The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Ramsey Hunt competes in the mens long jump category for the second day of EIU Big Blue Classic. Hunt finishes first in the finals with a mark of 7.35m at the O’Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

EIU track athlete to compete at Nationals

Aidan Cusack, Editor-In-Chief May 23, 2024

In the last decade, only three athletes from Eastern Illinois have graced Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA D1 Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.   Two of the three athletes...

Matt Bollant yelling at the referee during the women basketball game against UT Martin thursday night in Groniger Arena

Bollant leaves EIU basketball program

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor May 20, 2024

Matt Bollant, the head coach of the women’s basketball team since 2017, is leaving the program to become the new head coach at Bryan College. According to Bryan College, Bollant “will be starting...

Mens Baseball team players stand in the dugout at home against Bellarmine at Coaches Stadium on March 12, 2024. Eastern beat Bellarmine 9-4 Tuesday afternoon.

EIU Baseball honors seniors, win over MSU

Gabe Newman, Sports Reporter May 12, 2024

Eastern salvaged the series against Morehead State University on Sunday afternoon at Coaches Stadium, winning the series finale 5-1. The Panthers seemed more amped up than usual because it was senior...

From left, Theo Edwards, Ronnie Kosciuk and Emery Johnson walk with a crowd in the slut walk near Lawson Hall Thursday.

Slut walk combats sexual assault, harassment at EIU

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 28, 2024

Around 50 students came out Thursday to walk in a slut walk against sexual assault and harassment. Sophomore human services major Emery Johnson took it upon herself to start the slut walk after being...

Left, Eastern Illinois University President Jay Gatrell holds petition for all-gender restrooms, hand delivered by graduate student Theo Edwards while petition signers stand in support in the Martin Luther King Jr., University Union.

Students hand deliver petition for all-gender restrooms to Gatrell

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 26, 2024

Dozens of students rallied at the Mellin Steps before handing off a petition to Eastern’s President Jay Gatrell to include all-gender bathrooms on campus Thursday. Graduate student Theo Edwards led...

Redshirt freshman running back MJ Flowers (20) celebrates a touchdown with redshirt junior offensive lineman Elkhanan Tanelus (72). Eastern beat Tennessee State 30-17 Saturday afternoon at O’ Brien Field.

Panthers of the Year: MJ Flowers, Macy McGlone, Sara Thomas

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor April 24, 2024

The male Panther of the Year is going to MJ Flowers from the football team. The redshirt freshman running back from Cincinnati, Ohio, rushed for 854 yards and had 1,046 all-purpose yards. Both...

Vice Chairperson for Easterns board of trustees Christopher Hicks, speaks during the board of trustees meeting Friday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom.

Board of trustees removes out-of-state tuition for US residents

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor April 22, 2024

The EIU board of trustees approved a proposal removing out-of-state tuition charges for US residents, raised tuition and room and board and approved several new majors in its meeting Friday. This...

The crowd jumps in excitement over Matt Bennet in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Grand Ballroom on Saturday.

Matt Bennett brings nostalgia to Pantherchella

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 16, 2024

Students waited in line for hours to see the show Matt Bennett, actor known for his role as Robbie Shapiro on the show "Victorious," had in store for them Saturday night.  Lupita Navarrete, a freshman...

President of Eastern Illinois University Jay Gatrell in his office in Old Main during an interview with the Daily Eastern News about his first year as president. Gatrell said, Anytime you take a new job, there’s going to be a learning curve. But you know, I feel sort of blessed to have been here and to know this place and the newer students.”  

Jay Gatrell: The first year

Drew Coffey, Reporter April 11, 2024

It was only a little more than a year ago when Jay Gatrell was voted as Eastern’s 13th president.    Gatrell, who acted as provost and vice president of academic affairs for Eastern from 2017 to...

From right, Shay Edmond, a senior sociology major, and Brianna Hull-Dennis, a senior political science major, watch the solar eclipse with friends Monday afternoon at the campus observatory. Edmond said the turnout made the viewing much more exciting.

Solar eclipse assembles community, builds friendships

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 9, 2024

The extraordinary solar eclipse brought out roughly 100 people to Eastern's observatory Monday. The once in a lifetime phenomenon, twice for some, drew in several people in the Charleston community...

Solar eclipse on the horizon

Solar eclipse on the horizon

Elsie Svika, Reporter April 5, 2024

As the clock ticks down to the total solar eclipse on April 8, the towns of Vincennes, Indiana, and Lawrenceville, Illinois, are bustling with excitement and preparation, said the director of the Vincennes...

Student senator Oliver Ehmann, a senior political science major, expresses his feelings towards the talent student award fee increase proposal to student government March 27, 2024, at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union in the Arcola Tuscola Room on Easterns campus. The proposal requests an increase of 86 cents from $21.82 to $22.68. This fee is charged for every credit hour, not exceeding a maximum amount of twelve credit hours. Matt Bierman said in his presentation more than half of the collected fees go toward student athletes without athletic scholarships.

Student government votes down fee increase

Veronica Gipson, Student Government Reporter April 2, 2024

Despite approving a raise in tuition rates, EIU’s student government denied a bill to raise the grant-in-aid fee which covers tuition and talented student awards. The student senate’s meeting on...

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