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

Sidney Madden

Sidney Madden, Longform Editor, Assistant Features Editor

I'm a journalism student, minoring in political science and Spanish. I have been a features reporter and am now assistant features editor and longform editor. My favorite stories to help tell are where art, identity and culture intersect. Outside of the newsroom, I'm an amateur photographer and an oatmeal enthusiast.

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All content by Sidney Madden
Campus faith groups go digital to build community

Campus faith groups go digital to build community

Because of social distancing precautions and stay-at-home...

Students navigate job market during pandemic

Students navigate job market during pandemic

Kelli Smith, junior in AHS, was disappointed but not...

Ian Kidder posts a meme to the Facebook group UIUC Memes for Underfunded Teens on Saturday.

Facebook meme page connects students amid virus

In the wake of social distancing efforts to combat...

Adam Taggart, second year doctoral student in kinesiology, practices his kickboxing skills. This hobby turned into a field of research for Taggart, as he is studying the effects of martial arts on cognitive functions.

Researcher studies martial arts, cognitive function

On a Saturday afternoon, Adam Taggart kickboxes at...

Rachel Otwell, NPR Illinois journalist and lead reporter for the ProPublica Local Reporting Network series, Campus Complicity, speaks at a forum on faculty sexual misconduct reforms at the Main Library on Tuesday.

Forum addresses NPR Illinois’ reporting on campus sexual misconduct  

NPR Illinois, ProPublica and Illinois Student Government...

Pictured above is Connie Gyorr, and her daughter, Marisa MacDuff, who passed away from a cocaine-fentanyl overdose in 2016. Gyorr, created the foundation Marisa’s Purpose in her daughter’s honor to educate and raise awareness about the opioid epidemic.

Community combats opioid crisis through education, awareness

When 20-year-old Marisa MacDuff was declared dead in...

Written in stars: Astrology piques campus interest

Written in stars: Astrology piques campus interest

If you log on to any social media platform, you will...

Having a license is not always necessary on campus

Having a license is not always necessary on campus

For many Illini, getting one’s license can be a rite...

Students work in the main lounge at Allen Hall. While many new students may be looking forward to the many changes going away to college promises, it is important to remember this is time to embrace all the change you can to prepare yourself for the life ahead of you.

College is an opportunity to embrace change

Twenty days before moving in freshman year, I had a...

You should travel while studying abroad

You should travel while studying abroad

Once upon a time, I had a brief stint as an RA in a...

RSOs provide valuable experiential learning

I am a self-proclaimed compulsive over-joiner. I say...

The Gies College of Business is decked out to celebrate the generous donation from the Gies Family at the Business Instructional Facility on Oct. 26. The Gies College of Business is among one of the many colleges within the University to introduce a new program for future students.

Graduation speaker to tell grads to find their ‘why’

In 1984, Larry Gies was a small-town boy from Mendota,...

Chance the Rapper endorses Amara Enyia, right, for mayor of Chicago at a news conference at
City Hall on Oct. 16 in Chicago

Alumni run for Chicago mayor

With the University being only 134 miles from Chicago,...

Alumni bridge entrepreneurship and online dating

Alumni bridge entrepreneurship and online dating

Bela Gandhi was always the go-to-girl for relationship...

ARC to hold 10-year anniversary celebration, renovation

In 1987, Doug Boyer was a student employee at the Intramural...

Search and rescue teams inspect the grounds of a house burned down by the Camp Fire along Boquest Boulevard on Nov. 17 in Paradise, California. University students from the area stay updated
from afar as their family and friends recover.

California fire continues to affect students on campus

When Muskaan Sawhney returned home to San Ramon, California,...

Chante Knight dresses up as Emerald from the animated Rooster Teeth series: RWBY at the Holiday Matsuri anime convention in Florida. Knight, graduate student in FAA, uses her experience with cosplay and sewing in her studies as a costume technology student.

Students find creative outlet in cosplay

Gillian Lange, freshman in LAS, began cosplaying in...

The newly remodeled Food Science Pilot Processing Plant on Tuesday. Students and staff use the plant to teach and develop, conduct research and process food products to be used by the University dining halls and other companies.

Pilot Processing Plant undergoes renovation

Past the McFarland Bell Tower at the end of South Quad...

Jim James headlines Get Out The Vote concert at Canopy Club

Jim James headlines Get Out The Vote concert at Canopy Club

With less than a month until the 2018 midterm elections,...

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” is an independent Native American film currently playing at the Goodrich Savoy on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11.
Based on a novel, the film provides insight to modern Lakota life, and has had widespread success across the U.S., with a 95 percent
on rottentomatoes.com. (From left to right) Dave Bald Eagle, Chris Sweeney and Richard Ray Whitman were the central cast.

Independent Native American film debunks classic stereotypes

On a Saturday morning at the Goodrich Savoy 16 IMAX...

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz serves as pioneer for the study of movement therapy, specifically the effects ballet has on her students. Through her studies, Lopez-Ortiz has seen 50 to 60 percent of overall improvement with her subjects in her multiple sclerosis study, crediting it to the combination of motor learning and movement meditation.

Professor explores impact of dance on disabilities

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz is both an artist and a scientist....

Portraits of Brandon Burditt (MFA acting) and Megan Coffel (lighting design) on the steps of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, Sept. 15th 2018.

MFA theatre part II: Acting welcomes newest cohort

Sitting in a semi-circle in the basement of the Krannert...

Portrait of Megan Coffel, graduate student in FAA, sitting on the steps of the Krannert Center
for Performing Arts on Saturday. Coffel is a MFA student in design who is taking a class this
semester that only accepts 10 students every three years.

MFA theatre part I: Exploring tech, design and management at Illinois

Megan Coffel’s days are split between putting in...

Grace Khachaturian, senior in Journalism, was crowned Miss Illinois 2018.

University student prepares for Miss America competition

On Aug. 25, Miss Illinois Grace Khachaturian was surrounded...

TREBEL music app provides free offline music to listeners

TREBEL music app provides free offline music to listeners

Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Pandora. While students...

KAM Fest kicks off student engagement, art initiatives

KAM Fest kicks off student engagement, art initiatives

Krannert Art Museum education coordinators Aimee Schneider...

A night at the “Cabaret:” Broadway show comes to State Farm Center

A night at the “Cabaret:” Broadway show comes to State Farm Center

Saturday night, community members shuffled into the...

Charity Davis and Demi Lovato performing onstage during one of Lovatos tour events.

The ‘Cherry D’ on top: former University student, professional backup singer

When Charity Davis was in elementary school, she was...

Alethea Busch creates Shrek paintings to challenge commercialized art. The featured paintings are “Gimme Dat O-gurt,” “The Yogre Instructor,” and “Somewhere Ogre the Rainbow.”

‘Shrek’ out this local indie artist

Local artist Alethea Busch was 6 years old when the...

Paths of pre-med: Students talk life on the pre-health track

Paths of pre-med: Students talk life on the pre-health track

Aashna Thakur has always wanted to be a doctor. She...

Students at the Campus Recreation Center East learn why self-care is important to their well-being and health through a two-hour yoga workshop Friday. Yoga is one of the five workshop themes in Campus Recreation Self-Care Workshop series.

Self-Care workshops at ARC, CRCE help students relieve stress

Many initiatives on campus help combat students’...

A trumpet player in the Marching Illini plays a song between downs during the game against Murray State at Memorial Stadium.

The Marching Illini: A beat of positivity on and off the field

Barry Houser, director of the Marching Illini, was...

Lex Tate performs in the Mt. Hope Roselawn Cemetary Walk as Tina Weedon Smith on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Living Theater brings deceased alumni, faculty to life

On an overcast October morning, a crowd of C-U locals...

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