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Lack of planning could leave some families in crisis

Lack of planning could leave some families in crisis

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News

When Nora Handler’s mother died 20 years ago, the family was left without a plan. Handler is one of eight siblings. Four of her siblings have intellectual or developmental disabilities, and when her mother passed, there was no plan for her siblings’ care. “It literally changed our lives,” sh...

When winter brings more than the blues

When winter brings more than the blues

By Heather Schlitz, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News

Shirley Davis, a 57-year-old freelance writer and student at Eastern Illinois University, dreads the winter. She first started feeling this way since her 20s. Davis lives with seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that typically emerges in late fall and subsides in the spring. Every year, ...

University Trustee seat vacant for more than a year

University Trustee seat vacant for more than a year

By Haipei Wu, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News

For over a year there has been an empty seat on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is responsible for filling the role, though no permanent action has been made yet.   “Our administration is still in the process of considering candidates for t...

Willard airport reaches highest number of passengers since 2010

Willard airport reaches highest number of passengers since 2010

By Samantha Boyle, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

In 2017, Willard Airport flew out the highest number of passengers in 10 years. The airport flew out over 100,000 passengers, said Gene Cossey, executive director of the airport. The airport added another airline and expanded seat options so more passengers could fit on each flight, now able to seat...

Red Cross in need of blood donations

Red Cross in need of blood donations

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 20, 2018


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

As a part of the celebration of Red Cross Month this year, the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood. The Red Cross is in critical need of blood and platelets, said Laura McGuire, external communications manager for the Red Cross. Because January and February bring with ...

Alexa, do I need to see a doctor?

Alexa, do I need to see a doctor?

By Rebecca Wood, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


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

Researchers at the University are developing software to incorporate artificial intelligence technologies into the health field, using products such as Alexa or Echo. Pavithra Rajeswaran, research engineer for the Healthcare Engineering Systems Center, said they have found a way to use cloud-based systems an...

Gies ranks 14 among America’s top 50 philanthropists in 2017

Gies ranks 14 among America’s top 50 philanthropists in 2017

By Madelyn Foster, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


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

University alumni Larry and Beth Gies are ranked 14 among America’s top 50 philanthropic donors in 2017 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Gieses donated a total of $177.25 million in the 2017 calendar year, $150 million of which was allocated to Gies College of Business, formerly the College of...

University students reimagine menus with augmented reality

University students reimagine menus with augmented reality

By George Vassilatos, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


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

Two University students are working with local restaurants to reimagine menus with an augmented reality app, Menu3, which allows users to view digital renditions of dishes on their table before placing an order. Co-founders Viktor Makarskyy, junior in Engineering, and Patryk Swietek, junior in Business...

SafeRides to launch app in the fall

SafeRides to launch app in the fall

By Cori Lippert, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


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

SafeRides hopes to launch an app in August that streamlines its pickup service, but it has no plan to expand its service boundaries. Jacob Rajlich, sophomore in Engineering and Illinois Student Government transportation representative, said the app would allow drivers to see routes on a GPS and to plan drop...

Vinny’s East Coast Pizzeria to move to Green Street

Vinny’s East Coast Pizzeria to move to Green Street

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 14, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

Founded in 2009, Vinny’s East Coast Pizzeria is moving to Green Street in a month. The restaurant, currently located at 401 W. Kirby Ave. in Champaign, is especially known for its New York style pizzas. Other popular items include garlic knots, mozzarella sticks and boneless and fresh wings. The...

Krannert Center forges 5 year fundraising campaign

Krannert Center forges 5 year fundraising campaign

By Samantha Boyle, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announced a $30 million fundraising campaign that will take place over the next five years in order to strengthen and preserve Krannert. The funds made from “Endow the Dream,” the name of this initiative, will mainly focus on artist fees, research, e...

Survey shows undergrad workers are unhappy with work conditions

Survey shows undergrad workers are unhappy with work conditions

By Samantha Boyle, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


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

Some undergraduate workers have shown dissatisfaction with their workplace, according to a recent survey published by the Undergraduate Alliance. From October to November, Nick Goodell and Grant Neal, juniors in LAS and leaders of the UGA, waited outside of dining halls in order to talk to student workers...

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