year later Leap Day tornado remembered

A year after a tornado destroyed parts of his town, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg still carries a list of the names of eight people who were killed by the storm. “I don’t ever forget them, and I will never forget them,” he said. A 200-yard-wide tornado ... Continue Reading →

City could lift Halloween liquor ban

The Local Liquor Commission has autho- rized the Liquor Advisory Board to discuss allowing alcohol sales on South Illinois Avenue during Halloween. Bars on The Strip such as Stix, Hangar 9 and Sidetracks are affected by the long- standing Halloween ordinance ... Continue Reading →

Keeping it blue and cool

Ivas John stepped onto Tres Hombres’ dimly lit stage Saturday with the sound of his guitar and smooth jazz vocals permeating the venue. He sang an old Albert King song, “Don’t you lie to me,” as the stage’s green and red lights flashed across ... Continue Reading →

Earning while learning

From aviation weather dispatch to stocked salad bar maintenance in Grinnell Hall, the university offers a wide variety of student jobs to suit almost every interest. Campus employers post an average 20 job opportunities on the university’s financial ... Continue Reading →

Online education continues to grow despite challenges

Enrollment in Massive Open Online Courses is at an all-time high worldwide, but Chancellor Rita Cheng said the university is not competing with the virtual classrooms. MOOCs, which are free Internet-based courses where anyone can join classes taught by ... Continue Reading →

Wellness Center offers AIDS day activities

Today is the 25th Annual World AIDS Day. According to information from the university, the first observance of World AIDS Day was Dec. 1, 1988. The Student Health Services Wellness Center will offer services and discussions today in relation to the disease. From ... Continue Reading →

Oodles of Poodles

Kelley Taylor, a 43-year-old poodle breeder from Mt. Vernon, spends most of her days in her back yard breeding and raising 40-50 toy poodles. Taylor has committed her life to nurturing poodles in her dog kennel for more than 15 years. She said she started ... Continue Reading →

Winter Movie Madness

 Action “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Dec. 14th)  Years before Frodo set off to Mordor, the “Lord of the Rings” prequel finds Bilbo Baggins and wizard Gandalf on an adventure. “An Unexpected Journey,” directed by theoriginal trilogy’s ... Continue Reading →

Hinson rallies freshman class

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson is used to rallying his players, but Tuesday he had an opportunity to fire up the freshman class. Hinson talked about everything from basketball to politics in a speech at SIU Arena entitled, “Leadership and taking ... Continue Reading →

‘Villain’ lets its dark side show

There’s a little evil in everyone. This weekend at the Kleinau Theater, seven actors will let their evil be known. Director Brian Healy’s “Villain” explores seven characters who lead a corporate lifestyle, each with his or her own darkness. Healy, ... Continue Reading →
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