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AWARE empowers underrepresented technological entrepreneurs

AWARE empowers underrepresented technological entrepreneurs

By Shreya Goel, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

There are new initiatives being instituted within the University's tech community to include people who are underrepresented in the entrepreneurial space.  The Advancing Women and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs program aims to help women and underrepresented minorities get closer to achieving their e...

One Smart Diet device monitors health

One Smart Diet device monitors health

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Chang Huan “Douglas” Lee, senior in Business, was diagnosed with pre-diabetes at 16. As a junior in college, he came up with the idea of a portable device that helps individuals monitor their health. Lee founded One Smart Diet in Silicon Valley. The company, currently based in San Jose, has 20 empl...

Alumni bridge entrepreneurship and online dating

Alumni bridge entrepreneurship and online dating

By Sidney Madden, Assistant Features Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Bela Gandhi was always the go-to-girl for relationship advice, helping friends get out of unhealthy relationships and setting up compatible couples. When Gandhi was a student at the University in the early '90s, she matched her first couple. Today, Gandhi has a successful date coaching business, the Sma...

Junior turns hobby into profit

Junior turns hobby into profit

By Elise Guillen, Contributing Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Kayla Ruiz has transformed her knitting hobby into a full-fledged business. Ruiz, junior in LAS, capitalized on her leisure past time by selling the hats she knits.  In early fall, she started Kayla’s Knittings. Her main source of inspiration for starting this business is credited to the Danish tr...

CPR app saves lives

CPR app saves lives

By Trishala Bhagat, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

This time of year, many people tend to focus on hearts. Candy hearts, chocolate hearts and paper hearts are on display on store shelves and websites everywhere. But, there is an app which is trying to make people focus on another type of heart: the real, beating human kind. During a cardiac arrest,...

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Student Organizations

University students are asking audiences to put themselves in the shoes of others. The virtual reality film, "The Drive," has been created to optimally evoke empathy and to strategically start a larger conversation on campus and in the C-U area about police and community relations. "The Drive" is centered a...

University incubator promotes startups

University incubator promotes startups

By Vishesh Anand, Senior Reporter

January 31, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Established in 2003, EnterpriseWorks is an incubator facility based at Research Park. No other facility in Illinois has received as much federal funding, in the form of Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Research grants, as this University-owned technology startup haven. Unl...

Microsoft partners with University to support people on autistic spectrum in workplace

Microsoft partners with University to support people on autistic spectrum in workplace

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Microsoft is launching its Accessibility Lighthouse Program, an initiative that aims to support University students on the autism spectrum to pursue STEM roles and increase the employment of these students at the company. Microsoft, in partnership with The Autism Program and the College of ACES, is inv...

Seniors develop keto diet snack

Seniors develop keto diet snack

By Trisha Bhagat, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Food & Restaurants, Life & Culture

Last semester, students Keelin Frank, Regan Doolin, Allison Streeter, Karen Zheng, Candace Mazewski and Charlie Stahurski decided to create a food product that followed the ketogenic diet for their class, FSHN 466: Food Product Development. They wanted to take a beloved frozen snack and “Keto-tiz-...

Beauty RSOs gain reputability

Beauty RSOs gain reputability

By Sarah O'Beirne, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Students can now put all the Instagram and YouTube makeup, hairstyling and skin care tutorials they watch to use by joining some of the different beauty RSOs on campus. Simone Johnson, junior in Business, is the founder and president of Glam Squad, an organization consisting of 31 students who provide fre...

University alum finds ‘nutty’ career

University alum finds ‘nutty’ career

By Ciera Johnson, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Millennials are somewhat notorious for pursuing non-traditional careers. Bradley Smith, a University alumnus, is no exception. Smith drives the Planters Peanut NUTmobile across the country with Mr. Peanut. Smith's offbeat career path began as an advertising student at the University. “I actually s...

Beckman Institute celebrates 30 years

Beckman Institute celebrates 30 years

By Sarah O'Bierne, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

This year, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology celebrates its 30th anniversary on campus. The institute opened in 1989 after a $40 million donation from alumnus Arnold Beckman and his wife, Mabel. Beckman, a prominent chemist and inventor, graduated with his master's from the...

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