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Marching Illini makes Macy's Day Parade debut

By Dixita Limbachia

December 10, 2015

By Dixita LimbachiaStaff writerThe Marching Illini performed one of their biggest shows ever to TV screens watched by over 65 million people — except instead of a football field, this time their stage was New York City when they performed at the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The band was one ...

The 'best band in the land' shows its Illini pride in NYC and on social media

The Marching Illini drum-line performs for fans in Grange Grove before the game.

By Abigale Svoboda

November 26, 2015

The Marching Illini will lead Santa through midtown Manhattan in the 89th Macy’s Day Parade on Thursday. The band — which has been preparing for the parade for over a year now — will perform in the parade for the very first time in University history this Thanksgiving. Though this is...

OVP hosts Thanksgiving basket drive

The Office of Volunteer Programs will be collecting baskets of donated goods for a Thanksgiving drive until Nov. 17. The baskets will then be distributed by the Stone Creek Church to families in Champaign-Urbana.

November 11, 2014

The Office of Volunteer Programs is joining together with the University community to make a difference in the lives of local families with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching. From Nov. 3 to Nov. 17, the OVP is hosting a Thanksgiving basket drive in an effort to collect 250 baskets of food for families ...

Pumpkin spice invasion takes over food industry

The fall season pumpkin flavor craze is now in full force, with Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte serving as an iconic forefront item.

October 14, 2014

Pumpkin isn’t merely a type of pie consumed on Thanksgiving anymore. In recent years, pumpkin flavors have exploded in the food industry, starting a new food craze. From Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte to Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin flavored food, coffee shops and other brands are getting in on the ...

Students celebrate ‘Thanksgivukkah’ at home and on campus

By Bridget Hynes

December 2, 2013

For Andrew Rudolph, freshman in LAS, the Thanksgiving dinner table this year featured a menorah alongside pumpkin pie — a combination that he has never experienced before. The occasion? “Thanksgivukkah,” the coinciding of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah.   This once-in-a-lifetime ho...

Community members share diverse take on traditional Thanksgiving meal

Community members share diverse take on traditional Thanksgiving meal

November 21, 2013

It is the typical scene at American dinner tables on that fourth Thursday in November: Dad, almost ritually, sharpens his knife to carve up the gobbler, mom transports the last casserole tray from the oven to the table and the rest of the family salivates at the spread of green beans, mashed potatoes...

Dish of the Week: Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied sweet potatoes simmer until their middles are soft. The dish can be served right out of the skillet.

By Annabeth Carlson

November 19, 2013

With fall break quickly approaching, I have found myself daydreaming in class about all food of Thanksgiving’s past. I can hear the whir of the electric carving knife as my dad cuts his classic turkey and my grandpa’s smoked version. Each year, I elect myself judge of both, eager to get a previe...