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

Therese Pokorney

Therese Pokorney, Features Editor

Hi, I'm Therese! I'm currently a junior studying journalism with a minor in psychology. I started at the DI as a news reporter, then daytime news editor, assistant news editor and now features editor. When I'm not writing, I'm doing yoga or watching Jeopardy!

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All content by Therese Pokorney
A tapestry hung up on the wall of Amara Yoga and Arts in Urbana.

[Photo] Students and faculty destress through mindful movement

A tapestry hung up on the wall of Amara Yoga and Arts...

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

Congolese immigrants find home, community in Urbana

The bell at Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana,...

Jim Hansen, professor in LAS, sits in his office full of horror movie memorabilia. Students in his class, “Why We Love Horror,” pictured below, a special topics course in English, examine horror films, like “Psycho” and “Get Out,” and various pieces of literature throughout the semester.

Professor examines ‘Why We Love Horror’ through films, literature

As the moon rises earlier, many people find themselves...

The Art Theater is located in Champaign and officially closed its doors Nov. 1. The Art Film Foundation filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

Champaign Art Theater closes indefinitely

The Art Film Foundation announced it will stop showing...

Kristin Hoganson, professor of History, has been named the Stanley S. Strout Professor of United States History. The position is named after Stanley Stroup, an Illinois alumnus who obtained his bachelor’s degree in history in 1966.

Author, professor receives history award

After earning a doctorate from Yale University and...

Madelyn Childress, freshman in FAA, and Matthew Childress performed during an open mic night at Espresso Royale on Sept. 5. The open mic community was forced to find a new spot after the Espresso Royale location on Daniel Street closed in May.

Open Mic moves to another Espresso Royale

Since the creation of the online audio distribution...

David Wang plays music at a table in the Green Street McDonald’s on November 10. A prominent feature in the late-night atmosphere for the past three years, Wang, recent University graduate, announced the end of his tenure as the McDonald’s DJ this summer.

‘McDJ’ serves up last performance

Some people end their night out with a hamburger and...

Brian Chester, employee at Chester’s BBQ food truck, stands inside the food truck on Thursday. Food trucks have become part of the landscape of C-U, which international students can explore.

Food truck rally greets international students

When Champaign resident Brian Chester started working...

A student speaks to a representative of the International Student Car Association during Quad Day on Aug. 26. Even though the massive crowds may be terrifying -- especially to a new student -- seeking out opportunities on your own has many benefits.

Discover your passions by yourself

College isn’t about staying in your comfort zone....

Students walk past Quad Day tables along the Main Quad representing a variety of registered student organizations on Aug. 26. While joining is fun, it’s easy to overcommit yourself.

How to avoid spreading yourself too thin

Leaving your friends, family and comfort zone behind...

Therese poses with her host family for the summer. Studying abroad isnt the only option college students have for seeing the world while theyre young; there are many ways to find work and travel at the same time.

Travel if you can’t study abroad

It seems every spring semester, and sometimes fall,...

Make late-night cravings a healthier choice

Being in college allows students to have their first...

Kendra Videckis performs at Spring Jam 2019 on Sunday. Videckis, along with other female artists such as Kathy Hardy, said being a female in a male-dominated area is difficult, and they have faced many roadblocks during their careers.

Female artists face hardships in CU

From mixing beats in her free time to opening for Lil...

Hyrdations IV Lounge and Oxygen Bar on Green Street. The location offers hangover treatments.

Blackouts present unintended consequences

Without taking caution to your alcohol limit, a few...

The Daily Illini staff traveled to Chicago on Saturday for the Illinois College Press Association award ceremony.

DI takes second place at ICPA

The Daily Illini won second place in general excellence...

An overturned car on Green Street at 2 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Vehicle overturned after crash on Green Street, DUI administered

An arrest was made on the charge of driving under the...

Death of man found on Green Street likely due to natural causes

The Champaign Police Department is investigating the...

Midterm election results

As results for the midterm election come in from all...

UIPD investigates sexual assault against student by Uber driver

A University student was using Uber’s ride-share...

Protesters stand outside The News Gazette on Oct. 1, 2018.

Protesters rally in the publication of News-Gazette cartoon

A crowd gathered outside the News-Gazette office at...

North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Locals send aid, relief to Hurricane Florence victims

                                 ...

Human Library to come on campus

The Human Library, an event focused on creating conversations...

Greek life lacks accessible living

Greek life lacks accessible living

Thousands of students go through a selective rush process...

Source: University of Illinois Foundation

UI System donations achieve all-time high

The University System reached a record high in fundraising...

Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist from The Bronx, New York, shares her story with Illinois students at  Foellinger Auditorium on Tuesday.

Movement creator of “me too.” shares journey behind campaign against sexual violence

Although most people have learned about the “me too.”...

Source: University Division Management Information

Chinese student enrollment declines

The population of Chinese students coming to the University...

Music and Performing Arts Library hosting self-playing piano reveal

The Music and Performing Arts Library will host a free...

Photograph of Allen Hall at the beginning of autumn.

Allen Hall’s Unit One Guests-in-Residence list released

Allen Hall has announced its fall guests for their...

William Sanders, electrical and computer engineering head and award-winning and researcher, has been named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute, a new world-class innovation center led by the University System.

Innovation center welcomes director

  William Sanders, Electrical and Computer Engineering...

People enter Loomis Laboratory of Physics at 1110 W. Green St, where the Department of Physics is located, on Wednesday. Students will have chances to participate in the research and innovation activities through the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High-Energy Physics. Data from the research will also boost physics discoveries when the High-Luminosity Large Hadron
Collider starts operating in 2026.

University joins $25 million software institute to promote discoveries

The University is part of the Institute for Research...

The University was chosen as “Best College Town” in Illinois for 2018. The key criteria considered include quality of life, transportation, population and diversity

CU ranks as best college town in Illinois

A recent report by Reviews.org ranked Champaign-Urbana...

Workplace wellness study makes strides

To increase gym use and decrease health care spending,...

Statistics 100 students listen to newly hired instructor, Karle Laska, speak about the final few pages in the course manual on Dec 8, 2015. Statistics 100 is a popular course for incoming freshman transitioning into the academic pressures of the University.

Chancellor’s Scholars named to Campus Honors Program

One hundred fifty-nine underclassmen at the University...

Graduate student Melissa Daniels and her technician
Amanda Neibuhr survey a forest site hit by the 2017
tornado in southern Illinois.

Grad student tracks storm damage in Illinois forest

It only takes one unforgiving windstorm to destroy...

UI student recycles ocean waste for prosthetics

While some people take measures to reduce plastic waste,...

In a new University study, comparative biosciences professor Aditi Das and veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan discovered metabolized omega-3 fatty acids may stop cancer growth.

Study shows omega-3 fatty acids may slow cancer growth

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as eggs,...

UI data science degree sees rise in enrollment as chance of employment soars

As data analysis becomes more vital for businesses,...

Carle Illinois College of Medicine offers unique curriculum to first class of students

On July 2, a few selected students began their journeys...

Members of the Marching Illini cheer during an Illinois football game.

Study shows correlation between testosterone, prestige in men

In moments of competition, triumph and prestige, men...

New study shows focusing on context could help distracting memories

Bad memories can either make or break you, according...

LGBTQ loan borrowers disproportionally impacted by debt

Being in debt can add pressure to a student’s already...

Andy Robinson, MREA presenter, at Common Ground.

Local program promotes solar literacy through free informational sessions

The grassroots program, Solar Urbana-Champaign 3.0,...

Customers browse for produce at the Blue Moon Farms stand on Saturday, May 19. John Dunkleberger has been with Urbanas Blue Moon Farms since their inception. The Market at the Square offers a variety of locally-grown produce, handcrafted products and fresh-baked breads every Saturday from May through October.

Inside the unique vendors of Urbana’s 39th annual farmers market

After a long, cold winter, vendors and artists come...

University system faculty targeted for poaching due to budget issues

University system faculty targeted for poaching due to budget issues

The state of Illinois is to decide whether the University...

Sinclair Broadcast Group has been all over the news because of its must-run policy forcing 173 news stations to air specific statements. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, interim dean of the College of Media, signed a letter condemning this practice.

UI signs open letter condemning Sinclair

The University has been added to a growing list of...

OmniSOC is the joint cybersecurity operations center that five other Big Ten universities have joined. The University uses its own, more advanced system.

UI opt for own cybersecurity system over joint system

The University will not be joining five of the Big...

A student walks into the Turner Student Services Building, where the Counseling Center is located. Students argue mental health resources are not well-known to people on campus.

Students call for more accessible mental health resources

Bridget Curren, a master’s student in Engineering,...

University admission decisions not concrete

University admission decisions not concrete

With the deadline to accept a University admission...

The Goodwin street entrance of the Krannert Center. Krannert will be hosting a commemorative concert in honor of Project 500 and the alumni who were apart of it.

Illinois supreme court holds cases in Krannert center

The Illinois Supreme Court is leaving its courthouse...

A view of the chime in the Altgeld Hall Tower. The chime was installed in the tower in 1920 as a gift from the classes of 1914 through 1921 and the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics.

Altgeld chimes ring in the spring

After a year-long hiatus of repairs and automated music,...

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