Friday, October 25, 2013


Under the header, EARLY WARNING, the EIU Journalism Department has given notice that the next Homecoming North will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  More details to follow.

Apparently, there has been a change. EIU North is now Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Newport Bar & Grill, according to Ryan's facebook page.


In the weekend before Homecoming 2013, former Editor in Chief Tom Keefe stopped by campus. Tom met up with former Eastern News staffers Brian Nielsen and Herb Meeker to watch EIU's very own, Tony Romo, play football for the Cowboys.

FYI, a new edition of -30- has been sent to alumni.  It contains more information on the Endowment Fund drive and plans for the Daily Eastern's News' 100th Anniversary. A birthday bash is tentatively set for November 7, 2015.

Friday, October 4, 2013


This year's Homecoming 2013 student publication events:

Friday, October 18, 2013:

Journalism Alumni Hall of Fame Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University Union - - - Seventh St. Underground (Rathskeller)

Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Buzzard Hall--- DEN Newsroom

Saturday, October 19, 2013:

Homecoming Parade
9:30 a.m. 6th/7th Streets

Homecoming Football Game
EIU vs. Jacksonville St.
1:30 p.m. O'Brien Field

Chili Bash
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University Union - - - Seventh St. Underground (Rathskeller)

Monday, September 23, 2013


You will probably receive a letter from Student Publications this week.

It begins the official campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Eastern News, which will be November 6, 2015. The EIU Foundation and the Journalism Department are kicking off the "Publishing for the Next 100 Years" campaign with the goal of raising a $100,000 endowment to benefit the Eastern News.

The Department seeks to solicit large donors (campaign "publishers") and former Eastern News staffs in order to reach its goal.

The correspondence also indicates that the Department will be throwing an anniversary celebration in 2015.

Monday, February 25, 2013


To say the Journalism North reunion was "packed" would be vague understatement. The reunion was held in a near north side Chicago converted two flat bar. In the second floor "game room" loft, complete with a doorman/bouncer straight from central casting of The Road Warrior, alumni and faculty gathered in the annual tribal census.

The loft was so narrow that even taking photographs was a challenge.

Bryan Murley was attempting to take the "official" photographs for the department. You will have to probably check the EIU department web page or facebook galleries to find photographs of the event. We had a chance to literally bump into during the evening included faculty-alums Dave Reed, John Ryan, Sally Renaud, Lola Burnham, Theresa Norton Masek, Larry Smith, Jeff Britt, and Andy Robeznieks.

Reed made an appearance, but as usual he ducked out early so as not to corrupt his grandson to the evils of the new "content" journalism.

Ryan was present to remind people that journalism department's 100th anniversary is in 2015, so everyone should hold that year in abeyance for future EIU events.

Lola. Lola. Lola. She previews her new driving license photograph.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


It was an extremely slow news day last Saturday morning because the Fox News home page lead sports story was the 2013 Eastern Illinois football schedule.

What we did learn is that Eastern's annual Homecoming is set for the weekend of October 19, 2013.

This is probably the earliest mention of the homecoming date in history.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Lola has emailed us about this year's Homecoming North event:

8 to 11 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23)
Kincade's Bar & Grill
Game Room (Second Floor)
950 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Unlimited appetizers and a complimentary beer/wine and well drinks will be served.