The Daily Illini

Modern Greek Studies to screen ‘Twice a Stranger’ documentary

Esma — great grandmother of Sebnem Ozkan, outreach coordinator at the European Union Center — was a Turkish woman who was forced to flee Greece with her five children.

By Brittney Nadler

May 7, 2014

Her name was Eleni, and she was just a toddler when she and her siblings fled Turkey barefoot with everything they could carry during the forced migration of the early 1920s. With her brother at her side, disguised as a girl so the Turks wouldn’t take him, they set off toward boats that were sent to...

Worth the distance: Working couple in campus dining balance life away from Greece

Dimitris Yfantis works at Bromley dining hall on March 11.

By Mikayla Ostendorf

March 12, 2014

At 4 a.m., 72-year-old Dimitris Yfantis showers and then wakes up his wife Maria, age 70, 30 minutes later. By 5:20 a.m., they are in the car traveling to campus for another day of work in the campus dining halls. Dimitris, a kitchen helper at Bromley Hall, whistles as he walks across the cafeteria,...