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Workers at the NuEra cannabis dispensary hang balloons above the entrance April 15. The adult-use dispensary opened on Green Street last month.

NuEra cannabis dispensary opens on Green Street

By Vivian La, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

When Bridget Dwyer, junior in LAS, first heard that a cannabis dispensary was opening on Green Street, she said she was intrigued. “I was super surprised that campus would allow that so close to the...

The Illinois softball team heads off the field after a game against Minnesota March 28. The Illini will face Ohio State at Eichelberger Field for their last home series of the season this weekend.

Illinois sets up for last home series of season against Ohio State  

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

There are two four-game series left in the regular season for the Illini. The team is ready to put their all into these eight games, showing their opponents that they didn’t come to play. This upcoming...

Illinois to host NCAA Regionals, looks to avenge 2019 second-round loss

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

On Monday, the NCAA selection show unveiled the 64 teams that will play in the national tournament.  The 16-seeded Illinois men’s tennis team will host DePaul, Notre Dame and Western Michigan for...

Junior Adrien Dumont De Chassart swings his club at the Big Ten Championship Sunday.

Illini of the week: Small continues to build his legacy after sixth straight Big Ten title

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

Illinois men’s head golf coach Mike Small’s list of achievements is long: He is a 2013 Illinois golf Hall of Fame inductee, five-time NCAA Regional Champion and 11-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. He’s...

The Illinois men’s tennis team celebrates on the court after winning the Big Ten tournament Sunday.

Illini of the week: Illinois shows resilience, wins Big Ten Tournament title over Ohio State

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

No one closes out clutch matches quite like Zeke Clark, and Sunday’s play served as another reminder. With Illinois and Ohio State tied at 3-3, the Big Ten championship ultimately culminated to Clark’s...

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers prepares students for college

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers prepares students for college

By Olivia Orlandi, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and their high school outreach program have helped open doors for young Latinx students looking to attend the University and participate in the engineering...

An illustration on the senior thesis project poster is shown above. The show was virtually streamed on Friday and Saturday despite setbacks from Covid-19.

Seniors present dance theses despite setbacks

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News & Longform Editor May 4, 2021

As a young girl growing up in Chicago, Stephanie Shaw began to dance at church services with her family. Or, as her mom said, Shaw would just “get up and go.”  Shaw said she’s been a dancer ever...

Sophomore Riley Gowens pitches against Purdue on April 18. Although he was injured, he has healed and continues to make progress.

No quitter, no-hitter: Gowens astounds coaches, teammates after two-year injury rehab

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

In May 2018, Riley Gowens was just weeks away from wrapping up his Libertyville High School baseball career and heading down to Champaign to play for Dan Hartleb and the Illinois baseball team. The No....

Kida The Great performs on stage at the URBANITE Dance Showcase on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. This event is the first of many in-person gatherings the University plans to host for students since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

UI increases in-person events at Memorial Stadium

By Ali Abdullah, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

With the increase in total vaccinations and decrease in COVID-19 infections in Champaign County, the University has been able to host more in-person events at Memorial Stadium. Last Saturday, Memorial...

Members of the organization Black Students for Revolution pose for a photo. The organization recently called out the University on their silence regarding police shootings.

Black Students for Revolution call out UI silence toward police shootings

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant on-air editor May 3, 2021

In the wake of recent police shootings, the local Black Students for Revolution organization issued a statement to the University about its silence. Specifically, the organization called into question...

Independent filmmakers thrive despite pandemic

Independent filmmakers thrive despite pandemic

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The year is 1932; all hope is lost in the land down under. A barren, hollow wasteland lies in what was once a fiery warzone fought by the Australian populus against the undefeatable. An enemy...

The men’s gymnastics team cheers during the meet against Ohio State Jan. 23 at Huff Hall in Champaign. The Illini had injury issues all year, though they still had several individual accolades throughout the season.

Men’s gymnastics season rewind: Illini claim individual titles during difficult season

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2021 season a few weeks ago at the NCAA championships, claiming sixth place in the team competition. Though the team didn’t finish where it hoped to,...

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