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PBS Short Film Festival highlights independent filmmakers

A promotional image for the PBS Short Film Festival.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

July 21, 2020

The Ninth Annual PBS Short Film Festival drew thousands of submissions from creators all across the country. Illinois Public Media presents two of the 25 short films featured: “Paddle Together” by filmmakers Katie Prentiss Onsager from Small Forces and “You Know the Drill” by McKinleigh Lair fr...

Kevin Bacon reflects on his role in summer blockbuster

Kevin Bacon stars as Theo Conroy in

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

June 26, 2020

As the world adapts to a global pandemic, content creators such as filmmakers had to quickly decide whether their movies would premiere months behind schedule in a theater, or offer on-demand viewing. Over the past month, Universal Studios has offered two of its projected summer blockbusters for on-demand ...

CU small businesses tackle COVID-19 challenges

CU small businesses tackle COVID-19 challenges

By Shreya Goel, Staff Writer

June 12, 2020

The global economy suffers the biggest hit in decades due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on small businesses in Champaign reflects this reality on a small scale.  Leslie Till, co-owner of the 'Oh, Honey Pie' food truck, along with her husband Matt Doyle, said the greatest hit to thei...

Judd Apatow discusses ‘The King of Staten Island’

The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson, is set to release on June 12.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

June 10, 2020

With the premiere of his movie "The King of Staten Island" approaching on June 12, releasing on demand, director and writer Judd Apatow sat down for a virtual roundtable with college newspapers from across the country on June 1.  "The King of Staten Island" stars Saturday Night Live talent Pete Dav...

CU community cleans up looting aftermath, prepares for more protests

Green Street in Champaign, IL winds down at sunset on April 14.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

June 1, 2020

On Sunday evening, Champaign, Urbana and Savoy issued a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. due to “civil disturbances” following the protests over the death of George Floyd.  Earlier that day, businesses in Champaign such as the Market Place Mall, Meijer, Target and other stores were looted. Vid...

Virtual rap tournament reinvigorates local hip hop

The bracket for the $500 Verse4Verse rap battle tournament lays filled out up until the final round.

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

Throughout the month of May, 16 Illinois emcees competed in the single-elimination Verse4Verse Quarantine Tournament for a $500 cash prize. Seven different cities were represented in the bracket, including Champaign. Now, two local powerhouses remain standing in the final match: Chase Baby and Black Mag...

Students prioritize safety for upcoming fall semester

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 22, 2020

After finishing the remainder of the semester online, many students still question whether or not they will be able to return for the fall semester. California State University has already announced their classes will remain online in the fall. On the other hand, Northern Illinois University (NIU)�...

Cara Finnegan sees life in photographs

Professor Cara Finnegan poses for a photo in her office

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Cara Finnegan, professor in LAS, looks at how visual media can sometimes speak to people more than words can. Her courses within the communications department on rhetoric and visual communication are for both undergraduates and graduates. The main focus of her work is exploring how photographs infor...

Illini stay creative amid quarantine

Kathleen Noren, a freshman in Graphic Design, created these Illinois-themed coloring pages to raise money for United Way.

By Tianbin Chen, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

It has been almost two months since the government has advised the public to stay at home. “How should I spend my day today?” has become a frequent question for people stuck inside during the pandemic. Time seems to be the cheapest asset people have right now, and some people decided to spend it ar...

Orientation leader program for Fall 2020 remains uncertain

Freshmen and orientation leaders gather outside of Foellinger Auditorium  on Aug. 22, 2019. Current University students discuss what they hope to achieve by graduation while alumni reminisce on what they most enjoyed during their time on campus.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

May 11, 2020

Being a freshman during welcome week at the University is remembered fondly by almost every student. The fall welcome days are designed to help incoming students get to know campus better and introduce them to the various opportunities with events, like skating at the Ice Arena, floor meetings, a tour...

Instructors bring wine, food to classroom

FSHN 175 Teaching Assitsant Max Holle (right) takes an on-site tour of Riggs Beer Company with Darin Riggs (left) for a video for his class.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

May 6, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic sent University students home, Max Holle, teaching assistant for FSHN 175: Science of Fermented Foods and doctoral candidate in ACES, has had to respond to a lot more student emails.  While all courses at the University switched to an online format, some, like Holle’s F...

CU Mask Makers respond to high mask demand during COVID-19 pandemic

A sewing station where CU Mask Makers created face masks for the coronavirus pandemic sits in a livingroom.

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

When sewist Megan Meyer first came across the CU Mask Makers on Facebook, the group totaled four members. However, after about a month, the 300-person network had produced and distributed over 7,000 masks across Champaign County. “I was completely floored by that number,” Meyer said. “I am so grate...

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