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Fizaa celebrates dance culture of South Asia

Fizaa celebrates dance culture of South Asia

By Emily Dao, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

In Hindi, the word “fizaa” translates to atmosphere or, as Nishu Paul puts it, “the vibe in the air.” Paul is a sophomore in LAS and dance captain of Fizaa, the competitive intercollegiate dance team that began in 2008. Many members said it provides them with a sense of unity and belonging t...

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,...

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 .....

The write stuff: Club gives members opportunity to write creatively

The write stuff: Club gives members opportunity to write creatively

By Annabelle Barnett, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2019


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

Andy Miles, junior in Media, has always been passionate about writing. To him, writing allows him to express his creativity, which is why he joined the Creative Writing Club his freshman year at the University. Now, he serves as the club’s president. Creative Writing Club meetings typically begin ...

Curiosity Club satisfies students’ thirst for knowledge

Curiosity Club satisfies students’ thirst for knowledge

By Annabelle Barnett, Contributing Writer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Vishwanatha Mallampooty, freshman in Engineering, was in the Krannert Art Museum when he realized he wished he could take an art history class without the stressful homework and essays attached. Additionally, he knew as a physics major, it would be difficult to incorporate an art history class into his...

Promoting fossil fuel divestment movement

Promoting fossil fuel divestment movement

By Olivia Zhang, Contributing Writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations

Beyond Coal is an RSO advocating for the University’s divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It is part of a greater movement across campuses worldwide pushing for a future of renewable energy. AnnaMae Dziallo, president of Beyond Coal and senior in ACES, has been the backbone of the campaign at...

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

Student filmmakers start conversation, promote empathy

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


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

University students are asking audiences to put themselves in the shoes of others. The virtual reality film, "The Drive," has been created to optimally evoke empathy and to strategically start a larger conversation on campus and in the C-U area about police and community relations. "The Drive" is centered a...

RSO sails into regattas

RSO sails into regattas

By Courtney Stone, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Students have a chance to sail on open water with life vests on and all hands on deck through the University Sailing Team. As part of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association, the team competes in approximately four to five regattas, or sailing races, per semester against other regional universities. Each...

Students join 4 Paws for Ability to help train service dogs at Illinois

Students join 4 Paws for Ability to help train service dogs at Illinois

By Elise Guillen, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Lizzy Geary, junior in ACES, fosters a dog named Froggy on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She shares responsibility of Froggy with other students who work to foster and train service dogs for the nonprofit organization 4 Paws for Ability. The group provides service dogs to people in need of assistance, such as war...

Stress-reduction RSOs preach mental and social health

Stress-reduction RSOs preach mental and social health

By Yvon Streacker, Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

After a long winter break, students are often stressed by the overwhelming pressures of balancing school with social and extracurricular commitments. Fortunately, there are many stress-reduction efforts and techniques, like meditation, RSOs are practicing and sharing with the campus population. On...

Student volunteers give back to community

Student volunteers give back to community

By Courtney Stone, Staff writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Showcase, Student Organizations, Top Stories

Diba Tannazi discovered the student-run organization Volunteer Illini Projects through a newsletter freshman year. Now, as a senior in LAS, she serves as the organization’s president. Beginning its journey at the University in 1963, VIP works to build a better community in Champaign-Urbana through ...

Harry Potter Alliance to host its charity ball in ARC

Harry Potter Alliance to host its charity ball in ARC

By Min Cheong Kim, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations

Inspired by the world of Harry Potter, University students are bringing the magic to campus for a night of witchcraft and wizardry to raise money for a charity of their choice. The Yule Ball, an annual charity event hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance, is a holiday-themed gala based on the Harry Potter...

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