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Green Street shooter sentenced to 69 years in prison

Green Street shooter sentenced to 69 years in prison

By Daily Illini Staff Report

December 14, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Top Stories

Last year’s campustown shooter, Robbie Patton, was sentenced to 69 years in prison for the death of one and the wounding of three others. Patton was convicted by a jury in September on the charges of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Champaign County Circuit Judge Roger Webber ...

University’s Dial-a-Carol service strives for 15,000 calls

University’s Dial-a-Carol service strives for 15,000 calls

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Starting Dec. 14, students can receive free holiday carols over the phone as part of University Housing’s longest-running tradition. This year marks the 57th anniversary of Dial-a-Carol, which aims to spread holiday cheer around campus. For one week, students can call 217-332-1882 at any tim...

Main Library acquires 14 millionth book

Main Library acquires 14 millionth book

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The University has added its 14 millionth volume to its collection at The University of Illinois Library. The 14 millionth volume is “The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation” by Frederick E. Hoxie, a retired professor of history, law and American Indian studies. Scott Koeneman, assis...

Student supports teens battling cancer through Stockings for Strength

Student supports teens battling cancer through Stockings for Strength

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

It was right before leaving for college when Whitney Setterdahl, junior in Business, was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. She was unsure of whether or not she should go to school knowing this, but decided to go anyway. Setterdahl said those first few months were the hardest. Instead of...

Campus Mail costs increasing for first time in over decade

Campus Mail costs increasing for first time in over decade

By Madelyn Foster, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, Top Stories

Beginning in January 2018, the cost of Campus Mail services will increase by 5 percent. This is the first price increase Campus Mail has seen in over ten years. Campus Mail is state funded and became a part of the Document Services unit in 2011. The department as a whole has been open for almost a hun...

GameBuilders members collaborate to create unique applications

GameBuilders members collaborate to create unique applications

By Dominic Rose, Staff writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Every day, students and faculty members utilize resources made available to them through technological advancements. Many applications downloaded onto smartphones have been created by students at the University in order to simplify specific tasks. GameBuilders is an RSO dedicated to creating video...

Illinois edges out Detroit Mercy for 73-65 win

Illinois edges out Detroit Mercy for 73-65 win

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

While it was not as comfortable as Thursday’s win, the Illinois women’s basketball team ground out a 73-65 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday. Head coach Nancy Fahey emphasized that while it wasn’t flashy, her team got the job done by taking care of the simple things. “A win is a win...

Letter to the Editor: Communities are failing their survivors

Letter to the Editor: Communities are failing their survivors

By Eleni Kaldis

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories, Your Opinions

Nearly every day since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations have been in the news, dozens of women and men in Hollywood, politics and academia are exposing sexual misconduct incidents. From the first allegations against Harvey Weinstein to his eventual firing by the board of his company...

Letter to the Editor: It’s not a good idea to raise minimum wage

Letter to the Editor: It’s not a good idea to raise minimum wage

By Conor Durkin

December 9, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories, Your Opinions

I’m writing to express my concern about future legislation regarding an increase in the state minimum wage. In order to provide a more substantial lifestyle for low-income workers, the debate over increasing the minimum wage has significantly grown in popularity across the country for the last five...

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

It’s 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Illinois is set to kick off against Indiana in Champaign. It is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is a slight breeze running through Memorial Stadium. On the other side of the world it’s 4 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, Nov. 12. It is 13 degre...

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team isn’t just looking to advance through the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, it’s also looking for redemption. After nailing down a five-set win against Hawaii in the tournament opener, Illinois went on to upset No. 8 seed Washington on its home court in another fi...

Nobel Prize winner leaves his legacy

Nobel Prize winner leaves his legacy

By Yasmeen Ragab, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

One early morning in October 2003, Gregory Girolami received a phone call that a close friend and faculty member who lived four houses down from him, Paul C. Lauterbur, was awarded the Nobel Prize. Girolami, then department head of chemistry at the University, recalls driving Lauterbur from appointm...

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