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

Students talk mental health during COVID

Students talk mental health during COVID

Ryan Meyer, Multimedia Reporter April 13, 2022

It’s been a little over two years since Eastern students’ spring break began on March 16, 2020, a spring break that most students wouldn’t return from until the fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19...

Isai Morales, a freshman biology major, tests at Eastern’s Student Recreation Center Court 5 for COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Eastern University President David Glassman sent out an email stating that “all EIU students and employees are expected to complete on-campus SHIELD testing upon their return to campus” for the spring semester.

Changes to Eastern’s masking policy coming soon

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2022

Starting Feb. 28, Eastern will be shifting its Mask Requirements Policy to lift most mask requirements outside of the classroom setting. Under the new policy, all individuals will be required to wear...

Political science professors weigh in on state mask mandate

Political science professors weigh in on state mask mandate

Madelyn Kidd, News Editor February 16, 2022

Eastern’s political science professors, Ryan Burge and Karen Swenson, weigh in on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s latest change in the state’s indoor mask mandate. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced...

Vaccine, booster clinic to be held Feb. 16 in Union

Vaccine, booster clinic to be held Feb. 16 in Union

Ryan Meyer, Multimedia Reporter February 15, 2022

Students will have another opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccines or boosters on Wednesday in the MLK Union University Ballroom.  The Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines and boosters...

Ellen Dooley

COLUMN: What’s to come with blocked mask mandate?

Ellen Dooley, Columnist February 8, 2022

On Feb 6, a Sangamon County Circuit Court judge ruled to place a temporary restraining order on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandate across the state in public schools. Is this the best thing to happen...

Ian Stoubaugh

COLUMN: TV no longer a “guilty” pleasure

Ian Stobaugh, Columnist January 28, 2022

Before the pandemic, TV was sort of seen as something to watch when you wanted to be lazy, or if you needed a distraction. Watching shows and movies is something almost all of us do, and we’ve all most...

Out of control: COVID-19 cases at all-time high, deaths on the rise

Out of control: COVID-19 cases at all-time high, deaths on the rise

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2022

Nearly two years ago on April 6, 2020, the Coles County Health Department announced the first case of COVID-19 in Coles County. Now, the county has seen 13,719 confirmed cases. Over the last two years,...

Ian Palacios

COLUMN: Politics leads conservatives to higher COVID-19 death rates

Ian Palacios, Columnist January 26, 2022

Right-leaning politicians and news media are taking advantage of conservative supporters by misinforming them and politicizing scientific research. This is causing not only further polarization but a disproportionate...

Education majors and faculty: COVID-19 not only cause for teacher shortage

Education majors and faculty: COVID-19 not only cause for teacher shortage

Madelyn Kidd, News Editor January 25, 2022

For the Regional Office of Education district #11, there has been a growing teacher shortage crisis for schools across Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Moultrie, Douglas, Edgar and Shelby counties. In...

Gisella Mancera

COLUMN: Political ideologies and responses to vaccine mandate

Gisella Mancera, Columnist January 25, 2022

Americans are diverse in their composition, yet mainstream political ideology is boiled down to two perspectives. It is absolutely ridiculous to think 329 million people can be squeezed into the confines...

Ellen Dooley

COLUMN: COVID-19 is a hindrance, not an excuse

Ellen Dooley, Columnist January 25, 2022

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way or form. We all missed life milestones and experiences. It has impacted how we learn and grow. One thing that will be impacted for...

Katja Benz

COLUMN: Dear Universities, how much does safety really cost?

Katja Benz, Columnist January 24, 2022

I’m sure you’re all aware that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. It doesn’t seem like the pandemic will be wrapping up anytime soon, especially since we all still have to wear masks to class,...

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