The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Maaike Niekerk

Maaike Niekerk, buzz Editor

My name is Maaike Niekerk, and I am a sophomore majoring in English with minors in music and journalism. I began working with The Daily Illini during the fall semester of my freshman year as a buzz staff writer, and joined the editorial team last summer. I love bringing live event coverage to you from Champaign-Urbana’s vibrant music scene and sharing stories of local artists and musicians. Outside of The Daily Illini, you’ll find me performing at every football game with the Marching Illini or cycling with the 2024 Illini 4000 bike America team.

Enthusiastic audience members enjoy a Taylor Swift tune at Canopy Club on Friday.

CU shows you can’t miss this February 

By Maaike Niekerk, buzz Editor February 1, 2024
Jamie Foxx in 2017 Baran bo Odar film Sleepless.

Actor Jamie Foxx sued for sexual assault

By Maaike Niekerk, Assistant buzz Editor November 22, 2023
Divino Niño plays at the Rose Bowl Taverns outside stage in Urbana during Pygmalion on Friday night.

Divino Niño imbue psychedelic vibe into Pygmalion day 2

By Maaike Niekerk, Assistant buzz Editor September 23, 2023
Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smashmouth, performs in Las Vegas on June 30, 2010.

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell dies at 56

By Maaike Niekerk, Assistant buzz Editor September 4, 2023
CU community come together during Pygmalion performance on Sept. 27, 2018. Pygmalion will be kicking off on Friday with performances from Kangaroo Court and Divino Niño.

Pygmalion Festival returns to CU for 2023

By Maaike Niekerk, Assistant buzz Editor August 27, 2023
Getting involved with music on campus

Getting involved with music on campus

By Maaike Niekerk, Assistant buzz Editor August 21, 2023
Twitter rebrands as X

Twitter rebrands as “X”

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor July 24, 2023

Emmy Awards announce 2023 nominations

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor July 12, 2023
Man shot and killed in Champaign

Man shot and killed in Champaign

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 25, 2023
Chicago-style hot dog meal

Chicago-style hot dog

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 22, 2023
Frame from 1988 TV series Garfield and Friends

‘Garfield’ celebrates 45th birthday

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 19, 2023
The back corner of CBPB, which features an antique popcorn machine and several tins available for purchase to customers.

Devil’s dust

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 16, 2023
The premium flavor shelf at CBPB, home of caramel corn.

Caramel corn

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 16, 2023
Hidden gems in Champaign-Urbana

Hidden gems in Champaign-Urbana

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 9, 2023
The Bread Company’s french onion soup includes a striking gruyère cheese pull

French onion soup

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 9, 2023
The Bread Company’s grilled chicken sandwich and french onion soup

Grilled chicken sandwich

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 9, 2023
Andes Mint donut from Ye Olde Donut Shoppe

Andes Mint Donut

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 1, 2023
Base of a donut lamp at Ye Olde Donut Shoppe

Custard-filled Long John

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor June 1, 2023
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