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Why Sasha Velour of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” calls Urbana home

Why Sasha Velour of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” calls Urbana home

Joseph Longo, Managing Editor for Reporting
May 19, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Sasha Velour wasn't home when “RuPaul’s Drag Race” called. Born Sasha Steinberg, Sasha Velour routinely visits Russia with his father, Dr. Mark D. Steinberg, who is a University professor in Russian history. Mark travels to Russia and Eastern Europe most summers, buffing up on his knowledge of ...

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,...

‘Finding Oscar,’ film directed by University alumni, documents Guatemalan Crisis

‘Finding Oscar,’ film directed by University alumni, documents Guatemalan Crisis

Isra Rahman, Contributing writer
May 6, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture

Through the film "Finding Oscar," Ryan Suffern captures the art of storytelling while revealing the reality of an overlooked massacre. Suffern graduated from the University in 1999 with a bachelors degree in English. The path from college graduate to documentarian was anything but linear. Suffern...

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 ...

Feminist Film Festival gives voice to underrepresented groups

Feminist Film Festival gives voice to underrepresented groups

Megan Bradley, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Around the University, it is not uncommon to find events that are geared towards creating an inclusive environment for underrepresented groups. One such event, the Feminist Film Festival, is entering its eighth year of promoting inclusiveness and honoring student filmmakers. The Feminist Film Festi...

Paralympian from Champaign turns disability into ability

Paralympian from Champaign turns disability into ability

Elyssa Kaufman, Staff writer
May 3, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture

For Paralympian Nichole Millage, taking a stand and representing her country involves sitting down. After a boating accident left Millage with an amputated lower leg, she turned disability into ability and won a gold medal with the the United States women’s sitting volleyball team at the Paralympics. "O...

Students discuss obtaining internships, share previous experiences

Students discuss obtaining internships, share previous experiences

Mary Kate Kiley, Staff writer
May 3, 2017
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, students are either on the hunt for summer internships or already have them. With resources such as the Career Center and online services like I-Link, the University has made it increasingly easier for students to find out about openings in companies na...

Miss Gay Illinois State 2017 takes place at Chester Street Bar Sunday

Miss Gay Illinois State 2017 takes place at Chester Street Bar Sunday

Taylor Wegner, Staff writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Contestants flock from numerous areas of Illinois, including Kankakee, Danville, Springfield and Chicago, to attend an annual pageant in central Illinois: Miss Gay Illinois State. For the past three years, the Miss Gay Illinois State pageant has been held at Chester Street Bar in Champaign. The 2017...

Maize to expand with downtown Champaign location

Maize to expand with downtown Champaign location

Caroline Holston, Contributing writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

The Green Street favorite, Maize, is expanding its operations with a second location in downtown Champaign. The restaurant is taking over the Station, located at 100 N. Chestnut St. For five years, the authentic Mexican cuisine Maize offers has had students and Champaign locals squeezing onto 17...

Garth Brooks opens up about performance at State Farm Center

Garth Brooks opens up about performance at State Farm Center

Emma Palatnik, Assistant features editor
May 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Garth Brooks returned to Champaign after a 20 year hiatus Friday. “We should’ve come back here a h--- of a lot sooner,” Brooks said. The artist took a different take on typical concerts with a 360 degree stage. Each side of the stage had video screens so fans could see the performance from ...

Urbana resident showcases chopper-inspired bicycles

Urbana resident showcases chopper-inspired bicycles

Annabeth Carlson, Staff writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Mark Roberts is a normal guy. He’s a retired truck driver, has been married over 30 years and lives in a ranch on a residential street in Urbana. But when he brings out his bicycle, which resembles a 1960s chopper with chrome details and metal flames shooting out the back, his neighbors and anyone pass...

Blueberry and blue guys: Penguin is a hit at KAM’S

Blueberry and blue guys: Penguin is a hit at KAM’S

Mara Shapiro, Staff writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture

Happy hour at KAM'S Friday had all the usual components: students enjoying Blue Guys, various bar crawls and the music hits blasting throughout the bar. But instead of the usual scene of dancing students on the stage,  a podium with an open glass enclosure housed Blueberry, an eight-year-old African ...

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