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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival highlights local options

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival highlights local options

Taylor Wegner, Staff writer
August 17, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The 43rd iteration of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is taking place this year from Friday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 26. The festival, held annually in downtown Urbana, celebrates the area’s vibrant community culture by highlighting local vendors, chefs, artists of all sorts, and of course, corn—al...

Campustown comes alive again with sidewalk sales

Campustown comes alive again with sidewalk sales

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 16, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Each Thursday this past summer Campustown has seemed a bit more lively as local businesses participated in the Champaign Center Partnership's 13 Thursdays, an event in which shops offer deals to target those who normally avoid campus. The goal is for C-U residents to support local businesses and realize "it...

Blake Hayes: From the Land Down Under to the Land of Lincoln

Blake Hayes: From the Land Down Under to the Land of Lincoln

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
August 15, 2017
Filed under International Student Guide, Special Sections, Top Stories

 The first thing you notice about Blake Hayes is his height. At 6'6”, he isn't exactly what most people imagine when they read the position “punter.” But Hayes, a freshman on Illinois' football team, doesn't share the kind of background most punters do. Hayes hails from Melbourne, Australia...

Campustown returns to normal operating hours

Campustown returns to normal operating hours

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
August 14, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, News, Top Stories

Many restaurants and businesses scale back their hours during the summer to accommodate for the overall scaling-back of students. However, with the fall semester approaching, Green Street will once again be open after dark. If you’re back on campus or new to Champaign, here’s some dates to remember to ...

Performance of Vagina Monologues to benefit Courage Connection

Performance of Vagina Monologues to benefit Courage Connection

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 11, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

In an effort to bring both awareness and funds to Courage Connection - an Urbana-based domestic violence shelter - is a one time performance of the Vagina Monologues on Aug. 25 at the Virginia Theatre. Organizers Molly McLay and January Boten wanted to bring Eve Ensler’s 1995 play to the communit...

New to campus, women’s workout group aims to inspire and empower

New to campus, women’s workout group aims to inspire and empower

Taylor Wegner, Staff writer
August 10, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Top Stories

CHAARG, a women-centric fitness group sweeping the nation, just made its way to the University of Illinois. The University’s chapter was created by Amanda Gade, senior in Education, and she’s currently functioning as the chapter’s ambassador. Since its inception this past spring, CHAARG Illinois h...

Japan House to host third annual Matsuri festival

Japan House to host third annual Matsuri festival

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 9, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Top Stories

Just in time for students returning to campus, the Japan House is hosting its third annual Matsuri! - a festival that incorporates food, drink and activities - on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. While entrance to the Japan House and Arboretum is free, tickets must be purchased for food and drink...

Finding fun in August at Allerton Park

Finding fun in August at Allerton Park

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
August 8, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

University of Illinois’ Robert Allerton Park is set to hold a variety of events, such as the Prairie Sky Music Festival, for the remainder of August. Located in Monticello, Allerton Park is a 1,517-acre park located about 27 miles from the Illini Union on the Sangamon River. Upcoming events...

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 7, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

The Champaign County Young Democrats are hosting a Women in Politics Panel featuring several elected officials at the Champaign Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. State Rep. Carol Ammons, State's Attorney Julia Rietz, former State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson and Former Champaign County...

Illinois lands four-star defensive tackle

Illinois lands four-star defensive tackle

Michael Gasick, Staff writer
August 4, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Four-star defensive tackle Calvin Avery announced his commitment to Illinois on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 310 pound Avery selected Illinois out of a final five that included TCU, Oklahoma, USC and Colorado. Avery also had offers from Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Notre Dame, Florida State, Neb...

Celebrating the 8th annual CU Pride Fest

Celebrating the 8th annual CU Pride Fest

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
August 4, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The 8th annual CU Pride Fest, hosted by the Uniting Pride Center, or UP Center, is set for September 15 to 17. According to Josh Laskowski, who has been the CU Pride and Parade Chair for three years, 2016 was the best Pride yet. “We had more community support than ever before, more sponsors, ...

Urbana First Fridays celebrates full year of festivals

Urbana First Fridays celebrates full year of festivals

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 3, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Urbana's First Fridays is back again with the theme of "EmpowerMonth." Located downtown Urbana this Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., is the city's 12th installment of the free series, hosted by Imbibe Urbana. "We learned so much about the community and what people like to do in different seasons and how...

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