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Altgeld Bell Tower chimes discontinued indefinitely for repairs

Altgeld Bell Tower chimes discontinued indefinitely for repairs

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
March 22
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

The bells at Altgeld Tower will be closed indefinitely as of March 19, according to a statement from the University News Bureau. Tours and chime performances will be discontinued due to repairs. “The bell tower work is a small part of a great deal of necessary work to be done at Altgeld and Illin...

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

While many people have had their eyes fixated on the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, Illinois stole the college basketball spotlight momentarily with the hiring of Brad Underwood. It was the Illini’s “One Shining Moment” of March. But, there’s a strong chance this hiring will sh...

Brad Underwood introduced as Illinois men’s basketball head coach

Brad Underwood introduced as Illinois men’s basketball head coach

Stephen Cohn, Staff Writer
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Tyler Underwood’s next jersey will say “Illinois” on the front, just like the first one he wore growing up in Illinois. The difference will be on the back. This one will say “Underwood.” The last one said, “Cook.”  Former Illini star forward Brian Cook was a childhood favorite for...

Illinois men’s basketball hires Brad Underwood as new head coach

Illinois men’s basketball hires Brad Underwood as new head coach

Matt Gertsmeier, Staff writer
March 18
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Brad Underwood has been hired as the 18th head coach in Illinois basketball program history. Multiple sources confirmed the hiring of the 53-year-old coach on Twitter Saturday. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman tweeted a photo with Underwood and released a statement on the hiring. “...

A family first: adversity doesn’t limit first-generation students

A family first: adversity doesn’t limit first-generation students

Andrea Flores, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

Daisy Alonso’s extended family doesn’t talk to her about her education at the University. Whenever she goes home and sees them, they are cold to her about it. “I don’t wanna say they weren’t supportive,” she said. “But, even today, they don’t wanna hear about it.” The sophomore in ...

Bollant leaves underwhelming legacy on Illinois women’s basketball

Bollant leaves underwhelming legacy on Illinois women’s basketball

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 15
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

A day after his birthday, Matt Bollant was relieved of his duties as the head coach of Illinois women’s basketball. The decision came just days after men’s basketball head coach John Groce was also fired by athletic director Josh Whitman on Saturday.  "A lot of the same emotions that I was ...

Bollant fired as Illinois women’s basketball head coach

Bollant fired as Illinois women’s basketball head coach

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 14
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

Matt Bollant has been fired as the head coach of the Illinois women’s basketball team. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced the decision Tuesday after Bollant finished his fifth season with the program. He lost his fourth season in row. The Illini ended the year on a 11-game...

Biggest campus renovations ever planned for Illini Union

Biggest campus renovations ever planned for Illini Union

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
March 14
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

The University is making plans for the largest construction project ever on campus. They hope to complete a $248 million renovation project on the Illini Union. The project has not yet been approved by the Chancellor or the Board of Trustees and wouldn’t take place for at least five years. Ideas b...

Divestment rejected, unofficial election results show increased voter turnout

Divestment rejected, unofficial election results show increased voter turnout

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
March 13
Filed under Campus, ISS, News, Showcase

Unofficial election results predict Raneem Shamseldin, junior in Business, will be the next student body president. Shamseldin and her running mate, Joe Domanski, received 2,638 votes, while Bobby Knier, junior in LAS, and his running mate, Laura Saldivar, received 1,992 votes. “Raneem is defini...

Groce out as head coach for Illinois men’s basketball

Groce out as head coach for Illinois men’s basketball

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 11
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce has been fired. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced the firing Saturday. Groce was in the midst of his fifth season as head coach for Illinois. The Illini were (18-14, 8-10) under Groce this season. Until a replacement is found, assistant...

Tracy Abrams shines in disappointing Big Ten tournament loss

Tracy Abrams shines in disappointing Big Ten tournament loss

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 9
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Tracy Abrams committed to the University of Illinois when George W. Bush was still sitting in the Oval Office. Over the past nine years, including six of those as a member of the Illinois men's basketball team, Abrams has needed his teammates to step up in his absence. The senior point guard missed...

Illinois to open Big Ten Tournament against Michigan

Illinois to open Big Ten Tournament against Michigan

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 9
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Survive and advance is the name of the game for the rest of the Illinois men's basketball schedule as the team heads to the Big Ten tournament. Illinois' slim NCAA tournament hopes are now on the line, and first up is Michigan in the No. 8/No. 9 seed matchup. The Illini have played the Wolverines...

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