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Students reflect on adjusting to COVID-19 college life

A pair of students wearing masks sit in the grass in the middle of the Ikenberry Commons on Sunday. Since the semester looks much different than in years past, students are adapting to life during a pandemic.

By Features Staff

September 17, 2020

With the University’s hybrid approach for returning to classes this semester, students’ day-to-day lives vary widely. The Daily Illini interviewed several students to assess how well they were adapting to being college students during a pandemic. Anthony Crespa, Senior in ACES  Well, honestly, I’m not...

Committee for mental health focuses on CS community

Current senior Ananya Cleetus sits in Lincoln Hall on Jan. 22. Cleetus is one of the three members of the CS Mental Health Committee.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

September 17, 2020

During the month of September, individuals and organizations whose lives and work revolve around mental health draw attention to Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Every year, thousands die by suicide. This month provides an opportunity to share resources and stories, destigmatizing the conversation ...

Ikebana teaches students about making right choices

Ikebana teaches students about making right choices

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

September 14, 2020

Ikebana is the Japanese art form of arranging flowers, but it directly translates to “making flowers alive.” A large variety of blossoms, leaves, stems and branches are used as materials for the art-making, as opposed to western practices of selectively arranging only flowers in a vase. ARTD 299: ...

University student moderates coronavirus subreddit

University student moderates coronavirus subreddit

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 14, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started earlier this year, many people found different ways to get their information or to cope with the idea that a virus was taking over their lives. People took on new hobbies, such as baking bread or watching “Tiger King. For one University doctoral student, that new int...

Webinar series battles ageism during Healthy Aging Month          

Webinar series battles ageism during Healthy Aging Month          

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

The month of September promotes and celebrates healthy aging. In order to draw attention to this cause, the Extension Family Life (University of Illinois Extension) team started the Discover Healthy Series. The Discover Healthy Aging Series is a webinar series targeted at the general public to cover...

Champaign’s rap wizard releases ‘Hold This L’ EP

Local artist Black Mage performs at the Canopy Club on Dec. 8, 2017. He recently released his new EP, “Hold This L.”

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

Deangelo Brown wears many hats — most notably, his wizard hat. As Voldrega the Black Mage, the 32-year-old has emerged as a unique voice in Champaign-Urbana hip-hop. His latest offering, “Hold this L,” features beats by Lamont “The Letter L Beats” Holden, collaborations with a few local fav...

Nature, Nurture: students sow benefits of gardening during pandemic

Sunflowers bloom in sophomore Lily Dolan's backyard garden.

By Matt Troher, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

There came a time in the development of the COVID-19 pandemic when people began to realize that they would be indoors for longer than the two weeks they were originally told. To cope with this, people picked up hobbies, both old and new. Some baked, some watched countless hours of Netflix and others too...

Champaign census workers reach out to college students

Jessica Black and Audrey Dombro wait to assist local residents in getting counted in the Census on August 25. The recent MCORE public transportation project was able to happen because of accurate Census data.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

September 8, 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Government assesses the population of the country with the census. This data then helps decide the quantity and quality of a number of critical government services. It determines political representation at the national, state and county levels and assesses the funding for s...

Buy Black Chambana helps close racial wealth gap

Mariah Madison stands at a Buy Black Chambana pop-up shop in August. Madison’s blog sponsors Black-owned businesses within the Champaign-Urbana area.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

September 8, 2020

America was once a nation where parts of the country thrived by putting the money they earned back into their own communities. Jewish and Orthodox churches after just immigrating to the U.S. valued empowering their own businesses by strictly buying everyday needs from businesses owned by the same minority gro...

The Daily Illini hosts recruitment night

The Daily Illini hosts recruitment night

By JJ Kim, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2020

During my first week as editor in chief, I was relying heavily on past editors, professors and alumni for advice on how to navigate the treacherous waters of running a newspaper. However, before my first week even ended, I was tasked with a decision the past 100 editors did not have to consider: Shou...

Politics, pandemic move hand in hand

Politics, pandemic move hand in hand

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

September 2, 2020

The year 2020 has been an uphill battle, from the challenges of handling a global pandemic to confronting the country’s divisive politics. People are confronting the truth of police brutality and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement while trying to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pand...

Japan House Virtual Festival, Ganbaru: Day of Giving aims to keep spirits high

The Japan House gardens sit tranquilly on Oct. 28. Under normal circumstances, the Japan House hosts its Matsuri Festival here annually.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

August 31, 2020

The word Ganbaru roughly translates as “to slog on tenaciously through tough times.”  With the global COVID-19 pandemic still affecting daily life across the world, the Ganbaru has a more significant meaning as it focuses on concepts of doing one’s best, seeing things through and perseverance....

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