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What do morticians do?

First, just to clarify a bit, a mortuary science degree most often refers to a degree pertaining to becoming a funeral director (mortician) or embalmer or both. The schools that are offered around the U.S. are mostly two year Ass. Degrees and there are a handful of four year bachelors degrees. I chose to get a bachelors degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in order to also try other potential fields, but I stayed in mortuary science. Typically, with this degree you would be working in a funeral home. Mortuary science touches on a lot of fields, but it currently tends to emphasize business and the art of embalming.

I feel lucky that I work at an independently owned funeral home. Most days I go in, I don’t necessarily know what I will be doing because death has no schedule. Also, there are so few of us running the funeral home that we all have to do a wide variety of things to keep up. If we are slow we may just be cleaning, gardening, organizing, and preparing for the next call. Otherwise, I would be helping a family through the funeral process- arrangements, body preparation, paperwork, communicating with all involved and basically, hosting and arranging an event. Ninety percent of my job is dealing with living people and not the dead. At a larger funeral home or in a funeral company you may just do one of these jobs repeatedly (like embalming only) because they have made it more like an efficient assembly line. The best way to get into this is by starting at the bottom, asking to shadow, offering to help in daily tasks like cleaning or gardening. Getting your face and name out there are key in connecting with any field.

There are also many other fields that deal with death and dying. A pathologist is a doctor that studies the dead, a coroner is a political figure elected to certify deaths under investigation, a lab assistant or pathologist assistant would help measure, weigh, and dissect bodies under investigation and all of them typically work in morgues of hospitals or government facilities. Forensic anthropology is the scientific study of people involved in crime and I know the least about that field, though it is very interesting. It is much different from what I do in a funeral home. Its pretty common for people to mix all the names up, because they deal with death and dying, but they are all very different. Most of these, I would think, you could get into especially if you are already showing interest in school. Just like if you were in mortuary science and wanting to help at a funeral home. However, not a ton of information is blasted about these fields because of our sensitivity toward death and privacy concerns.


The strike at SIUC is over. Some thoughts on the rhetoric in the paper(s); censorship of dissent in public space(s); Penn State and sexism and homophobia (oh my!); and some prep thoughts as I gear up for the National Communication Association.


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In 1977, Timothy Krajcir was released from prison where he had served time for a rape charge. As a condition of his parole, he enrolled in Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned a degree in Administrative Justice in 1981. This degree proved useful for Krajcir because it helped him elude the police while he raped and murdered as many as 13 women. Some victims were killed in their own homes while bound to their beds. Others were kidnapped and murdered in nearby states. He used many methods of murder - some were strangled, some were shot, and some were stabbed. Because he followed no particular modus operandi when it came to how he dispatched of his victims, it was difficult for authorities to link the murders to one single suspect. He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.



My name is Rachel and I am a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I am conducting a research project on the role that fan labor (the production of derivative works within a fan community) plays in the Homestuck fandom. This project and its components have been approved by the Human Subject Rights Committee.

As a part of this research project, I have created a survey that I am distributing through the Tumblr #homestuck tag, the official Homestuck forums, and other avenues of discussion for Homestuck fans. I would greatly appreciate fans taking some time to complete this survey.

Some information about the survey:

  • It is completely anonymous, and the results will be kept in a secure and private location.
  • You may choose to stop at any time. You may choose not to answer any question you do not want to.
  • The survey is estimated to take 15-20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or concerns about the legal or ethical nature of the survey, or more general questions about the survey’s contents, you can reach me at .


With the legal side of things out of the way, I would like to ask/beg anyone who reads this to also reblog or share with any Homestuck fans you know! It would greatly help me in putting together this project. I can also take questions through Tumblr asks, if you happen to have any, though if your concerns are about legal/ethical issues it would be better to send them to my .edu email, in case I need to forward them on to the administration.

Thank you so much for your time!

Ok, I need some advice.

I’m considering going to SIUC in Fall 2015, but it all depends on scholarships and whatnot.

So in the mean time I would love to get some information from students at SIUC.

First off, I really really really want to live on West Campus. I have been accepted into the Honors Program, so what are my chances of getting to pick a room in Smith Hall if I contract in December?

Second, if I don’t get into West Campus, are the towers as bad as some people make it out to be?

Third, how good is the history department? I really love history and its my major so I just kinda wanna know what I should be prepared for.

Fourth, I have heard that SIUC is a party school. But I’ve also heard that it got that reputation from Halloween. I am not much for partying, so will I have anyone to fit in with at all?