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Natural areas you need to see

May 28, 2014

Here’s a staggering statistic for you courtesy of the Illinois Natural History Survey: Before the settlers arrived in Illinois, more than 60 percent of the state was covered in prairie — that’s about 22 million acres. Today, just over 2,000 acres of that remain. That’s crazy, right? The good...

From student to celebrity, know these alumni who made it to the limelight

May 28, 2014

Considering the quality of education offered and the number of students who pass through this humble institution, it should come as no surprise that many of the University’s graduates have been quite successful. Here are just a few: Nancy Goodman Brinker Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of ...

Reach out, let professors be an invaluable resource to you

May 28, 2014

Being a student on a Big Ten campus can seem intimidating, especially on a campus as big as the University of Illinois where class sizes can range from five to more than 600 students.  Every once in a while, someone will ask me if I feel like just a number among the more than 32,000 other undergraduat...

How to pick and settle in with your random roommate

May 28, 2014

It was, for me, one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the transition into college: finding a roommate. I started out wanting to live with a friend from high school, but everyone I asked said they wanted to find a roommate on Facebook or just go random. They were afraid that living with someone t...

Five different music venues for University students to check out

Five different music venues for University students to check out

May 28, 2014

While Champaign-Urbana is most famously known for the Pygmalion Music Festival and Ellnora, there are plenty of opportunities to explore venues and see local artistson a daily basis.  The Canopy Club  From Flux Pavilion to Aaron Carter, The Canopy Club is famous for hosting several top-name artists. The 18+ venu...

Six of the best study spaces

Six of the best study spaces

By Alyssa Voltolina

May 28, 2014

On a campus this big, it’s not hard to find a cozy corner to study in. Check out these locations, but you will probably find your own favorites as the year goes on: Caffe Paradiso The place to be for hipsters everywhere, this Urbana coffee shop is perfect for those of us who live east of the Quad. This ...

Five things to definitely take part in while living in Champaign-Urbana

Five things to definitely take part in while living in Champaign-Urbana

By Abrar Al-Heeti

May 28, 2014

Champaign-Urbana is constantly brimming with activities and events. There’s hardly a dull moment on this campus. Here are just five events you won’t want to miss: The Farmer’s Market Market at the Square is held every Saturday morning — rain or shine — from 7 a.m. to noon at the corner of ...

Champaign-Urbana and the University: An abbreviated history

Champaign-Urbana and the University: An abbreviated history

May 28, 2014

You’re stepping foot on unfamiliar land — land that you know close to nothing about.  That never happened to me, I grew up in Central Illinois. I’m comfortable here. The corn, the history, the people — I’ve known it all and loved it all for my whole life. I know close to everything there is...

Five smart ways for students to avoid procrastination

Five smart ways for students to avoid procrastination

May 28, 2014

Upon realizing that the deadline for your 10-page paper is fast approaching, you open a Word document to get started on it. After about a minute of staring at the blank screen, you remember that last night may or may not have been cause for never leaving your dorm again, so you absolutely have to look thr...

Five must-have items for every University student

Five must-have items for every University student

May 28, 2014

This campus will provide you with most of what you need to survive the school year, but I wouldn’t forget this other stuff if I were you: Warm coat/warm clothes Oh, does it get cold here! And it stays cold for what seems to be a good 75 percent of spring and fall semesters. If you don’t have warm w...

Six hotspots on campus to make new friends and have a good time

Six hotspots on campus to make new friends and have a good time

May 28, 2014

Campus life can seem overwhelming when coming to the University as an incoming freshman, and making close friendships like those you once had in high school may feel impossible with so many strangers passing you on a daily basis. Thankfully, the University offers a variety of places on campus for new student...

C-U: A waypoint for musicians, crossroads of jazz

C-U: A waypoint for musicians, crossroads of jazz

May 28, 2014

You’ll have no shortage of things to do when you get to campus this fall — night life on this campus is lively, to put it mildly. You’ll have barn dances, frat parties, bar crawls, Illini Union Board events, club activities, concerts and any number of other opportunities to get you out of your d...

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