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University students balance married, campus life

Bill Karr, a University graduate student, married Olivia Russell-Karr in July.

By Mara Shapiro

November 19, 2015

To Bill Karr, graduate student in LAS, marrying his high school girlfriend seemed natural. Karr and Olivia Russell-Karr, University alumna, met while taking ballroom dancing lessons and working on tech crew in school plays.“Getting married was easy,” Bill said. “The proposal was much scarier.”After...

‘From Dudes to Divas’ drag show to take place Thursday

Tamara Johnson (right), mother of Kenneth Johnson (left), also known as Kelasia Karmichael, offers her son a tip during one of his previous performance in the Illini Union Board’s Drag Race at the Illini Union. Kenneth said he is grateful for the support his family offers him. Tamara said, “I just want to let him know I love him and keep on doing. And he’s my angel.” This year’s show will take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

March 13, 2014

Just before his performance at Chester Street Bar last Sunday, Dakota, who performs under the stage name “Bo Dashuss,” began preparing for his role in a drag show.   Looking into the mirror in one of C-Street’s upstairs dressing rooms, he described his methods of preparing for a show.  “Dep...