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Urbana Dance Company to hold ribbon cutting ceremony

Urbana Dance Company to hold ribbon cutting ceremony

By Hannah Preston, Interim Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

On Tuesday, the Urbana Business Association and the City of Urbana plan to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Urbana Dance Company's space in downtown Urbana, located at 211 W. Main St. A permanent fixture in Urbana since September 2018, the company's goal has remained the same: "to build and strengthen...

Pet therapy provides stress relief during finals week

Pet therapy provides stress relief during finals week

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

May 7, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

A three-year-old grey standard poodle named Yogi greeted visitors at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education Monday afternoon with an eager smile and a recent fur trim that resembled four fuzzy leg warmers and a floppy winter trapper hat. The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education is hosting pet therapy events on se...

Nobel-Prize-winning physics professor offers more than meets eye

Nobel-Prize-winning physics professor offers more than meets eye

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

When Anthony Legget reached the end of his undergraduate degree in humanities at Oxford, he decided to pursue another undergraduate degree in physics. Despite having only taken high school physics, Legget aimed to complete the program in two years instead of three. Today, Legget is a physics...

Female artists face hardships in CU

Female artists face hardships in CU

By Therese Pokorney, Features Editor

May 2, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

From mixing beats in her free time to opening for Lil Yachty at Spring Jam last week, Kendra Videckis, senior in LAS, has been on the rise in the music industry. Becoming a self-made producer in the EDM community is no small feat, and being a female DJ in a college town creates even more obstacles. ...

Urbana farm practices sustainability

Urbana farm practices sustainability

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

When Lorien Carsey started working on a farm as a part-time job, she was skeptical if she would even enjoy it. Some people are drawn to farming work and turns out Carsey is one of those people.  “I started in 1999, and I fell in love with the work but took a break to go to graduate school," Cars...

Trump travel ban separates students from family

Trump travel ban separates students from family

By Olivia Zhang, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

Erfan Mohammadi will graduate with his doctorate in chemical engineering in a couple of weeks. Mohammadi, who is originally from Iran, obtained US citizenship last November. His parents and siblings, who are Iranian citizens, won’t be able to attend his graduation ceremony because of the Trump travel...

Illini Formula Electric team gives students a head start, hands-on experience

Illini Formula Electric team gives students a head start, hands-on experience

By Jared Ebanks, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

On the northeastern edge of campus in a small shack behind the Loomis Laboratory of Physics, you can hear tires screeching, frantic conversing and the hum of a formula electric car. The shack is one of the testing areas for the Illini Formula Electric team. IFE is one of many race car and formula el...

Rap Music Leaves an Impact on Campus

Rap Music Leaves an Impact on Campus

By Sarah O’Beirne, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

For the first time in history, rap music surpassed rock to become the most consumed music genre in the U.S., according to the 2018 Nielsen Music report. With rap music central to college student culture, the University consistently brings rap artists to its Spring Jam. Spring Jam will take place S...

Fizaa celebrates dance culture of South Asia

Fizaa celebrates dance culture of South Asia

By Emily Dao, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

In Hindi, the word “fizaa” translates to atmosphere or, as Nishu Paul puts it, “the vibe in the air.” Paul is a sophomore in LAS and dance captain of Fizaa, the competitive intercollegiate dance team that began in 2008. Many members said it provides them with a sense of unity and belonging t...

Illinifest 2019 to showcase student filmmaking

Illinifest 2019 to showcase student filmmaking

By Anna Wright, Staff writer

April 23, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Students can spend their time at the University exploring their self-expression, discovering their passions and unlocking their own creativity. Illinifest 2019, the University’s student film festival, celebrates these pursuits. This year marks the third annual Illinifest. On Saturday, at 5 p.m. in Greg...

Professor writes Japanese cookbook

Professor writes Japanese cookbook

By Olivia Zhang, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food & Restaurants, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

Kimiko Gunji is the former director of Japan House and former professor of Japanese Arts and Culture at the University. She taught a variety of courses ranging from tea to Japanese flower arrangements and is a highly decorated recipient of awards for her teaching and cultural contributions. Gunji recently...

Alumnus finds dream career on Sesame Street

Alumnus finds dream career on Sesame Street

By Elise Guillen, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Paul Rudolph is a composer who works on “Sesame Street” and has earned three Emmys. Before that, though, he was just one of the many students walking through campus every day. Rudolph came from Normal, Illinois, to study Music Education at the University. He said 90% of the reason he chose the Univ...

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