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New program to replace Blackboard next fall semester

By Tiffany Blanchette

January 29, 2012


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Administration said convenience, necessity is behind system switchSIU will be switching out Blackboard by fall 2012 for a new learning management system called Desire2Learn, intended to modernize the way instructors and students connect.Desire2Learn is a more modern systen that includes components fo...

Teen hit by train transported to St. Louis, condition improves

By Eli Mileur

January 28, 2012


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A 19-year-old male was struck by a moving train Saturday in Carbondale around 2:50 a.m. while attempting to jump onto the train, according to a Carbondale police report.Michael Assefa, of Frankfort, was first brought to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale but was later taken to St. Louis with life-thre...

Student workers bring in donations for university

By Tara Kulash

January 26, 2012


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In an isolated, windowless room of the Student Center’s basement, SIU students are raising money for the university almost year-round.The SIU Foundation, which was established in 1942 to solicit gifts and donations from private sources for the university, uses the gifts for educational purposes such ...

Crab Orchard offers eagle-viewing tours

Crab Orchard offers eagle-viewing tours

By Sharon Wittke

January 26, 2012


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In 1964, there were fewer than 450 breeding pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 United States.Today, there are about 10,000.Four of those pairs live in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, five miles west of Marion. During the last two weekends in January, visitors can take guided tours to view e...

Gaia House lacks funding, possibly faces closure

By Ashley Zborek

January 26, 2012


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The Gaia House Interfaith Center has about two months to pull a profit before its doors close.With an average $1,563 monthly loss and a current bank balance of about $4,000, the Gaia House is at risk of shutting down in the near future.According to its website, the Gaia House is a meeting place for people o...

Counseling Center overwhelmed with students in need

By Sarah Mitchell

January 26, 2012


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The Counseling Center at the Student Health Center has a hard time scheduling appointments for students because of the amount of clients it receives yearly.Statistics show college students are at risk for depression. According to the American College Health Association, 45 percent of women and 36 per...

Carbondale prepares for Polar Bear

By Lauren Duncan

January 26, 2012


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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 bars have planned for Saturday, where cust...

Gaia House at risk of shutting down

By Ashley Zborek

January 25, 2012


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The Gaia House Interfaith Center is in dire financial straits.With insufficient funds, board members, employees and friends of the Gaia house are concerned about its future.The Gaia house suffered a loss of $8,127.15 for the 2011 fiscal year, leaving a $6,636.05 balance as of Dec. 31, 2011.Tabitha A...

Greeks fight hazing stereotype

By Kenneth Dixon

January 25, 2012


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The start of another semester brings new opportunities for students on campus to get involved in the university's Greek life and plenty of other organizations.With the Greek community beginning the recruitment process, some students have anxiety about hazing while others say they don't think fraternities ...

Burger King begins deliveries in D.C., plans to expand

Burger King begins deliveries in D.C., plans to expand

By Lauren Groppi

January 25, 2012


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Dropped sales are leading Burger King to experiment with home deliveries, after the burger chain lost its No. 2 fast food position to Wendy’s.Sixteen stores in the Washington, D.C., area are the first to try out home delivery in the U.S., while the option is already widely available in Mexico, Turke...

Greek fraternities lead Salukis for a cure

By Tiffany Blanchette

January 25, 2012


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Cancer research across America will benefit with the help of SIU's Greek community.The Inter-Greek Council came together Tuesday to host Salukis for a Cure, an event with two guest speakers from the American Cancer Society – one of them being a cancer survivor. The guests talked about cancer preventio...

Former SIU student to teach form of Kung Fu at Rec Center

Former SIU student to teach form of Kung Fu at Rec Center

By Sarah Mitchell

January 25, 2012


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Every Tuesday night for last two years, Matthew Mix has spent two hours in Marty Davis' basement learning a rare form of Chinese martial arts called Wing Chun.Davis, a local Kung Fu instructor, has taught martial arts since 1994.Mix, 15, from Carbondale, said he enjoys taking lessons from Davis and t...

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