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.
At the beginning of a new semester, three little letters are getting a lot of attention on the SIU campus. Those letters, laid out in a maroon Palatino font and highlighted in white, represent the most visible part of Chancellor Rita Cheng’s new $1.5 million marketing strategy for the university, but their simplicity belies the intense reaction that has come from some corners of a campus still grappling with fiscal woes and labor strife. Cheng, focused on increasing SIU enrollment, said last month the new logo and marketing strategies “will pay big dividends going forward” as she attempts to bolster sagging student numbers.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help the Carbondale Police Department purchase new portable radios, Police Chief Jody O’Guinn said Tuesday. The $16,802 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant was announced Aug. 29 by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, who added that nearby Marion also will receive almost $12,000. In a release, Costello stressed the need for police to have the best equipment possible.
A first-time coalition of local community and government organizations will pool their resources next month for 11 days of events commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and they hope their effort leads to similar collaborations in the future. The series of events, dubbed “11 Days for Peace,” begins with a community observance of those terrorist attacks Sept. 11 at the Varsity Center for the Arts.