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Florida Georgia Line plays up familiar roots at State Farm Center

Florida Georgia Line plays up familiar roots at State Farm Center

Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer
February 24
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The State Farm Center welcomed another country group on Thursday night: Florida Georgia Line. The first opening act was Chris Lane. Lane toured with FGL in 2014 on their “This is How We Roll Tour.” Toward the end of his set, Lane performed a mash-up of pop music, adding a country touch to it. “C...

Shirtless skaters shred CU streets

Shirtless skaters shred CU streets

Emma Palatnik, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Students utilize different forms of transportation — they walk, bike, run, skateboard, in-line skate and even scooter across the Main Quad every day. Kanyon Edvall, sophomore in Engineering, created a different way to get to class: a motorized longboard. “Well honestly, I’m kind of lazy and ...

Legacy graduates reflect on changes in campus

Legacy graduates reflect on changes in campus

Megan Bradley, Contributing writer
February 23
Filed under Life & Culture

Frank Sommers was the first of three generations in his family to attend the University. He's seen plenty of changes in the 61 years since his graduation in 1956, especially since both of his sons and his granddaughter have attended the University. Changes in the campus appearance, student body dynamic, popul...

Emily Blue donates album sales to RACES

Emily Blue donates album sales to RACES

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Singer and songwriter Emily Blue is donating all of the sales from her first album to the Rape Advocacy and Crisis Education Center in Urbana and has currently raised about $3,000. Blue, senior in LAS, released an album titled, “Another Angry Woman,” in Nov. 2016 and says the funds raised from...

Julien Baker receives abundance of audience gratitude

Julien Baker receives abundance of audience gratitude

Kayla Martinez, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Accord welcomed singer Julien Baker on Saturday night as part of Pygmalion’s show series. Hues of red and blue filled the venue as Thunder Dreamer, an indie rock four-man band from Evansville, Indiana, came on. The audience put their hands up as drummer Corey Greenfield took a moment to take a p...

University alumni gives pool lessons at Illini Union

University alumni gives pool lessons at Illini Union

Olivia Bievenue, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

David O’Rourke has 53 years of pool experience in his pocket. For the next seven weeks, every Monday night from 5 to 8 p.m., O’Rourke will be at the Illini Union Recreation Room, teaching University students the ins and outs of the game he loves. Pool School has begun at the Illini Union Recreation Room.  The...

J Mase III of #BlackTransMagick seeks to redistribute resources

J Mase III of #BlackTransMagick seeks to redistribute resources

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

J Mase III and Vita E partnered up to create #BlackTransMagick in 2015, and have traveled around the country performing on college campuses and for community organizations since then. The duo is scheduled to perform at 12 p.m. on Monday at the Women’s Resources Center as part of the Office of Inc...

Bathroom graffiti is an art form for some students

Bathroom graffiti is an art form for some students

Meral Aycicek, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Artists prefer different canvases, whether it be the blank page of a sketchbook or an untouched block of marble. A popular option for aspiring artists on campus is the anonymous surface of a bathroom stall. Eduardo Martinez, junior in LAS, started a blog called UIUC Graffiti for a class last semest...

Variety show, fashion show pay tribute to black culture

Variety show, fashion show pay tribute to black culture

Marissa Plescia, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Life & Culture

Averi Simpson came to campus looking for ways to engage with the black community. Both of her parents attended the University, and the junior in Media wanted get involved in activities similar to what they were part of when they were students here. One of these activities is the Cotton Club Variety Show...

Undocumented students teach faculty about DACA program

Undocumented students teach faculty about DACA program

Brooke Eberle, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Life & Culture

For Nancy Ramirez, being an undocumented student isn’t easy. Ramirez was born in Mexico City and moved to Illinois when she was one years old. She, like many on campus, currently has DACA status, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and faces many obstacles because of it. To better inform peop...

‘Latin Dance Night’ joins Krannert and La Casa

‘Latin Dance Night’ joins Krannert and La Casa

Natasha Mosquera, Staff Writer
February 16
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Krannert Center Ambassadors and La Casa Cultural Latina will be hosting the very first Latin Dance Night — Noche de Baile Latino — on Friday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from 9:30-11:30 p.m. free of charge. Monique Rivera, the co-director of engagement at Krannert and co-adviser to the ...

Getting to know, getting to grow: Edamame

Getting to know, getting to grow: Edamame

Jess Peterson, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase

Edamame is a type of soybean that has led crop scientists to think outside the pod. Illinois farmers produced nearly 593 million bushels of soybeans in 2016, according to the Illinois Soybean Association, but none of those went toward the popular snack. With China as its largest exporter, edamam...

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