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People play Quidditch on the South Quad. The group play together as a community that bonds over Harry Potter.

University Quidditch team makes its own magic

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime Editor August 31, 2021

The afternoon sun beats down on the South Quad, where six black rings – three at each end of a coned-off area – stand vertically on the top of white PVC pipes, all at varying heights. Students run...

The Illinois Rip Chords A cappella group poses for a photo during auditions. The group is in the midst of hosting in-person auditions for new members.

University a cappella groups host in-person activities, recruit new members

By Jenni Kallenback, Assistant Features Editor August 27, 2021

After nearly a year and a half of online activities, University a cappella groups are getting back into the swing of things. Five groups hosted Audition Week 2021 in person from Aug. 23-25, and the Illinois...

A girl plays badminton for fun on campus. The Illini Badminton Intercollegiate Sports Club celebrates its one year anniversary this year.

Illini Badminton Intercollegiate Sports Club thrives post pandemic

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor August 26, 2021

The Illini Badminton Intercollegiate Sports Club was founded at the University over a decade ago. While IBIS is the University's competitive badminton club, the club is still considered recreational by...

Students at the Ikenberry Commons walk around getting to know the campus. There have been several different events held around campus welcoming new and old students to campus.

Students host first r/UIUC meetup

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer August 26, 2021

With the start of the school year, the University has made efforts to welcome students to campus after what most say was a year ridden with anxiety and boredom. At Illinois Sights & Sounds, students...

Author Sarah Robinson holds up her new novel

Champaign author publishes first novel

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor August 18, 2021

Victorian homes line the streets of Champaign, each filled with stories and secrets.  Champaign native, Sarah Robinson, grew up watching these houses. She later pulled from these memories to write...

A U-Haul truck sits in a parking lot. The U-Haul company has caused Illinois students much stress after canceling rentals.

U-Haul leaves students stranded, abruptly cancels moves

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer August 11, 2021

With the mass migration of students to the Champaign-Urbana area, stress for moving arrangements has kicked into full gear. However, while last year had a very orchestrated move-in procedure,...

Food Pantry Director Dawn Longfellow wheels a rack of food at a food pantry in the Champaign area on Feb. 21, 2020. Food banks are looking for student volunteers to help out.

Food banks continue to be overwhelmed, search for student volunteers

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer August 4, 2021

After much debate circulating in Congress, a decisive move has been made. On Aug. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new federal eviction moratorium. The new eviction...

Sean Williams, Champaign resident, carries a goose wrapped in a sheet at Beringer Commons on July 18. Friends of Geese, a Champaign-Urbana-based animal rights activist group, protects and saves these birds from deliberate killings in the area.

Local geese activists flock together for loud honkin’ protests

By Gwyn Skiles and Farrah Anderson July 28, 2021

A man wearing football cleats and gardening gloves stood holding a goose inside a gathered sheet at Beringer Commons on Sunday, July 18. Sean Williams, Champaign resident, captured the goose after responding...

Booming crypto scene makes its way to students

Booming crypto scene makes its way to students

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer July 14, 2021

Since the 2017 burst of Bitcoin into the mainstream, going from shady underground currency to SNL jokes, the cryptocurrency scene has only grown more chaotic. Several dozen other coins have exploded onto...

After having many open mic nights online, The Canopy Club is now back in-person. The Canopy Club is working on ways to continue using online broadcasting to make sure people from all over can show off their talents.

The Canopy Club concerts return after over a year

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor July 10, 2021

The Canopy Club has served as a regular spot for live music, good food, and what many residents of C-U agree have been the most entertaining nights over the past two decades. However, since the COVID-19...

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer July 2, 2021

With the ever stressful comings and goings of regaining normalcy from the pandemic continuing, a sector of activity that has been especially harmed during the prolonged lockdown, are the various...

The landing page of the Chambana Pride community facebook page is shown above. The lack in UI pride events prompted students to organize themselves.

Lack of UI Pride month events prompts students to community organizations

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News & Longform Editor June 25, 2021

When Cory Simpson moved to Champaign-Urbana eight years ago, he said he was trying to get out of his hometown — a small town in Coles County, Illinois. Simpson said he grew up in a conservative household...

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