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Eastern holds First Night at O’Brien Field

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

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...

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.
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

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.
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...

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.
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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