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Nic Dillon brings harmonium harmony to Midwest

Every instrument Nic Dillon purchases for resale goes through an extensive checklist of repairs. Two harmoniums sit on his work bench before he begins fine tuning and fixing.

By Brittney Nadler

February 5, 2015

Harmoniums can be difficult to find in the Midwest. That is, until nearly five years ago, when Nic Dillon began purchasing instruments from India and Africa to restore and resell. Now, Dillon sells his instruments through his business, Old Delhi Music, all from his residence in Urbana. The former Col...

UI student talks life after losing mother to breast cancer

Nicole’s mother, Darcie Crifase, at age 21, the same age as Nicole is now.

November 3, 2014

Nicole Crifase remembers sitting in the bathtub, clutching her knees and trying to comprehend what had just happened. It was March 27, 2005, and her mother, Darcie Crifase, had just lost her battle against breast cancer. To the senior in LAS, life without her mother seemed completely unfathomable.  Wi...

Survivor Spotlight: Anna Mehl

Survivor Spotlight: Anna Mehl

By Declan Harty

October 23, 2014

Anna Mehl has always been a fan of “Star Trek.” In particular, the fictional alien animal on the show — Tribbles.Tribbles are fluffy, ball-shaped animals that are first seen in the episode “Trouble with Tribbles.” In the show, the animal is born pregnant and is widely considered harmless until ...

‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan rises to success on campus

'Lost Boy' of Sudan rises to success on campus

October 21, 2014

Gai Nyok, graduate student in economics, remembers waking up one morning at 5 years old in the tiny village of Abang, of the former Sudan, with the sun still down and being grabbed by the hand by his older brother. “Ket,” his older brother exhaled. In their native Dinka language, it meant “run.” ...

Joe Meland lives his life through music

Joe Meland performs with his band, Feral States, one of the outlets for his creative music composing. Meland also puts out solo work and is a senior music composition major at the University.

By Sarah Foster

October 20, 2014

Joe Meland lives his life in song. He hears it during bike rides across campus or in his shower after a long day. They keep him up when he’s trying to sleep. They distract him when he’s awake.He carries these melodies everywhere he goes — they are transcribed in his personal journal or a...

Survivor Spotlight: Robin Kaler

Associate Chancellor Robin Kaler stands in front of the Alma Mater. When Alma changes outfits, Kaler is the one who dresses her up.

By Alice Smelyansky

October 16, 2014

Since her undergraduate days at the University, Robin Kaler has been a runner. What started with a tiny track at the Intramural Physical Education Building has led to 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and even multiple marathons. Kaler said training for a race is a project. Some days are devoted to spe...

Curtis Orchard: A family for owner Joyce Curtis

Curtis Orchard: A family for owner Joyce Curtis

By Annabeth Carlson

October 8, 2014

To most people in the Champaign-Urbana area, the Curtis Orchard is a successful apple orchard and pumpkin patch business.  But to co-owner Joyce Curtis, it is much more than that. It is a place where she used to raise confined hogs with her husband of 58 years, Paul. It is a place where she works alon...

A Revolutionary Fellow

Asef Bayat, sociology and Middle Eastern studies professor, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Grant in April along with five other University professors.

April 30, 2014

Five University professors have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, an award reserved for those “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”  Of the five — Asef Bayat, Joy Harjo, David Deke Weaver, Catherine Prendergast, and St...

Longtime Stat 100 professor to move on to advanced courses

Professor Ellen Fireman teaching Statistics 100 class at Lincoln hall theater on Apr. 17.

April 23, 2014

For over a decade, University students have known the name Professor Ellen Fireman through Statistics 100. The course has fulfilled thousands of students’ general education requirements and has stood as a cornerstone class for underclassmen. For the first time since 2000, Professor Fireman will be s...

From clovers to cornfields: University student competes in World Irish Dance Championships

Claire Sullivan, freshman in Education, performs in the 2013 North American Irish Dance Championships in Anaheim, Calif. Sullivan is currently in London performing in the World Irish Dance Championships. 

By Annabeth Carlson

April 17, 2014

This time of year, most University students are in spring semester classes, studying for finals and preparing summer plans. But Claire Sullivan, freshman in Education, is spending her days in London competing in the World Irish Dance Championships.  Sullivan will perform as a soloist in the champion...

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