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University freshman Frank Leone prepares to release new rap album

University freshman Frank Leone prepares to release new rap album

April 8, 2014

With the upcoming release of his new album “#EnterWILD,” rapper Frank Leone is bringing music that he calls “unique, loud and powerful” to the music industry. Leone, also known as Samuel Flannigan, freshman in Music, performed Thursday night at The Canopy Club and promoted the future release...

Worth the distance: Working couple in campus dining balance life away from Greece

Worth the distance: Working couple in campus dining balance life away from Greece

By Mikayla Ostendorf

March 12, 2014

At 4 a.m., 72-year-old Dimitris Yfantis showers and then wakes up his wife Maria, age 70, 30 minutes later. By 5:20 a.m., they are in the car traveling to campus for another day of work in the campus dining halls. Dimitris, a kitchen helper at Bromley Hall, whistles as he walks across the cafeteria,...

Student becomes first doctoral candidate in wind conducting

Student becomes first doctoral candidate in wind conducting

By Declan Harty

March 3, 2014

While most University students are here to work toward their careers and bolster their resumes, Jonathan Ashley Jarrell has returned to being a student after 10 years as an educator for one purpose: to learn.  Jarrell, the University’s first doctoral candidate in wind conducting, spent his first 10 years after ...

Business student reaches new heights at NASA

Business student reaches new heights at NASA

By Christen McGlynn

February 19, 2014

A typical day for a sophomore at the University may include classes, club activities and maybe a couple of Blue Guys at KAM’s in the evening. But not for Tanaya Bhardwaj, sophomore in Business. Her days consist of extracting and analyzing data for the technical content, schedule and risk that acco...

From Concrete to Cookies

From Concrete to Cookies

By Mikayla Ostendorf

February 13, 2014

Ed Brubaker pours sugar into a blender, slowly whirring together ingredients. He walks across the kitchen, taking chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. A sweet chocolate-y smell fills The Cookie Jar, Brubaker’s Champaign bakery, located at 712 S. Sixth St. In the warmth of the kitchen, Brubaker bakes...

UI alum serves as long-time influence on local music scene

UI alum serves as long-time influence on local music scene

By Bridget Hynes

February 11, 2014

Ward Gollings, who now books bands to play at venues such as The Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, has been involved in the music scene in Champaign-Urbana since his college years at the University in the late ‘80s. It was here that his best friend and roommate at the time, Chris Corpora, introduced him t...

How one student’s hobby turned into a career

How one student’s hobby turned into a career

By Stephanie Kim

February 6, 2014

At age 15, Tim Miller, freshman in Engineering, began creating mobile apps as a hobby. Soon, this hobby flourished into a business — one that now pays for his college tuition. By the end of this year, Miller expects to make a six-figure annual profit from the mobile apps he has made so far.  But ...

PECASE award recipient blazes trail in material research

PECASE award recipient blazes trail in material research

January 29, 2014

Nestled past the corner of Green Street and Goodwin Avenue, just behind Loomis Laboratory, is the Seitz Materials Research Lab, where Dr. Lane Martin and his crew partake in the dirty work. Just as the invention of the silicon microchip rocked and rattled the 20th century, these kinds of brainchildren were bu...

Anthropology professor addresses sexual assault issues in field sites

Anthropology professor addresses sexual assault issues in field sites

By Saher Khan

January 22, 2014

When Professor Kathryn Clancy delves into a research project, she does so with the intention of making the world a better place for her six-year-old daughter, who wants to grow up to be a scientist like she is. Clancy, anthropology professor at the University, was named one of Nature Magazine’s 10 ...

Rusching for success

By Alice Smelyansky

December 10, 2013

When Scott Rausch, senior in LAS, filmed his hit single, “Hey Girl,” he thought the music video would reach about 1,000 views on YouTube. Rausch, whose stage name is Scott Rusch, was sorely mistaken. Just three weeks after the release of the video, it reached more than 30,000 views and opened a m...

UI professor designing technology to bridge music and computer gap

UI professor designing technology to bridge music and computer gap

By Saher Khan

November 6, 2013

Although music theory education has traditionally been confined to textbooks, University music professor Heinrich Taube is creating a technological, interactive tool to advance students’ studies outside of the classroom.  Harmonia, Taube’s computer program, was recently released as the first commercial app...

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