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Many sexual assault victims suffer in silence

Many sexual assault victims suffer in silence

By Ashley Zborek

April 25, 2012

Fifty-four percent of sexual assaults are not reported, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and SIUC and the Women’s Center in Carbondale are joining forces to advocate for the sexual safety of students.This year’s theme is “It’...

Wind turbine project shelved, not cancelled

By Tara Kulash

April 25, 2012

The chair of the SIU Sustainability Council says he wants to squash negative rumors about the university’s wind turbine project.Jonathan Gray, associate professor of speech communication and founding member of the Sustainability Council, said since the project has been shelved indefinitely, he’s hear...

Student loan interest rate increases worries campus

By Matt Daray

April 25, 2012

Students are encouraged now more than ever to get involved in politics as a popular loan program is in jeopardy.Congress has until July 1 to extend the interest rate of the Stafford Loan program, a fixed-rate student loan for undergraduate and graduate students attending college at least part-time.Withou...

Northwest Carbondale residents form district association

By Sharon Wittke

April 24, 2012

Citizens who attended the first meeting of the Northwest Neighborhood Association Monday expressed concern that the Oakland Auto Repair business might lower property values and that the National Guard Armory could loss value if it isn't sold soon.About 50 residents of northwestern Carbondale formed an ...

Leaders react to Quinn’s pension reform

By Lauren Duncan

April 24, 2012

Governor's plan to affect those hired before Jan. 1, 2011Gov. Pat Quinn’s new plan to fix state pension problems calls for employees with state pension plans, including university faculty and staff, to make sacrifices.One month after Quinn presented plans to reform the state pension system, the governor...

Thompson Woods worries all bark, no bite

Thompson Woods worries all bark, no bite

By Matt Daray

April 24, 2012

Nature enthusiasts who have noticed a thinning in the Thompson Woods no longer need to worry about the campus staple.The 10-acre forested area on campus, remains in good shape, despite storms and fires which have left campus community worried about the forest.Charles Ruffner, an associate professor in t...

Local environmental group fights for fracking legislation

By Sharon Wittke

April 24, 2012

A local environmental organization wants state legislators to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing operations in Illinois.Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing the Environment, a Jackson-county based group that opposes the method of natural gas extraction from subterranean shale known as “frac...

Faculty Senate members elect new leaders

Faculty Senate members elect new leaders

By Matt Daray

April 24, 2012

Faculty Senate President Bill Recktenwald finished his last meeting as president amid applause from his peers as they congratulated newly elected president Meera Komarraju Tuesday.Other newly elected members were Terry Clark, professor of marketing, as vice president and Kimberly Asner-Self, former head...

Less littering, more recycling necessary

By Sharon Wittke

April 23, 2012

One of the best ways to prevent litter is to reduce consumption, says a local environmental leader.Sarah Heyer, executive director of Keep Carbondale Beautiful, headed a group of 150 volunteers Saturday, starting in Turley Park, in an effort to clean up Carbondale’s streets and public spaces in co...

Green roof promotes Earth Day awareness

Green roof promotes Earth Day awareness

By Devontae Weaver

April 23, 2012

More than 250 students attended an unusually open Open House at the Agriculture Building Monday to check out the vegetables and wildflowers that grow on the building's roof.The Green Roof Open House is one of the newer additions to the SIU Earth Day celebration.Earth Day is an annual holiday increase ...

GLBT efforts continue from inside a closet

By Tiffany Blanchette

April 23, 2012

A "GLBT Safe Zone" sign can be seen on the third floor of the Student Center on a closet door, behind which resides the office for the Saluki Rainbow Network.The Saluki Rainbow Network, a Registered Student Organization, has been active on campus since 1971 and operates out of what was previously a mai...

Forest filled with sounds of music, partying

Forest filled with sounds of music, partying

By Eli Mileur

April 22, 2012

Dubstep and rock and roll joined the usual sounds of the Shawnee National Forest during the weekend.The first Soundz of the Forest Music Fest was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, south of Murphysboro and featured two stages, 40 musical performers and camping.Devo Lawty, one of the four organizers of...

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