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University works to define school spirit at Illinois

University works to define school spirit at Illinois

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

As the Illinois kicker prepares for a field goal, the camera pans toward the North Endzone, the designated student section. Fewer than half of the stands are filled, with a majority of students grouped together in the middle. The last year the Illinois football program was able to accumulate an avera...

Orphans Treasure Box helps orphanages, homeless shelters

Orphans Treasure Box helps orphanages, homeless shelters

By Zhuolin Joanna Liu, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2019

The cheerful doorbell rings again. Another visitor. A second after, the bookstore returns to silence, with only the rustling of pages flipping in the background. No music. Other than brochures and business cards on the counter, a white, marble Jesus Christ statuette catches attention. Away from the aust...

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

By Therese Pokorney and Pari Apostolakos

December 4, 2019

The bell at Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois, rings at 8:10 am. The day begins just like any other elementary school in the United States. But at Yankee Ridge, there is one thing that sets these students apart. Half of their school day is taught in French. For the past two years,...

Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure

Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure

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...

MTD driver aims to make students’ days brighter

MTD driver aims to make students’ days brighter

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Longtime MTD driver Earnestine “Sunshine” Crook has been driving for over 10 years, and throughout her time in Champaign-Urbana, she has built a reputation. While some students know her as the driver of the 12 Teal buses, most know her for her bright smile and cheerful attitude. The Daily Illini: Ho...

Student makeup artists illuminate Champaign-Urbana

Student makeup artists illuminate Champaign-Urbana

By Brielle Scullark, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Seniors Ifeoma Onyeka in LAS and Zainabu Lawal in AHS both started their makeup artist careers out of their college dorm rooms. If it weren’t for a push from their friends to share their work, they may not be where they are today. Onyeka started doing her own makeup in seventh grade, but only the basic mascar...

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 ...

UI holds title of second-largest research library

UI holds title of second-largest research library

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The University is currently standing among the largest research libraries in terms of volume, ranking at number two. The Association of Research Libraries defines volumes as “single physical unit of any printed, typewritten, handwritten, mimeographed or processed work, distinguished from other units...

CU celebrates Thanksgiving with Friendsgivings, community dinners

CU celebrates Thanksgiving with Friendsgivings, community dinners

By Kimberly Villanueva, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Hold the cranberries, and pass the gravy! Students and community organizers are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday by sharing unique traditions and alternative ways to celebrate the holiday. Nakita Pradhan, senior in LAS, is excited for her upcoming Thanksgiving feast with her family. But thei...

Lack of black hair salons inspires young stylists

Lack of black hair salons inspires young stylists

By Armani Baker, Contributing Writer

November 19, 2019

Curls, braids and fades. Hair is very significant in the black community. With the lack of barber and hair salons in Campustown that cater to black hair, black students have created their resources. “I learned how to cut hair just by doing,” said Christian McKinney, junior in AHS. “I cut...

Fashion design class leads to offbeat paths

Fashion design class leads to offbeat paths

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

When Chiara Vincenzi began working at the University almost three years ago, her life changed drastically. Originally from Italy, Vincenzi had worked as a fashion designer for both big and small companies before returning to academia.  She has had experiences such as working as a fashion designer for the United...

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