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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...

How to get involved in a Big Ten school when you dislike sports

How to get involved in a Big Ten school when you dislike sports

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor in Chief
August 1, 2017
Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Sports and I go together like an exam and Unofficial: not very well. Going into one of the largest sports schools in the nation, I spent a solid amount of time with a puzzled look on my face as people talked about what famous alumnus lived in my dorm (Scott Hall) or who just got recruited to play what. E...

Why you should get involved with Illini Pride

Why you should get involved with Illini Pride

Tatiana Perry, Assistant sports editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Watching a game on television is just a glimpse of what it is like to be part of the Illini fan experience. Illini Pride is a cheering section for all varsity sports teams on campus. From its inception in 1977, with 300 members, the Pride has grown into the largest student organization with nearly 3,...

Don’t confuse Block with gameday spirit

Don’t confuse Block with gameday spirit

Joseph Longo, Managing editor for reporting
August 1, 2017
Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide

Jerseys, Snapbacks and socks with sneakers. That’s the go-to look for Saturdays on Campustown. Members of the Greek community wake up early on Saturdays, head to the Red Lion and drink the day away all in the name of school spirit as the Illini play on big screens above the bar. It hasn’t always...

Breaking down the Illini football home games

Breaking down the Illini football home games

Cole Henke, Sports Editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide

College Football season is right around the corner, and with it comes round two for the Lovie Smith-led Illini. For those new students who want to try and plan out what games they want to go to through the season, here is a breakdown of the Illini’s home schedule. Week 1: vs Ball State There are a l...

Places to eat when cramming for an exam

Places to eat when cramming for an exam

Aaron Navarro, On-Air Editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Community, New Student Guide, Special Sections

One of the biggest changes you may experience from jumping from high school to college is just how much time you will spend studying and doing homework. There is no more procrastinating until the last second for that exam you have the next morning. Your professor will probably let you know weeks in advance ...

Best spots to hang out around campus

Best spots to hang out around campus

Emma Palatnik, Assistant features editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Community, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Throughout freshman year, my roommate and I discovered some of the best places to hang out. We found ourselves spending way too much time in our room and needed a reason to leave other than classes. My roommate found the first spot on one of her daily walks: the garden at the Japan House. We went the...

Break into CU’s vibrant music scene

Break into CU’s vibrant music scene

Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Community, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Living in a Big Ten college town has plenty of perks, and one of the nicest things about Chambana is the music scene. Since the University hosts over 40,000 students, it’s no wonder that many big name acts will travel to Campustown for performances. And since said 40,000 students will like a variety of...

Log miles on campus running routes

Log miles on campus running routes

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand manager external
August 1, 2017
Filed under Community, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Upon initial visitation to the University, campus might not present itself as a runner’s paradise. But, good news, it really can be the perfect place to run. Plentiful sidewalks and crosswalks make it easy to jog around without having to worry too much about cars, and a centralized campus means i...

No car needed to run errands in Champaign-Urbana

No car needed to run errands in Champaign-Urbana

Hannah Auten, Creative Director
August 1, 2017
Filed under Community, New Student Guide, Special Sections

One of the biggest realizations I had when I came to college was that my stomach wouldn't be full and my ailments would not go away unless I did something about it myself. My mini fridge had to be stocked and restocked by me. My upset stomach had to be remedied (and re-remedied) by me. When there are no par...

Fight and fend off illness with McKinley Health Center

Fight and fend off illness with McKinley Health Center

Isabella Winkler, Assistant Opinions editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Campus, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Whether it’s navigating campus, joining clubs or balancing your new workload, what seems intimidating now for incoming students quickly becomes second nature as you become acquainted with the University. Dorm life takes some adjustments, but once you’re comfortable, you will start appreciating ...

How to relieve the stress of your college transition

How to relieve the stress of your college transition

Courtney Boyer, Opinions editor
August 1, 2017
Filed under Campus, New Student Guide, Special Sections

There’s no doubt about it: college is more stressful than high school. There are more responsibilities, and classes are a bit more complicated. It is easy to feel overwhelmed from time to time, however stressing yourself out is usually not productive behavior. It is important to de-stress now and then so y...

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