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Southeast president Carlos Vargas emailed a campus-wide apology Sept. 21 in regard to accepting an offer to drink from a beer bong six days earlier at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale tailgate, and his message has drawn attention well beyond the campus through social media.


In the statement Vargas said that a beer bong is a device that is normally associated with binge drinking and something he does not condone.


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Southeast senior Peter Reckling used his knack for furniture restoration to preserve original Kent Library furniture over the summer.

Reckling, a historic preservation major, spent two months preserving 10 pieces of historic Kent Library furniture including multiple tables and desks, a display case and two chairs.

“I’ve always been fond of the built environment,” Reckling said. “I think old houses have such a character and a nuance, something that can’t be replicated in today’s architecture.”

Joshua Dodge- Arrow Photo Editor

Southeast president Carlos Vargas announced at a press conference with Governor Mike Parson on Aug. 31, a room in Dempster Hall will be transformed into a cyber range, which will serve as a designated work place for cybersecurity majors as soon as the spring semester.

“It will provide an enhanced environment for specialized cybersecurity,” Vargas said. 

The range, to be located in Dempster Hall room 246, will be a work space for Southeast faculty and students to use for testing and training. 

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A former Southeast student, who left school to pursue politics and community leadership, is running for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

At 25, Kevin Windham will be among the youngest candidates on the ballot for election to the State House. Still, he clinched the democratic nomination for representative of the 85th District by a margin of 8 percent.

Windham says his campaign success was a result of diligence, mentorship and a team of motivated college and high school students who are working towards change.

Katelyn Mary Skaggs

With the start of the new school year, Southeast students received an email from the Dean of Students Office in reference to open sources of alcohol at parties. The email mainly addressed a concern to students about one drink in particular known as “Jungle Juice.”

Associate Dean of Students Randy Carter says the drink is typically made in a large container with sugary juices and hard grain alcohol.