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Coles County confirms first resident with COVID-19

Corryn Brock, News Editor

April 6, 2020

The Coles County Health Department has confirmed the county’s first case of COVID-19.  The patient is at home in isolation.  Public health officials are currently working on identifying and monitoring individuals who may have come into contact with the patient to reduce potential additional tr...

Students, staff acclimate after 1st week

Ryan Meyer, Reporter

April 6, 2020

Friday marks the end of Eastern’s first week using remote learning. Students and professors alike shared their thoughts on the transition to these unfamiliar methods. Nolan Webb, a graduate student studying sports administration, thinks classes have become less challenging. “If anything, they’ve ...

Students talk quarantine successes, struggles

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2020

Approximately two weeks ago, Gov. J. B. Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order for the entire state of Illinois in an attempt to slow down the coronavirus’ spread. The quarantine has been in effect since March 21 and will continue to be in effect until at least April 30. With the coronavirus outbreak, thing...

Facebook group assists Coles County by making face masks

Facebook group assists Coles County by making face masks

Hannah Shillo, Associate News Editor

April 2, 2020

Healthcare facilities all over the world have been in need of face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and several places in Charleston, Mattoon and the surrounding areas have gotten their needs filled thanks to members of a Facebook group called “DIY Face Masks For Coles County.” In this group, members share posts detailing which facilities need masks and how many each place needs. Then,...

BSWs sanitize Eastern’s campus in wake of COVID-19

Corryn Brock, News Editor

April 1, 2020

As the Eastern community returns to campus, building service workers are maintaining cleanliness on university grounds. Several changes have been made around campus as a result of COVID-19, from a structured dining center experience to designated shower stalls and sinks to individuals being asked...

Eastern community to participate in 2020 Census

Staff Report

April 1, 2020

Eastern President David Glassman is urging the campus community to fill out the 2020 Census. In an email, Glassman stressed the importance of census data, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “the planning and development of health care facilities is just one important reason why participating...

Letter from the editor: Our mission for Spring 2020

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2020

Our mission at The Daily Eastern News has been and always will be to deliver high-quality journalism and reporting to the Eastern campus and community on all things happening at Eastern.   We will continue to bring news to the community for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, but the...

Students return to class after odd spring break

Elizabeth Taylor, Campus Reporter

March 31, 2020

While an extended spring break would usually sound like any college student’s dream, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed perspectives on many things. Instead of a chance to vacation and spend time with others, most students were forced to stay inside for the entire two weeks of break. Whether they had big plans or not, the ...

Students begin online-only classes

Students begin online-only classes

Jelan Buchanan, Reporter

March 30, 2020

Some Eastern students feel the change to online-only classes will not be a challenge at all, but others are skeptical going into the remaining five weeks. Marissa Routien, a senior elementary education major, said she thought her classes went pretty well for the first day. She spent most of her time...

Provost announces option to change grade type

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 30, 2020

Eastern Provost Jay Gatrell announced the option for students to change their grade type to a credit/no credit system for the  Spring 2020 semester. If an undergraduate wishes to change a grade they must consult their academic advisor and then may petition the university to change B and C grades...

Woman found dead at Lake Charleston

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 23, 2020

A 51-year-old dead woman from Chicago was found at Lake Charleston Sunday afternoon from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her identity is being withheld at the request of her family. Individuals from the Charleston Police Department, Charleston Fire Department, Coles County Coroner's...

Student starts petition, asks Eastern to give all students passing credits

Student starts petition, asks Eastern to give all students passing credits

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 22, 2020

An Eastern student has started a petition to ask the university to give students passing credits for the Spring 2020 semester. Courtney Cager, a junior accounting major, said she created the petition with the hope "that the university will either guarantee a passing grade (as in Cs and above) for the semester or letting us opt into making our grades pass/fail." Cager said the idea came to her...

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