SIU in the News - April, 2021

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SIU law dean reflects on Law Day 2021

WSIU InFocus – April 30, 2021

Camille Davidson, dean, SIU School of Law, discusses the importance of the rule of law and challenges that lawyers and law students face.

State of Illinois loses a congressional seat

KFVS-TV – April 29, 2021

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the potential impact of Illinois losing a congressional seat.

DIGGING DEEPER: Bill aims to rid ‘quiet rooms’ in Illinois schools

WSIL-TV – April 28, 2021

Mary Louise Cashel, clinical psychology program director, discusses proposed legislation designed to rid “quiet rooms” in Illinois schools.

SIU discusses race and athletics in virtual panel

WSIL-TV – April 27, 2021

Faculty, staff, students and SIU alumni discussed the history of race and athletics within the university and beyond during a virtual “Conversation of Understanding.” The panel focused on issues regarding equity and justice in the U.S.

SIU’s president discusses anti-racism, diversity and more

WSIU InFocus – April 26, 2021

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses his nomination for the inaugural SIU Vice President for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and his expectations for summer and fall semesters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chancellor Lane lays out vision in State of the University address

WSIU-Radio – April 26, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discussed enrollment gains as part of his 2021 State of the University address.

Illinois losing one congressional seat after 2020 Census

WSIL-TV – April 26, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the impact of losing a congressional seat, particularly in the central and southern regions of Illinois, as a result of the 2020 Census.

SIU hosts virtual State of University address

WSIL-TV – April 26, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane highlighted accomplishments the university made during the pandemic, including a historic uptick in enrollment and discovering a new COVID-19 variant. He also discussed school’s future and what he hopes will bring a better experience for students.

GUEST VIEW: Chancellor Austin Lane: Salukis epitomize COVID-19 resilience

Southern Illinoisan – April 24, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane notes that in the face of unprecedented challenges, he looks toward the future with hope.

Illinois poet laureate shares mission and personal story during virtual conversation

Peoria Public Radio – April 22, 2021

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted Angela Jackson, Illinois poet laureate, during a virtual discussion on April 22.

Review of state monuments, statues begins

Daily Herald – April 21, 2021

Linda Reneé Baker, Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, participated April 21 in an Illinois House committee hearing on reviewing statues and monuments on state property.

What will the Chauvin verdict mean for future trials?

WSIU -- April 21, 2021

Sheila Simon, SIU School of Law, discusses the impact of the verdict in the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer.

Unsung Hero: Alpha Gamma Rho 

WSIL-TV – April 21, 2021

SIU’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity recently built a playset for children of Five Star Industries in Du Quoin, which serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Perry County.

Illinois House bill to allow prisoners to vote likely symbolic, says political science expert – April 19, 2021

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses proposed legislation that would allow prisoners to vote.

Real Green People: SIU's Charles Ruffner passes on his passion for forestry, fire

Southern Illinoisan – April 16, 2021

Charles Ruffner, forestry, discusses forestry, conservation and his students.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Austin Lane

WJPF Morning NewsWatch – April 14, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the university’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, plans for in-person commencement ceremonies and fall semester classes, building relationships and recruiting local high school students.

SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane looks to summer, fall 2021

WSIU InFocus – April 13, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discussed the COVID-19 vaccinations, preparation for spring 2021 commencement exercises and the upcoming fall semester.

Two Illinois border states revoke governors’ mask mandates

Illinois Policy Institute – April 8, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to continue issuing emergency declarations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cities in ‘solar eclipse crossroad’ gear up for 2024 – April 8, 2021

Bob Baer, specialist, physics, discusses the solar eclipse in April 2024 and how it differs from the 2017 event.

‘Caught flat-footed’: Energy experts, lawsuits claim CPS has itself to blame for $700 million in natural gas bills

KSAT-TV – April 7, 2021

Arash Asrari, assistant professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, discusses factors involved in high natural gas prices in Texas from a winter storm in February.

Illinois sees extremely low turnout for consolidated election

WPSD-TV – April 7, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses potential factors in the low voter turnout for Illinois’ April 6 consolidated elections.

Little Grassy Literary Festival goes virtual

WSIU-FM – April 6, 2021

By going virtual this year, the Little Grassy Literary Festival, April 5-9, is allowing for more writers and events.

Film festivals adapt to pandemic with new formats that could stick around

Gateway Journalism Review – April 6, 2021

Sarah Lewison, associate professor, radio, television, and digital media, discusses the benefits of this year’s virtual Big Muddy Film Festival.

Officials explain why municipal elections are important

KFVS-TV – April 6, 2021

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses why local elections are important.

How high profile police cases affect local police and community relationships

WSIL-TV – April 2, 2021

Tammy Rinehart Kochel, professor, criminology and criminal justice, discusses how the case of a former Minneapolis police officer could improve the relationship between police and the community and the impact of smartphones on policing.

SIU fashion design program gets creative for senior project

WSIL-TV – April 1, 2021

Students in fashion design and merchandising under program director Laura Kidd discuss how the pandemic created new opportunities for their senior projects.

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