The Daily Eastern News

Letter to the Editor: Mandatory service is fine

Alex Martens

August 22, 2019

To the Editorial Staff of The Daily Eastern News: By Alex Martens I would like to consider the following letter my response to one of your recent editorials, Eastern should not mandate community service on its new students. The very mission statement of an Eastern Illinois student, let alone the citizens of the Coles...

Letter to the editor: Fly the BLM flag

December 4, 2018

On behalf of (the Black Student Union), we as an organization fully support the raising of the (Black Lives Matter) flag and what it represents. Due to the recent events that have taken place around the world, we feel it is important that our people have a voice in these challenging times. Controversi...

Letter to the Editor: Register to vote

Karen Clausing

September 3, 2018

It’s easy to register to vote in Coles County. You need to be 18 years old, born in the U.S. or be a naturalized citizen and have two forms of ID: a state issued picture ID card, driver’s license or student ID plus a document or bill with your address. You can register online at o...

Letter to the Editor: Column was insensitive, close-minded

Elizabeth Medina

December 3, 2017

I am writing this letter in response to the column I read titled “Are We Punishing the Poor Enough?” by Colin Roberts. First, let me say as not only a graduate student and a staff member of this university I am beyond disappointed and beyond disgusted we are letting a student write garbage about childr...

Open Letter: Africana studies, philosophy essential to university mission

February 2, 2017

A preview of this letter appeared in our print edition on Feb. 2nd, 2017. Dear President Glassman: We, the undersigned members of the Women’s Studies program at Eastern, protest in the strongest terms possible any proposal to eliminate major programs in Africana studies and philosophy at Easte...


Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Sace Elder, and Nora Pat Small

November 17, 2016

Two days ago chalking of “DEPORT,” “BUILD THE WALL,” and “LOVE TRUMP’S WALL,” etc., appeared on sidewalks across campus, edits to the chalking of “LOVE TRUMPS HATE,” “GAY AND SCARED,” and “#NOTMYPRESIDENT,” that appeared last week in response to Donald Trump’s election as...

Letter to the Editor: Commit to paper, thought

Leonidas Miller

September 9, 2016

Dear Editor: Alex Bonnott did well to point out that "going paperless has its downsides, too." Being totally paperless makes possible that I do "not even have to leave my bed," because I have "no need to go to class at all." What kind of education is happening when the students and their teacher fail...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t begrudgingly vote Clinton

Jonathan M. Williams

September 9, 2016

Throughout this campaign, we have all heard many reasons why we should not elect Donald Trump as our next president. Although, despite the intense anxiety the word “Trump” generates, the feeling on campus appears to be that students will hold their noses and choose Hillary Clinton as the lesser...

Letter to the Editor: Good fences make good neighbors

September 1, 2016

Said Nigel Farage recently: “I would not vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me to.” On June 23, 2016, the voters of Great Britain declared independence from the European Union. Rule Britannia! Nigel Farage helped voters to understand the issues. The Brits no longer wished to be under—yes,...

Letter: Suspending bylaws does not help

Jack Cruikshank, Senior political science major

April 18, 2016

I would like someone to explain to me how organizations on campus are allowed to vote to suspend their bylaws to correct an infraction the organization itself has inevitably just committed. In my time at Eastern, I have seen numerous organizations partake in this undemocratic process in order to avoid...

Letter: Illinois is not properly represented

Leonidas H. Miller, Mattoon Resident

April 11, 2016

Dear editor, With our billions in debt, Illinois is in trouble. Previous years have had troubles. This year the troubles have reached a heavier drama. Such troubles bring some to blame the governor and others the speaker of the house. It is seldom if ever we look at the problem as a constitutional,...

Letter: Reach out to your state legislators

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Assistant Professor of History

April 5, 2016

I was one of the contingent of EIU folks who traveled to Chicago on Friday for the Day of Action. As someone who prepares preservice secondary social studies teachers, I found the day to be a real-life lesson in civic engagement. One Twitter account used the phrase, “This is what democracy looks...

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