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What America has failed to hear

What America has failed to hear
A Year of Racial and Political Division: Where do we go now?
November 19, 2020

A Movement Re-Ignited Shootings. Protests. Riots. A movement ignited. Eight months. Over 250 days. That’s how much time has passed since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician from...

Election week at the University: high stakes atmosphere can be felt across campus

Students stand in line to vote at the Illini Union polling place on Tuesday.
November 3, 2020

Tuesday, Oct. 27: It’s a cold, overcast day in Champaign. It rained for a short while and the cold air still lingers, forcing students to turn on their heaters for the first time this school year.  Perhaps...

Illinois Elections: What’s at Stake for State Legislature

Lawn signs line the grass of the Main Quad outside of the Illini Union voting site on Thursday. Many important state positions are up for grabs in the 2020 Illinois election.
November 2, 2020

With Election Day on the horizon, the presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is practically unavoidable. Wherever you turn, there’s a political ad for one of the two candidates or reports...

Illinois Commitment: What are you really committing to?

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Mom's Weekend on April 6, 2019.
July 15, 2020

The housing spiral burst and the economy was in a downward spiral, leaving many in a devastating financial situation; Max Williams was in elementary school when both parents lost their jobs during the...

Profile: A political punk’s path to a PhD and tenure

Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen poses for a professional photo.
June 29, 2020

Fueled by the righteous rage of punk, then 16-year-old Mimi Thi Nguyen organized her first protest against the first Gulf War in 1991 outside of her high school’s administration building in the northeastern...

Congressional candidate Stefanie Smith runs an unapologetically working-class campaign

Congressional candidate Stefanie Smith runs an unapologetically working-class campaign
April 10, 2020

On the night of March 17, Stefanie Smith sat on her couch playing video games with her 13 year-old daughter. Tonight’s game of choice: Towerfall. Videogames are one of Smith’s go-to methods for unwinding...

Unseen, unfed: Breaking the cycle

A local man places mangos into his cart as a student volunteer smiles at the Wesley Food Pantry, 1203 W. Green St., on Feb. 20.
March 9, 2020

Wedged between Stoughton and Fourth streets, the County Market’s location, 24-hour accessibility and lack of competition is why many students shop there. For those who do not have cars on campus or who...

Unseen, unfed: Seeking help

A local man places mangos into his cart as a student volunteer smiles at the Wesley Food Pantry, 1203 W. Green St., on Feb. 20.
March 2, 2020

Taylor Chism, senior in FAA, was on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program during her sophomore and junior years but was no longer eligible after her job wages increased to $11 an hour....

Unseen, unfed: Addressing the stigma

A student volunteer pours syrup on a person's plate at the University Place Christian Church on the evening of February 19, 2020.
February 27, 2020

A big part of the problem of food insecurity has to do with the stigma it carries, especially in a campus setting. The lack of awareness on college campuses combined with the psychological anxieties makes...

Unseen, unfed

Food Pantry Director Dawn Longfellow organizes items at the Student Food Pantry on Friday.
February 24, 2020

When Kenji Pantin was an undergrad at the University of Central Florida, she couldn’t afford a meal plan. Despite her scholarships, there just wasn’t enough money. Her mom encouraged her to take out...

A long way to go

A long way to go
February 14, 2019

Fifty years later University students are still fighting for what was proposed to administration 50 years later. Alumnus and then-student leader Bradley Harrison said the United States is racially...

A long way to go

Connie Eggleston (left), who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972, dances with friends in the 1960s for the Champaign studio “Artist in Motion.”
February 11, 2019

A few short months after Project 500, an initiative to recruit more black and brown students to the University, was implemented in 1968, minority students claimed they were still being discriminated against...

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