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Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure

Cody Bainbridge, sophomore in Engineering, buys coffee from the Robot x Coffee Machine outside of Grainger on Apr. 14. The robot serves between 100 to 200 cups a day.

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The entrepreneurship community at Illinois has plenty of resources but lacks connective tissue. According to entrepreneurship figures on campus, students stagnate while shuffling between these resources, inching closer to the dreaded “wantrepreneur” stereotype: All talk, no action. Manu Edakara...

Students wear sustainability on their sleeves

By Jared Ebanks , Staff Writer

November 26, 2019

Mantas Treciokas and Thimira Bandara, sophomore in LAS, grew up childhood friends, but hadn’t stayed in touch since playing on the same basketball team together in 5th grade. Going into their junior year of high school, Treciokas reached out to his old friend to catch up.  Their shared interests...

Metaphysical store sells crystals, alternative healing practices

Metaphysical store sells crystals, alternative healing practices

By Carmen Martinez, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

On the corner of Water and Broadway sits Beads N Botanicals, a metaphysical store offering customers guidance, crystals and art. Unlike other shops in the area, the store hosts tarot card readings, healing work and hypnotherapy sessions.  Catherine Novak, a certified medicinal herbalist and Reiki master in two different ...

New food delivery app expands options to CU

Pictured above is a Chowbus order next to the Chowbus app with the logo on the phone screen.

By Banu Gulecyuz, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

In the era of efficiency and fast food, students are constantly on the look-out for the quickest way to fill their stomachs with delicious meals. However, amid the midst of ordering quick meals, just how easy is it to access an authentic Asian meal? A relatively new downloadable app on campus, Chowbus, has bee...

Sneakerheads for the sole: Students start shoe-rental business

Cedric Vargas is customizing a pair of sneakers that will be available for rental by his company, Teneez, Monday.

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...

Tattoo parlor cultivates confidence, creativity

Lunchbox tattoos Brenna Kelly, sophomore in Engineering, at New Life Tattoos on Sunday. Lunchbox believes tattoos are a way of self expression and have different meanings for everyone.

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Jeremiah Mukanda has wanted tattoos since before he can remember.  “My mom and my grandpa both had tattoos, so I think it normalized it in my brain, and I was always going to have tattoos,” he said.  Mukanda, sophomore in Engineering, got his first tattoo at the age of 17. It was a simple stick-and-pok...

iClicker has revolutionized classes

Professor Timothy Stetlzer sets up an iClicker question for his Physics 212 class in Loomis Laboratory on Tuesday.

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Professor Tim Stelzer, a member of the research team that developed the iClicker, said lectures before the iClicker were very different.  “We had traditional lectures with no interaction whatsoever,” he said. “Then, we said we should break them up with clicker questions, but we didn’t have i...

PygHack tackles technological problems in CU

PygHack will be hosted Sept. 27-28 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Donte Winslow, design strategist at the Siebel Center of Design, created PygHack to bring people together from the C-U community to design solutions to local problems.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Assistant Features Editor

September 23, 2019

Donte Winslow, a design strategist at the Siebel Center for Design, or SCD, works to create experiences that foster human-centered design. His latest project, PygHack, will bring people from all over Champaign-Urbana to design solutions to community problems. PygHack is Pygmalion’s annual community-wi...

Illini Formula Electric team gives students a head start, hands-on experience

Shreyas Dmello stands in front of one of the formula electric cars he helped build. The Illini Formula Electric team has allowed Dmello to apply what he learned in the classroom.

By Jared Ebanks, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

On the northeastern edge of campus in a small shack behind the Loomis Laboratory of Physics, you can hear tires screeching, frantic conversing and the hum of a formula electric car. The shack is one of the testing areas for the Illini Formula Electric team. IFE is one of many race car and formula el...

Innovative students showcase talent at Tech Nest

Sarah Woody tries on glasses for a recent augmented reality project at AARP’s technology lab, The Tech Nest, in Research Park. AARP is a nonprofit organization that strives to benefit those who are aging with innovative solutions.

By Annabelle Barnett, Contributing Writer

April 4, 2019

AARP's technology lab, The Tech Nest, at Research Park is a space where student contractors work on groundbreaking, technology-focused projects to answer some of society's biggest problems, including enhancing the lives of aging populations. AARP is a nonprofit organization that strives to benefit thos...

Campus brand representatives are social media savvy

Jessica Gosswein during the Seven 07 Campaign at Seven 07's leasing office.

By Jared Ebanks, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019

Social media continues to change today’s marketing sphere, and, as a result, companies are employing social media savvy college students to influence campuses.  The Black Sheep is a satirical website and newspaper that has branches in several colleges across the country, and its media and marketing sect...

App simplifies traveling home for college students

App simplifies traveling home for college students

By Amanda Rhee, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

While transportation and ride-sharing apps are gaining popularity, many college students who don’t have cars are using them to get around places on and off campus. A new carpooling app called Wyth has been released exclusively for college students and is currently being piloted at the University. Ciara...

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