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University students compete to bring life to the moon

University students compete to bring life to the moon

Kevin Delgado, Staff Writer
March 30
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Top Stories

During a recreational game of tennis, University students Alex Darragh and Matt Steinlauf, freshmen in Engineering, randomly decided to enter the Lab2Moon Challenge. The Lab2Moon challenge is an international competition allowing youth to design and construct a project to promote sustainable life on t...

Editorial: Do your part to save the bees

Editorial: Do your part to save the bees

The Daily Illini Editorial Board
March 30
Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

The bee’s are disappearing. You may have heard this before, and shrugged your shoulders thinking that surely the Earth could do without a few bees. Unfortunately, any disruption of the natural order of the environment can quickly take a downward spiral.   They’ve paved paradise and put up a parkin...

Women’s history month celebrates progression for women

Women’s history month celebrates progression for women

Jess Peterson, Buzz editor
March 30
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Being a woman in 2017 is not always a celebration. The wage gap, sexual assault and the patriarchy all continue to exist as barriers. Glass ceilings are gathering dust and preventing women from achieving gender equality. March is Women’s History Month, which attempts to create a mindset that includes wom...

Divided Republicans are a roadblock for change

Divided Republicans are a roadblock for change

Minju Park, Columnist
March 29
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The current divisions within the Republican Party became evident with the failed passage of the GOP’s proposed health bill to replace the Affordable Care Act this past week. President Donald Trump’s inability to uphold his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act likely foreshadows...

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 29
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois senior Louise Kwong earned the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor Tuesday, coming off a 5-0 weekend on the court. Kwong clinched the Illini’s 5-2 win over No. 33 Maryland on Sunday with her defeat of Alexandra Stanova at No. 1 singles. She bounced back from losing the first...

Illini Student Musicals’ ‘American Idiot’ encourages individuality

Illini Student Musicals’ ‘American Idiot’ encourages individuality

Emma Palatnik, Assistant features editor
March 29
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

In the spirit of Green Day’s Champaign concert on Tuesday, Illini Student Musicals is paying tribute to the rock group with a performance of “American Idiot,” a musical based on the band’s music. Tori Leppert, junior in FAA, was put in a situation and had to drop her sorority earlier this ye...

Phi Mu to move into Alpha Rho Chi house

Phi Mu to move into Alpha Rho Chi house

Karen Liu, Staff Writer
March 29
Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Starting June 1, the Alpha Rho Chi chapter house will be hosting a different Greek house for the first time in 90 years due to their low occupancy rate. The chapter house is rented to Phi Mu, a sorority who joined campus in fall 2016, as a temporary house for the next three years. “We acquired...

Editorial: Don’t stress yourself out coming back from break

Editorial: Don’t stress yourself out coming back from break

The Daily Illini Editorial Board
March 28
Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Reality can be a tough pill to swallow. The week right after spring break is when a lot of students realize that real work needs to be done between now and the end of the year. Coming back from a warm and beachy destination and a week of doing nothing, it’s daunting to return to daily life. Many...

Students find University sick leave letter policy confusing

Students find University sick leave letter policy confusing

Sabrina Yan, Staff Writer
March 28
Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

University students are responsible for their absences, but some students have said that getting the proper approval can be tricky. The University has a policy that enables the emergency dean to give out absence letters to students as a proof of sickness. However, not all students are aware of the...

Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly’s dominant pitching led the Illinois softball team to a 3-0 sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. In the first game of the series, Wonderly pitched the 12th no-hitter in program history, helping the team to a 8-0 wins. The only batter to reach base...

March snow storm prevents cherry tree blossoming

March snow storm prevents cherry tree blossoming

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

February's abnormally high temperatures brought 'spring fever' to students as well as plants, but those hopes for warmer weather were shot down by March's cold temperatures. If not for the winter storm in the second week of March, the cherry blossom trees in Sen Cherry Tree Allée at the University's a...

Trump’s health care failure exposes weaknesses

Trump’s health care failure exposes weaknesses

Matt Silich, Columnist
March 27
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

For all the recent hand-wringing about the millennial generation’s need for instant gratification, there is perhaps no better public example of that stereotypical impatience than 70-year-old President Donald Trump. Trump spent a significant portion of the past six years or so vaguely lambasting the A...

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