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New campus apartments size up to competition

New campus apartments size up to competition

By Bianca Reyes, Staff writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Welcome Back

An increase in student enrollment creates the need for more student housing. This summer, several new apartment housing options popped up around the C-U area. From new properties to upgraded amenities, each housing option has an increased level of competition. Some companies have even added new amenities...

If you get rid of a decades old tradition, of course people will be mad

If you get rid of a decades old tradition, of course people will be mad

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Sports, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

The University of Illinois screwed up by retiring the "War Chant" song. But they didn’t screw up with the actual decision itself. It is the justification for the retirement that was botched. The statement released by the athletic department on Thursday said the song was retired because the University...

‘They’re not real’ UI says of party rankings

‘They’re not real’ UI says of party rankings

By Jessica Berbey, Assistant daytime editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

Historically, the University has been ranked as a top 10 party school in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges.” Last year it was ranked as No. 3 in the country, and the year before, it claimed the No. 1 position. This year, however, the University’s rankings fell to No. 14. Robin Ka...

Student body not consulted with logo changes

Student body not consulted with logo changes

By Gillian Dunlop, Assistant news editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

University officials have begun implementing a new block “I” logo as a way to better promote unity within the campus community. However, the change was made without consulting students. “We are going back to our roots,” said Robin Kaler, associate chancellor for public affairs. “That ima...

Changes from summer construction can be noticed around campus as students return

Changes from summer construction can be noticed around campus as students return

By Vivienne Henning, Assistant news editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

As a majority of students left campus for the summer, many construction projects took place all over campus—most, but not all, had the intention of being completed before students returned. One of the most notable is the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement, or MCORE project, that began in March. The MCOR...

While students left campus, odd crimes still occurred

While students left campus, odd crimes still occurred

By Aaron Navarro, On air news editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

Though the bulk of University students on campus were off and away for the summer, Champaign, Urbana and campus police still kept themselves occupied. A couple of the standouts from their last 30 days of blotter include candy racks being thrown, intoxication and guns found at the Goodwill. Champaign B...

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper facing tricky legal process

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper facing tricky legal process

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

Brendt Christensen’s upcoming trial in the kidnapping case of Yingying Zhang, a missing scholar from China, is expected to come to a halt quickly. “The case isn’t nearly ready to go to trial,” said University law professor Andrew Leipold. He said there’s no way to tell what will happen,...

University shows discrepancies among social rankings

University shows discrepancies among social rankings

By Rebecca Wood, Staff writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Welcome Back

The University has fallen to No. 14 on The Princeton Review's list of party schools since being voted No. 1 in 2015; however, the University was voted No. 1 on Business Insider's list of  “30 Most Fun Colleges in America.” Business Insider calculated the list by combining what The Princeton Review used to calcul...

Students, faculty speak out about University life as a triple major

Students, faculty speak out about University life as a triple major

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Welcome Back

Sophomore Ajay Dugar is not only a triple major in mechanical engineering, mathematics and economics, but he is planning on picking up a fourth major in astronomy with minors in business and statistics. But even with all this, he is still able to graduate in four years. He has a lot of varied interests and struggl...

Student body president shares plans to improve Illinois experience

Student body president shares plans to improve Illinois experience

By Sam Schrage, Staff writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories, Welcome Back

Since Quad Day her freshman year at the University, Raneem Shamseldin knew she wanted to be involved in student government. After interning for one of two vice presidents and serving as a senator for two terms, Shamseldin was elected to serve as student body president for her senior year. Advocating...

Confusion follows retiring of ‘War Chant’

Confusion follows retiring of ‘War Chant’

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Special Sections, Top Stories, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

While neither student government members nor Illini Pride officials were included in the discussions, the University has retired the "Fighting Illini War Chant" from being played at sporting events, Kent Brown, associate director of athletics and media relations, said on Friday. The dismissal of the...

80 days after apparent kidnapping, Yingying Zhang remains missing

80 days after apparent kidnapping, Yingying Zhang remains missing

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, Special Sections, Welcome Back, Welcome Back Guide

Shortly after arriving on campus for the first time, Yingying Zhang — a visiting scholar in the College of ACES — was running late to a meeting to sign a lease with a landlord on June 9. The 26-year-old Chinese woman was last seen on surveillance footage entering a black Saturn Astra, allegedly ...

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