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A square’s guide to bars and drinking

A square’s guide to bars and drinking

By Jeremy Brown, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

Believe it or not, there are students at SIU that haven’t entered a bar before, nor have they had a single alcoholic drink. Eric Caldwell, a bar manager at Hangar 9, said first-timers shouldn’t be afraid to drink. “It’s not as crazy as some people make it out to be,” Caldwell said. “I...

Movie Camera Movement, a ‘playground’ for students to produce films

Movie Camera Movement, a ‘playground’ for students to produce films

By Kitt Fresa

November 2, 2017

Since November 2010, an increasingly large group of students have been coming together to write, produce and edit movies. All students are welcome and collaboration is encouraged.

The Queen of the Pizza King (VIDEO)

The Queen of the Pizza King (VIDEO)

By Jacob Wiegand

December 15, 2016

Pizza is the one thing a bar patron can’t find at Pizza King. Eighty-two-year-old Gwen Hunt has been running the local bar, more commonly known as PK's, for 61 years. “My ex-husband and I introduced pizza to Carbondale,” she said. “We started out the first pizza place in Carbondale.” However,...

Community church marks 150 years of worship

Community church marks 150 years of worship

By Jacob Wiegand

November 30, 2016

If you’re walking through the northeast side of Carbondale on a Sunday morning, you may get a chance to hear the sounds of worship coming from inside Olivet Free Will Baptist Church. Many with their hands raised high in the air, the congregation of a few dozen members can be found belting song...

Carbondale barber shop carries its community (PHOTOS)

Carbondale barber shop carries its community (PHOTOS)

By Anna Spoerre

November 16, 2016

At least half a dozen cars let out friendly honks as they passed a 71-year-old man standing in the shadow of a small red, brick building, his arm raised up in a wave. Kent Mason stepped inside and began trimming the white curly hair of an 89-year old woman. “Afros are always in style,” Maso...

Pagans of southern Illinois celebrate the new year, remember lost loved ones

Pagans of southern Illinois celebrate the new year, remember lost loved ones

By Marnie Leonard

October 30, 2016

As the steady drumbeat drowned out cricket chirps and rustling leaves, members of the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance filed one by one into a roped-off circle to begin Samhain. Participants within the circle individually approached an ancestral altar, which was covered with pictures and keepsakes m...

Behind the spook: SIU students spare no screams with horrific haunted houses (VIDEO)

Behind the spook: SIU students spare no screams with horrific haunted houses (VIDEO)

By Hannah Cooper

October 24, 2016

From small-town haunts to world-renowned attractions, SIU students and alumni are in for the scare. Chittyville School Haunted House, a horror attraction located about 30 minutes north-east of Carbondale in Herrin, is a real — and supposedly haunted — school abandoned in 1989. In 1913...

SIU student entrepreneur, mom, builds brand with style (PHOTOS)

SIU student entrepreneur, mom, builds brand with style (PHOTOS)

By Diamond Jones

October 19, 2016

SIU student Alicia Hammond’s day consists of parenting, classes and an overnight job assisting brain injury patients — all while aiming to become the next fashion icon. In September, Hammond launched her own business, a clothing line called “Secrets.” The line is a way for others to “unlock differe...

SIU students, community members sell artistic bowls to benefit area soup kitchen

SIU students, community members sell artistic bowls to benefit area soup kitchen

By Shyanne Jasper

October 15, 2016

Ceramics artists sold empty bowls at a Carbondale grocery store on Saturday to help feed the hungry through a partnership that has been running for the last three years with an area soup kitchen. Customers visiting the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery were greeted by a table of artistic ceramic bowls priced...

Honeycombs and hives: Why this beekeeper says his job is the bee’s knees

Honeycombs and hives: Why this beekeeper says his job is the bee’s knees

By Hannah Cooper

October 12, 2016

Thick white bodysuits and black screens covered the faces of about 20 individuals as they stood around three boxes of swarming honey-bearing insects. These beekeepers gathered from across the region to learn from bee expert and author Michael Bush during an exclusive event Sunday at SIU’s Touch ...

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