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Booming crypto scene makes its way to students

Booming crypto scene makes its way to students

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer July 14, 2021

Since the 2017 burst of Bitcoin into the mainstream, going from shady underground currency to SNL jokes, the cryptocurrency scene has only grown more chaotic. Several dozen other coins have exploded onto...

After having many open mic nights online, The Canopy Club is now back in-person. The Canopy Club is working on ways to continue using online broadcasting to make sure people from all over can show off their talents.

The Canopy Club concerts return after over a year

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor July 10, 2021

The Canopy Club has served as a regular spot for live music, good food, and what many residents of C-U agree have been the most entertaining nights over the past two decades. However, since the COVID-19...

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer July 2, 2021

With the ever stressful comings and goings of regaining normalcy from the pandemic continuing, a sector of activity that has been especially harmed during the prolonged lockdown, are the various...

The landing page of the Chambana Pride community facebook page is shown above. The lack in UI pride events prompted students to organize themselves.

Lack of UI Pride month events prompts students to community organizations

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News & Longform Editor June 25, 2021

When Cory Simpson moved to Champaign-Urbana eight years ago, he said he was trying to get out of his hometown — a small town in Coles County, Illinois. Simpson said he grew up in a conservative household...

University safety resources reassure students

University safety resources reassure students

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer June 18, 2021

On Friday, June 11 at 12:36 a.m., an Illini-Alert notified the student community that two students reported being the victim of an armed robbery at 208 N. Wright St. Urbana. Police action was swift and...

Nicholas Colegrove, sophomore in LAS, stands in front of the bike he will be riding across the country this summer. Colegrove will be raising awareness for people with disabilities who face isolation in partnership with the The Ability Experience’s Journey Of Hope.

Pi Kappa Phi student bikes across US, raises awareness

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor June 15, 2021

Feet lifting up and down, a national band of brothers in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pedal across mountains and push through the heat of arid lands, only stopping to eat, sleep and visit people with disabilities. This...

A student made poster for the A4E Art Exhibition is shown above. Professor Stacey Robinson speaks about art being for everyone.

“We’re designing the world of tomorrow.”

By Mateo Bautista, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Assistant Professor Stacey Robinson’s pan sizzled and popped on the stove, each crackle of olive oil releasing the mouthwatering scent of vegan sausage into the room. Sporting a black hoodie and sweatpants,...

A screenshot of the Vrtumind app is shown above. Students at the University created the app to fight against mental health issues.

Student-created apps tackle declining mental health

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer June 8, 2021

University students are creating apps to help support mental health in young adults as researchers find more and more evidence for depression and anxiety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Nolan...

The Chicago skyline is photographed by Jack Gillespie during a colorful sunset. Students Sierra Reed and Gillespie have garnered thousands of followers through TikTok by making the platform into a business opportunity.

Student influencers launch business through TikTok

By Matt Troher, Investigative News & Longform Editor June 5, 2021

Sierra Reed, senior in Media, joined TikTok during her sophomore year after seeing her roommate having fun with the app. Over a year later, Reed has amassed over 420,000 followers and 14.3 million likes...

Students bask in the sun on the grounds of Ikenberry Commons on Aug. 21. Many students have chosen to stay on campus over the summer.

Students spend summer on campus post COVID-19

By Olivia Orlandi, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Summers on the University campus look a lot different than fall and spring semesters. Many students go home, bars are closed during the week and campus overall feels a bit empty. Some students, however,...

An oil painting of a skull inspired by Pieter Claesz and painted by Farwah Tariq, senior in FAA, is shown above. University students show off their creative abilities on campus.

Student artists explore their craft on campus

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer May 29, 2021

There are many various pockets of beauty and inspiration artists found around campus. Iffat Memon, junior in Business, finds inspiration in some expected places, even for the most unconventional of...

People gather in protest around Alma Mater on Saturday. Supporters held signs up to support Cyrus Arnieri.

Transgender students say UI failed to address concerns about deadnaming all year, not just during graduation

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News and Longform Editor May 25, 2021

Donning a blue and orange cap and gown, a University graduate had been warned by his mother not to get upset if his deadname was called at the ceremony. ‘Deadnaming’ is the use of a transgender or...

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