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MFA theatre part II: Acting welcomes newest cohort

MFA theatre part II: Acting welcomes newest cohort

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


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

Sitting in a semi-circle in the basement of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, the 10 new MFA acting students work through monologue pairings in preparation for the upcoming Illinois Shakespeare Festival auditions. Their voices echo throughout the large room and they stomp loudly, smashing the...

University programs smooth path to law school

University programs smooth path to law school

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

John Klages knew early in high school that he wanted to become a lawyer. As a member of his school’s constitution team, he found his passion for law. Now, as a senior in Media, Klages is preparing his applications for law school. He has been building his resume for a long time. While still in high school...

New sociology course allows for viewpoint diversity

New sociology course allows for viewpoint diversity

By Sarah O'Beirne, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture

In a world of polarizing viewpoints, Ilana Redstone Akresh, associate professor in sociology, wanted to provide a space for discussion. Akresh created SOC 396: Free Speech, Viewpoint Diversity, and Higher Education with the alternate title of Bigots and Snowflakes: Living in a World Where Everyone Else Is...

Campus Florist’s bloom wilts after 77 years open on Green Street

Campus Florist’s bloom wilts after 77 years open on Green Street

By Vishesh Anand and Eugene White, Staff Writers

September 20, 2018


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

During the early days of Campus Florist, in 1941, Anne Johnston, a freshman at the University at the time and now current owner, was working in the store with her mother when one of her professors walked in. “Where your daughter is now, that’s where my students will be 10 years from now,” Johnsto...

Dig deep: VR redefines learning about archaeology

Dig deep: VR redefines learning about archaeology

By Arielle Kramer, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Laura Shackelford, associate professor in anthropology at the University, is pioneering a new teaching method for the field of archaeology. For the past year, Shackelford and her team of graduate students and professors in other departments have been developing ANTH 399. The class will use virtual real...

UI business alumnus pushes for mental health awareness

UI business alumnus pushes for mental health awareness

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Senior Reporter

September 19, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Most people have some sense of “empty.” That rings especially true among driven business students who are trying to fill a void, Parham Parastaran, University alumnus and mental health advocate, would say. Parastaran released his memoir, “Perfect Pain,” this past June after selling his multi...

University students start Chinese food truck on campus

University students start Chinese food truck on campus

By Marissa Plescia, Assistant Features Editor

September 18, 2018


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

Sylvia Chen, sophomore in DGS, first discovered her love for cooking when she came to the University her freshman year. Growing up in Guangzhou, China, Chen told her mom she wanted to attend the University for higher education. But she doesn’t just want to be a student at the University; she also wa...

MFA theatre part I: Exploring tech, design and management at Illinois

MFA theatre part I: Exploring tech, design and management at Illinois

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Megan Coffel’s days are split between putting in graduate hours, managing schoolwork and working on production. As one of the two new first-year graduate lighting design students in FAA, she is still getting acclimated to her schedule. “I don’t know what I do all day,” Coffel joked. “I ju...

Student crafts career out of hand-built furniture

Student crafts career out of hand-built furniture

By Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


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

John Bieber has done woodworking since he was 15 years old. Now, he’s trying to make a business out of his hobby. Bieber, junior in ACES, runs JB Woodshop — a business where he creates custom, affordable furniture for other students. He learned his woodworking skills from his father, but Bieber...

4,000-mile bike ride raises money for cancer research

4,000-mile bike ride raises money for cancer research

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Alison DeBruyn spent 75 days this summer riding her bike 4,000 miles across the country. Illini 4000 is a nonprofit group on campus. This summer was the organization’s 12th cross-country ride. Over the course of their 12-year history, they have raised over $1 million to support charity. Other tha...

Urbana Public Arts Program celebrates 10th anniversary with Art Expo

Urbana Public Arts Program celebrates 10th anniversary with Art Expo

By Sam Schrage, Staff Writer

September 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

From illustrations to paintings to graphic designs, the fourth annual Urbana Art Expo offers a variety of artwork. Complete with 17 local exhibiting artists, live music and food, the expo is Champaign-Urbana’s premier arts showcase. Presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program and Commission in coll...

University chefs talk dining halls down to a science

University chefs talk dining halls down to a science

By Thomas Block, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

For SooHwa Yu, cooking has always been about people. After all, Yu couldn’t have guessed the job he had as a 15-year-old would launch a lifelong culinary career. At the time, he was just thinking about his family. “My family had a restaurant, and as family, I tried to help them out,” Yu said....

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