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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.

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President of Eastern Illinois University Jay Gatrell in his office in Old Main during an interview with the Daily Eastern News about his first year as president. Gatrell said, Anytime you take a new job, there’s going to be a learning curve. But you know, I feel sort of blessed to have been here and to know this place and the newer students.”  

Jay Gatrell: The first year

Drew Coffey, Reporter April 11, 2024

It was only a little more than a year ago when Jay Gatrell was voted as Eastern’s 13th president.    Gatrell, who acted as provost and vice president of academic affairs for Eastern from 2017 to...

Jay Gatrell president of Eastern Illinois University talks about spring updates and goals for the semester at Doudna Fine Arts Center, Duorak Concert Hall.

New grants to help Eastern community

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor January 26, 2024

Editors Note: This article has been corrected for accuracy   Eastern has received new grants to improve academic life for students and faculty, said President Jay Gatrell at the 2024 spring update...

Jay Gatrell was formally inducted as Eastern’s thirteenth university president Wednesday in the Dvorak Concert Hall at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Jay succeeds former University President David Glassman.

Gatrell initiated through presidential investiture ceremony

Chandler Smith, Reporter November 16, 2023

The presidential investiture ceremony began at 1 p.m. Wednesday and there were students with also a lot of staff that celebrated the confirmation of Eastern's president, Jay Gatrell.   Students found...

In his Old Main office, University President Jay Gatrell said his goals for the school year are to have employees and students be successful and reach their goals. Creating a culture of care for our students and creating a culture of care for our employees.

First week of school for President Gatrell

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor August 25, 2023

Beginning his day at around 6:05 a.m. with Starbucks, followed by entering his office around 6:15 and 6:30 to check both of his email accounts, Eastern’s President Jay Gatrell looks forward to getting...

The presentation shown at Eastern Illinois University.

EIU’s Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting focuses on the future 

Matthew Posner, Reporter March 27, 2023

The Strategic Planning town hall meeting was presented by current Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jay Gatrell. He outlined his new strategy when he is President of Eastern.  This...

A crowd of around 40 people, students and faculty, showed up in support of the EIUs chapter of University Professionals of Illinois at Old Main as they delivered signed postcards to the administration supporting salary raises Monday afternoon.

What students should know about the EIU-UPI contract negotiations

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor March 22, 2023

Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, have been negotiating contracts with the university for the last year. Those involved with EIU-UPI have been protesting for over...

How diverse is Eastern?

How diverse is Eastern?

Karyne Allen, Reporter March 3, 2023

Inclusion of all types of people in different programs and ways to make them feel included has been a topic at Eastern Illinois University. It is just one place that claims to be "committed to diversity...

Paying out of pocket for second party applications causes an issue for students

Paying out of pocket for second party applications causes an issue for students

Jenna Minor, Staff Reporter February 22, 2023

Isabel Spear is a freshman criminology major at Eastern and despite it only being her second semester of college, she has already taken a class where she had to pay out-of-pocket to access her homework. The...

From left, Chris Wilkerson, Easterns newest head football coach, receives a jersey from EIU Athletic Director Tom Michael for becoming the football team’s new head coach at WIlkerson’s press conference on Friday in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena.

Michael says EIU athletics is excited to work with Gatrell

Luke Taylor, Senior Reporter February 8, 2023

After what will be eight years of cooperation with university president David Glassman, athletic director Tom Michael is preparing to work with a new president. On Saturday, Eastern’s Board of Trustees...

Easterns Director of Enrollment Support Justin Tierney speaks on Eastern creating a transfer plan for the Lincoln College students after the school closes in May Tuesday afternoon. Tierney said as an alumni, the closing is heartbreaking.

Eastern opening doors to Lincoln College students as institution closes

Madelyn Kidd and Corryn Brock April 12, 2022

Eastern is preparing to assist Lincoln College students as their institution plans to close its doors in May after 157 years. University President David Glassman said Eastern is in a good place to assist...

EDITORIAL: Admins show weakness, complacency

EDITORIAL: Admins show weakness, complacency

Editorial Board January 12, 2022

This week Eastern “encouraged” and “expected” students and employees to get tested for COVID-19 as they flood back to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. Despite this, they apparently...

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