The Daily Eastern News

Staff Editorial: Visibility, publicity key to fighting enrollment woes

September 15, 2014

Eastern’s student body continues to hemorrhage as enrollment plummets year after year — with the latest census boasting a nearly 900 student drop off from last fall semester.  What these numbers should signal to the administration is that a drastic plan is needed — and whatever they were doing is...

Column: Eastern: No. 4 in rankings, No. 1 in my heart

Dominic Renzetti, Assistant Sports Editor

September 15, 2014

Last week, I wrote (half-jokingly and half-seriously) about lists of party college rankings and their irrelevance.  I noted that Eastern rarely, if ever, appears on any of these lists. Eastern may not be on the list of top keg-standing colleges in the Midwest, but I did see our school appear on another list...

Staff Editorial: Time is running out to get active in politics

September 11, 2014

Of all the problems with the Illinois political system, all the corrupt officials and budgetary woes, few are as concerning as apathy among the state’s youngest voters. In a census by the federal government of voter turnout rates for the 2012 presidential election, young adults in Illinois turned out ...

Column: U of I decision has frightening undertones

Rob Downen, Opinions Editor

September 9, 2014

There’s something rather unsettling about what’s going on at the University of Illinois-Champaign right now, and unfortunately, we probably won’t even talk about it.  In today’s staff editorial, we were quick to point out the number of problems that accompany U of I’s dismissal of Steven...

Staff Editorial: ‘Civility’ doesn’t excuse censorship

September 9, 2014

“Civility” has become the new mask in which censorship hides — at least in higher education.  In the course of the past few days, “civility” worked its way to denying a professor a job nearly guaranteed to him at the University of Illinois.  The denial was passed down in early August aft...

Column: Increasing sexual assault awareness isn’t enough

Stephanie Markham, News Editor

September 4, 2014

Nearly two years ago, when the apparent insensitivity of Eastern’s administrators to sexual assault reports incited outrage across campus, this touchy subject became the object of contention for the community. The Daily Eastern News reported back in January 2013 that Vice President for Student Affai...

Staff Editorial: Anonymous social media shouldn’t be taken lightly

September 4, 2014

It was only a matter of time until Eastern students discovered Yik Yak. It was only a matter of time until they started embarrassing themselves and others. For the uninitiated—the unsullied, if you will—Yik Yak is a new phone application that allows users to post anonymous comments, which are then uplo...

Column: On-campus change starts with you

Jack Cruikshank, Staff Columnist

September 2, 2014

This week’s looming announcement of budget cuts as well as today’s news of Carman Hall remaining closed for the immediate future each have a direct effect on the college experience here, whether or not every student can see it. Later this week, budget cuts will be announced ($7 million, as well as another...

Staff editorial: Social justice, change falls on everyone

September 2, 2014

Last week, the Daily Eastern News reported on a march by students held in protest of the events still unfolding in Ferguson, MO, where police office Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black male, shooting him six different times. As we reflected on the protest and gathering, many of our sta...

Staff Editorial: Presidential search opportunity to hear student voice

September 1, 2014

With President Bill Perry stepping down from his position in June 2015, the search process is on, and that means students who will most feel the effect of the new president should have their input heard.  In its early stages, the presidential search committee will be bringing a representative from...

Column: How Eastern’s paper-saving saves paper

Dominic Renzetti, Assistant Sports Editor

September 1, 2014

I noticed something particular as I made my way to all of my classes last week — the first day of class is traditionally highlighted as probably the easiest day of the semester.  Walk in, meet the professor, find your seat, introduce yourself and page through the syllabus. In semesters past, at...

Letter to the editor: In Ferguson, we are all ignorant to the facts

September 1, 2014

My name is Hannah Edwards and I am a junior finance student. I would like to provide a response to the piece written in the Opinions section of the Daily Eastern News (8/29) by Roberto Hodge: I am a white, female, middle class woman and I will admit that I haven’t spoken about or expressed any opi...

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