The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

A student performs a cobra pose during the Yoga Practicum class on Monday morning. Yoga practice raises concerns for cultural appropriation.

Yoga practice raises questions of cultural appropriation

By Dara Stack, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

A spiritual practice spanning thousands of years is happening all around us. The setting: studios, fitness centers, homes or even outdoors. It's a physical and mindful practice: It’s yoga. Many people...

A photo is taken during La Casa Cultural Latinas annual Paleta social to welcome new students. Senior Cristal Caballero is in the second row, third from the left.

DI discusses Hispanic Heritage Month with La Casa student staff member

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime News Editor September 8, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. At the University, 11.2% of students identify as Hispanic.  Cristal Caballero, senior in LAS who is an active part...

UI undocumented students stand to gain institutional support in 2022

UI undocumented students stand to gain institutional support in 2022

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News and Longform Editor September 1, 2021

Carla, senior in LAS, transferred to the University after attending community college for two years. She came to campus in the time of COVID-19, which she said severely affected her mental health. She...

A photo is taken from the Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi, India on Sept. 27, 2007. Multiple students at the University are traveling back to India where there is a spike in Covid-19 cases.

International students return to India during COVID-19 crisis

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

International students from India become more nervous with every passing minute. For Siddh Saraogi, undergraduate in Engineering, the fear is overwhelming. “It's easy to feel very helpless, sitting...

On July 4, people came together to pray outside during the pandemic following all guidelines and safety rules. Students at Illinois are working to get accommodations during Ramadan because of the holiday’s celebrations festivities.

Students push for accommodations during Ramadan

By Liz Gremer, Staff Writer May 9, 2021

From April 12 to Wednesday, May 12, Muslim students across the University celebrate the Islamic holiday Ramadan. Throughout the month, Muslim students celebrate this holy time with fasting, prayer and...

A group of kids hold signs displaying phrases such as “#StopAsianHate” and “We Stand Asians” at a protest in downtown Champaign on March 30.

Anti-Asian violence scares UI community

A young Asian American individual sat on a bench outside of the Beckman Institute, searching for the words to describe the fear and sadness they felt when thinking about the Atlanta Spa Shootings. Their...

David W. Chih, director of the Asian American Cultural Center, poses for a headshot. Chih spoke with a reporter from The Daily Illini about how people can help recognize and combat anti-Asian racism.

AACC director discusses ways to support Asian community

By Fizza Hassan, Staff Writer April 19, 2021

The University of Illinois is home to students of all backgrounds. About 40% of the total student population are students that represent the Asian American and Asian international community according...

Lila Sharif, assistant professor in LAS, spoke with a reporter from The Daily Illini about the ongoing rise in racially related hate crimes against the Asian and Asian-American communities.

Lila Sharif discusses anti-Asian violence

By Fizza Hassan, Staff Writer April 19, 2021

Recently, the University issued an official statement on ‘The rise of anti-Asian violence across the nation’ condemning the recent attacks and resurgence of hate-bias against Asian-Americans, while...

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,...

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