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Sister Cindy poses for a photo with two Illinois students on the Main Quad on Sept. 8. Multiple preachers have been traveling to college campuses across the country to share their beliefs.

Preachers increase their call to students

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 21, 2021

A woman stood rambling in the middle of a circle of student onlookers on Sept. 8. Several onlookers said her words were nothing but mindless, derogatory slut shaming. In response, students flipped the...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sits at 402 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana. Mormon missionaries have set out to preach the gospel in the Urbana community to spark recruitment during the pandemic.

Local Mormons sustain a new mission: recruitment during pandemic

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 6, 2021

Before the pandemic’s onset, many households in both America and around the world would receive a knock on their door, to be met with two young men in clean shirts and name tags, not here to sell candles...

Author Sarah Robinson holds up her new novel The Secrets of Oakley House for a photo. Robinson is a Champaign native who was inspired by the victorian home and their stories in the area to write her first book.

Champaign author publishes first novel

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor August 18, 2021

Victorian homes line the streets of Champaign, each filled with stories and secrets.  Champaign native, Sarah Robinson, grew up watching these houses. She later pulled from these memories to write...

Sean Williams, Champaign resident, carries a goose wrapped in a sheet at Beringer Commons on July 18. Friends of Geese, a Champaign-Urbana-based animal rights activist group, protects and saves these birds from deliberate killings in the area.

Local geese activists flock together for loud honkin’ protests

By Gwyn Skiles and Farrah Anderson July 28, 2021

A man wearing football cleats and gardening gloves stood holding a goose inside a gathered sheet at Beringer Commons on Sunday, July 18. Sean Williams, Champaign resident, captured the goose after responding...

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...

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...

Cicadas return, specific brood emerges in Illinois counties

Cicadas return, specific brood emerges in Illinois counties

By Matt Troher, Investigative News and Longform Editor May 10, 2021

From late spring to early summer, billions of tiny insects will emerge from the ground. They will lay their eggs, mate and make lots of noise. For those who happen to live near the bugs, it will be deafening. They...

Workers at the NuEra cannabis dispensary hang balloons above the entrance April 15. The adult-use dispensary opened on Green Street last month.

NuEra cannabis dispensary opens on Green Street

By Vivian La, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

When Bridget Dwyer, junior in LAS, first heard that a cannabis dispensary was opening on Green Street, she said she was intrigued. “I was super surprised that campus would allow that so close to the...

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tyehimba Jess, spoke at the University over Zoom from April 7-8. Jess gave students the inside scoop on his life and journey to becoming a poet.

Tyehimba Jess recites poetry for students, faculty

By Saada Ridgeway, Contributing Writer April 29, 2021

Nneoma Ohale, junior in LAS, treasured her time discussing poetry at “Craft Talk,” a program created by the Humanities Research Institution to speak with writers of our time. Ohale started writing...

A child feeds goats at Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 31. The Orchard Downs Preschool has struggled to overcome challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orchard Downs adventures undergo recess

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

Just behind the University of Illinois Arboretum and right next to the Orchard Downs residence is a little building for the littlest of C-U residents. But this corner is not bustling with usual games or...

A multitude of fencing swords line the wall at the Point Fencing Club & School in Urbana, Illinois. The club has struggled since the beginning of the pandemic but hopes the summer will bring more members.

Urbana fencing club confronts COVID-19 challenges

By Kayla Mish, Staff Writer April 19, 2021

Every summer, children gather at summer camps to play games, hone their sports skills or learn more about nature. When Liz Feller’s mom told her that she had to attend an athletic summer camp, she wasn’t...

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