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Little Grassy Literary Festival Goes Virtual

Apr 6, 2021
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This year’s Little Grassy Literary Festival includes a record number of writers.

The festival has moved to a virtual format due to COVID, which co-director Emilee Kinney said has allowed for additional days and more authors than prior years. Kinney said the events, which include readings and question and answer sessions, allow for connection between readers and writers.

A free resource for military veterans and their families aims to help them adjust to civilian life.

Veterans Business Outreach Center of Illinois is hosting a webinar Wednesday through SIU-Carbondale called Boots to Business Reboot. It provides information on business ownership, finances and more.

International Students Promote Understanding At SIU

Mar 26, 2021
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While the US is dealing with anti-Asian sentiment leading to violence across the country,

The International Student Council says they haven’t heard of any local incidents of discrimination towards Asian students. But President Akmal Asoev says events like the upcoming international week can help reduce prejudice.

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This weekend hundreds of SIU students will be giving back to their community in a big way.

The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service is a community service event organized by the Department of Student Affairs.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the challenges of providing high-quality higher education at affordable prices. 

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Ahead of his virtual lecture, Harvard Law Professor Glenn Cohen talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about the challenges of AI in medicine.

Cohen is the 2021 John and Marsha Ryan Bioethecist at the SIU School of Law.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about the university's plans for in-person learning in the Fall of 2021, along with the announcement that SIUC will host in-person graduation ceremonies in May.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for Alzheimer's patients.

A report from the Alzheimer's Association shows a 16 percent increase in deaths among people with Alzheimer's and dementia during 2020. Researchers say preliminary data shows the pandemic has affected caregivers as well, due to the shutdown of adult day care centers and long-term care facilities prohibiting visitors.

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Author Gary DeNeal reveals his inspiration for writing A Knight of Another Sort—in particular, the way in which his family’s personal connection to the Birger gang sparked a lifelong fascination with southern Illinois’ history.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about his reaction to Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposal, along with plans for next year's tuition and fee rates across the SIU system.

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Author Gary DeNeal reveals his inspiration for writing A Knight of Another Sort—in particular, the way in which his family’s personal connection to the Birger gang sparked a lifelong fascination with southern Illinois’ history.

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SIU held its third community COVID-19 safety update Friday.

SIU Chancellor Austin Lane led a virtual panel presentation to update the community on the university’s COVID-19 safety measures.


SIU leaders say the intend to hold the line on tuition and fees in the coming academic year.

At their regular board meeting Thursday, trustees heard from leadership in Carbondale and Edwardsville, along with the School of Medicine in Springfield.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Prof. John Brittain about his lecture, "Awakening, Reckoning, and Mindfulness in 2020."

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The stories of Charlie Birger, the Sheltons, their men, and their adversaries don’t end after the trials, the sentences, or even the hangings. Several men outlast their years in prison. Some fall to enemy bullets. Some vanish into obscurity or old age. But a few—like Charlie Birger—leave us with a legacy that has survived a hundred years and may well survive a hundred more. 

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Foundation CEO Matt Kupec about Day of Giving 2021, and how it's changed given the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about his plans for Spring 2021 and beyond.


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SIU Carbondale leaders say Spring 2021 enrollment trends mirror what the school reported in the fall.

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The murder trial of Ethel Price concludes, Arlie O. Boswell and other prominent officials stand trial for violating the Volstead Act, and members of the Birger gang set the record straight who was responsible for the destruction of Shady Rest.

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The SIU Research Park wants to hear from local businesses through an online survey.

The SIU Research Park is inviting businesses in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties to participate in an online survey about the impact COVID-19 had on their business.


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On April 19th, 1928, Charlie Birger is executed for his crimes, marking the last public hanging in Illinois. After his death, the trial of the accused murderers of Ethel Price begins.

SIU leaders say they'd like your help in building a new strategic plan for the university.

A system-wide committee has already been working to bring feedback on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing SIU, and President Dan Mahony says a new survey for the public will help bring in even more information as the system works to plan its next steps.

SIU Researcher Discusses New COVID Variant

Jan 26, 2021
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SIU researchers have discovered a new variant of the coronavirus. I sat down with assistant professor of biochemistry, Keith Gagnon, whose RNA lab discovered the new strain.

Gagnon said the new variant appears to be unique and widespread.

“It has a set of mutations that are distinct and different from those that we've seen previously, including the UK variants,” Gagnon said. “So we're going to give it a different name. And it appears to have emerged in the US and spread to the US pretty widely and is now one of the most dominant forms”

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony. 

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Until the day of his hanging is upon him, Charlie Birger spends the last months of his life behind bars.

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On October 21st, 1927—a year after the murder of Ward “Casey” Jones—Birger gangman Rado Millich mounts the gallows, reads aloud his final words, and is hanged.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane.

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The testimony of Jesse Cremer, a witness to the murder of Joe Adams, results in the conviction of Harry Thomasson. In August 1927, Sheriff Coleman arrests Fred “Butch” Thomasson and Joe Booher for the murder of Lyle “Shag” Worsham. Meanwhile, Arlie Boswell is again fired upon by, he believes, members of the Birger gang.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Admissions Director John Frost and Alumni Association Executive Director Jeff Gleim about the new "Recruit A Saluki" program.

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At trial, Art Newman’s schemes are expected to ensure convictions for Charlie Birger and Ray Hyland, leading the men’s attorneys to mount a weak defense. While Newman and Hyland receive life imprisonment, Birger’s hanging is scheduled for October 14th.

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