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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Smokers at Southern Illinois University will only be able to light up in a handful of places on the Carbondale campus starting this summer.
 
Carbondale Chancellor Rita Cheng says that as of July 1 the campus will be effectively smoke-free. Only designated areas in campus parking lots are exceptions.
 
Cheng told the Southern Illinoisan that smoking already is banned within 15 feet of building entrances. The ban includes smoking in dormitories.
 
Cheng hopes the campus someday will be entirely smoke free.
 
Some smokers on campus aren't happy, though. Senior Jon Poynter says he understands people around a smoker may not like the smoke. But he believes the ban denies him his right to smoke.
 
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights says more than 1,100 college campuses nationwide are smoke free.
 
Published in Local News
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:47

Missing SIU-Carbondale student found, dead

Authorities say they have found the body of missing SIU-Carbondale student, Pravin Varughese.

 

His family was offering a $15,000 reward to find the student. Authorities found his body in a heavily wooded area off of East Main Street.VAHR-eh-geez was last seen on Wednesday night at a part. Police believe he may have gotten into a fight or argument and he got a ride home from the party. Witnesses told police that he could not tell the driver where he lived, so he got out of the car.

 

He was found with all of his clothes, but he was not wearing a jacket. Authorities think he might have died of exposure and are not treating the death as a homicide.

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   CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago-area family of a missing Southern Illinois University student is offering a reward for information in the 19-year-old sophmore's disappearance.
   Authorities say Pravin Varughese has been missing since Wednesday. His family says they are offering a $15,000 reward. His sister, Priya Varughese, says family members "just want him home." She says her brother, a cousin and a roommate were at a party the night he disappeared.
   Carbondale Police Sgt. Rich Brunner says officers have searched for Pravin Varughese using dogs and by air. He says the searches have covered much of the SIU campus and city. Brunner says friends and police handed out flyers Sunday. Vigils also have been planned.
    Vaughese and his family are from the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove. He was studying criminal justice.
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