WIU

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University hopes a decrease in tuition rates will increase its enrollment numbers. The three-percent tuition decrease goes into effect next fall. It’s only for new students. In addition, western will no longer charge out-of-state students a higher tuition than in-state students. Western Budget Director Matt Bierman says the University hopes to make a splash. "...And market this as a campaign that we hear the plight of the middle class and that we are here to help you and we...

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will wait until next month to vote on a massive budget cutting plan. In a letter issued Tuesday to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said he wants more time to come up with a proposal that threatens the livelihood of fewer people. “When I look at the personnel, it almost brings tears to my eyes to look at what we’re having to do here,” Dr. Thomas said in an interview with Tri States Public Radio. “We are a family. We are a...

Tim Schroll/WIU

Reporters working for the student newspaper at Western Illinois University will be able to continue freelancing. At least for now. The Western Courier’s position on freelancing was called into question recently when the university suspended the editor-in-chief Nick Stewart from his job with pay. The university took action after Stewart filmed and sold a video of a large fight after a Black Student Association event on campus. The Courier’s Director Rich Moreno says freelancing has always been...

Not So Pesky Pests May Help Crops

Oct 11, 2012
University of Nebraska

A new study shows bugs might not always be a bad thing for farmers. It’s possible some pests could ultimately do more good than harm to crops across the region by helping them pull through hardships like this year’s drought. Western Illinois University biologist Richard Musser found the saliva of hornworms can turn on frost and drought resistant genes in plants. He says that could have big implications for the agricultural community.