If baseball really wants to shorten games, perhaps it should consider adopting other softball rules. Softball games, for example, are usually played in six innings, so reducing a baseball game from nine to six innings would, on average, shorten a baseball game by one hour and eliminate the need to stop serving beer after the seventh inning.
Despair over an ex-girlfriend is apparently what led a Chicago man to allegedly threaten the deaths of 4,000 people on the SIU campus and the bombing of a handful of university buildings late last month.
Roof repairs to Carbondale's new Public Safety Center are expected to begin this week, according to a city release Tuesday afternoon. The repairs come about five months after the building was damaged.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford will hold a community networking event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the SIU Student Center — and many attendees could walk away with more cash than they came in with. The event is a promotion for the treasurer's Cash Dash program, which takes unclaimed property businesses and banks legally are required to turn over to the treasurer's office — inactive checking accounts, unpaid wages, bill overpayments and paid-up insurance policies — and returns it to the rightful owners.
SIU released its 2011-12 men's and women's basketball schedules this morning, unveiling a slate that features 16 home games for the men and 14 for the women this season. Men's basketball will open the season with four of their first six regular-season games at home. Included in those games are matchups with traditional rivals St. Louis Nov. 15 and Western Kentucky Dec. 7. The men also begin a new home-and-home series with SIUE when they host the Cougars Dec. 19.
The acting director of Carbondale's Public Works Department for the past five months has been promoted to that department's full director, the city announced Wednesday morning. Sean C. Henry, who has been employed with the city since 2006, was selected out of 35 applicants for his engineering background and management skills, City Manager Allen Gill said in a release. Henry is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School and attended John A. Logan College.
Student enrollment at SIU is down 1.1 percent compared with last year, according to 10th-day numbers released Sept. 6 by the university. Despite that, the university is finding plenty of silver linings on which to focus. Fall enrollment at SIUC stands at 19,817, and on-campus undergraduate enrollment stands at 13,339. In graduate programs, new student enrollment stands at 554, or 10.5 percent fewer students than last year.
Labor rallies, collective bargaining drama and a venomous campus dialog have hung over SIU for the better part of a year, but whether any of this will result in the worst-case scenario — a labor strike by any or all of the university’s four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units — remains as uncertain as it was months ago. Those four unions all filed notices of intent to strike in April.
The Women's Center is planning its annual yard sale to benefit the children's Christmas Party. Every year, proceeds from this sale go toward presents and the costs of the holiday party for the children who have been in the center's programs. This year, the yard sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave.
A recent graduate of Carbondale Community High School is among 10 Girl Scouts alumnae in the nation to be selected this year as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Dara Weaver-Holmes, the daughter of Dr. Doris Weaver and John Holmes and currently a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, won her Girl Scout Gold Award with a 2010 project at CCHS to organize a job fair aimed at helping her peers prepare for their futures.
Starting Sept. 11, 2011— a decade after the terrorist atrocities struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field— Carbondale will observe the Eleven Days for Peace celebration. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Osama Bahloul, imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will speak as part of the Ralph Anderson Interfaith Dialogue at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.