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University astronomers unravel the universe with dark matter

University astronomers unravel the universe with dark matter

Jean Kang, Contributing Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

Some University astronomers are trying to answer the big questions of the universe by researching material in space that is invisible. This invisible “stuff” is called dark matter. Professor Brian Fields, department chair of Astronomy and professor, says dark matter is one of the biggest scient...

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 ...

Top 10 moments of the semester

Top 10 moments of the semester

Taylor Howard, Staff Writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

As the semester draws to an end, take a look back at the memorable moments, in chronological order: 1. Inauguration of Donald Trump Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president on Jan. 20, sparking both protest and celebration on campus. During the inauguration, University organizations gathered...

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Naya Crittenden spent two years at the University of Oregon before transferring to join the Illinois volleyball team. During her time in Eugene, she posted 231 kills, 34 digs, 64 blocks and 196 points. But none of that mattered to her then, and it still doesn’t matter to her now. She doesn’t rem...

Illinois softball loses last nonconference game

Illinois softball loses last nonconference game

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Tuesday marked the start of the Illinois softball team’s busiest stretch of the season. The Illini are scheduled to play six games in six days — the first of which was against Eastern Illinois. The Panthers entered the game 25-18 and 8-8 on the road, while Illinois was looking to push its over...

Undocumented, but not unworthy

Undocumented, but not unworthy

James Boyd, Staff Writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

It takes about three hours to drive from Fox Lake, Illinois, down to the University. Two days before Ana Rodas, junior in FAA, is set to make the nearly 200 mile road trip for the second time, she and her father sit in the dining room. They aren’t eating dinner, but instead are sitting in the corner ...

“The Quintessential Engineer” statue represents diversity at Illinois

“The Quintessential Engineer” statue represents diversity at Illinois

The Daily Illini Staff Report
April 28, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Women in Engineering will now have more representation on campus, in the form of art.   On April 28, the College of Engineering will dedicate a statue honoring women in engineering. The statue was created by Chicago sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany and will be titled, “The Quintessential Engineer...

Smith commits to Illinois

Smith commits to Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 26, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Mark Smith has committed to Illinois. The four-star guard held a press conference at Edwardsville High School to announce his commitment Wednesday. Smith took a visit to the Illinois campus last week, and he is the first commit of the Brad Underwood era. The 6-foot-5 guard from Edwardsville, Illinois, i...

Nick Offerman to speak at commencement ceremony

Nick Offerman to speak at commencement ceremony

The Daily Illini Staff Report
April 25, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

Nick Offerman, University alumnus, announced in a video on the University’s Facebook page that he will be this year’s commencement speaker. Offerman graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He is an actor and producer, and he is known for his television and film roles in "Parks and Recreat...

2016 Illinois Mr. Basketball recipient transfers to Kansas from California

2016 Illinois Mr. Basketball recipient transfers to Kansas from California

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Charlie Moore is transferring to Kansas. The 5-foot-11 guard from Chicago made the announcement Tuesday via Twitter. Moore played his freshman season at California and decided to transfer to be closer to his family. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Moore was deciding between Illinois and Kansas. Moore...

Mike Posner performs motivating show at Canopy Club

Mike Posner performs motivating show at Canopy Club

Meral Aycicek, Staff writer
April 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Mike Posner performed in a packed room at the Canopy Club Sunday night. At 9 p.m., Adam Friedman opened up the show on his own with "Gravity," followed by "Sad" and "Stronger." “A round of applause for Urbana. Super f------ applause for Urbana. Snaps for Urbana,” Friedman said. Friedman t...

Illinois’ bulldog of Barstool

Illinois’ bulldog of Barstool

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Showcase, Sports

Chuck Naso was a local baseball legend at the all-male St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois. There were stories of a south suburban kid on the mound who would attack hitters. Scouts were impressed with his ability at the plate, especially after he hit .367 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 2...

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