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A caffeinated state of bean: where to get your coffee fix this school year

Cirina Nevarez, senior, settles in at Espresso Royale to study for her upcoming finals. Interim editor in chief Jessica Bursztynsky recommends Caffe Paradiso for studying and socializing.

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

August 1, 2017

The night before I first toured campus was spent looking on Yelp for coffee shops. As a former barista at a small independent shop, I’ve come to love the experience of spending my time studying or getting other work done while trying new brews. I’m highly convinced I’ve produced some of my best w...

Unique study spaces on campus

The ACES library is located at 1101 S. Goodwin Ave. in Urbana.  The library is hosting a the Plant Sciences Symposium on Friday.

By Abby Paeth, Assistant features editor

May 25, 2016

Studying can get boring in the same place, so spice it up with these locations around campus.

Students express concern over Courtyard Cafe Starbucks

Starbucks at the Courtyard Cafe in the Union.

By Aaron Navarro

October 27, 2015

Despite the apparent popularity of Starbucks on campus, some students have filed complaints to the Illini Union Student Programs & Activities office about the Starbucks in the Illini Union.The complaints, which have also been filed to the coffee shop itself, state the noise made by the baristas and machines ...

Espresso Royale Union location closes, new location to be opened in Grainger Engineering Library

The Espresso Royale located in the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe operated for the last time on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. A Starbucks will open in the same location. 

By Ben Lash

May 27, 2015

Tuesday marked the last day of business for the Espresso Royale located in the Illini Union Courtyard Café.After operating there since the mid-1990s, the shop will be replaced by a Starbucks, which will open in the coming school year.Some students said they are excited about the change and happy Starbucks ...

The Fashion Network RSO promotes fashion on campus

The Fashion Network RSO promotes fashion on campus

October 15, 2014

Mia Kavensky and Ilana Steelman sat at a small table in the front room of Espresso Royale on Goodwin Avenue. An idea and a passion for the fashion industry brought them together for the first time.  Steelman sipped on an iced coffee, escaping the dwindling summer heat as the two laid groundwork for ...

Pumpkin spice invasion takes over food industry

The fall season pumpkin flavor craze is now in full force, with Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte serving as an iconic forefront item.

October 14, 2014

Pumpkin isn’t merely a type of pie consumed on Thanksgiving anymore. In recent years, pumpkin flavors have exploded in the food industry, starting a new food craze. From Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte to Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin flavored food, coffee shops and other brands are getting in on the ...

‘Don’t forget to look forward’

‘Don’t forget to look forward’

May 6, 2014

Dear seniors, On May 17, you,along with 11,000 of your peers, will “turn the tassels,” throw your caps into the air and take one last picture by the (now bronze) Alma Mater statue. Although entering the “real world” may seem daunting, there’s no doubt that the next few years will bring with them...

Senior Essay: “What does U of I mean to me?”

Kelsey Vlamis (right) celebrates her freshman-year Unofficial St. Patrick's Day with Zana Darwish (left), senior in ACES.

By Kelsey Vlamis

May 6, 2014

Alas, when asked to comment on my University experience in approximately 500 words, I found myself drawing a blank. Not due to a lack of notable experiences, but rather an inability to determine which of these experiences is most representative of my time here. As I spend my final days preparing for th...

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

By Christen McGlynn

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 amount of caffeine — coffee.  With a variety of options available on campus, how is one to ch...

University grad succeeds in Chicago comedy, teaching

Brian Posen, a University alumnus, will be performing in two troupes at the Toronto Sketch Comedy festival this coming week. Posen has found success in the Chicago theater and comedy scene as executive producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festivial, program head at Second City and creative director of Stage 773.

By Matt Ru

March 6, 2014

Once upon a time, Brian Posen was a theater graduate student at the University who frequented Espresso Royale and endured many nearly sleepless nights in the hopes of one day pursuing a career in the performing arts. Now, he is one of the most important figures in the Chicago comedy and theater scen...