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Green Day breaks social barriers at State Farm Center

Green Day breaks social barriers at State Farm Center

Meral Aycicek, Staff writer
March 29
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Green Day, an American punk rock band, performed at State Farm Center Tuesday. The concert was a part of their Revolution Radio tour which celebrates their twelfth album, "Revolution Radio." The stadium filled with fog and lit up with green lights to celebrate the band. The show kicked off at 7:30...

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 year. Wit...

Netflix original, “Love” captures essence of modern relationships

Netflix original, “Love” captures essence of modern relationships

Hannah Auten, Creative director
March 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The moment I saw Netflix had come out with a new, original, quirky, Judd Apatow-produced show titled "Love," I knew I had to watch it. After burning through the first season, I found myself with the all-too-familiar hangover that inevitably follows a Netflix binge. I had an empty place inside that could...

Nick Offerman joins Japan House fundraiser

Nick Offerman joins Japan House fundraiser

Gillian Dunlop, Assistant News Editor
March 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Actor Nick Offerman will be paying homage to his roots as a former Illini by participating in an April 1 Japan House fundraiser. Offerman, who is best known for his role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, graduated from the University in 1993. He has returned multiple times to see friends and...

Phantogram adds dimension to Canopy Club performance

Phantogram adds dimension to Canopy Club performance

Tess O'Brien, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

A phantogram is an optical illusion, where two-dimensional images are perceived to be three-dimensional. It is also the very appropriate name for the electro-rock, dream-pop musical duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. The below-freezing temperatures and snowy streets could not deter fans from coming...

Illinettes provide positivity through performance

Illinettes provide positivity through performance

Camille Baer, Staff Writer
March 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Nearly every day of the week in the fall and spring season, 28 girls work hard to perfect their routines and feature numbers for football and basketball games. These girls make up the Illinettes Dance Team, which is merged with the Marching Illini, who serve as a source of strength and positivity du...

8 to Create highlights artists’ processes

8 to Create highlights artists’ processes

Jess Peterson, Staff Writer
March 11
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Walking up and down a museum’s hallways or flipping through the pages of a text are common ways to admire works created in the past. But, seeing the first lines of a drawing sketched onto the page and paints blended to get the exact shade of purple needed to reflect the sky are moments that happen...

University student finds her “Voice”

University student finds her “Voice”

Annabeth Carlson, Managing Editor for Online
March 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

You can take a girl out of the cornfields but that doesn’t mean she will forget them when she makes it big. University student Micah Tryba gave her school a shoutout on national TV after singing on the show “The Voice,” with a performance that even left judge and country singer Blake Shelton...

Behind the scenes: students share process of producing play

Behind the scenes: students share process of producing play

Kayla Martinez, Staff writer
March 7
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Before a story is born onto a stage, it is the past, it is print on paper and it is a group of people sitting in a circle in a small room somewhere under the Krannert Center for the Preforming Arts. Beyond that circle, it begins with one person. Sofia Fey, junior in FAA, began her theater endeavors in middle ...

Luvvie Ajayi leaves behind important legacy at the University

Luvvie Ajayi leaves behind important legacy at the University

Joseph Longo, Assistant News Editor
March 6
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

She always sat in the middle of the classroom. From her secure throne, she’d heckle her professor. With her signature wit and humor, Luvvie Ajayi dominated her Black Women in the U.S. class in the fall of 2005. At least, that’s how Jessica Millward remembers it. As the professor being heckled, ...

“The Moth” brings storytellers closer to the spotlight

“The Moth” brings storytellers closer to the spotlight

Tess O'Brien, Staff Writer
March 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Micaela Blei didn’t have a story prepared when her name was drawn first at an open mic slam five years ago. She had only planned to go to provide moral support for her friend who hoped to win the chance to tell her story. So, in front of around 300 people, she walked up to the stage, completely unp...

“Discover India” brings Bollywood to CU

“Discover India” brings Bollywood to CU

Natasha Mosquera, Staff Writer
March 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Indian Graduate Students Association is putting together what is considered to be one of its biggest events of the semester – “Discover India.” The free event will take place from 4:30-10:00 p.m. on March 5 at Foellinger Auditorium and is open to all who wish to attend. “The Indian Gr...

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