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Bubble tea craze grows on campus

Bubble tea craze grows on campus

By Ben Xia, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2019

In recent decades, more and more bubble tea stores are emerging around the world, which is something students have seen first hand. A few years ago, few places sold bubble tea in the area, but now several exist within a few blocks of each other.  The drink is typically made using milk tea as a base and then to...

Young the Giant’s Eric Cannata on touring, meeting his idol, college

Young the Giant’s Eric Cannata on touring, meeting his idol, college

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 21, 2019

Alternative rock band Young the Giant started out in 2004 as a group of high school friends from Irvine, California. Now, hit songs like My Body, Cough Syrup, It’s About Time and Superposition have all peaked within the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. The band released its fourth and latest album, Mirror ...

Inside the lives of alumni: Tombstones tell stories of historic UI figures

Inside the lives of alumni: Tombstones tell stories of historic UI figures

By Banu Gulecyuz, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

As the season of spooky stories and pumpkin spice lattes arrives, the mystery behind Champaign’s Mount Hope Cemetery interests Halloween lovers. Opened 12 years before the University itself in 1855, the 52-acre land located between Pennsylvania and Florida Avenues is the final resting place of sev...

Costume consciousness inspires discussion

Costume consciousness inspires discussion

By Kimberly Villanueva, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Halloween on campus can be a recipe for disaster. Offensive costumes and cultural appropriation are nothing new this time of year, but the age of social media has extended the shelf life of when these photos later resurface online. Questionable costume decisions made when public figures were young, including current...

Author, professor receives history award

Author, professor receives history award

By Therese Pokorney, Features Editor

October 17, 2019

After earning a doctorate from Yale University and lecturing for five years at Harvard University, Kristin Hoganson has made Champaign-Urbana her home for the past 19 years. Since then, she has published several books about foreign relations, local history in global context and U.S. nation building. Bec...

Dedicated fall-lovers celebrate the season with RSO festivities

Dedicated fall-lovers celebrate the season with RSO festivities

By Carmen Martinez, Contributing Writer

October 16, 2019

The changing of the leaves, sweater weather and crisp fall air marks the beginning of autumn, the season the October Lovers have dedicated their RSO to celebrating.  Hosting events exclusively in October, the October Lovers’ sole purpose is to spread fall cheer. This includes hosting a number o...

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

By Vi Aldunate, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2019

Students flood the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts year-round for its extensive breadth of performances offered, but on Sunday night, the Hindsley Symphonic Band attracted family members and other community members, alongside the University student population. As with many Krannert live shows,...

Flannel Fest offers fun fall festivities

Flannel Fest offers fun fall festivities

By Liam Dwyer, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

It can be easy to forget Champaign-Urbana is much closer to a small rural town than a sprawling metropolis. This year’s Flannel Fest was a great reminder and celebration of the college town’s small-town spirit. The idea of Flannel Fest is simple: It’s a small gathering at Hessel Park where the public...

Nostalgic Halloween films, scary movies to screen in CU

Nostalgic Halloween films, scary movies to screen in CU

By Features Staff

October 14, 2019

It’s October in the early 2000s. Maybe your family is making dinner. Maybe you’ve already eaten. But it’s nighttime, and ABC Family’s “31 Nights of Halloween” is in full swing, where a Halloween-themed movie is played every night in October leading up to the holiday itself. Favorites incl...

Furry friends come to Champaign Public Library

Furry friends come to Champaign Public Library

By Features Staff

October 14, 2019

Families and kids can’t often meet a blue-tongued skink named Bella or an alpaca named Harley in central Illinois. From 3-5 p.m. Saturday, the Furry Friends Petting Zoo came to visit the Champaign Public Library, which showcased a variety of animals such as a hedgehog, chinchilla and miniature horse...

Student shares struggles with mental health at University

Student shares struggles with mental health at University

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The college mid-semester season can challenge students’ mental health, especially if they have experienced mental illnesses beforehand. Macksimillian Topinka, freshman in LAS, said he has struggled with mental health issues, specifically depression, anxiety and panic attacks, for about six or sev...

Sneakerheads for the sole: Students start shoe-rental business

Sneakerheads for the sole: Students start shoe-rental business

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

The market for lifestyle sneakers has evolved and grown. This movement has inspired student entrepreneurs to create a shoe rental business on campus to fill a hole in the sneaker culture on campus. Cedric Vargas, senior in Engineering, and his partner Benoit Ortalo-Magne, junior in Engineering, have...

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