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

Three different commencement speakers gave speeches during the graduation ceremony for the Eastern Illinois University Class of 2022 Saturday afternoon in Lantz Arena. Representing the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology Marie Koch delivered her speech during the first ceremony. Representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jerimiah Boyd-Johnson presented his speech at the second ceremony. Representing the College of Education, MaryAnn Catt and Esperanza Murillo gave their speeches during the last ceremony.

Looking back at the 2021-2022 academic year

News Staff May 7, 2022

  As the semester ends and spring commencement is over, here is a look back at the 2021-2022 academic year: August The fall semester kicked off with move-in, First Night and Quakin' in the...

Cole Hoover (right), a graduate assistant for the Eastern football team, talks to Jack Valente (66), a sophomore offensive lineman, before the start of the Alumni Social Spring Game on April 23 at OBrien Field.

Hoover continuing family legacy with EIU football

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 27, 2022

Filling the stands at O’Brien field each fall to see the Eastern football team take on its opponents each fall is a seemingly ordinary act for many. But, for Cole Hoover, O’Brien Field represents a...

Eastern Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson talks to the team after the Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon at OBrien Field. Wilkerson said he was impressed with the teams energy and enthusiasm, feeling the whole effort put forth as a team.

Panthers wrap up seasonal workouts with spring game

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 23, 2022

After a month of preparation, the Eastern football team hosted their annual Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon where spectators got a taste of what the 2022 season could hold for the Panthers.   Head...

Members of the Eastern defensive line runs and gets warmed up during the afternoon practice Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field. It was the second week of spring practices for the Panthers under new head coach Chris Wilkerson.

Wilkerson takes field as coach for spring practices

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 5, 2022

The Eastern football team is entering their second week of spring practices for the 2022 season. For Chris Wilkerson, stepping on O’Brien Field as a head coach for the first time in 20 plus years has...

2022 Eastern football schedule released

2022 Eastern football schedule released

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor March 24, 2022

The Eastern football team's 2022 schedule was released Thursday, and the slate of opponents for the first season of the Chris Wilkerson era is now set. The Panthers will open the season on the road...

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Will’s Wild ‘n Wacky Podcast…with Sean: Eastern’s New Football Coach – Chris Wilkerson

Will Simmons and Sean Cozzie February 7, 2022

Brand New Football Coach Chris Wilkerson is interviewed by Will and (Concussion King) Sean while trying to calm their inner WACKYNESS!

From left, Chris Wilkerson, Easterns 26 Head Coach for football, talks to former teammates along side his son, Peyton Wilkerson, on Friday in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena at Chris’s press conference.

Wilkerson’s hiring connects Eastern’s football past, future

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor January 28, 2022

Pride for Eastern’s football past was mixed with optimism for its future Friday as Chris Wilkerson was introduced as the next head coach of the Eastern football program. This dynamic was present throughout...

From left, Chris Wilkerson, Easterns newest head football coach, receives a jersey from EIU Athletic Director Tom Michael for becoming the football team’s new head coach at WIlkerson’s press conference on Friday in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena.

Wilkerson introduced as head football coach Friday

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 28, 2022

The Eastern Athletics formally introduced Chris Wilkerson as the 26th head coach of the football program Friday morning in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena.   Wilkerson is no stranger to O’Brien...

Wilkerson announced as next Eastern football coach

Wilkerson announced as next Eastern football coach

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 26, 2022

The Eastern football team announced on Wednesday morning that they hired Chris Wilkerson as their new head coach.  Wilkerson played for the Panthers from 1991-94 earning his degree from EIU in 1995....

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