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The hands behind the venti extra-foam latte

The hands behind the venti extra-foam latte

By Mara Shapiro

November 18, 2014

Clair Brendel wakes up at 5 a.m. to make the morning shift at 6 a.m.  At the campus Starbucks on Green Street, Brendel, a senior in Social Work, sets up the pastry case and espresso machines for the caffeine-deprived students to stumble in bleary-eyed for their morning caffeine wake-up.  “I was never r...

‘West Side Story’ takes the stage this Dads Weekend

Brian Smith, vocal director for

By Taylor Lucero

November 13, 2014

This Dads Weekend, Illini Student Musicals will perform “West Side Story” in Lincoln Hall Theater from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The musical is directed by first-time director, Shawn Kimbrel, sophomore in Music. More information and tickets are available on the Illini Student Musical’s ...

Dads through the decades

4. A University student talks on a landline telephone in 1970.

By Bridget Hynes

November 11, 2014

Imagine a time when yearly college tuition was in the hundreds, every dorm room had a landline phone and a Friday night beer at the bar cost ten cents. These alumni dads and uncles reminisce about their college years during the 50s, 70s and 80s: 1. “Dates were going to a movie, dinner or going to a...

In Dad’s footsteps

Sophomore Will Sander (right) and his father, Mark Sander, both have been members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

By Isabella Jackson

November 11, 2014

When Mark Sander comes to campus for Dads Weekend, he will be returning to familiar territory. Mark, alumnus from the class of 1980, was a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi) while he was enrolled at the University. Now, his youngest son, Will, sophomore in Media, has also joined Phi Psi. Thi...