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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 for the event and the students in them were full of pep for the first night before classes. Student...

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 Cash, First Night at Eastern is a big pep rally the Sunday before classes start. During this...

Students feel at home after ‘First Night’

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

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 I’d be far away from home,” Nichols said. “But I love it here. With all this going on, I haven’t...

Video: Roundup of first weekend events

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.

Perry, Solomon do ALS challenge at First Night

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.

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 the Panther on stage. “We been here since last Sunday at 9 a.m. and been practicing 13 hours...

Student Government to alter First Night kick off traditions

Amanda Wilkinson | The Daily Eastern News 

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

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 Thedford said it was removed from the schedule because many people do not come until after the...

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