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Mattoon drive-in to show movies Friday and Saturday after drawing big crowd Thursday

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

Thursday night was the first of three nights for a drive-in movie theater in the parking lot of the Cross County Mall in Mattoon. Movies will be shown at 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Organized by sisters Courtney and Kasey Considine, the drive-in had 270 cars attend on the opening night. When...

President Glassman, members of Eastern Athletics share thoughts on racial injustice

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2020

In the week since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody, many powerful individuals, organizations, sports leagues and companies have issued statements on the incident, and the widespread protests and social unrest that followed. This past week, important members of the Eastern community...

Construction set to begin on Lincoln Prairie Grass Trial

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2020

Construction is set to begin this week on the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail, the 12-mile bike trail that connects Charleston and Mattoon. The project is to pave the entirety of the trail. Currently only two of the 12 miles is paved. The project was funded in part by an $800,000 Illinois Transportation...

March held in Charleston as nationwide protests of police violence continue

Protestors gather in front of the Charleston courthouse Sunday afternoon during a march condemning police violence. The march began at Old Main before proceeding through Charleston to the courthouse.

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2020

The streets of Charleston played host to a protest rally and march Sunday afternoon. The rally was one of many across the country that have come in response to the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25. The incident has sparked worldwide protests against police...

Recent Eastern graduate dies, Greeks remember Sigma Nu brother

Corryn Brock, News Editor

May 26, 2020

James “Jimmy” Lund, a Spring 2020 graduate and member of the Lambda Gamma chapter of Sigma Nu at Eastern, died Sunday morning. Fraternity brothers and friends took to social media to remember Lund after hearing of his death, the tweet from his fraternity’s chapter reading,  “We (are) saddened...

Combs issues executive order regarding outdoor dining services in Charleston

Staff Report

May 26, 2020

Charleston is among the many other communities in Illinois set to enter the third phase of Gov. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan beginning May 29. Phase three allows for restaurants and bars to reopen for outdoor seating and curbside services only, and Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs signed an executive...

Pedila fondly remembers her time at Eastern and involvement in Student Government

Jelan Buchanan, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2020

Senior Samira Abdoulaye Pedila gave her last words of wisdom and her final goodbyes to Eastern as she graduates and moves on to the next chapter in her life. Pedila said it’s bittersweet that she’s graduating because she’s been at Eastern for four years and it’s been her safe place for a long...

Looking at spending for Student Government and Apportionment Board during COVID-19

Jelan Buchanan, Staff Reporter

May 21, 2020

At the beginning of the year Student Government started out with $44,000 and the Apportionment Board started out with $44,560. But the year was cut short due to COVID-19 which raises a question of whether or not all the money was spent. Student Government President Carson Gordon said the Student Government...

Rep. Bailey removed from House chamber for refusing to comply with face covering requirement

Staff Report

May 20, 2020

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) was escorted out of the Band of Springfield Center in Wednesday afternoon for refusing to comply with new House rules requiring face coverings that was passed with bipartisan support earlier Wednesday. A motion was made to remove Bailey and was passed by a vote of...

Second EIU student says she was sexually assaulted by athlete

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2020

Update 9:32 p.m. Monday: In a statement to The Daily Eastern News, Eastern said via spokesperson Josh Reinhart its policies and procedures handling sexual assaults have never included disciplinary input from coaches or athletic administrators. Eastern's Monday night statement was strongly refu...

Eastern admits it was aware of sexual assault report in 2017, fails to answer key questions

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

In statements made to The Daily Eastern News on Friday, both Eastern and the Eastern Athletic Department admitted they were made aware of a sexual assault complaint filed by former Eastern soccer player Malorie Henderlong in May of 2017. Henderlong alleged she was sexually assaulted by a member...

Man shot Thursday morning was an intruder, police say

Staff Report

May 1, 2020

The man who was shot Thursday morning in the 2200 block of Ninth Street was allegedly attempting to enter the apartment by force, according to new information from the Charleston Police Department. Investigators were able to determine the man was shot by a resident of the apartment, according to CPD. After...

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