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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 »

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 »

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 »

With coffee shop, students fight hunger

With coffee shop, students fight hunger

Emma Palatnik, Staff writer
November 28, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Etc. Coffeehouse opened in 1964 as a place where students could gather to study, drink coffee and chat with one another. Since then, it has transformed into a space where students can also fight hunger. The coffeeshop, located at the corner of Green Street and Goodwin Avenue, is different from a typical s... Read more »

Students find strength in numbers with new app Klique

Students find strength in numbers with new app Klique

Melissa Wagner, Contributing writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Think Tinder, but for friends. Klique is a new app designed to make the experience of meeting new friends safer for everyone involved. The app was created by a Miami-based team and went live in September. Klique allows users to form a group with their current friends and connects them to other g... Read more »

Illinois vet-med treats a variety of animals

Illinois vet-med treats a variety of animals

Kayla Martinez, Contributing writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Showcase

There is no typical day inside the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Clinic. From dogs and cats to owls and cranes, Illinois Vet-Med takes on animals of all kinds. Once they come through the door, there's no telling what can happen. Located in Urbana just past the Illinois arb... Read more »

Diaper bank provides what Illinois assistance programs cannot

Diaper bank provides what Illinois assistance programs cannot

Melissa Wagner, Staff Writer
November 3, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Susan George saw a need in her community. She knew that the Illinois Link Card could be used to purchase milk, vegetables and even “Pear Zucchini Corn” baby food. What she realized only after watching an episode of CNN Heroes was that the card does not cover perhaps the greatest expense for new ... Read more »

Trump-ed up costumes dominate Halloween

Trump-ed up costumes dominate Halloween

Ariel Majewski, Contributing Writer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Election Guide, Life & Culture, Special Sections

Polls show former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the forefront of the election —as of Oct. 30, she leads 45 percent to 41.6 percent — but Donald Trump is leading in a different way: Masks, costumes and wigs. The political election season has greatly affected the costume business —... Read more »

Slim Chickens opens another location in Central Illinois

Slim Chickens opens another location in Central Illinois

Sam Schrage, Contributing writer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

High school friends Tom Gordon and Greg Smart had no idea how much success their hand-breaded chicken tenders would bring them when they opened their first Slim Chickens restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2003. The lack of “better chicken” in Arkansas and around the U.S. sparked an interest... Read more »

Illini Inn nears the end of its traditions

Illini Inn nears the end of its traditions

Olivia Bienvenue, Contributing Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Showcase

It’s a cool, crisp, fall game day at the University. Waves of anticipation and pride are sweeping across the orange- and blue-painted campus. It is the perfect atmosphere to win a Big Ten football game and to enjoy a mug of beer at the Illini Inn. The Illini Inn has undergone some changes over the past year,... Read more »