DEN Quick News: 5 things you need to know today

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

Today is Jan. 27, 2020. Here are the five things you should know today happening at Eastern.

1. Glassman gets new contract

The Board of Trustees voted to give Eastern President David Glassman a new two-year contract extension that includes a 10 percent raise at its meeting Friday. Every board member except student trustee Kathleen Conlin voted to approve the new contract. Full story:

2. Eastern getting $11 million for new building

Eastern will be receiving $11.8 million in funds released by the state of Illinois for its new science building. The $11.8 million is just a small chunk of the $119 million total Eastern is slated to receive over the next six years.

3. Eastern back to .500 in OVC play

The Eastern men’s basketball team improved to 4-4 in OVC play after beating Southeast Missouri in Lantz Arena on Saturday. Eastern narrowly escaped with a 61-59 victory, and perhaps only won thanks to a wild referee blunder at the end of the game. Full story:

4. Lawson wins Alpha Phi Alpha ‘Miss Black and Gold’ pageant

Eastern senior Leila Lawson was crowned Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s “Miss Black and Gold” at their annual pageant held this weekend in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Full story:

5. Men’s tennis team suffers first loss of season

The Eastern men’s tennis team dropped its first match of the season this weekend, losing at the hands of Illinois State on the road. The Panthers are now 6-1 this year. Full story: