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An open letter to Leslie Knope

An open letter to Leslie Knope

By Kaanan Raja

March 5, 2015

Dear Ms. Leslie Knope,First, I’d like to commend you and the Pawnee, Indiana, Department of Parks and Recreation on seven brilliant years filled with laughter, tears, more laughter and the occasional cringe of discomfort. Regardless of what the audience momentarily felt, you’ve always left us entertain...

Graduate Employees’ Organization works toward community solidarity

Graduate Employees’ Organization works toward community solidarity

By Shalayne Pulia

November 13, 2014

The University’s Graduate Employees’ Organization hosted a rally on Wednesday afternoon to support workers’ rights and to raise awareness about conflicts with University administration. The rally also addressed the GEO’s submission of an official grievance addressing the University Administr...

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

August 28, 2014

New and long-standing local music fans can unite Friday for a nostalgic reunion show at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. Current local bands, Elsinore and Hathaways, will join Champaign-Urbana native band Grandkids, which will be making a trip from Chicago on Friday.  “The idea was to have an end...

BARE project challenges stereotypes of beauty

BARE project challenges stereotypes of beauty

By Frances Welch

August 27, 2014

Often, images in the media portray societal standards of beauty that do not reflect the average individual. In spite of this issue, three local women, Anna Longworth, Alisa Greene, and Emily Otnes took a stance and created The BARE project, a series of 43 photographed individuals paired with separate, ha...