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Campus Florist’s bloom wilts after 77 years open on Green Street

Campus Florist’s bloom wilts after 77 years open on Green Street

By Vishesh Anand and Eugene White, Staff Writers

September 20, 2018


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

During the early days of Campus Florist, in 1941, Anne Johnston, a freshman at the University at the time and now current owner, was working in the store with her mother when one of her professors walked in. “Where your daughter is now, that’s where my students will be 10 years from now,” Johnsto...

Dig deep: VR redefines learning about archaeology

Dig deep: VR redefines learning about archaeology

By Arielle Kramer, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Laura Shackelford, associate professor in anthropology at the University, is pioneering a new teaching method for the field of archaeology. For the past year, Shackelford and her team of graduate students and professors in other departments have been developing ANTH 399. The class will use virtual real...

University students start Chinese food truck on campus

University students start Chinese food truck on campus

By Marissa Plescia, Assistant Features Editor

September 18, 2018


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

Sylvia Chen, sophomore in DGS, first discovered her love for cooking when she came to the University her freshman year. Growing up in Guangzhou, China, Chen told her mom she wanted to attend the University for higher education. But she doesn’t just want to be a student at the University; she also wa...

Student crafts career out of hand-built furniture

Student crafts career out of hand-built furniture

By Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


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

John Bieber has done woodworking since he was 15 years old. Now, he’s trying to make a business out of his hobby. Bieber, junior in ACES, runs JB Woodshop — a business where he creates custom, affordable furniture for other students. He learned his woodworking skills from his father, but Bieber...

Behind the scenes at the Illini Union Bookstore

Behind the scenes at the Illini Union Bookstore

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

When students returned to campus this fall and made their way to the Illini Union Bookstore for their school supplies, Tod Petrie, store director, thought they were prepared for everything. It turns out that was not quite true. Within the first week of classes, they ran out of iClickers. Due to a miscommu...

Revamped Illini Inn carries on past traditions

Revamped Illini Inn carries on past traditions

By Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer

September 10, 2018


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

Illini Inn has traditions dating back to its opening in the 1960s. Even with a fresh start, it is upholding many of its past traditions. Located at 901 S. Fourth St., Illini Inn reopened in its new building on Aug. 22. It now serves lunch starting at 11 a.m., something the old Inn didn’t previously off...

Students land influential internships despite having little experience

Students land influential internships despite having little experience

By Sarah O'Bierne, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Stiff competition for internships in the professional world makes positions hard to find,  and it’s even more challenging for undergraduate students with little experience under their belt. Maya Gupta, sophomore in Engineering, however, proved herself capable enough to intern under the Amazon Web Se...

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


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

MakerGirl, a University-based nonprofit, is taking steps to educate 10,000 girls in the next five years. MakerGirl was founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Engele and Julia Haried as a way to encourage interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries for young women. It accomplishes ...

TREBEL music app provides free offline music to listeners

TREBEL music app provides free offline music to listeners

By Thomas Block and Sidney Madden

August 30, 2018


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

Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Pandora. While students are taking their pick amid a wave of convenient music streaming sites, users are looking for a balance between convenience and affordability. Digital music is becoming increasingly accessible, but the top selections — unless you’re a paid subscriber...

UI junior purchases Champaign coffee house

UI junior purchases Champaign coffee house

By Camille Baer, Features Editor

August 27, 2018


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

Christine Ahn is a junior in ACES. She also co-owns Hammerhead Coffee, located at 608 E. University Ave. in Champaign, with her fiance, Ryne Thiel. At 19 and 23 years old respectively, they reached out to Hammerhead’s previous owner over the summer. The deal went through to purchase the coffee shop...

Common Ground Food Co-op fosters economic growth, food education in CU

Common Ground Food Co-op fosters economic growth, food education in CU

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Showcase

In a time of increasing divisiveness and ignorance, a local food co-op works to inspire inclusivity and sustainability in the C-U community. Common Ground Food Co-op is a full-service grocery store owned and operated cooperatively by members of the C–U community. The co-op has been the primary prov...

Housing option nurtures women in STEM

Housing option nurtures women in STEM

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


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

The University has one of the top engineering schools in the country, according to Business Insider and  the U.S. News and World Report. Several resources on campus are dedicated to encouraging women to study STEM fields. Lydia Khuri is the program director of the Women in Math, Science and Engineering housing option. WIMSE houses 135 women every...

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