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Globetrotters to bounce into State Farm Center

Globetrotters to bounce into State Farm Center

By Daily Illini Staff Report

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2018 World Tour to the State Farm Center on Friday, Jan. 19. Tickets go on sale Tuesday and will start at $20. The team will face their long-time adversaries, the Washington Generals.  The Generals aim to break a 47-year losing streak this time around afte...

Drag shows move to 51 Main following C-Street closing

Drag shows move to 51 Main following C-Street closing

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

It takes Alexandria Diamond two and a half hours to prepare for a drag show, but that didn’t come as much of a surprise once the audience saw her bright-orange feather get-up, seven-inch bedazzled heels and her intricate makeup. Diamond started off as a backup dancer, but her choreographer was a drag queen...

Think pink: Students take part in breast cancer awareness month

Think pink: Students take part in breast cancer awareness month

By Pari Apostolakos, Contributing writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

Kevin Troy, sophomore in FAA, was in third grade when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She spent years battling the hardest fight of her life. Troy was with her every step of the way. She lost the battle a little over a year ago. “It was just something that I grew up knowing ,” Tro...

Investigating the dead: An inside look at Champaign County’s coroner

Investigating the dead: An inside look at Champaign County’s coroner

By Karen Liu, Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Not many people can say they have held a detached human head in their hands. Duane Northrup can. Northrup, the Champaign County coroner, once had to crawl under a train to retrieve the head of a victim, which had been severed from the rest of the body by a train. “It’s just a horrible sc...

‘With Illinois’ campaign raises almost half of $2.25 billion goal

‘With Illinois’ campaign raises almost half of $2.25 billion goal

By Jacob Singleton, Managing Editor for Online

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The University launched what it calls the “largest, most ambitious philanthropic campaign” today through a daylong celebration. The "With Illinois" campaign, spearheaded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, is an effort to raise funds for the University. It's the fi...

Students on the Suburban Express ‘Page of Shame’ speak out

Students on the Suburban Express ‘Page of Shame’ speak out

By Olivia Welshans, Contributing writer

October 12, 2017


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

Transit company Suburban Express has a page on its website entitled “Page of Shame.” Personal information of certain customers is listed, including their name, email, phone number and address. Entries on the list date as early as 2009. The web page says, “think of this as a review site, where we revie...

Christensen charged in kidnapping of missing Chinese scholar

Christensen charged in kidnapping of missing Chinese scholar

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News Editor

October 11, 2017


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

Brendt Christensen pleaded not guilty in federal court today to the charges he is facing in the kidnapping case of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. Appearing before Judge Eric Long, Christensen is charged with one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of making false statements to...

University solar car team heads to Australia

University solar car team heads to Australia

By Karen Liu, Staff writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

Argo, the Illini Solar Car prototype, is surging through the Australian Outback for a seven-day race in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Jonathan Mullen, junior in Engineering and president of Illini Solar Car, said the race is 1,864 miles long and the cars will rely solely on solar power durin...

Graduate Employees’ Organization takes action for better contracts

Graduate Employees’ Organization takes action for better contracts

By Shivali Shukla, Contributing writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Showcase

The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) has been working without a new contract since Aug. 15, and is currently bargaining with the University administration to settle on new terms. Maria Garth, GEO’s communications officer, said in an email that most of their new contract remains to be negotia...

The Script brings classic rock hits to State Farm Center

The Script brings classic rock hits to State Farm Center

By Sabrina Lee, Contributing writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Flashing lights and smoke engulfed the arena at the State Farm Center on Saturday. A set of cyan neon wings glowed brightly from the background of the stage set; the only sounds to be heard were the steady booming of the speakers and the cheering of the crowds as they welcomed The Script onto the stage. After...

University continues to achieve recycling initiative

University continues to achieve recycling initiative

By Luke Cooper, Staff writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

Though official percentages for the amount of waste recycled by the University in the 2017 fiscal year have not yet been released, indications show signs of improvement in line with the school’s initiative to recycle 90 percent of its waste by 2020. Tracy Osby, coordinator of Campus Waste Mana...

Christensen facing either life in prison or death penalty if found guilty

Christensen facing either life in prison or death penalty if found guilty

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Brendt Christensen, former University physics student, according to a statement sent out from FBI spokeswoman Sharon Paul. The superseding indictment now issues charges of kidnapping resulting in death of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar,...

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