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College students take on winter break: keep working or just relax?

College students take on winter break: keep working or just relax?

By Kaolin Sewell, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

So you’ve just finished finals and you find yourself asking, “What should I do this winter break?” Your answer could be relaxing, working or both. There are so many activities to look forward to during your highly anticipated winter break. I’m sure you are reading this guide to get into the holiday...

Easy gift ideas for penny-pinching students

Easy gift ideas for penny-pinching students

By Melissa Niemiec, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

If gift-planning has not entered your mind at this stage of the holiday season game, I regret to inform you that you will not be getting those Black Friday deals. However, even without lots of planning, it’s possible to celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank. The crafty gift Handmade gifts send a specia...

Students reflect on favorite holiday memories

Students reflect on favorite holiday memories

By Arden Youn, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

The holidays are filled with love, family, food and, though not quite as important, Santa Claus and presents. No matter which holiday your family celebrates, in a season overflowing with nostalgia and old stories, what better time than to reminisce? With the holidays approaching, Illinois students shar...

Things to do in Chicago over winter break

Things to do in Chicago over winter break

By Ashley Rayan, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

If your hometown friends are anything like mine, it’s bound to include more than a few trips downtown to see Cloud Gate (The Bean) and to go ice skating at Millennium Park. Whether you’re going home and tired of seeing the same things every time, or it’s your first time visiting the city, try...

Winter break’s best binge-worthy TV shows

Winter break’s best binge-worthy TV shows

By Molly Zupan, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

A well-deserved post-finals break is on the way, so keep your head up and keep your mind focused until you can finally catch up on the shows your friends keep telling you about. If you find yourself stuck while studying, take a few minutes to get excited about the upcoming time off. Take a look at t...

New semester, new you

New semester, new you

By Julie Kang, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

With 2018 approaching quickly and my first semester of college coming to an end, I am focused on two things: finishing the semester strong and setting new goals for the next.  For freshmen, this has been a year of change and adjustment. Regardless of whether this semester went by smoothly for you, there ar...

I don’t mean to sound like the Grinch but . . .

I don’t mean to sound like the Grinch but . . .

By Chinmaya Sharma, Contributing Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Christmas: a time when adults plan family gatherings and children dream of gifts they’d like Santa to deliver. Seeing homes aglow and streets abuzz with chatter may bring back fond memories; however, there are others who find this a little nauseating. Maybe Christmas is a little overrated? Not t...

Where to shop for holiday gifts on campus

Where to shop for holiday gifts on campus

By Yifan Gu, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

The holiday season is now in full swing on campus. You could simply wait to buy your gifts at home, but it is possible to pick just the right personal gifts on campus with a bit of thought.  Here are five places where you can buy memorable gifts right here on campus, any of which will say “Illini”...

Hanukkah: A Crash Course

Hanukkah: A Crash Course

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Being happy at times of celebration is a universal constant in all cultures, and it’s that consistency that brings both curiosity and common ground to those who celebrate different holidays. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, sometimes known as the Festival of Lights, is one example of such holidays...

Study abroad students say campus goodbyes before winter break

Study abroad students say campus goodbyes before winter break

By Kyra Kirsh, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Winter break begins later this year, and many students are disappointed to see their holiday time has been cut from four weeks to three. But for students studying abroad in the spring, this winter break marks the start of their semester-long goodbye to Champaign. As a junior who is studying abroad this spri...

Winter break can be a productive time

Winter break can be a productive time

By Rabia Ilyas, Staff writer

January 6, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Showcase, Special Sections

When the last finals and projects are over, it may be tempting for students to turn their brains off and spend the four weeks of winter break in a Netflix-induced stupor. However, there are many ways to enjoy break and the holiday season while still staying productive. Many students opt to take a...

New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep

New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep

By Isabella Jackson, Supplements editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

When the ball drops at midnight New Year’s Eve, many students will be thinking about how they will make 2017 their best year yet — whether that is getting in shape, acing all their classes or meeting that perfect someone. Unfortunately, according to the University of Scranton, only eight percent of Americans actually end up succeeding in their resolutions. Most of t...

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