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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.
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...

Chicago artist discusses her latest C-U sculptures, 'Amplifiers,' 'Asteray'

Chicago artist discusses her latest C-U sculptures, 'Amplifiers,' 'Asteray'
February 3, 2015

The products of Nicole Beck’s creative mind have decorated the Champaign-Urbana area for four years.Sculptures “Asteray,” “Astroterra” and “Foxgloves” stand tall in the community for art-enthusiasts...

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...

Survivor Spotlight: Anna Mehl

Survivor Spotlight: Anna Mehl
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...

‘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...

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.
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...

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...

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.
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...

Curtis Orchard: A family for owner Joyce Curtis

Curtis Orchard: A family for owner Joyce Curtis
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...

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...

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...

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. 
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...

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