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Pre-Law Honor Society prepares students for law school

Pre-Law Honor Society prepares students for law school

By Carmen Martinez, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

The Pre-Law Honors Society at the University has been active since 2009, dedicating itself to assisting students on their path to a possible future in law. Offering mentorship, Q and A panels with various professionals in the field, as well as resources for studying, the RSO aims to prepare their members...

Leader of iVenture Accelerator lands spot on Forbes 2020 30 Under 30

Leader of iVenture Accelerator lands spot on Forbes 2020 30 Under 30

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

December 12, 2019

Manu Edakara is the associate director of Entrepreneurial Communities for the Gies College of Business and leader of its iVenture Accelerator, a resource beacon for student startups. iVenture takes no ownership stake in the startups it helps. Before that, the class of ‘14 Illinois graduate was a techno...

History majors remain rooted in the present

History majors remain rooted in the present

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

In a fast-paced, materialistic world, tangible results have become the expectation. Many feel that in order to survive, they must succumb to the pressures of society and show immediate evidence of their work. As high school students prepare to decide their major in college, they must consider what they w...

Art club voices frustration at University funding

Art club voices frustration at University funding

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

When Chantal Vaca found out RSO funding was included in student fees, she was intrigued, especially because she’s a co-founder of The Collective, an arts magazine and RSO.  “I had no idea that each student paid a set amount on their fees to the University. It’s not something that has been ad...

Education Justice Program engages prisoners

Education Justice Program engages prisoners

By Kimberly Villanueva, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

As prisons in Illinois continue to decrease spending on books and ban book titles, the gap between inmates and education and vocational studies widens. According to data from the Illinois Department of Corrections, only $276 was spent on books in 2017. This is a steep and progressive decline from the n...

University works to define school spirit at Illinois

University works to define school spirit at Illinois

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

As the Illinois kicker prepares for a field goal, the camera pans toward the North Endzone, the designated student section. Fewer than half of the stands are filled, with a majority of students grouped together in the middle. The last year the Illinois football program was able to accumulate an avera...

Orphans Treasure Box helps orphanages, homeless shelters

Orphans Treasure Box helps orphanages, homeless shelters

By Zhuolin Joanna Liu, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2019

The cheerful doorbell rings again. Another visitor. A second after, the bookstore returns to silence, with only the rustling of pages flipping in the background. No music. Other than brochures and business cards on the counter, a white, marble Jesus Christ statuette catches attention. Away from the aust...

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

By Therese Pokorney and Pari Apostolakos

December 4, 2019

The bell at Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois, rings at 8:10 am. The day begins just like any other elementary school in the United States. But at Yankee Ridge, there is one thing that sets these students apart. Half of their school day is taught in French. For the past two years,...

Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure

Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The entrepreneurship community at Illinois has plenty of resources but lacks connective tissue. According to entrepreneurship figures on campus, students stagnate while shuffling between these resources, inching closer to the dreaded “wantrepreneur” stereotype: All talk, no action. Manu Edakara...

MTD driver aims to make students’ days brighter

MTD driver aims to make students’ days brighter

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Longtime MTD driver Earnestine “Sunshine” Crook has been driving for over 10 years, and throughout her time in Champaign-Urbana, she has built a reputation. While some students know her as the driver of the 12 Teal buses, most know her for her bright smile and cheerful attitude. The Daily Illini: Ho...

Student makeup artists illuminate Champaign-Urbana

Student makeup artists illuminate Champaign-Urbana

By Brielle Scullark, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Seniors Ifeoma Onyeka in LAS and Zainabu Lawal in AHS both started their makeup artist careers out of their college dorm rooms. If it weren’t for a push from their friends to share their work, they may not be where they are today. Onyeka started doing her own makeup in seventh grade, but only the basic mascar...

Students wear sustainability on their sleeves

By Jared Ebanks , Staff Writer

November 26, 2019

Mantas Treciokas and Thimira Bandara, sophomore in LAS, grew up childhood friends, but hadn’t stayed in touch since playing on the same basketball team together in 5th grade. Going into their junior year of high school, Treciokas reached out to his old friend to catch up.  Their shared interests...

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