The Daily Eastern News

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Glassman sends email update, voids some of Thursday email

Glassman sends email update, voids some of Thursday email

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 20, 2020

Eastern President David Glassman sent a new email Friday night updating students on changes to the plans sent out Thursday evening. The changes are in response to the "Stay-At-Home" order given by Governor J.B. Pritzker Friday afternoon. Glassman emphasized the information given in the Friday email...

Seniors react to commencement ceremony cancellation

Seniors react to commencement ceremony cancellation

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 19, 2020

Eastern President David Glassman announced the cancellation of the May commencement ceremony, an announcement that has left many seniors filled with a variety of emotions. Many seniors have expressed feelings of sadness, anger and disappointment in the news they will not be able to walk the stage co...

Glassman sends email update

Glassman sends email update

Corryn Brock, News Editor

March 19, 2020

Eastern President David Glassman sent an email Thursday night to update how Eastern will be conducting campus business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glassman said students are being urged to return home for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester if possible. Students who live in residence halls,...

Faculty react to Eastern’s COVID-19 plans

Corryn Brock and Hannah Shillo

March 13, 2020

As the campus community works to sort through all new changes coming to Eastern because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Eastern educators shared their concerns and thoughts on the new alternative instructional methods that will be in place.  Instructors will need a laptop or desktop computer, high-spe...

Classes expected to stay online all semester

Classes expected to stay online all semester

Analicia Haynes and Corryn Brock

March 13, 2020

Eastern is extending spring break by one week and transitioning all classes to D2L for the remainder of the semester. Public Information Coordinator Josh Reinhart said at this point, the plan is to continue online learning for the rest of the semester, but if that changes the university will let faculty...

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