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Annual Boneyard Arts Festival launches on campus Thursday

Champaign's 40 North kicks off its annual Boneyard Arts Festival, which will be held April 9-12 throughout Champaign-Urbana.

April 8, 2015

Champaign’s 40 North will kick off its annual Boneyard Arts Festival on Thursday, with the University campus as its first stop before visiting the rest of Champaign county. The festival, which is presented annually by 40 North Champaign County Arts Council, is in its 13th year and has been growing ra...

HERstory: Intertwining religion and spiritual feminism

By Becky Nguyen

March 16, 2015

Lining the walls in Murphy Gallery, Art @ the Y is presenting its newest exhibition, HERstory, at the University YMCA. The show is free and open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HERstory, which is on view through April 10, seeks to engage ...

Viliunas’ return from injury can’t spur on Illini volleyball

Illinois' Alexis Viliunas (8) attempts to block a hit from Florida's Carli Snyder (4) during the Sweet 16 against Florida at Hilton Coliseum on Friday.

December 13, 2014

As junior setter Alexis Viliunas lay at midcourt beneath the net, the Illini faithful in attendance at the Hilton Coliseum let out a collective gasp. The fans, fellow Illini players and coaches knew what was at stake as Viliunas winced in pain. Illinois’ season hung in the balance. While Viliunas returned...

University YMCA’s Cosmo Coffee Hours continue to shed light on different organizations

November 13, 2014

Caffeine, fellowship and cultural enlightenment are all brewing at the University YMCA’s Cosmo Coffee Hours. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., the YMCA hosts an evening to celebrate and explore a different culture that is represented on campus. This week’s event is in honor of Native American Herit...

Poverty simulation reveals struggles living paycheck to paycheck

Poverty simulation reveals struggles living paycheck to paycheck

By Brittney Nadler

November 12, 2014

A single mother with three kids has to send her children to school, but also get to work on time. She needs to buy more groceries, but she doesn’t know how to pay for the doctor’s appointment, let alone if she can keep her family’s home until the end of the month. The poverty simulation hosted...

Dia de los Muertos offers opportunity to celebrate life

Dia de los Muertos offers opportunity to celebrate life

By Becky Nguyen

November 3, 2014

La Casa Cultural Latina, University YMCA and La Casa Alliance of Student Organizations came together to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Thursday at the University YMCA. Latzer Hall’s perimeter was aligned with altars in commemoration of loved ones and colorful banners to liven up the dim room.   There w...

UNICEF group sells fair trade jewelry for Uganda women

Members of UNICEF UIUC sell BeadForLife jewelry in PAR's lobby during their first sale in early October.

October 21, 2014

In Uganda, nearly 25 percent of people are living below the poverty line. These impoverished conditions increase the likelihood of human trafficking, which can lead to lifelong trauma and the inability for the child to reach their full potential.  In September, the University’s UNICEF organization be...

Student group hosts outdoor movie showing for Earth Day

The documentary

By Bridget Hynes

April 22, 2014

Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old college student at the University of Utah in 2008 when he disrupted a federal auction under the Bush administration.  According to the documentary detailing this event, the auction aimed to sell oil- and gas-drilling rights to under 150,000 acres of Utah wilderness, ...

Healing through Art: Project Unbreakable spreads awareness in campus lectures

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April 15, 2014

Words and photographs are capable of sending powerful messages. For survivors of sexual assault, these pictures can have a deeper meaning: providing special healing powers. Participants of Project Unbreakable, an organization that seeks to raise awareness of sexual assault, are photographed with a m...

Edible Book Festival presents books so good you can eat them

Jaws by Sue Searing

By Annabeth Carlson

April 1, 2014

What do the titles “Life of Pi,” “Lord of the Flies” and “The Ugly Duckling” all have in common? Yes, they are books, but they were all also exhibited in last year’s Edible Book Festival. The annual festival, sponsored by the University Library and University YMCA, brings together book lovers...

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