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Maintaining self-confidence at a prestigious university

August 9, 2016

Unique. I’m from a town called Normal where everyone starkly defends that they’re anything but. Middle school was three years of a group of prepubescent teens all trying desperately to fit in and be...

UI dance graduating seniors perform thesis fall concert

December 6, 2015

The audience strolled into Dance Rehearsal Krannert long before the concert started on the second floor of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Family, friends and dance enthusiasts were there...

Ellnora: Strumming the chord of diversity

David Spelman backstage with Daniel Lanois at Ellnora 2013.
September 8, 2015

Stretching back to the 16th century, the guitar has evolved as much as the timeline of human history. Originating from what was once called a long-neck lute, today’s modern counterpart has developed...

The University’s 20th president will take over May 18

May 10, 2015

By abigale svobodaNews editorTimothy Killeen will serve as the next University of Illinois President, taking over for President Emeritus Robert Easter. Killen served as the former State University of New...

Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

Taylor Feddersen, Ginny Martinez and Erisa Nakamura pose as their characters Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and Rose Queen, respectively, for this year's production of
December 4, 2014

Ginny Martinez’s hand shot up before she knew what she was doing. The slender dancer, perpetually composed, had volunteered to dance for the last audition spot for Clara in the annual Champaign-Urbana...

Dads Weekend Calendar of Events

November 11, 2014

Friday, Nov. 14 Friday Night Films: Expendables 3 7 p.m. Location: Illini Union Pine Lounge Cost: Free, popcorn will be provided for first 100 attendees Illini Student Musicals Presents: West Side Story 7:30...

Remembering Dr. Konrad

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community joined together in Foellinger Great Hall to celebrate the life of Kent Conrad. Conrad died unexpectedly on Sept. 5.
November 4, 2014

On the first day of his 2005 trip to Italy with his local community choir, Dr. Kent Conrad performed on the organ in front of a crowded St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.  Holly Jordan, a close friend...

National Acrobats from China to perform at Krannert

October 22, 2014

Juggling drums with their feet, kicking bowls while riding unicycles, diving through hoops and contorting are only a few of the acts the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will be performing...

Blind Summit Theatre brings “The Table” to Krannert

Blind Summit Theatre will perform “The Table,” starring a cantankerous puppet, on Wednesday through Friday at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
October 22, 2014

Blind Summit Theatre, whose colossal 60-foot tall Voldemort puppet performed at the 2012 London Olympics, has returned to the United States from England with a tour that includes one 2-foot tall, three-man-operated...

Q&A with counterculture enthusiast and alumnus, Steven Hager

Q&A with counterculture enthusiast and alumnus, Steven Hager
October 20, 2014

Steven Hager sat on a small, wooden bench in the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory. His tall, thin frame leaned against the wall, legs crossed, hands escaping a finger-laced position only to gesture...

Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra performing at Krannert

October 7, 2014

There’s something distinctly different about the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra group. As with professional orchestra groups, the musical talent is there. However, while many “Big Five” chamber and other...

‘Polaroid Stories’ mixes mythology with reality

University students in FAA rehearse
October 2, 2014

What happens when mythmaking collides with reality? That is the ultimate question in “Polaroid Stories,” a play with poetry, profanity and prostitutes that journeys into the lives of street youth on...

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