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Story ideas

November 12, 2007

Janice Hunt, who works for EIU, offers weekly story ideas. We should pursue our own stories, but we should also consider some of the angles she offers each week. In fact, we might want to use these ideas as a steppingstone to other angles related to the ones presented. Anyway, everybody should at least read the proposed stories each week to get jum-start our own ideas. Here are the ideas for this week.

Here is a list of some upcoming Eastern Illinois University activities, story ideas and photo opportunities you might be interested in covering. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, open to the public and on the EIU campus. For an up-to-date calendar of public events at EIU, please see For more information on these or any other EIU events, please contact Vicki Woodard (581-7649 or or Janice Hunt (581-7400 or

— Nov. 12-16: Nontraditional Student Week. The School of Continuing Education has planned a variety of activities; for details, visit and look under the Announcements box. Booth Library is also hosting an exhibit to highlight nontraditional students.

— 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13: Hunger Banquet, a meal designed to raise awareness of the realities of hunger in the world. Hosted by EIU’s Haiti Connection, the event includes a time for dialogue regarding the root causes of hunger. The banquet is free due to support from area businesses and organizations; donations will be accepted at the door. Eighty percent of all money raised will go to fund projects in Haiti; the remainder will go to the Charleston Food Pantry. Space is limited to the first 200 participants. Newman Catholic Center, 500 Roosevelt Ave.

— 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Canned food drive to benefit the Charleston Food Pantry. Carman Hall lobby.

— 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Children’s Theatre Tour Show. One night only of the children’s tour as a public performance. All seats are $5. Call 217-581-3110. Village Theatre, 960 18th St.

— 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Musical performance by Michael Jacobs, winner of the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording and nominee for two 2007 Native American Music Awards. A Native American Heritage Month event. Bridge Lounge, MLK Jr. Union.

— 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15: HP Technology Day, sponsored by Hewlett Packard and CampusHP. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about some of the latest technology issues and solutions impacting learning institutions. Many hands-on learning opportunities will be available. To register, go to 1895 Room, MLK Jr. Union.

— 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15: EIU’s “Biggest Winner” finale. This 10-week program, sponsored by the Health Education Resource Center, was designed to teach students how to healthfully lose weight and become healthier (as opposed to losing the maximum amount of weight in a short amount of time). Prizes will be awarded to the “Biggest Winner.” Martinsville Room, MLK Jr. Union.

— 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15: EIU Jazz Lab Band concert, including a variety of big band music by the 17-piece ensemble. Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union.

— Nov. 19-23: Thanksgiving break, no classes.

— Nontraditional students at EIU have a great resource in OASIS (Organization of Adult Students, Informal and Supportive). The group has weekly brown-bag lunch meetings, which are often attended by guest speakers from throughout the university. Students also discuss issues unique to their situation as adult learners. For information, see


Colleges profit off students

October 9, 2007

Here’s an interesting story that reveals how state universities may be profiting off student credit card misuse. This story can be found at the site for Investigators and Reporters, which is listed on the blogroll as computer assisted reporting. Here’s the summary of the story.

Clark Kauffman of the Des Moines Register reported in a two-part series that Iowa’s two largest public universities are aggressively marketing credit cards to their students as part of an arrangement that generates millions of dollars for the schools’ privately run alumni organizations. Records obtained by the Register showed that while the schools and their alumni have kept secret the details of their arrangement with Bank of America, they have given the bank access to mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of students, parents and people who buy tickets to football and basketball games. One of the schools has used coaches and student athletes to promote the cards, promising the biggest spending cardholders lunches with football players and private, 90-minute Q&A sessions with coaches.