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Community members from Eastern, Charleston petition against racist posters

Corryn Brock, News Editor

February 28, 2020

A petition was started by an Eastern student demanding the university to take more action regarding the recent white power propaganda found on campus. As of Thursday night, the petition had reached 1,300 online signatures. The petition was started by junior sociology major Siobhan Doherty Wednesday night following more propaganda being found at Eastern and th...

Students to compete in Miss Black EIU pageant

Megan Thompson, Contributing Writer

February 28, 2020

The Black Student Union will sponsor the 49th Annual Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Since 1971, the pageant has been hosted during African-American Heritage Month and is one of the most popular cultural ...

Students disappointed in Eastern’s inaction

Emilie Bowman, Staff Reporter

January 31, 2020

The Diversity Action Council expressed its disappointment in Eastern for its lack of support of minority students during controversial situations.  A rotating panel of students and faculty sat together at McAfee Gym to discuss what a “safe space” means to them, diversity and how to boost the ov...

Minority students recall race-related struggles in college

Valentina Vargas, Multicultural Reporter

April 22, 2019

At midnight on a Friday, Luis Paniagua sits at Steak-n-Shake in Mattoon with his Latino group of friends and one Caucasian friend. He is sitting in a red booth, looking over the food menu, while he speaks in Spanish to his friends asking them about their day. In another booth near them, a group...

Ceremony recognizes minority students

Elizabeth Wood, Contributing Writer

April 21, 2019

Seniors lined up next to the stage and, with a slight delay, the graduation fanfare softly floated through the room. Students walked over to the podium, some giving a wave or gesture to the crowd, before Maggie Burkhead, director of TRiO, announced their names. Once the seniors were recognized and “...

Minorities a quarter of Eastern’s population

2014 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Roberto Hodge, Multicultural Editor

September 18, 2014

Minorities now make up 25 percent of Eastern’s population despite an overall enrollment drop of 9 percent since the last school year. With the current enrollment at 8,913, minorities make up 2,220 of those figures. Mona Davenport, the director of minority affairs, said the numbers may be lower,...

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