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International students acclimate to campus

International students acclimate to campus

By Ayse Pirge, Contributing Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

The University serves as a second home to thousands of international students. Joining ethnic and cultural registered student organizations and attending celebratory events throughout the year can help international students feel like they have a small piece of home on the University campus. Multi...

Students run restaurant for a night

Students run restaurant for a night

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Food & Restaurants, Life & Culture

Restaurateurs can spend months planning large-scale events, balancing a budget and perfecting the menu. Jennifer Ha, senior in ACES, had six weeks. Ha, who studies hospitality management, has been waiting for her turn at a Spice Box meal since her freshman year. “As students who are hosting, we pi...

University honors Black History Month

University honors Black History Month

By Erica Finke, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

While February is often considered the month of love by many, it is also Black History Month. It gives time to acknowledge and appreciate African-American heritage. February offers many celebratory activities and opportunities to learn about the rich history of African-American students on the Univ...

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Student Organizations

University students are asking audiences to put themselves in the shoes of others. The virtual reality film, "The Drive," has been created to optimally evoke empathy and to strategically start a larger conversation on campus and in the C-U area about police and community relations. "The Drive" is centered a...

RSO sails into regattas

RSO sails into regattas

By Courtney Stone, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Students have a chance to sail on open water with life vests on and all hands on deck through the University Sailing Team. As part of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association, the team competes in approximately four to five regattas, or sailing races, per semester against other regional universities. Each...

Students join 4 Paws for Ability to help train service dogs at Illinois

Students join 4 Paws for Ability to help train service dogs at Illinois

By Elise Guillen, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Lizzy Geary, junior in ACES, fosters a dog named Froggy on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She shares responsibility of Froggy with other students who work to foster and train service dogs for the nonprofit organization 4 Paws for Ability. The group provides service dogs to people in need of assistance, such as war...

Moving forward, looking back: 50 years of dance at Illinois

Moving forward, looking back: 50 years of dance at Illinois

By Emily Stutts, Contributing Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

As the University dance department celebrates its 50th anniversary, this month’s performances will commemorate the occasion with a central theme: moving forward and looking back. Dance at Illinois puts on two annual performances each academic year, and this year’s festivities began back in Nov...

Courses challenge students to achieve potential

Courses challenge students to achieve potential

By Erin Cady, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

Elaine Houha has learned what it is like to take on a challenging course load. As a senior in Engineering, she said she had to take a class that, at certain points, required almost 100 hours per week of work outside the classroom. Average exam scores could range between 30-40 percent, with the studen...

‘Stranger Things’ actor Aaron Muñoz joins theater faculty

‘Stranger Things’ actor Aaron Muñoz joins theater faculty

By Olivia Zhang, Contributing Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Aaron Muñoz has starred in “Stranger Things” and “The Walking Dead.” He has been in films and plays and has also produced, written and directed various other creative works. Muñoz’s latest role is as an assistant professor in the University’s theater department, teaching THEA 275: Relationships in Act...

New year is a new start for many

New year is a new start for many

By Ciera Johnson, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

January is often viewed as a new start, a new year with the possibility of new beginnings. As a result, many people make New Year’s resolutions with the hopes of breaking old habits or implementing dramatic lifestyle changes. And yet, as the end of the month draws near, it becomes apparent that very few...

A different lens: Students capture life in photography business

A different lens: Students capture life in photography business

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

When David Pollak first experimented with filmmaking and taking photos just over four years ago, he had no idea where it would take him. “It was definitely a hobby, being a photographer,” Pollak said. “I kept taking photos, and eventually people started reaching out.” He said he began filmmak...

University incubator promotes startups

University incubator promotes startups

By Vishesh Anand, Senior Reporter

January 31, 2019


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

Established in 2003, EnterpriseWorks is an incubator facility based at Research Park. No other facility in Illinois has received as much federal funding, in the form of Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Research grants, as this University-owned technology startup haven. Unl...

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