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Chatime’s sudden closing causes stress among students

Chatime’s sudden closing causes stress among students

Olivia Bievenue, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

The popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop on Green Street, Chatime, has closed unexpectedly and for an unknown amount of time. The shop has been closed since February and shows no signs of reopening anytime soon, or if it will re-open at all. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the closed shop, rumors h...

Local yoga studio puts modern spin on traditional yoga

Local yoga studio puts modern spin on traditional yoga

Mara Shapiro, Staff writer
March 10
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Black lights and DayGlo paint will illuminate the yoga studio at Amara Yoga & Arts on Friday. The Urbana yoga studio hosts roughly 44 yoga classes throughout the year. From classes for babies and expectant mothers to hot yoga in 98-degree heat, the studio has a class for everybody to feel w...

University act doesn’t ash out smoking

University act doesn’t ash out smoking

Emma Palatnik, Staff writer
March 1
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

The Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church is a favorite place for smokers to congregate — the outside the church, specifically, is private property and exempt from the University's Smoke-Free Campus Act. Smoking is a health concern across America and, according to the Centers for Disease...

Antonio’s employees serve up new details on closing

Antonio’s employees serve up new details on closing

Bianca Reyes, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

This past winter break, Cracked, a breakfast food truck, announced it would be opening its first storefront location in what formerly housed Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice. The news first broke when Daniel Krause, owner of Cracked, shared a photo on his personal Facebook page announcing his “new resta...

Sesquicentennial honored with book of snapshots

Sesquicentennial honored with book of snapshots

Melissa Wagner, Staff Writer
February 6
Filed under Business & Tech, Celebrating 150 years, Life & Culture

The MRI, the LED light and even the internet all have one thing in common — they originated at the University. John Milton Gregory knew C-U was the right place for a university to be built, but there was no way he could have known that the end of the bidding war meant the beginning of an era. Th...

ThinkChicago, Rahm Emanuel encourage student entrepreneurship

ThinkChicago, Rahm Emanuel encourage student entrepreneurship

Camille Baer, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

It’s 4 p.m., and every seat in the Siebel Center is completely filled. There's the growing number of people who are standing in the back of the lecture room. Students and faculty anxiously await as the panel members file to the front stage – last, but certainly not least, to enter is the Mayor of...

That Burger Joint to open in former location of Atlanta Bread Company

That Burger Joint to open in former location of Atlanta Bread Company

Melissa Wagner, Staff Writer
January 23
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Adding to the seemingly never-ending development of Neil Street as a restaurant corridor, Oberweis Dairy plans to open a new branch of their Illinois-based chain That Burger Joint in the former location of Atlanta Bread Company. That Burger Joint offers standard American fare like hot dogs and fries, but ...

Giordano’s helps bring a taste of Chicago to Champaign

Giordano’s helps bring a taste of Chicago to Champaign

Olivia Bienvenue, Staff Writer
January 19
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

After 42 years of business and with over 50 locations, Giordano’s has finally opened a restaurant in Champaign. The restaurant opened Jan. 10 in Market Place Mall, located at 2000 N. Neil St. in Champaign.  It is the first of two famous Chicago restaurant chains opening in Champaign in 2017: Portillo’s restauran...

Facebook partners with the University on research

Facebook partners with the University on research

Sam Schrage, Staff writer
January 17
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...

Wildfire app speeds up emergency awareness

Wildfire app speeds up emergency awareness

Annabeth Carlson, Managing Editor for Online
January 17
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...

Portillo’s announces new Champaign location

Portillo’s announces new Champaign location

Ashni Gandhi, Staff Writer
December 8
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...

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

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

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
December 8
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...

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