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.

Lets meat pizza from Mia Zas Cafe

‘Let’s meat’ pizza

By Maaike Niekerk, Summer Editor May 23, 2023
The intrusive side of Hollywood romance

The intrusive side of Hollywood romance

By Maaike Niekerk, Staff Writer February 8, 2023
Best Off-Campus Bar: The Blind Pig Brewery

Best Off-Campus Bar: The Blind Pig Brewery

By Maaike Niekerk, Staff Writer November 4, 2022
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