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UNICEF at UIUC aids international, local communities

Philip Song (left) poses with Avishek Biswas (center) and  Utsav Vachhani with a UNICEF sign in front of the White House in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2019.

By Tianbin Chen, Staff Reporter

March 16, 2020

Philip Song began planning the annual UNICEF gala when he was elected as gala committee head in the summer of 2019. It was held on Feb. 15 at the Illini Union and focused on South Sudanese children. Around 200 people participated in this event, and the organization raised significant funds from the entr...

New RSO helps artists of color express themselves

Kalief Dinkins was featured as a

By Karena Tse, Contributing Writer

March 12, 2020

Nneoma Ohale, sophomore in LAS, speaks about her art with the kind of conviction that sends chills through the listener. It is this unshakable passion that has driven Ohale in building the new RSO In Living Color, alongside fellow creative and Club President Alayna Hester, sophomore in FAA. Only in its...

Black women celebrate their natural beauty, hair at cosmetic event

Five hair career professionals sit at the Natural and Professional Meet-up at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on Feb 26. The event featured a panel of black women who discussed the beauty and challenges of natural hair in the professional workspace tradition.

By Brielle Scullark, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Destiny Smith, a sophomore in LAS, celebrated her natural hair with other women at the Natural and Professional Meet-up at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on Feb. 26. Smith started her natural hair journey in 2015 after her mother decided to stop using relaxers, a chemical product...

Improv groups on campus find life lessons in comedy

Members of the Hive Society perform at the Illini Union on Friday. The Hive Society is an improv group on campus that allows comedy fans to express themselves and entertain the community.

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

At 8 years old, Elizabeth Wilson, junior in LAS, waited patiently throughout the week for her favorite night, Saturday night. Most kids that age are getting ready for bed or finishing up a cartoon but not Wilson. She sat, eyes glued to the television, in anticipation of her favorite show, “Saturday N...

College Ventures ease access to education

Dylan Abrams (left), Blair Polinsky (center-left), Katie Underwood (center-right) and Jake Tennant, founders of College Ventures, discuss the organization’s future plans on Tuesday evening. College Ventures was initially started to make education more accessible for those with limited financial means in the Champaign-Urbana area, with the ultimate goal of funding Champaign Central High School students’ University tuition.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Assistant Features Editor

February 27, 2020

Dylan Abrams, senior in ACES, came up with an idea to bridge the educational gap between the wealthy and disenfranchised poor during his daily meditation. Through his gratitude training, he realized how important his education was to him, and he wanted to help others have the same experience. College ...

Luso-Brazilian Associate brings Carnaval from Brazil to Champaign

Luso-Brazilian Associate brings Carnaval from Brazil to Champaign

By Features Staff

February 18, 2020

The Luso-Brazilian Association at the University is bringing a taste of South America to the YMCA on Saturday. The Brazilian Carnaval festival is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday at noon, which also marks the beginning of Lent. During...

Illinettes dance into basketball season, around the world

The Illinettes walk through Laney College in Oakland, California, preceding the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 29. To earn a spot on the team, the dancers go through an intense audition process, which involves a prepared solo and a learned routine taught by the captains.

By Carmen Martinez, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

At every home football and basketball game, spectators can see the Illinettes, the University’s official dance team. Made up of students who have been dancing their whole lives, the Illinettes are responsible for helping to entertain crowds during games.  The Illinettes are part of the Marching Illi...

Wishmakers embrace empathy through charity

Students in Wishmakers on Campus pose with the Make-A-Wish mascot at a charity event, one of many that the RSO volunteers at each semester. The RSO grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, raising money through several events each year.

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Wishmakers on Campus makes wishing on a star a reality for some children with life-threatening illnesses. At the University, this organization helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Lindsey Panozzo, a senior in AHS, serves as one of the vice-presidents of the RSO. “Having organizatio...

Annual Yule Ball to Slytherin-to Union

Annual Yule Ball to Slytherin-to Union

By Features Staff

January 23, 2020

Calling all muggles, witches and wizards: The fifth annual Yule Ball, sponsored by the Harry Potter Alliance, is taking place at the South Lounge in the Illini Union ABC Ballroom Feb. 7. The ball is inspired by the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Am...

From plants to energy: Sustainability RSO makes biodiesel out of soybeans

Safety officer Aakash Patel hugs the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative new 500-gallon batch processor. The organization is hoping to make the community more environomentally friendly.

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

The turn of the new decade has caused many professionals and activists to recommit to solving climate change, including the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, an RSO that promotes sustainability on campus. IBI collects soybean oil from the Ikenberry Dining Hall and converts it to biodiesel fuel and soap. ...

Art club voices frustration at University funding

Julia Morrison sells her artwork at The Collective Magazine's Fall 2018 Art Gallery at Chez Bon Bon.

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

When Chantal Vaca found out RSO funding was included in student fees, she was intrigued, especially because she’s a co-founder of The Collective, an arts magazine and RSO.  “I had no idea that each student paid a set amount on their fees to the University. It’s not something that has been ad...

Education Justice Program engages prisoners

Volunteers pause for a photo in the basement of the Independent Media Center. The Education Justice Project is a college-in-prison program run by the University that offers upper-level university courses to inmates at Danville Correctional Center.

By Kimberly Villanueva, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

As prisons in Illinois continue to decrease spending on books and ban book titles, the gap between inmates and education and vocational studies widens. According to data from the Illinois Department of Corrections, only $276 was spent on books in 2017. This is a steep and progressive decline from the n...

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