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Students rejoice through multiple holiday celebrations

Students rejoice through multiple holiday celebrations
December 25, 2014

Christmas is quickly approaching, and for some University students, the holiday season is twice as joyous. While it is not always a holiday celebrated strictly for religious purposes, some students celebrate...

Open signs on Christmas Day

Open signs on Christmas Day
December 24, 2014

Each winter on Dec. 25, parts of Champaign-Urbana turn into what resembles a ghost town, as many people spend the day celebrating the holidays with family and friends in their homes or travel out of town. But...

Ideas to perfect the art of gift wrapping

Ideas to perfect the art of gift wrapping
December 22, 2014

As a kid, wrapping Christmas presents was not my strong suit, and it was not my dad’s either. Each year he would ask me to wrap his presents for my mom. They always turned out interesting to say the...

The most festive street in Urbana

Kim Harden, resident of Grant Place, shows off her decorated house from 2006, the first year her family participated in the Candlestick Lane tradition. 
December 11, 2014

For Rich Barnett, the annual opening of Candlestick Lane means it is time to dress as Frosty the Snowman. For Kim Harden, it means decorating her yard with the help of her children. And for Kipp Bates,...

Volunteers rebuild in Ferguson

Volunteers rebuild in Ferguson
December 1, 2014

FERGUSON, MO. — Store windows along Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, are boarded up, but the windows won’t be drab for long.  Volunteers are painting the plywood where rioters and looters damaged...

Fall break events in Urbana-Champaign that help community, others

Champaign-Urbana citizens gather in the Urbana High School’s cafeteria during the 2013 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
November 20, 2014

For many students, Thanksgiving Break means taking a bus, driving or flying home to see family and friends.  However, that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of things to do for those who stay at the...

Urbana’s Holiday Market sells fresh, homemade products, supports community

Urbana’s Holiday Market sells fresh, homemade products, supports community
November 17, 2014

With the first snow flurries of the year in the air and festive decorations appearing in stores and on street lamps, the holiday season has arrived and with it Urbana’s annual Holiday Market. Urbana’s...

Sustainable Student Farm grows year-round

The Sustainable Student Farm operates year-round to bring fresh produce to University Dining, from growing in the high tunnels during winter to growing in the farm's fields during summer.
October 22, 2014

At its intersection with South Windsor Road, Lincoln Avenue turns into a gravel driveway that leads to barns, sheds and a fenced-in seven-acre area of plots full of rows of plants. With only a few greenhouse...

Pop-up plant business plans to set down new roots at Furniture Lounge

J. Matthis Helmick, owner of Plant Mode, holds a jar of Marimo within the business's current location in downtown Champaign on Saturday.
September 8, 2014

For most college students, lacking a green thumb and having a shrinking wallet can scare away any thought of plant ownership. However, a new pop-up business, Plant Mode, located in downtown Champaign,...

Top spots for coffee stops; Students are keen on their favorite coffee bean

Top spots for coffee stops; Students are keen on their favorite coffee bean
April 29, 2014

Whether students at the University are cramming for an exam, struggling through a long day of classes after a night out or simply trying to wake up, they usually turn to the one thing that has the perfect...

The 12 Drinks of Christmas

The 12 Drinks of Christmas
December 10, 2013

Lace up your boots, put on your gloves and zip up your coat. Christmas is slowly, but surely, approaching. Your last few weeks on campus will most likely be spent watching your favorite Christmas movies,...

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