SIU Carbondale

Overall enrollment at SIU's Carbondale campus is now below 16,000 students.

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Southern Illinois University has responded to student protests against racism with a plan to boost campus diversity. The university plan released Tuesday comes one day after a student-led protest on its Carbondale campus drew several hundred participants. 

SIU students, community members, and others took to the Carbondale campus Monday to protest increasing costs for higher education, social issues and more.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the school will remain viable, but may look dramatically different, if proposed cuts to higher education are enacted in Springfield.

Southern Illinois University is out with its list of potential cuts, if Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is passed - and if the budget impasse continues, it could be even worse.

SIU's Dr. Mark Wagner Unveils Ohio River Archaeological Finds in New Book

Aug 4, 2015
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Flatboats were the most prevalent form of transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers through the late 1700's and early 1800's. While the harsh, active river currents and salvaging settlers have left little to explore of these boats, the remains of one vessel have been found in the muddy banks of the Ohio. Kate Lochte welcomes SIU Carbondale Center for Archaeological Investigations Director Dr. Mark Wagner to Sounds Good to discuss his new book "The Wreck of the America in Southern Illinois: A Flatboat on the Ohio River."

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Highway 91 goes north from Marion, Kentucky to the Ohio River, where there's a small ferry crossing to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. That limestone cave, now a feature of a small state park along the banks of the river, was said to have harbored vicious river pirates at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the infamous Harpe Brothers. Dr. Mark Wagner, interim director and staff archeologist of Southern Illinois Carbondale's Center for Archeological Investigations, says that historical record only places one particular pirate there and his name was Samuel Mason. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Wagner on Sounds Good to learn more about the fearsome figure who prowled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

A SIU Carbondale student has started a petition drive to remove Governor Bruce Rauner as one of the keynote speakers for the university's graduation ceremony next month.

In a message from SIU President Randy Dunn, faculty, staff, and students were told of Sarvela's passing Sunday evening.

Dunn says Sarvela's character was one of his greatest strengths.

"As much as we value his many contributions as a mentor and a colleague, it is his friendship and compassion for those around him that we will miss the most."

An Administrative Law Judge with the education labor relations board has found that SIU Carbondale administrators bargained in bad faith during contract negotiations with the schools unions in 2011.