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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Ten student-athletes and coaches from the Illinois Wesleyan University track team have sued the owners of a Bloomington Jimmy John’s after allegedly getting sick following a meal.

Touring the country with bandmates on the strength of major record label releases can sound glamorous.

Cole Hamels pitching
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An Illinois Wesleyan University professor is studying brain waves in baseball players to see if their ability to focus can be measured and improved.

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We think of chocolate as an unalloyed good. People rhapsodize over it. They say they would sooner go without, well, many things, than chocolate. Some even call it a religious experience.

Jack Sikma speaks to a crowd
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Jack Sikma said coming back to Bloomington and reconnecting with many old friends reaffirmed his decision to come to Illinois Wesleyan University nearly a half century ago.

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Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

Georgia Nugent
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An environmental sciences instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University is concerned that the Trump administration's rollback of regulations could be making our drinking water less safe.

Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

A new documentary from a filmmaker with ties to Illinois Wesleyan University reveals what happens when a country doesn’t confront its own past atrocities.

Tim Szerlong shaking hands with Georgia Nugent
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Georgia Nugent said she came to love Illinois Wesleyan University so much in her brief time on campus, she wanted to be more than just its interim president.

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If it weren’t for the curious mind and adventurous nature of a former professor from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities, the United States may not have expanded West when it did.

Callum Fletcher
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Illinois Wesleyan’s esports program has captured the championship in a national tournament in the program’s second season.

sculpture in the dark
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“You always want to see who you’re learning from. You always want to see what they can do.” 

Dave Kindred with his collection
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After 60 years of telling captivating stories around the sports world, reporter Dave Kindred's donation of artifacts and memorabilia to Illinois Wesleyan is taking fans for a ride all over again.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Illinois colleges and universities have been under pressure for years from smaller graduating classes, out-of-state competition and changing demographics. Private higher education institutions in the state face the same challenges public schools do and a couple extra.

IWU New Student Enrollment Down Over 17% From 2018

Sep 16, 2019
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Illinois Wesleyan University's fall enrollment numbers show a 17.4% decrease in new students from 2018.

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Illinois Wesleyan University Athletic Director Mike Wagner has announced the university plans to add men’s volleyball and women’s bowling for the 2020-2021 athletic year.

IWU Names Search Committee For New President

Sep 4, 2019
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Illinois Wesleyan named a 12-person committee to find the private university's 20th president.

Michael Shermer
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Illinois Wesleyan University has canceled author Michael Shermer’s visit for the President’s Convocation after the university discovered sexual assault allegations against him.

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Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday had a lawn and sidewalk full of Steinway & Sons pianos.

Michael Shermer at TED Talk
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A best-selling author will call for critical thinking when he addresses Illinois Wesleyan University students during next week's President's Convocation.

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Bloomington residents voiced their desires for what should occupy the 4.1 acre block that formerly housed Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux at 800 N. Main Street.

“Something that would be economically viable,” Tim Tilton said.

“Something that is respectful of the historic nature of the neighborhood,” Andy Birkey added.

Kids pose with certificates
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When Alicia Lenard heard about an award ceremony for minority students in Bloomington-Normal, she made sure her fifth-grader, Christina, was there.

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An economist predicts Illinois' 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven't changed our habits just yet.

Mark Brodl speaking at podium
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Illinois Wesleyan is hoping an expanded menu of minors will attract more college-bound students to the private university.

Starting in the fall, Wesleyan will offer six new minors: actuarial science, statistics, film studies, French and Francophone studies, Italian studies and religious diversity.

Provost and Dean of Faculty Mark Brodl said students and faculty all expressed interest in adding these new programs. He sees a dual benefit.

Georgia Nugent
Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University has tabbed the former president of Kenyon College in Ohio to serve as interim president following Eric Jensen’s recent departure.

Jack Sikma mimicking jump shot
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Illinois Wesleyan University alum Jack Sikma has had a whirlwind few weeks.

Jack Sikma
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A former Illinois Wesleyan basketball standout will soon be going from the NBA Finals to Bloomington for a charity fundraiser.

Eric Jensen
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Illinois Wesleyan University President Eric Jensen has announced his retirement after serving in the role less than four years.

Mennonite Hospital Redevelopment Area
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The City of Bloomington and Illinois Wesleyan University are ramping up marketing efforts to find a buyer for the former Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux site.