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Six hotspots on campus to make new friends and have a good time

Six hotspots on campus to make new friends and have a good time

May 28, 2014


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Campus life can seem overwhelming when coming to the University as an incoming freshman, and making close friendships like those you once had in high school may feel impossible with so many strangers passing you on a daily basis. Thankfully, the University offers a variety of places on campus for new student...

Illini Media provides community, opportunities for University students

Illini Media provides community, opportunities for University students

May 28, 2014


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Why work at Illini Media? It might be easier to ask why not. You learn skills that are applicable to the real world. While working for The Daily Illini, Buzz, WPGU, Illio, Technograph or any other Illini Media production, students are able to gain hands-on experiences that are usable in future careers. A...

MTD buses provide rides to students on and off campus

May 28, 2014


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When there’s somewhere you need to go, whether you are rushing for class or heading out for the night, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, commonly known as MTD, buses will get you there. Especially during the winter months, MTD saves students from the harsh winters by providing transporta...

Three things every student should know to fulfill their on-campus civic duties

Three things every student should know to fulfill their on-campus civic duties

May 28, 2014


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College is a time for many to mature from adolescence to adulthood and a big part of that is learning to fulfill one’s civic duties. This campus of 40,000 operates like a little nation — it has its own culture, government and elections.  And now you’re a citizen. Shared governance The basis of sha...

From student to celebrity, know these alumni who made it to the limelight

May 28, 2014


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Considering the quality of education offered and the number of students who pass through this humble institution, it should come as no surprise that many of the University’s graduates have been quite successful. Here are just a few: Nancy Goodman Brinker Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of ...

How to pick and settle in with your random roommate

May 28, 2014


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It was, for me, one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the transition into college: finding a roommate. I started out wanting to live with a friend from high school, but everyone I asked said they wanted to find a roommate on Facebook or just go random. They were afraid that living with someone t...

Six of the best study spaces

Six of the best study spaces

By Alyssa Voltolina

May 28, 2014


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On a campus this big, it’s not hard to find a cozy corner to study in. Check out these locations, but you will probably find your own favorites as the year goes on: Caffe Paradiso The place to be for hipsters everywhere, this Urbana coffee shop is perfect for those of us who live east of the Quad. This ...

Champaign-Urbana and the University: An abbreviated history

Champaign-Urbana and the University: An abbreviated history

May 28, 2014


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You’re stepping foot on unfamiliar land — land that you know close to nothing about.  That never happened to me, I grew up in Central Illinois. I’m comfortable here. The corn, the history, the people — I’ve known it all and loved it all for my whole life. I know close to everything there is...

Five must-have items for every University student

Five must-have items for every University student

May 28, 2014


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This campus will provide you with most of what you need to survive the school year, but I wouldn’t forget this other stuff if I were you: Warm coat/warm clothes Oh, does it get cold here! And it stays cold for what seems to be a good 75 percent of spring and fall semesters. If you don’t have warm w...

Avoid these classic freshman mistakes

Avoid these classic freshman mistakes

May 28, 2014


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Y ou’ve been tossed from the throne of high school seniority. From a place where you knew everyone, the best cafeteria foods and you could write an essay in a night. Now you are back to the dreaded freshman status in the fifth largest school in the Big Ten, and can only hope to avoid the embarrassm...

Reach out, let professors be an invaluable resource to you

May 28, 2014


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Being a student on a Big Ten campus can seem intimidating, especially on a campus as big as the University of Illinois where class sizes can range from five to more than 600 students.  Every once in a while, someone will ask me if I feel like just a number among the more than 32,000 other undergraduat...

Five different music venues for University students to check out

Five different music venues for University students to check out

May 28, 2014


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While Champaign-Urbana is most famously known for the Pygmalion Music Festival and Ellnora, there are plenty of opportunities to explore venues and see local artistson a daily basis.  The Canopy Club  From Flux Pavilion to Aaron Carter, The Canopy Club is famous for hosting several top-name artists. The 18+ venu...

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