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Students express dissatisfaction with non-instructional days

Students express dissatisfaction with non-instructional days

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

On Oct. 19, the University senate agreed to make several changes to the spring semester. While a significant amount of changes were made to operations on campus, one of the most eye-catching was the gutting...

A collection of multicultural books sorted by the Kadie Project for Carl Sandburg Elementary School in Charleston, Illinois lies on the ground. Ky Newsome and Kate Shanks started the Kadie Project to introduce more diverse children’s books into the classroom.

The Kadie Project promotes diversity education in classrooms

By Jenni Kallenback, Assistant Features Editor March 29, 2021

After her three-year-old daughter experienced an act of racism from a peer at daycare, Ky Newsome, director of advocacy services at Sexual Assault Counseling & Information Service in Charleston, Illinois,...

Anika Emily performs live on WEFT 90.1 FM on July 2, 2019. Emily recently performed on the local radio station WEFT 90.1 with Jake Fava.

Radio station gives platform to local artists

By Olivia Orlandi, Contributing Writer March 29, 2021

Every Monday night, WEFT Sessions goes on-air to give bands and musicians the space to play live music for the community. WEFT 90.1 is a local radio station here in Champaign-Urbana that has been on-air...

University students perform in the dance “I’m Ally!” choreographed by Rachel Rizzuto on March 20 at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. The shows went without a hitch despite having to follow COVID-19 restrictions.

March Dance thrives despite COVID-19 limitations

By Mateo Bautista, Contributing Writer March 29, 2021

When an artist has an idea, they will stop at nothing to share it with an audience. At this year’s March Dance, these artists have also shown they will find ways to come together and share their stories...

Traveling Illini venture across state lines

Traveling Illini venture across state lines

By Fizza Hassan, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

Planning recreational trips to new destinations includes finding travel partners, managing logistics within a reasonable budget and ensuring safety which, may be a difficult task if done independently....

Illini Student Musicals thrives during pandemic

Illini Student Musicals thrives during pandemic

By Alex Lazaro, Contributing Writer March 25, 2021

It is impossible to go anywhere or do anything without seeing the effects of COVID-19. From social distancing guidelines and mask mandates, safety is the number one priority for many. RSOs and other groups...

City council candidates Mike Kobel and Jaya Kolisetty are running to represent Urbana's Ward 4

City council candidates face campaign setbacks

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Longform Editor March 24, 2021

Masked with pens in hand, a city council candidate approached local porches in Urbana’s fourth ward to gather signatures to get on the ballot.  As a Republican candidate in a heavily Democratic county,...

Members of the Goodwin Avenue Trio Chanmi Lee, Andrew J. Buckley and Ethan Schlenker pose for a photo. The trio will make their debut on March 27 at Smith Memorial Hall.

The Goodwin Avenue Trio plays on

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

One late July afternoon, a clarinetist, a cellist and a pianist made introductions over Zoom. They gathered soon after for a first run of the Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor. Andrew J. Buckley, a first-year...

Tara Hurless proposes to her wife in front of a small propeller plane in 2015. Hurless’s life has been a series of twists and turns that have shaped her into the woman she is today.

UI police officer details many identities

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Longform Editor March 22, 2021

When Tara Hurless of the University Police Department, a middle-aged woman with short blonde hair, approached a man as a back-up officer on duty, he insisted he was being targeted because he was gay. However,...

Institute challenges students to avoid plastic this March

Institute challenges students to avoid plastic this March

By Kayla Mish, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

Plastic is all around us, even in places we might not expect. It’s in clothes, oceans, streets and has even been found in fish. It’s detrimental to the planet and difficult to always avoid. For Emily...

The Community United Church of Christ houses Jubilee Café and stands at 805 S. 6th Street, in Champaign on Sunday afternoon. The cafe serves free food on Monday’s to University students and community members to combat food insecurity.

Jubilee Cafe combats food insecurity

By Jacqui Nguyen, Staff Writer March 21, 2021

Walking down Green Street with its wide selection of restaurants and grocery stores, it may be difficult to see the underlying issue of food insecurity on campus and in the rest of the Champaign-Urbana...

Future Illini reflect on unprecedented application process

Future Illini reflect on unprecedented application process

By Liz Gremer, Contributing Writer March 18, 2021

The process of applying to college is a difficult task for many, from asking for letters of recommendation to writing countless essays and sending out transcripts. However, many incoming students found...

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