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Undocumented, DACA students spread activism

Undocumented, DACA students spread activism

By Vishesh Anand, Senior Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations

Ana Rodas wants her story to be heard. She wants people to know about the challenges she faces as a student with a DACA status at a public university and to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy, has allowed undocumented immigrants who ...

Newman Shares program battles food insecurity

Newman Shares program battles food insecurity

By Amanda Rhee, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

In fall 2013, Newman Shares Food Pantry program was founded to help students from the University and Parkland College who struggle to put food on the table. The Newman Shares program is located in the social hall of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and is open every Wednesday night from 5-6:30 p...

University professor connects students with those in need

University professor connects students with those in need

By Trishala Bhagat, Staff writer

December 12, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture

Spanish in the Community is a course at the University that integrates the Spanish speaking skills of students and connects them with service projects in the Champaign-Urbana community. The course combines a student's passion for learning about the Spanish language and a passion for service by p...

University students, at-risk youth foster each other’s growth

University students, at-risk youth foster each other’s growth

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff writer

December 11, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

CU Succeed is an RSO comprised of University students who take on the role of mentors for other students as part of the Regional Alternative for Developing Youth Program. CU Succeed aims to integrate at-risk students into their school system and ensure they finish secondary education and provide exposure ...

ARC to hold 10-year anniversary celebration, renovation

ARC to hold 10-year anniversary celebration, renovation

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

In 1987, Doug Boyer was a student employee at the Intramural Physical Education Building, or IMPE, keeping track of daily student attendance at the gym with tally marks. Boyer, now assistant director of aquatics, events and facility scheduling at Campus Recreation, has since helped oversee the renovati...

A capella groups ring in holiday season

A capella groups ring in holiday season

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Staff writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Girls Next Door a cappella group has been performing a winter show on campus for over 30 years. Grace Palmeri, sophomore in ACES, is president of the group and has been responsible for coordinating much of this year’s performance. Her responsibilities included booking the venue, making sure sound sys...

UIUC Ayuda encourages social justice work

UIUC Ayuda encourages social justice work

By Alicia Barbas, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture

In the midst of recent events such as the migrant caravan, policies perceived as threats to human rights have caused many University students to make their voices heard through activist groups such as UIUC Ayuda. UIUC Ayuda is a campaign program that holds rallies, protests and fundraisers to suppo...

Lovelytheband performs at Foellinger

Lovelytheband performs at Foellinger

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Wednesday night, LA-based indie trio Lovelytheband performed at Foellinger as the most recent act brought to the University by Star Course. The pop trio consists of lead vocalist Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price. They just recently finished opening for 5 Seconds o...

Orchard Downs houses variety of residents

Orchard Downs houses variety of residents

By Ciera Johnson, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture

Located on the southeast side of campus in Urbana, Orchard Downs is a housing complex intended to house undergraduate upperclassmen, graduate students, veterans and students with families. “There are 685 apartments in Orchard Downs,” said Laura Brown, assistant director for administrative servic...

iVenture enhances UI startup ecosystem

iVenture enhances UI startup ecosystem

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


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

Mark Van Den Avont had always been dissatisfied with the cost and quality of athletic mats as an amateur gymnast. This spurred him into action when he compressed two vertebrae in his spine on March 23, 2017, while dismounting off the high bar in his senior year of high school.  Now a sophomore i...

Professor Gene Robinson studies the genes and social behavior of honey bees

Professor Gene Robinson studies the genes and social behavior of honey bees

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Professor Gene Robinson is the director of the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Swanlund chair for entomology and neuroscience. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Entomology. Robinson is in charge of bringing in cutting-edge research to his laboratory at the IGB and also ...

Illini Democrats aim to bring progressivism to a district that leans red

Illini Democrats aim to bring progressivism to a district that leans red

By Erin Cady, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

The 2018 midterm elections brought some sweeping wins for Democrats, who ended up reclaiming the House majority. A voice for the Democratic party on campus, the Illini Democrats put out intense efforts in the weeks before the election to get student voters registered, canvass for regional Democr...

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