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A new presidential contract? Big time basketball wins and an investigative piece into the decline of Greek life participation at Eastern. Here are the 5 things you need to know about your campus today. Jan. 24, 2020.

1. Board of Trustees may grant Glassman contract extension

The Eastern Board of Trustees will decide at its meeting today whether or not to approve a two-year contract extension for Eastern president David Glassman. The proposed contract would award Glassman a 10 percent salary increase in each year of the contract, which would run through May of 2022 if approved. If approved the extension could give Glassman up to $61,528 in raises over two-years. Full story: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2020/01/23/bot-may-renew-glassmans-contract-with-10-percent-raise/

2. Greek life participation down at Eastern

The number of students participating in Greek life at Eastern has fallen steeply in the last five years. In Fall 2015 Eastern had 1,319 students involved in the Greek community, in Fall 2019 that number was just 439. Greek life director Nathan Wehr has a plan in place however that he hopes can bring the numbers back up. Full story: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2020/01/23/greek-life-participation-down-at-eastern-plan-in-place/

3. Women’s basketball team improves to 5-2 in OVC

The Eastern women’s basketball team knocked off undefeated Tennessee-Martin 74-70 in Lantz Arena Thursday night, improving its conference record to 5-2 this season. Five Panthers scored in double-figures led by freshman guard Lariah Washington’s 13. Forward Abby Wahl said after the game Eastern was “starting to prove they can play with the best.” Full story: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2020/01/23/eastern-womens-basketball-beats-1st-place-skyhawks-74-70/

4. Men’s basketball team wins third OVC game in a row

After a disappointing 0-4 start to OVC play this season, the Eastern men’s basketball team picked up its third conference win in a row in Lantz Arena Thursday night, clobbering Tennessee-Martin 95-83. Eastern is now 3-4 in OVC play and is favored to be 4-4 after it hosts Southeast Missouri Saturday at 3 p.m. Full story: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2020/01/23/mens-basketball-wins-3rd-straight-ovc-game/

5. CAA approves new minor

The Council on Academic Affairs approved a new “Early Childhood Program Administration” minor at its meeting Thursday afternoon. The new minor is designed to bring together all of the course work and certificates already being administered by Eastern, combining them into one package. Full story: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2020/01/23/caa-approves-new-early-childhood-minor/