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Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Former Illini basketball signee Jeremiah Tilmon committed to Mizzou earlier today. Tilmon requested a release from his contract in early April after head coach John Groce was replaced by Brad Underwood. The East St. Louis native had seemed indecisive about the Illini from the beginning as he verbally...

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Before new Illinois men’s basketball head coach Brad Underwood hits the hardwood for a game in his first season with his team, he needs to finish putting together his roster. The Illini currently have nine players on scholarship for the 2017-18 season. With no seniors on the current roster, four...

Commencement Speaker Nick Offerman is Urbana’s finest

Commencement Speaker Nick Offerman is Urbana’s finest

Joseph Longo, Managing Editor for Reporting
May 12, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

It can be hard to tell when Nick Offerman is joking. He holds onto a signature unbreaking deadpan, waiting until the last possible moment to release a childlike giggle. And then it's obvious – he's joking. It's a balance of frank outdoorsman and warm-hearted progressive that he's best known for,...

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
May 8, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

D.J. Williams is transferring from Illinois. The Illini granted Williams a full release Monday. Head coach Brad Underwood made a statement Monday evening on Williams’ departure. “After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Underwood said. ...

Student government creates more outreach, reflects on semester

Student government creates more outreach, reflects on semester

Gillian Dunlop, Assistant News Editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, ISS, News, Top Stories

After the introduction of a new constitution last semester, the Illinois Student Government spent the majority of these last few months adapting to the new register as they continue to pass resolutions concerning campus life. “I would describe (this semester) as both hectic, very confrontational, but produc...

Chimes players may not return after fellow player’s dismissal

Chimes players may not return after fellow player’s dismissal

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Top Stories

While work began to repair the Altgeld Bell Tower, only a couple of its chimes players may continue to play when it reopens at an undisclosed time. “It’s Ernesto, really,” said chimes player Cody Jones, citing former chimes player and math adviser Ernesto Machado’s ill-received dismissal as a ...

Appreciate campus memorabilia

Appreciate campus memorabilia

Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

This past weekend saw the reveal of the new “Quintessential Engineer” sculpture on campus, helping to re-amp respect for all of the women in engineering here at the University. Chicago sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany is the creator of the statue. While it is a beautiful work of art, the statue...

Budget crisis threatens to close Courage Connection

Budget crisis threatens to close Courage Connection

Taylor Howard, Staff Writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

After 45 years of providing shelter to individuals and family members facing domestic violence, Courage Connection is at risk of closing due to a loss of $350,000 of combined state and federal funding. “We’re at risk of losing a safe place for folks for whom home is not safe for the people that the...

Reading Day presents opportunities to de-stress on campus

Reading Day presents opportunities to de-stress on campus

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Coffee-fueled nights, hours-long project meetings, study breaks at the bar and even dogs at the libraries all mean one thing; it's finals. But before finals comes Reading Day — a day left entirely free of mandatory course obligations. The University’s long-standing tradition of holding a Reading ...

Don’t let the stress of finals lead to bad decisions

Don’t let the stress of finals lead to bad decisions

Jamie Linton, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Perhaps reading this column is a form of procrastination from the crippling anxiety your finals schedule is burdening you with.  If so, it’s important not to let dead week get you down. If you’re like the other tens of thousands of students at the University, as warm weather is approaching, so is ...

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Naya Crittenden spent two years at the University of Oregon before transferring to join the Illinois volleyball team. During her time in Eugene, she posted 231 kills, 34 digs, 64 blocks and 196 points. But none of that mattered to her then, and it still doesn’t matter to her now. She doesn’t rem...

Multipurpose “meditation spaces” to be designated on campus

Multipurpose “meditation spaces” to be designated on campus

Aaron Brannen, Staff Writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Top Stories

The Office of Student Affairs, in association with the Office of the Provost, is currently conducting a search to designate certain rooms on campus as “meditation spaces.”  This undertaking was initiated after the Muslim Students Association requested a room where they could pray privately. A...

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