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‘Amazing Grace’ is an emotional experience 47 years in the making

‘Amazing Grace’ is an emotional experience 47 years in the making

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

April 13, 2019


Filed under Ebertfest, Life & Culture

Editor’s note: Each year, the University of Illinois College of Media Roger Ebert Fellows cover the Ebertfest film festival at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre, continuing through Saturday. Here they report on the first two days of the festival. For more of the 2018-19 Ebert Fellows coverage, go to Illin...

Holi celebrates color, community

Holi celebrates color, community

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Asha for Education celebrates every year with handfuls of color, all for a good cause. This organization promotes basic education for poor and underprivileged children in India. The chapter on campus hold events throughout the year, and their biggest event is Holi. It will take place Saturday at the Flori...

Drag shows promote identity expression

Drag shows promote identity expression

By Emily Dao, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


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

The moment the music starts during a performance, Gigi Mayonaé, last year’s Illinois Drag Wars winner, turns into a “baby Beyoncé.” “When I hit the stage, I think ‘How would Beyoncé do this?’” Mayonaé said. “’How would she carry herself?’ I try to embody what she would do. When I hi...

TEDxUIUC brings new ideas to campus

TEDxUIUC brings new ideas to campus

By Ayse Pirge, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Speakers from different backgrounds with unique stories gathered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday to partake in TEDx UIUC 2019: Emerge. TEDx is independent of the better known TED talks. The TEDxUIUC webpage says it was created “in the spirit of ideas worth spreading,” and ...

Illinois professor improves airport security systems

Illinois professor improves airport security systems

By Trishala Bhagat, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

For many years, most people didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to get through airport security. It was a standard, one-size-fits-all security system; everyone was screened the same. It wasn’t until the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that the government increased airport security and change...

Trivia nights build community

Trivia nights build community

By Erin Cady, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

From “Game of Thrones” to Sports History, trivia nights in Champaign-Urbana bring the community together for friendly competition and fun. Bars, stores and groups across town hold weekly trivia nights that draw individuals from all ages to come and join the competition. The questions range from...

Cut loose: actors share meaning of musical

Cut loose: actors share meaning of musical

By Anna Wright, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

“Footloose” has captivated audiences for generations. From Kevin Bacon in the ’80s cult classic to the stage adaption in the late ’90s, the story of Beaumont’s dancing-deprived teens has attracted nearly three decades worth of audiences. Fortunately for University students, this story has now c...

University alumnae empowers women in military

University alumnae empowers women in military

By Erica Finke, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

Juliet Beyler didn't second guess what she wanted to do after high school graduation: join the United States Marines. Beyler, a University alumnae, joined the Marines when she was 17 years old and, at the time, didn’t have a desire to go to college. After nearly 30 years with the Marines, she has...

Student-run music festival promotes local talent

Student-run music festival promotes local talent

By Sarah O'Beirne, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


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

Flor Fest is a new music festival that aims to unite local musicians in the Champaign-Urbana area on Friday. Students Edgar Cuevas, junior in LAS, and Dania Avila-Cardona, junior in Education, organized the festival to bring the art and culture community together. Cuevas, the president of the festival,...

Nisi Sturgis revamps theater department

Nisi Sturgis revamps theater department

By Zulema Herrera, Contributing Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Nisi Sturgis was a performer at an early age. Her parents tell the story of how she sang “I’m a Little Teapot” to her daycare but replaced the line “tip me over and pour me out” with “sock it to me baby, let it hang all out!” Sturgis, a new assistant professor in FAA, said she knew her passi...

Innovative students showcase talent at Tech Nest

Innovative students showcase talent at Tech Nest

By Annabelle Barnett, Contributing Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

AARP's technology lab, The Tech Nest, at Research Park is a space where student contractors work on groundbreaking, technology-focused projects to answer some of society's biggest problems, including enhancing the lives of aging populations. AARP is a nonprofit organization that strives to benefit thos...

Campus brand representatives are social media savvy

Campus brand representatives are social media savvy

By Jared Ebanks, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


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

Social media continues to change today’s marketing sphere, and, as a result, companies are employing social media savvy college students to influence campuses.  The Black Sheep is a satirical website and newspaper that has branches in several colleges across the country, and its media and marketing sect...

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