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It’s graduation season. Illinois Wesleyan University is sending 424 students into the world this academic year, and 386 of them will participate in ceremonies at the Shirk Center on Sunday, IWU officials said.

John D'earth playing his trumpet
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It’s odd hearing the director of a university jazz program argue that he is NOT an educator.

Fans in front of theater.
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In 1980, the movie musical "Xanadu" bombed in a big way. But it didn't slink off into dark ignominy.

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Wednesday marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

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Greek life coordinators at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities are working to prevent hazing incidents through education.

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Activist Valarie Kaur acknowledges that many people "want to gag" when she starts talking about love as the spark for social change. She tries to convince them she is advocating for a "revolutionary love" that is the best answer to solving many of society's problems.

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The filmmaker behind "The Colorado" gives credit for his film, in part, to an explorer with central Illinois connections.

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A local nonprofit organization has found a new home for a rare, historical text from the 19th century.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

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An exhibition of posters in Bloomington showcases the work of artists who are taking a stand for human rights by challenging gender inequality.

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When Illinois Wesleyan head women's soccer coach Dave Barrett accepted the same job at Division 1 Fairfield University in Connecticut last week, he said the opportunity was a perfect storm.

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A benefit concert was held on Monday at the Normal Theater to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

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Poet James Plath says some contemporary poetry can seem overly academic, inaccessible and off-putting to readers. He wants none of that. 

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One of the nominees at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards traces the roots of his acting career to the student stage at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

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A pair of English professors have teamed up to help readers find new ways to evaluate poetry.

IWU President: No Overreaction To Enrollment Drop

Nov 15, 2017
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Fall enrollment for Illinois Wesleyan University is about 1,700 students, the lowest since 1988.

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s president said Thursday that a plan to tax college endowments as part of a larger tax overhaul would unfairly harm private schools and make them less affordable.

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Wayne Messmer is an iconic voice in Illinois, serving as a professional speaker, broadcaster, actor, author, and of course, singer. He's also an Illinois Wesleyan University graduate.

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Local opponents of President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program for young immigrants turned up the volume Thursday, with new protests planned over the next few days.

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As part of their Social Work in Action class, a group of Illinois Wesleyan University students began interviewing people who have been arrested in McLean County.  

Even veteran coaches can get nervous when jumping into a new endeavor. Adding to the apprehension for Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball coach Mia Smith is jumping midstream into an at-large representative for selecting athletes and coaches for the national USA Basketball committee. She had no idea she was even being considered. 

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In a dusty old bookshop, three tech obsessed young people face a perilous task to save all the books in the world from a dark force known as The Blank.

Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee at the Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center
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A six-time Olympic medal winner told attendees at last night's Women's Health Night  they can overcome obstacles because she was able to achieve her dreams despite losing her mother at age 18 and being diagnosed with severe asthma.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said progressives should not get their hopes up about a single payer healthcare insurance system.

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Congressman Rodney Davis said he is not changing his policy of no Town Hall meetings for the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Faculty had offered to exclude media and give Davis questions ahead of time. The Taylorville Republican said during a stop in Towanda that the invitation was political.

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Faculty and students at Illinois Wesleyan University are expressing disappointment 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has decided to pass on an invitation to hold an open event on campus.

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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón says people should take advantage of a low-carbon economy in the fight against climate change.

While speaking at Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday night, Calderón said too many of us look at the horrible aspects of climate change.

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An Illinois Wesleyan University biologist has let the world know about a previously unknown kind of fleshbelly frog.

It isn't the first new species Edgar Lehr has discovered. But, that didn't lessen the thrill when he saw it about ten thousand feet up on the side of a mountain in the Pui Pui forest preserve in the Andes.

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