Housing & Dining in the news...
"Panther Dining Making Strides in its Sustainability Efforts": In an effort to reduce costs and increase their sustainability efforts, three of EIU’s four residential dining centers have gone trayless.
"Win Stuff Night to Return to Lantz Arena in January": University Housing & Dining Service’s annual On-Campus Resident Appreciation Night will return to EIU’s Lantz Arena on Jan. 19, 2012.
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Lemonade Stand to Raise Funds for Childhood Cancer Research: Students at Carman Hall will raise money for childhood cancer research by selling lemonade at five locations on campus..
Residence Halls Open for Halloween Night: Some resident halls and Greek organizations will be inviting children from the Charleston community to come celebrate Halloween on Wednesday.
Recycling Program Increases Dramatically Since Creation: Eastern’s recycling program has increased dramatically over the past few years, and the weight of recycled substances has doubled in the last year.
IHSA Meets Benefit Charleston Community: Each May, for two weekends, the city booms and comes alive with the arrival of athletes for the Illinois High School Association final track and field meets.
Tunnel of Oppression Brings Awareness: The Tunnel of Oppression, as a part of the Residence Hall Association’s Social Justice and Diversity Week, had student groups from across the campus in Carman Hall for two days to provide insight into social injustices.
Graduate student tells ups, downs in school: Samad, a graduate student and assistant resident director of Carman Hall, said his favorite part of his job is seeing students grow during their time at Eastern.
Union food court anniversary successful: The Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Food Court celebrated its 10th anniversary last week with special deals each day.
Thomas’ finals feast to relieve exam stress: Students can cram their faces to prepare for last-minute finals cramming during this year's finals feast from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Thomas Dining Hall. The theme this year is "Don't Bet on Finals" and will be casino-themed.
Perry ‘escapes,’ meets students: President Perry, who ate pizza with Eastern students on Wednesday, left Old Main to go to the Taylor Hall lobby to sit in a casual setting while talking with students about life at Eastern.
Wireless Routers make life easier for students: Eastern's University Housing and Dining Services has been looking into providing students with wireless Internet.
Taylor Dining Center, hall remodeled for safety: In order to keep the building up to Illinois safety codes, the university recently spent $2 million remodeling the Taylor dining and residence hall.
Deluxe double rooms a hit: This year at Eastern, students were offered the opportunity to expand their living quarters by moving to the new deluxe double rooms offered in Andrews and Thomas Halls.
Housing 'friends' students using Facebook, Twitter: Students can now expect tweets and status updates from Eastern's Housing and Dining Services after the department took the technological leap by joining the two social networks.
Survey sent to students: A new residence life student survey was sent out to a sample size of about 2,000 students on March 23 by the housing and dining services office.
Spring Fling brings beach to campus: Starting today the Residence Hall Association will begin the week back from Spring Break by bringing the beach to Eastern with Spring Fling, a fun-filled week of activities where the residence halls will compete for points.
Eastern to host IRHA after 20 years: After 20 years, Eastern is hosting the Illinois Residence Hall Association conference, which brings together about 250 college students from universities throughout Illinois.
Reusable 'Clamshell' containers could cut down waste:The University Housing and Dining department is conducting a study that could lead to taking the next step with "going green" by implementing reusable take-out containers made of plastic instead of plastic foam.
Deluxe doubles available for fall semester: The deluxe double room option is available for the first time in ten years at Eastern. Mark Hudson, the director of the Housing and Dining Services, said the rooms are different because they have been modified with an adjoining door to connect the two rooms together.
Living on campus raises GPA: A study showed that the average GPA for last semester's incoming on-campus freshmen was 2.716 compared to incoming freshmen living off-campus with an average GPA of 1.957. The Housing and Dining Services requested this information from the Information Technology Services.
'Pizza with the Pres', first of the spring semester: While at Pizza with the Pres, one student asked if there was going to be any improvements made with parking.President Perry responded by informing the student that campus regulation is enforcing staff and student parking and that more specific questions can be asked via e-mail.
Resident assistants hold heavy job: Resident Assistants are an important part of resident life on campus and there are many responsibilities included in being a RA. "They are the staff members who have the most direct and constant contact with our students," Eastern's website said. "Their primary responsibility is to act as a facilitator for the residence hall community and to enhance the social, educational, spiritual, intellectual, physical, vocational, cultural, and environmental development of each of their residents."