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Illini men’s tennis freshman Vukic on the way back to Waco

Illinois' Aleks Vukic attempts to return the ball during the match against Ohio State at Atkins Tennis Center, on Sunday, March 29. The Illini won 4-0.
May 5, 2015

Aleks Vukic stood surrounded by sound on Court 5 at Baylor’s Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center for the Illinois men’s tennis team’s first dual match of the season.  Fans were yelling, the Bears were...

Moving past melanoma

Skin cancer survivor, Kaitlin Johnson, proudly presents her surgical scar and melanoma awareness tattoo in recognition of Melanoma Monday.
May 4, 2015

In October, Kaitlin Johnson got a tattoo. She stood patiently as the tattoo artist inked delicate orange and blue flowers connected by a green vine around her leg. The needle hurt, of course, but she was...

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements
April 30, 2015

“Not again.” That’s what went through Tim Kopinski’s head when his twin sister Melissa decided to join him to play tennis at Illinois. Through junior tennis and high school, Tim had always been...

Unifying cultures through cricket

Students play cricket on the South Quad on April 24. Participants are members of the Cricket Club of Illinois, a registered student organization. Cricket tournament finals will be Sunday on the South Quad.
April 30, 2015

Every Friday night since April 4, the South Quad has transformed into a cricket field.Over 100 people, mostly from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, spread out across the lawn to play cricket for recreation....

Illini of the Week 4/29: Nick Hardy

Illini of the Week 4/29: Nick Hardy
April 29, 2015

As the Illinois men’s golf season winds down, every member of the starting five has had at least one signature moment. At the Boilermaker Invitational April 20-21 in West Lafayette, Indiana, junior Charlie...

Illinois men’s tennis’ Hiltzik brothers push each other to new heights

Illinois men’s tennis’ Hiltzik brothers push each other to new heights
April 29, 2015

It wasn’t just match point, it was championship point. Aron Hiltzik tried not to look over at Court 1, where his brother Jared was locked in battle. He tried not to think about the sea of orange and...

Illini 4000 prepares to bike across the country

Illini 4000 members will bike through 13 states on their 4,519.1 mile journey starting May 23.
April 29, 2015

They end at the Golden Gate Bridge, weave past accident-prone casual bikers, and glide down one final hill before reuniting with their families on a beach after 73 days apart. They are Illini 4000, a registered...

From the South Farms to the Netherlands

From the South Farms to the Netherlands
April 28, 2015

Mary Dickerson has always loved animals. This summer, however, she will combine this love with adventure while working for a dairy farm in the Netherlands. Dickerson, sophomore in ACES, is the first and...

David Sedaris’ evening at the Virginia

David Sedaris’ evening at the Virginia
April 28, 2015

David Sedaris has a key to the city and promised to steal Champaign’s riches while its citizens sleep. The author was honored with the key by Mayor Don Gerard before his performance, “An Evening with...

Illinois men’s tennis takes home Big Ten Championship

The Fighting Illini men's tennis team sing
April 27, 2015

It all came down to Aron Hiltzik. Leading 5-4 with the serve and a deuce advantage, he took a moment to settle himself before one last game against Ohio State’s Hunter Callahan. Hiltzik outdueled Callahan...

First annual Spring Jam concert brings B.o.B., Timeflies

Timeless lead singer, Cal Shapiro, freestyle raps a song about the University during Spring Jam at the Main Quad on Sunday.
April 27, 2015

A location students usually use to study and commute to class was converted into a stage and outdoor concert venue Sunday afternoon. The University’s first annual Spring Jam concert hosted well-known...

UI grad student creates chocolate-covered pretzel business

Hoke has created her pretzel treats for a variety of occasions, including an Easter party, baby shower and Unofficial celebration.
April 27, 2015

When the savory, rich taste of chocolate is combined with the crisp, saltiness of pretzels, a delectable snack is created for anyone with a sweet tooth or salt craving. Rebecca Hoke, graduate student in...

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