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Bangkok Thai worker serves pad thai, good vibes

Bangkok Thai worker serves pad thai, good vibes

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Bangkok Thai has been on campus for several years now, and it is a favorite for many students. Heat or spice levels are customizable on every dish on a scale of one to six, with six reserved for only the bravest among the masses. Their green curry is easily one of the most popular dishes, full of lively...

Wishmakers embrace empathy through charity

Wishmakers embrace empathy through charity

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Wishmakers on Campus makes wishing on a star a reality for some children with life-threatening illnesses. At the University, this organization helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Lindsey Panozzo, a senior in AHS, serves as one of the vice-presidents of the RSO. “Having organizatio...

Annual Yule Ball to Slytherin-to Union

Annual Yule Ball to Slytherin-to Union

By Features Staff

January 23, 2020

Calling all muggles, witches and wizards: The fifth annual Yule Ball, sponsored by the Harry Potter Alliance, is taking place at the South Lounge in the Illini Union ABC Ballroom Feb. 7. The ball is inspired by the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Am...

Illinois ranks No. 1 public school for international students

Illinois ranks No. 1 public school for international students

By Diana Anghel, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

The University was ranked the top destination for international students as a public institution and fifth on a national level, according to a recently published report by Open Doors. In the 2018-2019 school year, Illinois enrolled 13,497 international students.  Universities in the United States made an all-tim...

Students and faculty destress through mindful movement

Students and faculty destress through mindful movement

By Features Staff

January 22, 2020

Students are not spared from the stresses and pressures of life: balancing a job, classes, finals, projects and the remains of students’ social lives. At the University, this narrative is completely normal; however, many students' sanity is heavily indebted to their yoga practice. When it comes...

From plants to energy: Sustainability RSO makes biodiesel out of soybeans

From plants to energy: Sustainability RSO makes biodiesel out of soybeans

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

The turn of the new decade has caused many professionals and activists to recommit to solving climate change, including the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, an RSO that promotes sustainability on campus. IBI collects soybean oil from the Ikenberry Dining Hall and converts it to biodiesel fuel and soap. ...

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...

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