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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

Ashanti Thomas

Ashanti Thomas, Photo Editor

Ashanti Thomas is a sophomore digital media major. She previously served as a photographer at The News.

All content by Ashanti Thomas
Armani Brooksstreet, a sophomore criminal justice major, performs a song while playing the piano during the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration inside the Grand Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. Union.

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January 17, 2022
Imani Walker, a senior neuroscience major, marches to the Martin Luther King Jr. Union for the Martin Luther King Jr. vigil presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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January 17, 2022
At the Winter Welcome Dayz event in Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Lesly Nazon, a senior marketing major and Shariah Campbell, a first grad student, compete against each other in the “Pop-A-Shot” contest on Wednesday afternoon.

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January 12, 2022
Brittany McMinn, a sophomore accounting major, focuses on painting her snowman at the Winter Welcome Dayz event.

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January 12, 2022
Kristal Munos, a junior criminology and criminal justice major, and Brittany McMinn, a sophomore accounting major, paint tiny plant pots and snowmen at the Winter Welcome Dayz event in Martin Luther King Jr. University Union on Wednesday afternoon.

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January 12, 2022
Ken Grimaudo, a sophomore marketing major, searches the shelves to find his textbooks Sunday afternoon at the Textbook Rental building.

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January 9, 2022
Cassius Burks, a sophomore digital media major, checks out his textbooks on the computer Sunday afternoon at Textbook Rental.

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January 9, 2022
On Sunday afternoon, a day before Spring semester classes begin, students walk into Textbook Rental to search for their textbooks.

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January 9, 2022
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January 9, 2022
From left to right, Lex Coniglio, a freshman undecided major, Naidelyn Monroy, a freshman neuroscience major, and Amber Benhart, a freshman secondary english major, eat lunch together in the Thomas dining hall Sunday afternoon.

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January 9, 2022
In McAfee Gym Thursday night, Starr Smith, a junior community health major, poses on the “runway” in front of the judges during a modeling audition created by Femi Usikalu, a senior digital media major.

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December 9, 2021
In McAfee Gym Thursday night, Armani Brooksstreet, a sophomore criminal justice major, dances and has fun while taking his turn during the modeling audition event.

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December 9, 2021
Kyle Ignalaga, a senior computer information technology major, laughs when he gets to the judges desk after walking the “runway.

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December 9, 2021
Kyle Ignalaga, a senior computer information technology major, poses in front of the crowd and judges during a modeling audition event hosted by Femi Usikalu, a senior digital media major, in McAfee Gym Thursday night.

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December 9, 2021
At the auditions for Eastern couture models hosted by Femi Usikalu, a senior digital media major, in McAfee Gym Thursday night, Starr Smith, a junior community health major, and Celeste Ditu, a senior interpersonal communications major, chat with each other before the auditions start.

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December 9, 2021
Brandon Cox, a sophomore communications major, models and poses during a modeling audition event

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December 9, 2021
Sam Tolch, a junior art education major, and Angela Risinger, a junior 2D studio art major, look at the different paintings made by students inside the Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery at Doudna Fine Arts Center Thursday afternoon.

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December 9, 2021
The water motor controls on this machine help set the balance between the water and ink in the printing unit.

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December 31, 2021
The web former board that creates the first fold in the web as it goes into the folder unit.

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December 31, 2021
The control module for the film processor for the digital image center that creates the page film negatives.

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December 31, 2021
McClain Homann, a senior english major, separates the negative film pages by cutting them as they exit the film processor.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, cuts the extra sides off of a film negative created by the film processor.

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December 31, 2021
A film negative of page 4 from the film processor.

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December 31, 2021
On the illuminive printing plate, Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, uses the scrubbing pad that develops the image on the illuminive printing plate then is put on the press to then transfer the image on the paper.

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December 31, 2021
McClain Homann, a senior english major, uses a device called a plate burner which is a high intensity light source that burns the image from the page film onto the surface of the printing plate.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, uses a scrubbing pad to develop the image on the illuminive printing plate. It is then put on the press so the image can be transferred onto the paper.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, removes an old printing plate from the previous night’s run.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, puts the new printing plate inside the printing unit.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, removes an old printing plate from the printing unit from the previous night’s run.

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December 31, 2021
This is the conveyor belt from the folding unit which conveys the cut and folds into the newspaper that comes off the printing press line.

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December 31, 2021
McClain Homann, a senior english major, uses the bundle tying machine that wraps twine around the bundles of newspapers when they get off the conveyer belt.

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December 31, 2021
The web of newspaper as it travels through the printing units with the printed images already on the paper. It makes its way to the folding unit where it will be folded and cut into individual newspapers.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, stirs the ink in the printing unit.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, stirs the ink in the ink fountains.

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December 31, 2021
Tom Roberts, the press supervisor, checks over the final version of the newspaper.

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December 31, 2021
McClain Homann, a senior english major, puts the finished and tied newspapers stacked on top of each other ready to be dispersed throughout campus buildings as the last step in the printing press process.

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December 31, 2021
McClain Homann, a senior english major, puts the finished and tied newspapers into rain bags to protect them from getting wet.

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December 31, 2021
The finished and tied newspapers stacked on top of each other ready to be dispersed throughout campus buildings.

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December 31, 2021
Kris Gross, (left) a sophomore sport management major, and Leon Lomax, (right) a junior digital media technology major, perform their Neophyte Presentation presented by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated, in McAfee Gym Friday night.

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December 5, 2021
Leon Lomax, a junior digital media technology major, and one of the newest members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., showcases his Neophyte Presentation in McAfee Gym Friday night.

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December 5, 2021
Kris Gross, (front) a sophomore sport management major, and Leon Lomax, (behind) a junior digital media technology major, get ready to march with their Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. brothers into McAfee gym Friday night for their Neophyte Presentation.

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December 5, 2021
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated presents the Neophyte Presentation performed in McAfee Gym Friday night by the newest members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Kris Gross, (left) a sophomore sport management major, and Leon Lomax, (right) a junior digital media technology major.

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December 31, 2021
Different kinds of art including resin jewelry, cups, and bowls for sale at the holiday art sale in Doudna Fine Arts Center.

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December 2, 2021
Venky Thanneeru, a senior in the technology department, admires the art that is being sold in the holiday art sale at Doudna Fine Arts Centers Winter Fest.

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December 2, 2021
Venky Thanneeru, a senior in the technology department, admires the art that is being sold in the holiday art sale at Doudna Fine Arts Centers Winter Fest.

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December 2, 2021
During the Holiday Winter Fest in Doudna Fine Arts Center Thursday night, Mike and Amina Lynch with their daughter, Miriam, pose with Santa to take photos. Mike says he and his family love to visit Doudna around the holidays.

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December 2, 2021
Omar Ikramer, a freshman history major, and Ryan Beavers, a freshman film production major, compete against other teams in the Gingerbread Head-to-Head contest in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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December 1, 2021
Bridget Bartelt, a junior history education major, and Allison Smith, a freshman communications disorders and sciences major, help each other to decorate their gingerbread house to try and win the Gingerbread Head-to-Head contest in the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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December 1, 2021
Julianna Holloway, a sophomore biology major, helps her team, “The Powerpuff Girls,” in decorating their gingerbread house for the Gingerbread Head-to-Head contest in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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December 1, 2021
Leonie Badichler, a junior elementary education major, helps her team, “The Christmas Ladies,” decorate their gingerbread house for the Gingerbread Head-to-Head contest in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union on De

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December 1, 2021
Marie Walk, a history major graduate student, Evita Schafer, a graduate student, and the rest of their team called “The Christmas Ladies,” decorate gingerbread houses for the Gingerbread Head-to-Head contest in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Students had the opportunity to gather a team and compete against others in a decorating contest and trivia questions.

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December 1, 2021
Abby Hartke, a junior 2D studio major, sands down ceramic pieces in Doudna Fine Arts Center Monday afternoon to get ready for glaze firing for her final project.

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December 1, 2021
Abby Hartke, a junior 2D studio major, sands down ceramic pieces in Doudna Fine Arts Center Monday afternoon to get ready for glaze firing for her final project.

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December 1, 2021
Eastern forward, Sammy Friday IV, makes a move in the paint during Thursday night’s game in Lantz Arena. The Panthers beat the Rockford Regents 96-64.

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December 1, 2021
On Wednesday afternoon during the second day of Eastern’s Student Mental Health Days, academic classes were cancelled while wellness activities such as yoga, therapy dog sessions, crafts, and games were made available around campus.

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December 1, 2021
Students make their own face scrub out of brown sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils on Wednesday afternoon during the second day of Eastern’s Student Mental Health Days. Academic classes were cancelled while wellness activities such as yoga, therapy dog sessions, crafts, and games were made available around campus.

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December 1, 2021
Marguerite McHale, a senior political science and economics major, plays with Rachel the therapy dog Wednesday afternoon during the second day of Eastern’s Student Mental Health Days. Academic classes were cancelled while wellness activities such as yoga, therapy dog sessions, crafts, and games were made available around campus.

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December 1, 2021
Marguerite McHale, a senior political science and economics major, plays with Rachel the therapy dog Wednesday afternoon during the second day of Eastern’s Student Mental Health Days. Academic classes were cancelled while wellness activities such as yoga, therapy dog sessions, crafts, and games were made available around campus.

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December 1, 2021
During the Tarble After Hours event Friday night, students and faculty all play the game Just Dance together on the Nintendo Switch.

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December 1, 2021
During the Tarble After Hours event Friday night, Joy Okokon, an arts graduate student, plays the game Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch.

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December 1, 2021
During the Tarble After Hours event Friday night, Raiven Jones, a senior biochemistry major, and Lilly Ames, a senior art 2D studio major, high five each other after playing the game Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch.

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December 1, 2021
Cole Lu, an artist and writer based in New York, visits the Tarble for their Tarble After Hours event Friday night to talk about his work and answer questions from the audience.

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December 1, 2021
Cole Lu, an artist and writer based in New York, visits the Tarble for their Tarble After Hours event Friday night to talk about his work and answer questions from the audience.

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December 1, 2021
Paulina Sanchez, a junior Spanish with teacher licensure major, enjoys ice cream and plays games at the Ice Cream Social event hosted by Spanish Club Wednesday night in Coleman Hall.

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December 1, 2021
Maria Cruz, a senior interpersonal communication and Spanish major, hosts a game of “Basta” which is a Spanish vocabulary game, during Spanish Club’s Ice Cream Social in Coleman Hall Wednesday night.

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December 1, 2021
Bri Bartosz, a senior communication disorders and sciences major, and Paige Thing, a sophomore political science and Spanish major, attend Spanish Club’s Ice Cream Social Event in Coleman Hall Wednesday night. They eat different flavors of ice cream and play a game of “Basta,” a Spanish vocabulary game.

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December 1, 2021
Krupal Swami, Founder and CEO of Team Swami, presents her “I am a Woman in Tech, What’s Your Superpower?” presentation to students in Lumpkin Hall Tuesday evening. Swami gives advice throughout her “Lessons Learned” slides and recounts stories of her being the only women in a room full of men in technology related settings.

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December 1, 2021
Krupal Swami, Founder and CEO of Team Swami, presents her “I am a Woman in Tech, What’s Your Superpower?” presentation to students in Lumpkin Hall Tuesday evening. Swami gives advice throughout her “Lessons Learned” slides and recounts stories of her being the only women in a room full of men in technology related settings.

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December 1, 2021
Krupal Swami, Founder and CEO of Team Swami, presents her “I am a Woman in Tech, What’s Your Superpower?” presentation to students in Lumpkin Hall Tuesday evening. Swami gives advice throughout her “Lessons Learned” slides and recounts stories of her being the only women in a room full of men in technology related settings.

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December 1, 2021
Kelly Demann, a junior elementary education major, has fun petting Mazie the therapy dog, during the Dogs and Doughnuts event Thursday afternoon in the Taylor Hall lobby.

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November 4, 2021
Victoria Tegge, a senior nutrition and dietetics major, pets Mazie the therapy dog, during the Dogs and Doughnuts event in the Taylor Hall lobby Thursday afternoon.

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November 4, 2021
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