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University of Illinois ranked 18th out of top 25 universities to produce female entrepreneurs

University of Illinois ranked 18th out of top 25 universities to produce female entrepreneurs

By Jessie Webster

August 25, 2015

Melonee Wise, University Engineering alumna, was named one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 in August. Wise, is currently the CEO of Fetch Robotics and cofounded a software operating company called Unbounded Robotics. University alumni like Wise have contributed to database company Cru...

That's Rentertainment to close this summer

After 30 years of business, That's Rentertainment will close later this summer. The video rental store specializes in independent films. 

By Ben Lash

June 7, 2015

After 30 years of business, locally-owned video rental store That’s Rentertainment has announced it will be closing this summer. The store opened in June 1985 in the back of Johnstowne Center on campus as a video and record rental store. It specializes in independent films and is located today at 51...

Champaign continues to lose black-owned businesses

Rose and Taylor has been a local African-American-owned barbershop in Champaign since 1962 and was a part of what was once known as “The Black Downtown.” Today, it remains one of the few African-American owned businesses left.

By Darrah Perryman

May 11, 2015

Contagious, hypnotic music kissed the streets of Champaign in the 1950s in what some remember as an electrifying, soul-consuming environment that lured many African-American Champaign residents out of their homes and into the busy streets for the night.“The Black Downtown,” known today as North First Street...

A Q & A with professor and alumnus Mark Wolters

Mark Wolters in 1998 at the Bolivia-Peru border after studying abroad his first semester of senior year.

By Bridget Hynes

May 5, 2015

Mark Wolters is a visiting assistant professor of Business at the University and a 1999 University alumnus who earned a degree in business administration in marketing. Wolters met with The Daily Illini to talk about his four years here and to share some insight on both college and life after graduation. T...

UI grad student creates chocolate-covered pretzel business

Hoke has created her pretzel treats for a variety of occasions, including an Easter party, baby shower and Unofficial celebration.

By Maddie Galassi

April 27, 2015

When the savory, rich taste of chocolate is combined with the crisp, saltiness of pretzels, a delectable snack is created for anyone with a sweet tooth or salt craving. Rebecca Hoke, graduate student in Social Work, is putting a twist on the common snack by starting her own gourmet chocolate-covered ...

Courier Café serves up old-fashioned food, memories

Allen Strong, the owner of The Courier Cafe, is holding the old newspapers in the cafe at March 20.

By Lillian Barkley

March 31, 2015

In a small, corner cafe, Pullman railroad berth lights illuminate the booths, a large pendulum clock keeps time on a far wall, a gold Palace Opera House chandelier shines above the dining room and a red airplane with a propeller that acts as a fan for the main dining room hangs above customers’ he...

Reclaiming natural beauty through hair

Kyla Chriss, sophomore in LAS “There are so many different types of textures and different things work for different people. There’s not just one mindset.”

February 4, 2015

I couldn’t see the cold, unfamiliar hands disappear within my thick patch of curls claiming ownership over my head. But I felt them.   Seemingly everywhere I looked — long, straight, luscious hair spilled down the backs of women. Meanwhile, my hair barely kissed my shoulders, and despite my effor...

A new harvest for Strawberry Fields

Mohammad Al-Heeti, owner of World Harvest International and Gourmet Foods, stands in front of Strawberry Fields as its new owner.

By Lillian Barkley

January 28, 2015

Champaign-Urbana lost a community staple on Dec. 14, when health food store Strawberry Fields closed after 40 years of business. But, much like strawberry harvesting season itself, a new Strawberry Fields will be growing in its place around late April.  Mohammad Al-Heeti, owner of World Harvest Internatio...

Utilizing career services on campus

Students take advantage of the career resources available through the University both at the Career Center and at campus career fairs.

By Bridget Hynes

January 27, 2015

The University offers several resources for students who are career-minded, including the online forum I-Link, career fairs and college-specific advisors. Below are a few of the resources available to students: Career Services Offices The University has 12 different career services offices on campus, including the...

Cream & Flutter sweetens up for the holidays.

Cream & Flutter releases its holiday catalogue filled with sweets such as gourmet candies, homemade caramels, peppermint bark and mini pies.

December 8, 2014

Known for its gourmet cupcakes, Cream & Flutter is transforming the way the local community thinks of sweet treats.  Located in the heart of downtown Champaign at 114 N Walnut St., customers can find a wide variety of sweets, such as cookies, homemade macarons and marshmallows, along with custo...

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