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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...

App simplifies traveling home for college students

App simplifies traveling home for college students

By Amanda Rhee, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


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

While transportation and ride-sharing apps are gaining popularity, many college students who don’t have cars are using them to get around places on and off campus. A new carpooling app called Wyth has been released exclusively for college students and is currently being piloted at the University. Ciara...

Niche minors fulfill students’ interests

Niche minors fulfill students’ interests

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

When Dawn McNulty, academic adviser in the Department of Sociology, helps students select a minor to pursue, she stresses they acquire skills in their interest areas. “The most important part about approaching your undergraduate education is thinking about the skills you want to gain over the time yo...

YouTube star Shoji Moto balances school, music

YouTube star Shoji Moto balances school, music

By Citlalli Pino, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture

Some students struggle to balance studying, extra curricular activities and free time; however, Shoji Moto, sophomore in Engineering, has been able to balance his school life while being a rising sensation on YouTube. Moto has always had a passion for playing the piano and coming to the University ...

IllinoisVENTURES funds startups across University system

IllinoisVENTURES funds startups across University system

By Shreya Goel, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


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

Tom Parkinson was looking for an opportunity to work with tech-based startups in a research university setting. He found IllinoisVENTURES and became the senior director of the program. IllinoisVENTURES  is a capital firm devoted to assisting entrepreneurs, including faculty, students and alumni from the three ...

“Because I Am Your Queen” showcases feminism on, off stage

“Because I Am Your Queen” showcases feminism on, off stage

By Zulema Herrera, Contributing Writer

March 26, 2019


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

Dr. Kirsten Pullen became the first female head of the theater department in 2017. As a result, she has helped bring the all-female show “Because I am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia)” to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, debuting March 28. Erica Hernandez, cast member and graduate studen...

The Other Guys celebrate 50 years

The Other Guys celebrate 50 years

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations

It was the intermission of the 1968-1969 Varsity Men’s Glee Club concert. The director walked onto the stage to introduce a new group performing for the first time. “Well, guys, you just heard the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club,” he said into the microphone. “And now for the .....

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