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Champaign-Urbana residents Luke Lee and Eddie Pratt Jr. pose for a photo at the #EndWhiteSilence street visibility event in downtown Champaign on Wednesday afternoon. The University’s chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice has organized two rallies thus far to demand racial justice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

CU citizens protest Asian-targeted violence

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor April 12, 2021

After the Atlanta spa shootings in March that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent, a surge in the Stop Asian Hate movement has seen several hundreds of people joining protests,...

Students trust horoscopes for guidance

Students trust horoscopes for guidance

By Matt Troher, Investigative News and Longform Editor April 12, 2021

Taylor Cianci, sophomore in LAS, is a Virgo; according to her, Virgos are reliable, organized, reserved and just a little bit too critical. Cianci’s interest in astrology sparked at a young age when...

Shallon Malfeo and Nicole Muczynska pose for a photo at the SECS Climate Strike last fall. The Universities Students For Environmental Concerns group will host Earth Week events from April 17 to April 23.

RSO organizes Earth Week, stresses sustainability

By Nate Sun, Staff Writer April 10, 2021

From April 17 to April 23, Students for Environmental Concerns will be hosting an annual Earth Week as part of the larger Earth Month observance on campus. Each day during this week will include either...

An Illinois student performs an aerial on the Main Quad Saturday afternoon. As it’s getting warmer, more students are enjoying the outdoors.

Students spend time outside, appreciate nature

By Alex Lazaro, Contributing Writer April 8, 2021

As the University transitions back to a state of normalcy, the vibrant energy on campus is starting to surface. This is appreciated and relished by many University students, and since the weather has been...

Elephants graze in the rainforest on the Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the southwestern part of the Central African Republic. University professors and researchers have pioneered nationally recognized advancements in the study of elephants.

UI professors contribute to ivory research

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor April 8, 2021

Oceans away, mighty beasts shake the earth as they tilt their large grey ears and point their tusks forward. University professors and researchers led nationally recognized advancements in the study of...

Call to action spurs debate over efficacy

Call to action spurs debate over efficacy

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Longform Editor April 7, 2021

When University senior and speaker of the senate for Illinois Student Government Arnoldo Ayala got an email inviting him to join a committee for the University’s Call to Action for the 2020 academic...

CodeRed UIUC fights to have the University provide femine products. They work to empower and support women students.

Advocacy flows for period poverty relief

By Julia Youman, Contributing Writer April 5, 2021

Illinois is one of four states that requires schools with grades six through 12 to provide free menstrual products in bathrooms. But while students in high school and middle school have access to free...

Ben and Molly Oberg pose for a photo with their dog, Sheba. The couple co-owns a small 25-acre fruit and vegetable farm called Meyer Produce in Villa Grove, Illinois.

Couple shares importance of small, local farms

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime Editor April 5, 2021

Molly Oberg remembered her husband, Ben Oberg, giving her a call from their raspberry patch during their first summer as farm owners. He told her how there were a lot of raspberries and that he needed...

UI falls short in promoting body positivity

UI falls short in promoting body positivity

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor April 4, 2021

Phrases about weight such as “the freshman fifteen,” “sophomore slimming” and “postgrad pudge” are commonly passed around by college students.  But what are the implications of these phrases?...

A biker rides by Nugent Hall on Gregory Drive on Monday afternoon. Students and resident advisers have had to adapt to dorm life during an academic year like no other due to COVID-19.

Students, resident advisers navigate community

By Liz Gremer, Contributing Writer April 1, 2021

Living in University Housing during this school year has been unique in comparison to years past because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautionary measures taken to ensure student and staff safety....

The #BLACKMATTERS art installation stands inside the Krannert Art Museum on Thursday. The installation was created by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings to emphasize the importance of Black lives.

BLM exhibit comes to Krannert Art Museum

By Lily Dolan, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

As you walk into the faculty art exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum there lies a wall displaying art prints with incredible detail and various #BLACKMATTERS phrases. Stacey Robinson, professor in LAS,...

UI, Penn State academics discuss climate change

UI, Penn State academics discuss climate change

By Matt Troher, Investigative News & Longform Editor March 31, 2021

During this time last year, many events and symposia scheduled at the University were postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, adapting to the lasting effects of the pandemic, Zoom conferences...

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