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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Ellen Dooley

COLUMN: Naming with purpose

Ellen Dooley, Columnist April 26, 2022

Shakespeare was really onto something when he wrote the famous line “what’s in a name?” In recent years, multiple schools across the country have been renamed due to controversial figures being...

The Board of Trustees will vote Friday on renaming Douglas Hall after Zella Powell, Easterns first Black graduate, and Ona Norton, a Charleston resident who helped house students of color starting in the 1950s.

Zella Powell and Ona Norton: Looking into the women who Douglas Hall may be renamed after

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2022

Eastern’s Board of Trustees will vote on renaming Douglas Hall after two Black women who were influential in the university’s history Friday at 1 p.m. Originally named after a pro-slavery proponent...

The Board of Trustees will vote Friday on renaming Douglas Hall after Zella Powell, Easterns first Black graduate, and Ona Norton, a Charleston resident who helped house students of color starting in the 1950s.

BOT will vote on renaming Douglas Hall after both EIU’s first Black grad, community leader

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief April 19, 2022

A vote will be taken on renaming Douglas Hall to Powell-Norton Hall during the Board of Trustees meeting at 1 p.m. Friday. If approved, the name would honor both Zella Powell, Eastern’s first Black...

Angie Campbell, former chair of the Naming Committee, discusses the internal governing policy for the committee.

Naming committee holds first meeting of Fall 2021

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief October 17, 2021

Eastern’s Naming Committee met Thursday to begin discussing potential names for a Douglas Hall rename. Following the naming committee’s recommendation in April to University President David Glassman...

Eastern Illinois University President Davis Glassman speaks during the Sept. 10, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting held at the Grand Ballroom at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. He announced his intention to reconvene the Naming Comittee during the meeting on Sept. 10.

BOT approves AFSCME contracts

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief September 12, 2021

Eastern's Board of Trustees approved two contracts for members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents Eastern's building service workers, cooks,...

Guest Column: You can cancel Stephen Douglas or you can cancel Black people

Christopher Hanlon, Guest Columnist April 27, 2021

Things got a little weird toward the end of the most recent meeting of EIU’s Naming Committee when committee Chair Angie Campbell described those who favor renaming Douglas Hall as an instance of “cancel...

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