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Fear, finances, faith: Being undocumented at UI

Fear, finances, faith: Being undocumented at UI

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

Ana Rodas remembered lying with her grandparents on their terrace in Guatemala City and watching the fireworks. While she did not remember the occasion, she held onto the moment. With her parents thousands of miles away, her grandparents were her everything.  Ana’s parents decided to leave Guatemala w...

Weathering the change: Illinois farmers combat droughts, yield rates

Weathering the change: Illinois farmers combat droughts, yield rates

By Erich Fisher, Contributing Writer

March 9, 2020

Illinois farmer Delmar Graham retired 14 years before he felt the effects of climate change on the land he made a living out of.  During the farming seasons, he used to go to bed wondering if tomorrow there was going to be any rain at all.  The career farmer near Hoopeston, Illinois, had plenty o...

Illini cat show draws cats from all corners of the country

Illini cat show draws cats from all corners of the country

By Tianbin Chen, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2020

As soon as Miles the cat was woken up by his owner Beth Grant-Field, he was ready for the contest. The exotic shorthair cat, a little over two years old, began playing immediately. While on stage, he was captivated by the scratching board and the cat toys available, winning the judges’ affection within...

Black women celebrate their natural beauty, hair at cosmetic event

Black women celebrate their natural beauty, hair at cosmetic event

By Brielle Scullark, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Destiny Smith, a sophomore in LAS, celebrated her natural hair with other women at the Natural and Professional Meet-up at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on Feb. 26. Smith started her natural hair journey in 2015 after her mother decided to stop using relaxers, a chemical product...

Professor cultivates spaces for imagination on campus

Professor cultivates spaces for imagination on campus

By Zulema Herrera, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Editors note: The headline in a previous version of this article uses "immigrants," which does not accurately portray the subject of the story. The Daily Illini has since changed the headline. The Daily Illini regrets this error. Dr. Sandra Ruiz, a Chicago native, grew up in a working-class Puert...

Fashion show promotes self-love, cultural collaboration by ‘Being you!’

Fashion show promotes self-love, cultural collaboration by ‘Being you!’

March 3, 2020

The Asian American Association (AAA) at the University started out in 1986 as a small support group for Asian-American students on campus. It has since flourished into one of the largest pan-Asian organizations in the Midwest. The AAA hosts a variety of events including study nights, charity banquets,...

Tony-award winning ‘Cabaret’ dazzles Krannert

Tony-award winning ‘Cabaret’ dazzles Krannert

By Bridget Boisvert Curtis, Contributing writer

March 2, 2020

Suddenly, from the dark, the red-lipped, stiletto-clad Masters of Ceremonies at the eccentric Kit Kat Klub steals the spotlight and begins singing “Wilkommen,” welcoming the audience into the whirlwind world of the 1930s, set in a decadent cabaret in a pre-Nazi Berlin. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Kran...

Improv groups on campus find life lessons in comedy

Improv groups on campus find life lessons in comedy

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

At 8 years old, Elizabeth Wilson, junior in LAS, waited patiently throughout the week for her favorite night, Saturday night. Most kids that age are getting ready for bed or finishing up a cartoon but not Wilson. She sat, eyes glued to the television, in anticipation of her favorite show, “Saturday N...

Champaign group provides ‘second chance’ for formerly incarcerated citizens

Champaign group provides ‘second chance’ for formerly incarcerated citizens

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

February 27, 2020

Marlon Mitchell founded a re-entry program called First Followers in 2015 with James Kilgore, a professor at the University who also spent six years in federal prison. Mitchell said he came up with the idea of the program, because there was a need not being met. According to the Illinois Department o...

College Ventures ease access to education

College Ventures ease access to education

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Assistant Features Editor

February 27, 2020

Dylan Abrams, senior in ACES, came up with an idea to bridge the educational gap between the wealthy and disenfranchised poor during his daily meditation. Through his gratitude training, he realized how important his education was to him, and he wanted to help others have the same experience. College ...

Cities do not wish to profit from parking meters

Cities do not wish to profit from parking meters

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

Cities have seen an increase in revenue from parking meters, especially since they first offered mobile parking apps to residents and visitors. The city of Champaign, Illinois, estimates 25% of its parking transactions come from the MobileMeter app, and the city of Evanston, Illinois, estimates tha...

Insect Fear Film Festival innovates with kitschy crustacean horror

Insect Fear Film Festival innovates with kitschy crustacean horror

By Vi Aldunate, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

After 36 years of showcasing towering mutant insects on the big screen, the Insect Fear Film Festival made a radical departure in its 37th year by highlighting monstrous crabs and lobsters rather than insects in both of its presented feature films. The theme for this year, Crustacea, broadened the scope...

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