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Coffee course to return for second time during spring semester

Coffee course to return for second time during spring semester

December 14, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

From cappuccinos to cold brews, coffee is a common source of student energy on campus. Around Champaign-Urbana, there are dozens of coffee shops to choose from including Starbucks, Brew Lab, Espresso Royale and Caffe Paradiso. The University has also added a new course in the crop sciences department that allows...

Alumna shares experiences opening her dream store

Alumna shares experiences opening her dream store

By Izzy Murillo, Staff writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Walking into Dandelion Vintage and Used, the eye cannot help but wander every which way. There is so much to look at and so many details that go amiss at first glance. The store is filled with beautiful, eccentric and colorful clothing hung in racks or showcased on the walls. There are cases disp...

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...

Defining ‘Millennials,’ ‘Generation Z’ creates confusion at University

Defining ‘Millennials,’ ‘Generation Z’ creates confusion at University

By Liza Sayasane, Staff writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture

The term Millennial originated as a way to distinguish the generations born in between the early 1980s and the late 1990s, but since then, the understanding of what a Millennial is has become muddled. Now, it is difficult to distinguish between when Millennials end and where Generation Z picks up, an...

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...

Champaign woman shares love of vintage clothing, antiques with community

Champaign woman shares love of vintage clothing, antiques with community

By Pari Apostolakos, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Carrie Homann was just a young girl when she realized her dream of owning a vintage clothing store. It all started when she opened a trunk full of vintage clothes and antiques. Homann was captivated by the contents of the trunk. She loved the colors, the style, the fabrics, everything about vintage clothi...

Video games have potential to change how people view reality

Video games have potential to change how people view reality

By Laura Tanase, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

David Marcus, junior in LAS, has been playing video games since he was a kid. But, rather than just “playing,” Marcus started to think there was more to video games than most people realized. So he started researching them. Marcus works with other University students to study the effects of virtu...

Students cope with medical difficulties while on campus

Students cope with medical difficulties while on campus

By Chris Jenig, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture

Dane Kozak is a hard-working student. A senior transfer student from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he is currently undeclared but pursuing computer science and biology. What many don’t know, however, is that Kozak struggles with a serious illness. Kozak has Crohn’s disease, a condition ...

Urbana co-ops provide enriching community living experience

Urbana co-ops provide enriching community living experience

By Isabella Arquilla, Staff writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

While many students eat dinner in the Ikenberry dining hall or alone in their apartment, students living in cooperative housing eat a freshly cooked meal surrounded by their fellow housemates every night. A co-op can be described as a community where all members agree to take part in the general upk...

Five-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion Pranjal Vachaspati discusses experiences

Five-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion Pranjal Vachaspati discusses experiences

By Thomas Block, Staff writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Pranjal Vachaspati naturally squared his shoulders and gazed at the camera before him with a modest, welcoming smile, just as his two fellow contestants standing to his side had done a moment before. His relaxed appearance was enough to reveal that he’d been on national television before, though this w...

Paths of pre-med: Students talk life on the pre-health track

Paths of pre-med: Students talk life on the pre-health track

By Sidney Madden, Staff writer

December 5, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Aashna Thakur has always wanted to be a doctor. She made this decision at a young age after seeing her grandfather, an OB-GYN, help many patients in India. To support her career goals, she volunteered in hospitals throughout middle school, high school and now college. When it came time to declare he...

Winter Ball supports Tom Jones Challenger League at ARC

Winter Ball supports Tom Jones Challenger League at ARC

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Alexander Woods loves to hit home runs. Woods, a boy with Down syndrome, plays for the Tom Jones Challenger League, a baseball league for kids with disabilities. However this weekend people could see Woods busting a move on the dance floor instead. Saturday night, the University of Illinois Athleti...

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