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Here is a piece from the About Us

Malaysian Student Association of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

There have been students in Southern Illinois University as far as 1972 and we will continue to be an integral part in SIUC. Why should you be part of the Malaysian Student Association (MSA) in SIUC?

The organization is one of the most active student organization in campus. We have many events in and out of campus. For new students, we are your family away from home and we help you settle down here in Carbondale.

The MSA is made up of students who strive for success and dedicated in promoting the Malaysian culture. The Malaysians here in Carbondale Illinois are one big family here in SIUC. We help new students settle in to their new home away from Malaysia. There are many things which need to be done when one person arrives from Malaysia. Some of our members have cars to help new members get around and we have a wealth of knowledge as some of our members have been here for a long time.

Secondly, we also have members from other countries in Southeast Asia. We have members from the Philippines, Laos, Indonesia and many more. We have a very good social network with other people around the world from Japan, Africa and Middle East. We regularly have gatherings and also host important festive events such as Eid Mubarak.

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New Saluki Stadium

CARBONDALE – The dream of a new football stadium at SIUC may have seemed farfetched at one time, but fans including alumni Greg Cook have seen it is no longer just a dream.

“The first words or thoughts that come to mind for me are ‘Wow. We did it. We actually did it,” Cook said.

Cook was one of several speakers at the Saluki Stadium opening ceremony on Tuesday. Fans were able to see the completed stadium including the new high-tech turf, video scoreboard and new seating.

The event included a reception, a ribbon cutting and words from members of the SIU Board of Trustees, administrators, students and alumni. U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, State Sen. David Luechtefeld and State Rep. Mike Bost were also in attendance.

Before the speeches, the team and the band made what will be their new game-day trek from the SIU Arena and into stadium through south entrance.

Wide receiver Joe Allaria said the team is humbled by the stadium and proud to call it home. Head football coach Dale Lennon said the Saluki Way project is one of the main factors in him becoming a Saluki.

It truly has been impressive watching everything come together,” Lennon said.

He said he cannot wait to hear the fans support the team and hopes there is a sense of pride of what was accomplished.

Jeff Troutt of Christo-pher graduated from SIUC in 1961 and has been a football season ticket holder since 1970. He said he was impressed with the new stadium and is eager for the season to begin.

“So far, so good,” Troutt said. “I’m very pleased with it. I think it’s going to be an enjoyable place to watch football.”

Many thanks

The alumni, SIUC students, former head coach Jerry Kill, Lennon, Mayor Brad Cole and the Carbondale City Council and the construction workers were among those thanked by the speakers.

SIU President Glenn Poshard also thanked Board of Trustees Chair Roger Tedrick for be a leader in getting the project approved and for having the idea to build the stadium and renovate the SIU Arena at the same time.

“Because of that decision, this project has come on time and under budget,” Poshard said.

Athletic Director Mario Moccia also made special mention of Saluki Athletics, the architects and former Chancellor Sam Goldman for their commitment to the project. He said that there is still a lot of work to be done on Saluki Way but hopes that the fans will enjoy the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.

17 months

SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng said it is “remarkable to think that the groundbreaking for Saluki Way just 17 months ago” and stressed the important role athletics play at a university by bringing the campus and the region together. She also said first impressions for prospective students are important and the new stadium will do just that.

“The results are outstanding and I hope you are as proud of the accomplishment as we are,” Cheng said.

Marcus King, president of the SIUC Undergraduate Student Government, said the student athletes finally have a stadium that honors their hard work and dedication.

“Not only does SIU have the best athletes, but now it has the best sports venue,” King said.

Cook, like the other speakers, was mostly ready to see the Salukis bring in some more win-ning seasons and maybe a national championship or two.

“What a fitting place this will be to hang those banners,” Cook said.

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The No. 1 SIU (9-1, 8-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) took advantage of numerous turnovers as it defeated Missouri State 44-24 Saturday in the final regular-season home game at McAndrew Stadium.
The win guaranteed the Salukis the outright conference title, and made them the first team ever to go undefeated in league play. They also set the MVFC record with their 14th straight conference win.
Head coach Dale Lennon said taking the conference title outright has been on the minds of the players all week.
“It was definitely on the players’ minds,” Lennon said. “That is all the senior class emphasized, we don’t want to share this. We want to be greedy. It’s one of the only times I can be OK with greed.”
The conference title is the fifth one SIU has won since 2004, but only its second outright title. Last year the Salukis shared the title with Northern Iowa.
The Bears came into Saturday looking to stop their six-game losing streak against the Salukis, and after the Bears’ first possession, it seemed as if all the pre-game pageantry would be for naught.
On the fourth play of the game, running back Chris Douglas tore through the middle of SIU’s defense, going 65-yards untouched to give Missouri State a 7-0 lead in less than two minutes.
The scamper was the longest run given up by the Salukis this season, and only the second time this season the opposition scored on its opening drive.
The Salukis answered back though, as quarterback Paul McIntosh found wide receiver Joe Allaria up the middle for a 56-yard reception. Senior running back Deji Karim capped off the drive with his seven-yard touchdown run — his 12th rushing touchdown of the season.
Missouri State (6-5, 4-4 MVFC) continued its ground assault on the next drive, rushing all the way to SIU’s 16-yard line, but a botched option between quarterback Cody Kirby and Douglas resulted in a fumble that SIU’s Tony Colletti scooped it up.
“We had a guy there on the spot, ready to force the quick pitch,” Lennon said. “The pitch was mishandled and we were on top of it. The big plays I feel were in the first half and set us up for pulling ahead of Missouri State.”
The string of turnovers was only beginning for the Bears.
On the ensuing SIU punt, returner Cedric Alvis took the ball 22-yards before fumbling it on the Bears’ 39-yard line.
The Salukis made them pay as Karim punched in his second touchdown of the day on a three-yard run up the middle.
The defense got in on the scoring as cornerback Brandon Williams picked off Kirby and ran it back for the score, giving the Salukis a 21-7 lead.
Mike McElroy did his best Williams impression early in the third quarter as he returned a Kirby pass 80-yards to the end zone to put the Salukis up 41-7.
“That play was tiring,” McElroy said. “Having to run up the field like that was a good workout.”
Missouri State finished the game with five turnovers, including three interceptions. Missouri State outgained SIU 464 yards to 358 yards, but Lennon said statistics are irrelevant when the defense forces turnovers.
“You can’t even look at the statistics for this game to do justice to it,” Lennon said. “When your defense is getting turnovers and getting points off of them. We lost a couple series because of those plays. Then in the fourth quarter we brought in all the backups, so the numbers mean nothing.”
Karim continued his dream season, finishing with 14 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt senior leads the Football Championship Subdivision with 14 rushing touchdowns. He even showed off some hands, catching a pass in the second quarter after it bounced off Allaria.
“He told me after the play that he planned that, but it was going all the way all day after that,” Karim said.

from The Daily Egyptian – http://www.siude.com/sports/salukis-win-conference-championship-1.2083459

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from Daily Egyptan:

Published: Monday, March 30, 2009

Updated: Monday, March 30, 2009

Carbondale Police are still looking for three males they believe were involved in an incident in which shots were fired at Lewis Park Apartments early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to a disturbance call just after 12:30 a.m. and found several men and women fighting in the complex’s apartment complex, police said in a Monday news release.

Witnesses said they heard two or three gunshots fired, but Officer Randy Mathis said the bullets struck no one.

Police said an 18-year-old Carbondale man, who was treated for injuries and released from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and an 18-year-old Marion woman reported being struck by one of the suspects during the scuffle.

The three men left the area in a four-door sedan with Missouri license plates shortly after the shots were fired, police said.

Police said anyone with information regarding this incident can call 618-549-2677 to submit an anonymous tip.

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Some students find parking a harrowing process


A car stands alone in a makeshift parking spot Thursday in the Communications Building parking lot. Plant and Services Operations Director Phil Gatton said that the mixture of snow and ice has caused failure to some equipment and delay in getting all parking lots plowed. Edyta Blaszczyk ~ Daily Egyptian

After university officials closed campus for two days because of poor weather, SIUC greeted students Thursday with limited parking spaces and massive mounds of snow.

Most parking lots on campus were half-plowed, rendering many students unable to find a parking space. Those who found space were in danger of being stuck because of lingering ice and snow that amassed from a winter storm that had struck Carbondale two days earlier.

Phil Gatton, director of Plant and Service Operations, said progress has been slow because snow and ice interfered with some equipment, which meant most of the work had to be done with shovels.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people frustrated and I apologize for that,” Gatton said. “We were given a difficult storm and we’ve tried to deal with it the best we can.”

As of 11:45 a.m., only five rows at the SIU Arena parking lot had been cleared.

Christina Trapani, a sophomore from Herrin studying finance, said she would have been fine with the decision to open campus if the lots had been cleared.

“We had softball practice today and we needed to get to the stadium, and they hadn’t even plowed that parking lot,” Trapani said. “I thought they could have plowed yesterday when we had the day off. I thought that was why we had the day off.”

Chancellor Sam Goldman said the decision to open campus came when he drove around campus with Gatton. Goldman said though conditions were not completely clear, they thought it was clear enough to resume classes.

“We were aware there would be some difficulties,” Goldman said. “All in all, it looked like the campus should be operational. It wasn’t perfect, but it was operational.”

Lot Two, which is located east of Anthony Hall, was completely clear at 8:30 a.m.

Kathleen Plesko, director of Disability Support Services, said she received no complaints and was pleased with the work the Physical Plant had done to clear parking lots, sidewalks and roads.

“Our Physical Plant has really been climbing a mountain day and night trying to make things work,” Plesko said. “To me, at some point you have to go and do the hard thing (and open campus). Of course it’s not going to work for everybody, but I think they’ve done a phenomenal job to this point.”

Reza Habib, a professor in psychology, said he had trouble finding a parking space in a lot west of Lawson Hall.

But Habib said he understands why campus was opened after being closed for two days.
“From a faculty point of view — for people teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays — that’s a whole week they would have lost from a semester,” Habib said. “It puts a lot of strain on students to cover the material.”

Lt. Harold Tucker of the SIUC Police Department said officers were encouraged to help with parking and not write tickets unless necessary Thursday.

“We’re just trying to facilitate students, faculty and staff,” Tucker said. “We’re using extreme caution and not writing tickets, but just trying to facilitate safe parking and travel.”

Though the threat of tickets was lifted, some students found parking to be a frustrating process.

John Folak, a senior from Chicago studying aviation, said his car became stuck when he tried to park at the SIU Arena before a 10 a.m. class.

“They just should have plowed these lots, they had all day yesterday,” Folak said. “If they were going to open the campus, they should have had the lots plowed.”

Folak said he had to call a friend to pull him out

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from Daily Egyptian:

SIUC shut down for second straight day, expected to be open today

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As the university shut down its campus for a second consecutive day Wednesday, poor weather continued to pose a hazard to students and community members around Carbondale.

The National Weather Service reported more than an inch of snow had covered the area by 5 p.m., and many motorists were trapped in banks of snow produced by city plow trucks.

Randy Mathis, a spokesman for the Carbondale Police Department, reported six crashes as of 3 p.m. All were minor wrecks with no injuries, he said, and the department had been getting several calls from motorists for assistance.

Mathis said they were still encouraging people to stay off the roadways if at all possible.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 30 degrees for today with a chance of light snow in the evening. Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high in the upper 20s, while the rest of the weekend should not include anymore snow.

Colburn Dittmer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., studying agricultural systems technology, said he saw a tow truck get stuck while trying to dislodge another vehicle from the mounds of snow.

But while some students had problems with their cars, others enjoyed the time off school.

Dittmer said he spent his Tuesday with a group of friends sloshing through the snow with a Jon boat on the back of a truck.

Sean Morgan, a senior from Naperville studying agribusiness economics, said they took his roommate’s boat out to the arena and went sledding with it. Their plans were to do more of the same on their second day off from classes.

Dittmer said he was hoping for a third snow day, but SIUC spokesman Rod Sievers said today’s classes would unlikely be cancelled.

Brad Dillard, associate director of the Physical Plant, said campus crews would work through the night to clear parking lots and walk ways on campus.

“All of our resources are at work and we have a lot of work ahead,” he said.

Sievers said the winter storm also caused damage to the campus farm, which suffered a collapsed roof because of the weight of snow and ice. Sievers said no people or animals were injured but a barricade surrounding the building would be put up to protect students and animals from the hazardous building.

SIUC campus police officer Sergeant Bennie Joe Vick said officers kept busy overnight by trying to keep students off the Campus Lake.  He said they chased between 30 to 40 students off the lake.

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SIUC is closed today

I remember during our time, SIUC was closed twice. One was because of 20 inches of snow.


Announcement from SIUC Offical Website:

Due to bad weather conditions, SIUC will be closed Wednesday, January 28, 2009. For more information, call 618-453-5375 or 866-264-6420.


From Daily Egyptian:

Inches of ice keep campus closed

Rachel Snow

Although 2 to 3 inches of snow and ice meant a day off for students, for the university’s grounds crew the weather resulted in more than 13 straight hours of labor Tuesday.

University spokesman Rod Sievers said the circumstance was notable especially because it was the second consecutive year for the university to close because of weather.

 Inches of ice keep campus closed  Although 2 to 3 inches of snow and ice meant a day off for students, for the university’s grounds crew the weather resulted in more than 13 straight hours of labor Tuesday. University spokesman Rod Sievers said the circumstance was notable especially because it was the second consecutive year for the university to close because of weather

Inches of ice keep campus closed Although 2 to 3 inches of snow and ice meant a day off for students, for the university’s grounds crew the weather resulted in more than 13 straight hours of labor Tuesday. University spokesman Rod Sievers said the circumstance was notable especially because it was the second consecutive year for the university to close because of weather

“It is kind of unusual that we would have to close two years in a row,” Sievers said.
Brad Dillard, associate director of the Physical Plant, said road-clearing preparations began Friday. Physical plant staff made sure the snow plows and salt spreaders were ready for the storm, he said.

Chancellor Sam Goldman said he decided to call off classes at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on the recommendation of Phil Gatton, director of plant and service operations.
“We are committed to try to get it open, but if it is a danger to the people on the campus, we will not open,” Goldman said.

Gatton recommended canceling classes because their crews could not get all of the roads clear and safe.

Dillard said the workers were out at midnight trying to get the roads cleared and worked up until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to make the roads and sidewalks safe for everyone.
As of 6:30 p.m., Wednesday classes had not been canceled.

“At the moment school is on,” Goldman said. “The decision will probably be made early (Wednesday) morning.”

Shawn Henry, manager of environmental services for the city of Carbondale, said city workers concentrated on the primary snow routes, which he said were in good shape.  Steady sleet and snow kept workers from clearing other routes, he said.

Henry said the city issued a snow emergency declaration, which those who park on emergency snow routes will be ticketed or towed.  The declaration is commonly issued when there are two or more inches of snow or ice, he said.

Henry also said the city would suspend recycling for the remainder of the week, and people should store their trashcans inside.

Carbondale Police Officer Randy Mathis said one minor accident with no injuries had been reported by noon Tuesday.

Dillard said that the storm was to continue through Tuesday night. He said crew members expected to be out all night again clearing roads and sidewalks.

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From Daily Egyptian: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Administrators say retention problem main reason for decrease

Source: Provost Don Rice


Despite a rise in the freshman and sophomore classes, a retention problem with upperclassmen has led to a 1.5 percent decrease in enrollment, administrators say.

Provost Don Rice said enrollment for freshman and sophomore classes is up more than 11 percent from last year, but a 12.9 percent decrease in juniors and seniors is sinking early enrollment numbers.

The drop reflects a continuing problem that has plagued the university for years.

Enrollment peaked in 1991 at 24,869 students, according to university records. By fall 2007, that number had fallen to 20,983. Enrollment numbers affect everything from faculty and staff salaries to building maintenance.

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