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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...

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...

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...

Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, is handcuffed and taken into custody after being found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis on April 20. The Black Lives Matter movement gained a lot of momentum following Floyd’s passing.

Students call Chauvin Verdict a silver lining

By Fizza Hassan, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

On May 25, 2020, the murder of George Floyd sparked protests all around the world against systemic racism in police. Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck and prime suspect in...

Scientists explore vaccine effects on periods

Scientists explore vaccine effects on periods

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor April 29, 2021

Katharine Lee, post-doctoral research scholar in the division of public health sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, was one of the first people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. She noticed...

Seniors in the University's Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program pose for a photo. The group is set to perform at the BFA Showcase which will start streaming online today.

Senior acting students prepare for UIUC BFA Showcase

By Carolina Garibay, Buzz Editor April 28, 2021

Broadway’s lights have been off for one year and one month. announced the cancellation of all shows due to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020, and the news struck theater kids and arts lovers everywhere. This...

The UIUC Film Festival poster is shown above. The event will stream online May 1st.

Students revamp UI film festival

By Mateo Bautista, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

The extended absence of big movie releases has caused studios, theaters and film festivals to find other ways for audiences to see their next big movies. Those involved with the UIUC Film Festival, however,...

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