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Nathan Stephens assumes position as director of BNAACC

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
January 18, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

As a first generation college student in 1989, Nathan Stephens had to face unique obstacles. Being the first of the family to go to college was hard, but doing it as a black man was even harder. He yearned for a listening ear, someone to help him with support and guidance. Now, Stephens is no stranger to the univers... Read more »

Facebook partners with the University on research

Facebook partners with the University on research

Sam Schrage, Staff writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Facebook has become the most popular social media site in the world, with 1.79 billion monthly active users in 2016. Facebook’s high demand has led members of the Facebook team to invest in ways to find new revenue streams in virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Building 8 is where hardware... Read more »

Wildfire app speeds up emergency awareness

Wildfire app speeds up emergency awareness

Annabeth Carlson, Managing Editor for Online
January 17, 2017
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

On a warm Saturday night in September, Renee Pond went to The Red Lion, expecting to have a fun night out with friends. Instead, she found herself in a confusing emergency situation when gunshots were heard and patrons were told to stay inside. “I was really confused. We didn’t know what w... Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr. honored in University events

Martin Luther King Jr. honored in University events

Mara Shapiro, Staff Writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

With students still making their way back to campus to begin the spring semester, campus was relatively quiet on Monday. However, there is a very important reason why classes did not begin on Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day recognizes the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.... Read more »

Portillo’s announces new Champaign location

Portillo’s announces new Champaign location

Ashni Gandhi, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

The rumors and speculation are true — the Portillo’s food empire is officially expanding to Champaign, Illinois. The Portillo’s will be located at 2306 N. Prospect Ave., near the Binny’s Beverage Depot. They expect to start demolition of the existing building in the next 10 days and are projected t... Read more »

C-U welcomes Lyft: The ride-sharing battle begins

C-U welcomes Lyft: The ride-sharing battle begins

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

With temperatures below freezing and limited bus services during the holidays, getting around becomes more difficult. Ride-hailing services are a convenient alternative. For David Gutierrez, senior in ACES, ride-hailing services are beneficial in the colder months when he needs to get to the Illino... Read more »

Best fraternity holiday lights, according to DI poll

Best fraternity holiday lights, according to DI poll

Joseph Longo, Assistant News Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase

Each year, fraternities across campus buy countless strands of Christmas lights and embrace their best Clark Griswold. In a Daily Twitter poll earlier this week, Delta Upsilon won for best fraternity holiday lights. With 49 percent of the vote, their lights shone above the other houses in the poll. T... Read more »

Slice Factory set to open on campus, potential rivalry with Antonio’s

Slice Factory set to open on campus, potential rivalry with Antonio’s

Bianca Reyes, Staff Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Slice Factory, a Chicago-based pizza franchise, is expecting to open on Green Street in January of next year. This grand opening will mark Slice Factory’s first location outside of Chicago and its first ever college campus location. Dom DiDiana, founder and president of Slice Factory, said open... Read more »

UI Symphony Orchestra prepares for final concert of the year

UI Symphony Orchestra prepares for final concert of the year

Tess O'brien, Staff writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

For the last few weeks of the semester, the UI Symphony Orchestra has focused all of its energy on preparing for the final concert of the year. At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the orchestra will perform a variety of classical works at Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center. The concert is expected... Read more »

American Football returns home to C-U

American Football returns home to C-U

Kayla Martinez, Staff writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Amidst the snow and cold weather, American Football received a warm homecoming welcome from fans as it brought its indie rock set back to town for the first time since their 2014 reunion. American Football played at 8 p.m. Monday night in Foellinger Auditorium. Hailing from Champaign-Urbana, American Foot... Read more »

RSO presidents share experiences starting out

RSO presidents share experiences starting out

Olivia Bievenue, Staff writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Life & Culture

There are currently 930 RSOs at the University, and that number has the potential to grow each year. Shannon Merkys, senior in AHS, is one of two student supervisors and a UofI Connections Specialist at the Office of Registered Organizations. One of the main parts of her job is overseeing the proces... Read more »

Breaking down campus’s most forbidden plot

Breaking down campus’s most forbidden plot

Brooke Eberle, Staff writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase

It’s the most forbidden area on campus. University students pass by it on their way to Mumford Hall, the Animal Sciences Laboratory and the Undergraduate Library. The Morrow Plots is an iconic University landmark because it is North America’s oldest experimental cornfield. According to Universit... Read more »