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

The renaming of Douglas Hall to Powell-Norton Hall was approved by the Board of Trustees  during their meeting on April 22.

At least a few thousand dollars to rename Douglas Hall

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief May 25, 2022

The total cost for renaming Douglas Hall to Powell-Norton Hall later this fall could cost a few thousand dollars, according to Mark Hudson, Eastern’s executive director of housing and dining. Several...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coles County Faith-Based Coalition for Racial Justice thankful for Douglas Hall name change

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coles County Faith-Based Coalition for Racial Justice thankful for Douglas Hall name change

We would like to thank Eastern Illinois University President Dr. David Glassman and the Board of Trustees for their unanimous support to choose the name of Powell-Norton Hall as the new name for a residence...

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Looking Back at the History of Powell-Norton Hall (formerly Douglas Hall)

Madelyn Kidd and Corryn Brock April 28, 2022

News editor Madelyn Kidd and editor-in-chief Corryn Brock host the podcast this week to look back on a story which has finally reached its conclusion. Eastern administrators have been debating changing...

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Zella Powell is a woman well worth honoring

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Zella Powell is a woman well worth honoring

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief April 27, 2022

In September 2020, University President David Glassman asked me during an interview on Douglas Hall what name I thought would be best if the university decided to rename the building. Having looked around...

EDITORIAL: It is too late to take credit

EDITORIAL: It is too late to take credit

Editorial Staff April 27, 2022

It finally happened. After over a decade, Douglas Hall was renamed. And all we at the Daily Eastern News can say is good riddance to the old name. Soon, Eastern will not have the stain of having a building...

Katja Benz

COLUMN: Dear Norton and Powell, thank you

Katja Benz, Columnist April 25, 2022

On Friday April 22, Eastern’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename Douglas Hall to Powell-Norton Hall. The hall is named after Eastern’s first black graduate (Zella Powell) and a woman who...

Joyce Madigan, the chairperson for the Board of Trustees, and David Glassman, Eastern Illinois University President, convene after the Friday Board of Trustees meeting was adjourned. The meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Union University Ballroom. The board approved of an additoin of one year to Glassman’s contract, all were in favor of the extension except one.

BREAKING NEWS: BOT approves Douglas Hall rename

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

Douglas Hall will be renamed to Powell-Norton Hall following a unanimous vote by Eastern’s Board of Trustees. The name represents two Black women who were influential in Eastern’s history, Zella...

The Board of Trustees will vote Friday on renaming Douglas Hall after Zella Powell, Easterns first Black graduate, and Ona Norton, a Charleston resident who helped house students of color starting in the 1950s.

Zella Powell and Ona Norton: Looking into the women who Douglas Hall may be renamed after

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2022

Eastern’s Board of Trustees will vote on renaming Douglas Hall after two Black women who were influential in the university’s history Friday at 1 p.m. Originally named after a pro-slavery proponent...

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The News Desk Jan. 28, 2022

Luke Taylor and Corryn Brock January 27, 2022

Editor-in-Chief Corryn Brock is back to explain the next steps for the possible renaming of Douglas Hall, as well as our upcoming Black History Month edition. If you're interested in Corryn's articles...

EDITORIAL: Powell, Nortons best options for renaming

EDITORIAL: Powell, Nortons best options for renaming

January 19, 2022

As Eastern’s Board of Trustees meets Friday, a discussion will be had on the renaming of Douglas Hall. This comes after the Naming Committee reviewed several individuals for their fitness...

THROUGH THE LENS: The News year in photos

THROUGH THE LENS: The News’ year in photos

The News December 31, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, the staff of The Daily Eastern News invites you to look back at the year through our lens. January February March April May June July August September   October November December   Happy...

Former University President Louis V. Hencken

Hencken withdraws name from consideration of Douglas Hall renaming

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

Former Eastern President Louis V. Hencken has requested his name be withdrawn from the list of names being considered by the Naming Committee as potential name replacements for Douglas Hall. Hencken...

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