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Politics, pandemic move hand in hand

Politics, pandemic move hand in hand

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

September 2, 2020

The year 2020 has been an uphill battle, from the challenges of handling a global pandemic to confronting the country’s divisive politics. People are confronting the truth of police brutality and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement while trying to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pand...

Japan House Virtual Festival, Ganbaru: Day of Giving aims to keep spirits high

The Japan House gardens sit tranquilly on Oct. 28. Under normal circumstances, the Japan House hosts its Matsuri Festival here annually.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

August 31, 2020

The word Ganbaru roughly translates as “to slog on tenaciously through tough times.”  With the global COVID-19 pandemic still affecting daily life across the world, the Ganbaru has a more significant meaning as it focuses on concepts of doing one’s best, seeing things through and perseverance....

FinalsClub app connects students even remotely

The creators of the FinalsClub app, Ravi Patel, Rishi Masand and Vedant Mehta pose for a photo in a Zoom call.

By Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

August 27, 2020

As students return to universities and schools across the nation, education systems are bracing for a resurgence of coronavirus cases in their communities. Due to the pandemic, many universities and schools are doing a hybrid in-person online model or going online for the start of the semester.  With...

Freshmen adjust to working remotely

Students sit in the shade of trees on Friday

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

August 27, 2020

As students embark on a new school year with new obstacles and policies, everyone is working to adapt. The University, along with its student body, will throw its hat in the ring as one of the universities that will open its doors to students this semester amidst a global pandemic.  While returning s...

Sustainable Student Farm adapts to COVID-19 challenges

Junior Bob Rogge harvests tomatoes at the Student Sustainable Farm on Monday afternoon.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

August 25, 2020

The Sustainable Student Farm, or SSF, is a small academic farm where University students can learn about growing fresh food. The farm grows a large variety of vegetables and fruit using organic methods and supplies a large amount of food to people in the Champaign-Urbana area, including University students....

Campus resources shift accessibility during COVID-19

Students sit at the Courtyard Cafe at the Illini Union on Sunday. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, new guidelines are in place to prepare for an increase of students on campus.

By Features Staff

August 24, 2020

Campus is seeing several changes to its everyday operations in order to comply with COVID-19 safety procedures. Several resources that many students rely on have changed how they can be accessed. Here is a list of campus resources and how they have adapted for the fall semester. The Library Systems...

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival goes virtual

The organizers of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival set up a stand in the parking lot of the Lincoln Square Mall. Community members can drive by and pick up bags of sweet corn as well as commemorative totes and face masks.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

August 24, 2020

The city of Champaign held its first Sweetcorn Festival 45 years ago in 1975. It gathered the community together and created a long tradition celebrating local performers, local businesses and, of course, the locally grown sweet corn. With the country in the midst of a global pandemic, the festival could not be...

PBS Short Film Festival highlights independent filmmakers

A promotional image for the PBS Short Film Festival.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

July 21, 2020

The Ninth Annual PBS Short Film Festival drew thousands of submissions from creators all across the country. Illinois Public Media presents two of the 25 short films featured: “Paddle Together” by filmmakers Katie Prentiss Onsager from Small Forces and “You Know the Drill” by McKinleigh Lair fr...

Kevin Bacon reflects on his role in summer blockbuster

Kevin Bacon stars as Theo Conroy in

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

June 26, 2020

As the world adapts to a global pandemic, content creators such as filmmakers had to quickly decide whether their movies would premiere months behind schedule in a theater, or offer on-demand viewing. Over the past month, Universal Studios has offered two of its projected summer blockbusters for on-demand ...

CU small businesses tackle COVID-19 challenges

CU small businesses tackle COVID-19 challenges

By Shreya Goel, Staff Writer

June 12, 2020

The global economy suffers the biggest hit in decades due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on small businesses in Champaign reflects this reality on a small scale.  Leslie Till, co-owner of the 'Oh, Honey Pie' food truck, along with her husband Matt Doyle, said the greatest hit to thei...

Judd Apatow discusses ‘The King of Staten Island’

The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson, is set to release on June 12.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

June 10, 2020

With the premiere of his movie "The King of Staten Island" approaching on June 12, releasing on demand, director and writer Judd Apatow sat down for a virtual roundtable with college newspapers from across the country on June 1.  "The King of Staten Island" stars Saturday Night Live talent Pete Dav...

CU community cleans up looting aftermath, prepares for more protests

Green Street in Champaign, IL winds down at sunset on April 14.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

June 1, 2020

On Sunday evening, Champaign, Urbana and Savoy issued a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. due to “civil disturbances” following the protests over the death of George Floyd.  Earlier that day, businesses in Champaign such as the Market Place Mall, Meijer, Target and other stores were looted. Vid...

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