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Dedicated fall-lovers celebrate the season with RSO festivities

Dedicated fall-lovers celebrate the season with RSO festivities

By Carmen Martinez, Contributing Writer

October 16, 2019

The changing of the leaves, sweater weather and crisp fall air marks the beginning of autumn, the season the October Lovers have dedicated their RSO to celebrating.  Hosting events exclusively in October, the October Lovers’ sole purpose is to spread fall cheer. This includes hosting a number o...

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

By Vi Aldunate, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2019

Students flood the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts year-round for its extensive breadth of performances offered, but on Sunday night, the Hindsley Symphonic Band attracted family members and other community members, alongside the University student population. As with many Krannert live shows,...

Flannel Fest offers fun fall festivities

Flannel Fest offers fun fall festivities

By Liam Dwyer, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

It can be easy to forget Champaign-Urbana is much closer to a small rural town than a sprawling metropolis. This year’s Flannel Fest was a great reminder and celebration of the college town’s small-town spirit. The idea of Flannel Fest is simple: It’s a small gathering at Hessel Park where the public...

Nostalgic Halloween films, scary movies to screen in CU

Nostalgic Halloween films, scary movies to screen in CU

By Features Staff

October 14, 2019

It’s October in the early 2000s. Maybe your family is making dinner. Maybe you’ve already eaten. But it’s nighttime, and ABC Family’s “31 Nights of Halloween” is in full swing, where a Halloween-themed movie is played every night in October leading up to the holiday itself. Favorites incl...

Furry friends come to Champaign Public Library

Furry friends come to Champaign Public Library

By Features Staff

October 14, 2019

Families and kids can’t often meet a blue-tongued skink named Bella or an alpaca named Harley in central Illinois. From 3-5 p.m. Saturday, the Furry Friends Petting Zoo came to visit the Champaign Public Library, which showcased a variety of animals such as a hedgehog, chinchilla and miniature horse...

Student shares struggles with mental health at University

Student shares struggles with mental health at University

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The college mid-semester season can challenge students’ mental health, especially if they have experienced mental illnesses beforehand. Macksimillian Topinka, freshman in LAS, said he has struggled with mental health issues, specifically depression, anxiety and panic attacks, for about six or sev...

Sneakerheads for the sole: Students start shoe-rental business

Sneakerheads for the sole: Students start shoe-rental business

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

The market for lifestyle sneakers has evolved and grown. This movement has inspired student entrepreneurs to create a shoe rental business on campus to fill a hole in the sneaker culture on campus. Cedric Vargas, senior in Engineering, and his partner Benoit Ortalo-Magne, junior in Engineering, have...

University graduate student secures spot on TV show

University graduate student secures spot on TV show

By Features Staff Report

October 8, 2019

A University graduate student secured a spot on Kelly Clarkson’s team on NBC’s television series “The Voice.” Melinda Rodriguez, graduate student in Music, sang Eva Cassidy’s “What a Wonderful World” on Sept. 30 to earn mentorship with Clarkson and is continuing on in the 17th season of the Em...

Tattoo parlor cultivates confidence, creativity

Tattoo parlor cultivates confidence, creativity

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Jeremiah Mukanda has wanted tattoos since before he can remember.  “My mom and my grandpa both had tattoos, so I think it normalized it in my brain, and I was always going to have tattoos,” he said.  Mukanda, sophomore in Engineering, got his first tattoo at the age of 17. It was a simple stick-and-pok...

New campus food truck wins students’ hearts

New campus food truck wins students’ hearts

By Banu Gulecyuz, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2019

On the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Oregon Street, an old camper painted with a yellow bottom and white top sits surrounded by a crowd of people waiting their turn to try the acai bowl many students have enjoyed. Parked several places around campus as well as having an increasing presence on social m...

Spurlock Museum showcases drag glamour

Spurlock Museum showcases drag glamour

By Ken Xia, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2019

The Spurlock Museum is home to several ethnographic artifacts and keepsakes; however, until recently, the museum has been hosting an exhibition about drag queens. The exhibition, In Her Closet: How To Make a Drag Queen, puts up various  costumes and materials used by drag queens who are connected to th...

Cheers! Illini Inn Mug Club celebrates 100,000 members

Cheers! Illini Inn Mug Club celebrates 100,000 members

By Carmen Marie Martinez, Contributing Author

October 2, 2019

Over 100,000 students, alumni, Champaign-Urbana residents, visitors to the University and even Bill Murray are members of the Illini Inn's Mug Club. Exclusive to this bar on campus, the group has been around since its establishment in 1970. Today, anyone 21 and over can walk up to the bar and complete...

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