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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...

Undocumented, DACA students spread activism

Undocumented, DACA students spread activism

By Vishesh Anand, Senior Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations

Ana Rodas wants her story to be heard. She wants people to know about the challenges she faces as a student with a DACA status at a public university and to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy, has allowed undocumented immigrants who ...

New nonprofit RSO accepts used books

New nonprofit RSO accepts used books

By Ciera Johnson, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Life & Culture, Student Organizations, Top Stories

The UC Books to Prisoners organization was initially just an independent, nonprofit organization which operated within the Independent Media Center in Urbana. Sanha Kim, junior in Engineering, and Madeleine Brown, junior in LAS, both started out as volunteers for the organization. They eventually mad...

SPEAK Café empowers creative minds

SPEAK Café empowers creative minds

By Alicia Barbas, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018


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

This past Thursday marked the second SPEAK café event of the semester, hosted at the Espresso Royale inside of the Krannert Art Museum. The café was filled with R&B music until it quickly became populated with people of all ages; from mothers with children to retired professors, most of w...

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