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‘This has been historic’- Carbondale community comes together to protest police brutality

Michael Coleman and Travis Washington, lead the Black Lives Matter march Friday, June 5, 2020 down South Illinois Ave.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

June 5, 2020

Hundreds gathered at the Carbondale Civic Center on Friday to protest police brutality and demand justice for the death of George Floyd. 

Social media fundraiser generates over $10k for local business Rainbow Ranch

Alan Blumhorst, 60, is the owner of the Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo, located on a 170-year-old, family-owned farm in Nashville, IL, and home to as many as 30-35 different species of exotic and traditional farm animals, totaling about 220 animals before mating season, and anywhere from 300-400 after the babies are born.
Animals, clockwise from top-left:  Candy the Camel; a swan; Ziggy the Zebra; a white peacock; alpacas; Big Jake the Jacob Sheep; Skippy the Kangaroo; and Max the Macaw.
Blumhorst uses alliteration when naming the animals on his farm because it helps the kids remember the animals.

By Brooke Buerck, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo owner Alan Blumhorst wasn’t sure how his business was going to come up with the funds they needed to cover animal feed and veterinarian bill costs. 

Ending hunger one child at a time: Gumdrops provides non-perishable food items for kids

Ending hunger one child at a time: Gumdrops provides non-perishable food items for kids

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

Gumdrops is a charitable organization that provides weekend packages of child-friendly, non-perishable food items to at-risk children in the area.  Ron Simpson and his wife, Amy created Gumdrops for Kids in January 2008 through their church because they wanted to find a way to help kids in the community who are struggling with hunger.  

Finding Forever funds animal rescue through thrift store

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By Alex Williams, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Finding Forever Animal Rescue  funds their care of homeless cats and dogs through a thrift store in their shelter. 

Sweetheart serenade: Phi Mu Alpha performs for newly engaged couple

Kazz White (right), a member of Phi Mu Alpha, hugs his  fiancé, Ben Wingerter (left) after the  members of Phi Mu Alpha finish their serenade on Saturday, Feb. 15.

By Rana Schenke and Keaton Yates

February 16, 2020

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, SIU’s music fraternity, has performed at hospitals, nursing homes and Saluki Stadium, but on Saturday evening, the brothers gathered to serenade a special couple: fellow Sinfonian Kazzarian Ravine White and his fiancé, Ben Wingerter.

Carbondale creators celebrate the art of love at 24th ‘Love at the Glove’ exhibit

A hanging metal sculpture greets guests at the Love at the Glove Valentines day art show in SIU's glove factory.

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2020

Community members filed into the old glove factory on Valentines day and were greeted by walls covered in vulvas, dildos and other exhibits meant to convey the meaning of love.

A tale of two couples: Southern Illinois sweethearts share their love stories

A tale of two couples: Southern Illinois sweethearts share their love stories

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2020

Whether you are 17 or 70, southern Illinois is a hub of love. Two southern Illinois couples shared their love stories with the Daily Egyptian.

Alum and activist returns to SIU for TED Talk: Q&A with Travis Washington

Travis Washington of Flossmoor, IL holds a Daily Egyptian news article, which ran on 02/06/19 and featured Washington, on the SIU campus on Saturday, January 18, 2020, Carbondale, Illinois.  Washington, 25, graduated with his MA degree in Education Administration last May from the SIU graduate program, and has been the force behind the 'Hands Up Act', a piece of legislation that would make it illegal for police officers to shoot someone if the person is found to be unarmed.

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter

January 21, 2020

Travis Washington, SIU alum, created the Hands Up Act in hopes of reducing police brutality.

Just a small town girl who wants to change the world

Just a small town girl who wants to change the world

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2020

A young business owner raises money to combat Australian wildfires.

Nicole Martin: Bringing the intensity for Saluki women’s basketball

Southern Illinois Salukis forward Nicole Martin celebrates a basket on Friday, March 1, 2019, during a matchup between the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Drake Bulldogs at SIU Arena.

By Brooke Buerck, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Teams the Saluki women’s basketball team will face this season will have eyes on senior Nicole Martin - prior to the start of their official season, Martin received Missouri Valley Conference Preseason accolades for the second year in a row. 

SIU steps up to challenge in Virtual Reality ethics

The Pulliam Hall clocktower strikes 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

By McKenzie Johnston, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Two SIU professors, Dr. Shannon McCrocklin of the Linguistics department and Pinckney Benedict of the English department, are reimagining how we interface Virtual Reality technology with education.

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