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...

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...

Omar Solomon, Eastern admissions counselor and hype man talks to the crowd during First 
Night on Aug. 22.

First Night kicks off Fall 2021 semester

Luke Taylor, News Editor August 23, 2021

Students danced, cheered, and competed for prizes during Eastern’s “First Night” pep rally events on Sunday, the evening before classes start. The event was held outside at O’Brien Stadium,...

Eastern holds First Night at O’Brien Field

Corryn Brock, Hannah Shillo August 18, 2019

Students spent the evening in O’Brien Field listening to speeches, watching performances and competing for prizes during Eastern’s tradition, First Night, Sunday night. Half of the stands were filled...

First Night to happen last night before classes

Hannah Shillo, Staff Reporter August 15, 2018

Every student is welcome to attend First Night, an Eastern tradition which will be held in McAfee gym on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. and lasting about an hour. According to student body president Rebecca...

Molly Dotson | The Daily Eastern News Students cheer for their favorite contestant during the dance off at “First Night” in O’Brien Field Sunday.

Students feel at home after ‘First Night’

Angelica Cataldo, Entertainment Reporter August 21, 2016

Katelyn Nichols was worried about missing her home back in Huntley, but after a weekend of Prowl events, she is finally starting to feel at home at Eastern. “I was scared to come [to Eastern] because...

Video: Roundup of first weekend events

Tony Komada, Online producer August 24, 2015

As students populated the Eastern campus, so did the numerous first weekend events. From Up all Night to First Night, students got excited about going back to college or starting their new education path.

Jason Howell | The Daily Eastern News


Omar Soloman, an admission counselor, and President Perry, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as the crowd looked on during First Night on Sunday on the South Quad.

Perry, Solomon do ALS challenge at First Night

Debbie Hernandez, Administration Editor August 24, 2014

First Night began Sunday with blue-lighted necklaces, cowbells, beats and EIU chants on the South Quad. Special guest and Eastern alumni Chris Hightower introduced the Panther Marching Band with Billy...

Amanda Wilkinson | The Daily Eastern News 

Students dance in a foam pit Thursday on the campus south quad.

Student Government to alter First Night kick off traditions

Jarad Jarmon , Associate News Editor August 20, 2014

First Night, Eastern’s yearly back-to-school tradition to kick off the new school year, will not include the pre-show, which was part of the performance in previous years. Student Body President Reggie...

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