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How to avoid classic freshman mistakes    




    Class DECLAN HARTY Assistant features editor


ou’ve been tossed from the throne of high school seniority. From a place where you knew everyone, the best cafeteria foods and you could write an essay in a night. Now you are back to the dreaded freshman status in the fifth largest school in the Big Ten, and can only hope to avoid the embarrassment of making classic freshman mistakes. Here are a few tips that can help with the transition to your first year in the college hierarchy.

Skipping class — I’m sure you have heard it a million times from your parents, but trust me, this is one freshman mistake you definitely do not want to make. Skipping class once in a while is not a big deal; it is only a few i>Clicker points after all, and I’m sure most professors expect a few absences. But after a while, missing those i>Clicker or participation points add up, and cramming for a test the night before is even more difficult when you are the one teaching yourself the material. Procrastination — You might have been one of those high school students who was able to get a 4.0 GPA without trying, but sadly in college, you most likely cannot be that student. With assignments ranging from a simple

essay to group projects, leaving an assignment for the night before it is due is never looked on kindly, and it will show. With the possibility of going out each night and binge watching Netflix luring you away from your work, it can be difficult to manage your time efficiently, but doing so will free up more nights than procrastinating your work would. Pulling an all-nighter — For years, pop culture has defined the college student as having no sleep, coffee in hand and on the verge of a breakdown. The student typically has been awake for the past 24 hours cramming for a test, believing it to be the best method to ace it, but science differs. A 2007 study at St. Lawrence University in N.Y. highlighted that students who have never relied on an all-nighter had an

average GPA of 3.1, whereas those who had pulled an all-nighter maintained an average GPA of 2.9.

Going out Going out every night — It goes with so many other mistakes (procrastination and skipping class), but going out every night is not a good idea. Though it is tempting to visit the bars on a nightly basis to witness the shenanigans of wine night at Cly’s, country night at KAM’S or karaoke at White Horse Inn, it will affect you more than you think. Everything from grades and activities to your bank account will feel the pinch of going out. If you are going out though, remember one of Ted Mosby’s key points of advice, “Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.�

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If you are going out though remember one of Ted, Mosby’s key points of advice, ‘Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.’ Opening a tab — Being a freshman or new student, you’ll probably want to prove yourself, especially after a few drinks. But opening a tab is not the way to do so. Even though it will look awesome to that guy or girl from your Statistics 100 class, when you wake up to an angry text from your parents and a negative total in your bank account, it will not be as great.

Everything else you may need to know Over packing — It is a pretty simple one, but not many dorm rooms have a ton of space for storage, so do not pack your entire bedroom. Many students do not anticipate going home as much as they do during the semester; therefore, they over pack. So pack lightly and if you forgot anything that you need, have

it sent or hop on a bus home the next weekend. Walking in the bike lanes — The dreaded yelling of “bike lane!” is something no one enjoys hearing on their way to class. Whether a freshman or senior, countless students walk in the bike lanes, and it is not worth getting taken out by a six-speed. If you bring a bike to campus, stick to riding in the bike lanes, not sidewalks. Eating — I learned this from firsthand experience, but don’t abuse the fine dining options on Green Street. You have your meal plan for a reason, and draining your bank account on chain restaurants that are a mile and a half from your home isn’t worth it. I would stick to eating out on the weekends or for late-night dining, not lunch on a Tuesday when you don’t feel like

enduring the dining hall’s lines. Relying on coffee — As previously mentioned, college students have been depicted as the coffee market’s principal customers for years, and options on campus have continued to flourish and play into the stereotype. But relying on coffee as your principal source of energy throughout the entire day is a massive mistake, and will cause more exhaustion than energy. According to Forbes, a study discovered that our bodies naturally produce caffeine at certain times during the day; therefore, it is not necessary to constantly stop in at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or Espresso Royale. Typically, the most efficient times to drink coffee are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Getting involved and leadership —

This is by and large the most important point on this list to making sure your first year is a success. This is not simply saying, “Sign up for as many clubs and activities on Quad Day as possible,” but sign up for those that mean something to you. Whether it is a sport, club related to your major, work or volunteer opportunity, being involved in one thing that you are passionate about is better than 20 that you couldn’t give a hoot about. In those clubs that you are passionate about, take as many opportunities to either become more involved or move up the ranks of leadership — there is no harm in getting more involved in something you love if you have the time.

Declan is a junior in Media. He can be reached at

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C-U: A waypoint for musicians, crossroads of jazz AUSTIN KEATING Interim editor-in-chief


ou’ll have no shortage of things to do when you get to campus this fall — night life on this campus is lively, to put it mildly. You’ll have barn dances, frat parties, bar crawls, Illini Union Board events, club activities, concerts and any number of other opportunities to get you out of your dorm room. But there’s something that’s often overlooked by University students — live jazz. I know this because when I sit down at a jazz venue on a date or with some friends, the average age of the room is probably 60. Jazz is neat. Sometimes it’s intimate, most of the time it’s lively. It’s not like the music at a club on Green Street. Here at a jazz venue, you don’t dance — you sit, tap your foot and enjoy a good conversation and awesome local talent. There’s this Facebook page called “Champaign-Urbana Jazz.” Go ahead and like it. The page editor, Jeff Helgesen, posts live jazz events frequently, usually about three times a week. He said one of the biggest influences on the jazz scene in C-U is the University’s jazz program, which in the ‘60s was one of the dominant jazz programs in the U.S. “There are a ton of very talented musicians here in town, especially in the graduate program, who wouldn’t otherwise be based here,” he said. The most common location for the bands is this bar in downtown Urbana called the Iron Post, located at 120 S. Race St. It’s not particularly known for its food, but its music and atmosphere are always well worth the trip. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts often has both local and international talent come in to play — sometimes it’s at an Uncorked session in the lobby of the building, other times it’s an actual performance in one of the show rooms. The difference is the first is free, but the latter costs $10 for students. Krannert has a had a lot of famous talent come through to play like Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock and Duke Ellington. If you think about it geographically, it makes sense that these all-stars in the Jazz arena would stop by C-U — we’re located in the middle of three metropolitan areas: Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago. “It was a waypoint for groups traveling to and from larger metro areas,” Helgesen said. You’ll be living in the crossroads of jazz when you come to campus this fall — please don’t spend all your time here waiting in line at one of the clubs on Green Street. Come by the Iron Post, hang out with some older folks — it’s fun. Hope to see you around soon.

Austin is a junior in Media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @austinkeating3.


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Major reasons for students to join Illini media 


          NICKI HALENZA Opinions editor


hy work at Illini Media? It might be easier to ask why not.

You learn skills that are applicable to the real world. While working for The Daily Illini, Buzz, WPGU, Illio, Technograph or any other Illini Media production, students are able to gain hands-on experiences that are usable in future careers. All positions at Illini Media require a level of commitment that is comparable to any other job and also requires a strong level of communication, timeliness, creativity, innovation and other skills that are necessary to be a productive employee. By working for Illini Media, students

will leave college better prepared and more confident as they head into the workforce.

Working at Illini Media is a great resume builder. Not only does Illini Media provide an excellent resource for applicable job skills, but it also adds an extra oomph to your resume. Whether students who work for Illini Media write, design, edit or produce, they will have a level of knowledge about their particular field that makes for a great area of focus during interviews for internships, jobs and other opportunities. Through positions at Illini Media, students are able to develop their abilities in ways they would not have thought possible, and it is something that will stand out on any resume.

You have opportunities that you don’t get elsewhere on campus. With so many different areas to work in at Illini Media and so many different

available positions, students are able to hone in on their specific interests without needing to be a student in the College of Media — Illini Media positions are open to students of all colleges and majors. By working for WPGU or The Daily Illini, for example, students are given the opportunity to share their voice over our campus radio station or have their work published for thousands of people to read. We are the heart of knowledge for campus activity, and we always have the 411 about what is going on at the University.

It is a chance to form and build your own campus family. No matter what area of Illini Media you work for, chances are you will spend a good amount of your time in the building. As such, you have the opportunity to find a niche for yourself and really lay down some roots at the University. Through the time and work that goes into having a position at Illini Media,

students are able to connect with others who share their same interests and are provided an opportunity to develop meaningful, long-lasting friendships.

It’s a way to leave your mark at the University. Students working for Illini Media don’t simply create a piece of work. What we do at Illini Media is provide documentation of our time here and that is something that will last a lifetime. Through our newspaper, magazines, yearbook and other projects and publications, we are able to create something that is a representation of the entire University. We create tangible publications and meaningful work for future generations of students to look back on, and it is an amazing opportunity to be a part of that legacy.

Nicki is a senior in Media. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @NickiHalenza.

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MTD buses provide rides to students on and off campus SafeRides, SafeWalks help get you home safe late at night MEGAN JONES Assistant news editor


hen there’s somewhere you need to go, whether you are rushing for class or heading out for the night, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, commonly known as MTD, buses will get you there. Especially during the winter months, MTD saves students from the harsh winters by providing transportation all around campus and into downtown Champaign, Urbana and even out to local grocery/shopping centers. The 22 Illini makes stops throughout the entire campus, from the Illini Union to the Activities and Recreation Center to Siebel Center, and will be commonly used by those living near the Ikenberry Commons. If you’re headed out to see a football game, the 280 tranSPORT will take you to Memorial Stadium. In most cases, it is easiest to ask a resident adviser which buses are the best to get you to your dorm the fastest,

as it truly depends on which dorm you live in. The sooner you learn basic routes to get to and from classes and popular spots, the better off you’ll be. Free books are available at the front of the bus that lay out each route. There are several apps to download from your mobile device which will either give a time-table of when busses approach stops or real-time updates on how many minutes it’ll take for the bus to arrive. For iPhone users, I recommend using the app “Illini Bus.” Bus etiquette is quite simple. Depending on which bus you take, the bus driver might ask to see your iCard, so always keep it handy. If you don’t have an iCard, you can pay a $1 fee to ride the bus. When you’re hoping off, don’t forget to thank your driver. If the bus is packed and tons of people are standing, feel free to sit in an empty seat rather than take up space standing. Pull the yellow rope when you’re approaching your stop, and push the back doors’ handles for them to open. Additionally, MTD provides a service called SafeRides, which can be used when one does not have a reliable way to

A hybrid MTD bus pulls up in front of the Florida Avenue Residence Halls. get home. The services begins once the sun sets and continues until 6:30 a.m. By calling (217) 265-7433, the shuttle will pick you up and drop you off within the buses’ boundaries. MTD also offers SafeWalks, a service where one can call (217) 333-1216 and patrols will meet you at your location and walk you home. This service is available from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Saturday, but it does start at 7 p.m. after Oct. 20 because the sun sets earlier.


After a late night during the first week of my freshman year, I used SafeRides to bring me back to my dorm, which was an easy option compared to walking through Champaign-Urbana at night. Ultimately, the buses practically run the streets and make campus life incredibly manageable without a car.

Megan is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at majones5@ Follow her on Twitter @MeganAsh_Jones.


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hile Champaign-Urbana is most famously known for the Pygmalion Music Festival and Ellnora, there are plenty of opportunities to explore venues and see local artists on a daily basis.

The Canopy Club From Flux Pavilion to Aaron Carter, The Canopy Club is famous for hosting several top-name artists. The 18+ venue is located nearby Busey-Evans, ISR and Allen Residence Halls. Whether it’s the Piano Man Band night or Monday Night House Party, this venue continues to provide entertaining nights out for students. The Canopy Club is the located right on campus at 708 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, so it provides a fun atmosphere at any time.

The Highdive In the heart of downtown Champaign, The Highdive, 51 E. Main St., Champaign, serves as a 19+ venue. It is great for a special night out with friends, and the building itself has great character. Most shows are under $20, but make sure to go early to snag a spot on the balcony.

The center is hosted through the College of Fine and Applied Arts and students can get discounted tickets and “Hot Seat� tickets are reserved just for University students. Krannert Center is located at 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, near ISR Residence Hall and provides various opportunities for entertainment, whether it’s a performance by the Illinois Theatre or an outside artist brought in.

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Located at 105 N. Market St., Mike ‘N’ Molly’s serves as a great place to go when you want a relaxing bar experience to be as good as the music around you. This a great place to go to for a taste of some of Champaign-Urbana’s local artists and a chance to sit outside in the beer garden.

Cowboy Monkey Have a little “Sunday Funday� by heading over to Cowboy Monkey for one of their famous trivia nights. Located at 6 Taylor St., Champaign, bands, DJs and an open mic night are featured every week. This venue also serves as a great place to grab dinner with a large selection of Mexican food.

Megan is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at majones5@ Follow her on Twitter @MeganAsh_Jones.


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Three places to check out natural history in C-U area Areas of Champaign County contain large parts of the only 2,000 acres left of prairie that remain in the state AUSTIN KEATING Interim editor-in-chief


ere’s a staggering statistic for you courtesy of the Illinois Natural History Survey: Before the settlers arrived in Illinois, more than 60 percent of the state was covered in prairie — that’s about 22 million acres. Today, just over 2,000 acres of that remain. That’s crazy, right? The good news though is that a good sum of those acres lie in Champaign County and are part of our natural area parks. A few weeks ago, I talked to Derek Liebert, superintendent of Planning and Operations for the Urbana Park District. I asked him why, as a community, we hold natural areas in such high regard. “We’re managing our areas as museums, as environmental education grounds, where people can learn about the importance of the grasslands, woodlands and the

savanna systems that were once dominant in this area,� he said. All you have to do to enjoy our natural history is go to one of these three natural areas. Some have prairies, some have woods, some have both — regardless, they’re all a glimpse into this area’s natural history.

Meadowbrook Park Meadowbrook is located at 2808 S. Race St., an easy 10 minute bike ride from FAR or PAR. It’s an Austin-certified, wonderful prairie — complete with controlled burns, deer and an awesome observation deck that you can spend hours just staring out from.

Busey Woods Gateway Trail Located at the Anita Purves Nature Center, Busey Woods is complete with a wooden path that winds through a forest. Some of these trees are incredibly old — they date back to the days of the “Big Grove.� You know how I said 60 percent of Illi-


Allerton Park was built as a private estate in 1900 and was later gifted to the University. In addition to the estate, the park has a variety of gardens and seven natural areas. nois used to be prairie? Well the rest was a mix of other natural areas, including places like the Big Grove — huge forests that were spaced between the prairies that helped contain wild fires with their fire resistant oaks.

sity years ago. There are weddings, tourists and really cool gardens right off from the parking lot — but if you go past the estate, there’s a seemingly endless forest with plenty of trails to keep you coming back.

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Austin is a junior in Media. He can be reached at and @austinkeating3.

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Five smart ways for students to avoid procrastination

Here are some simple tasks that will help ensure students to stay away from unwanted procrastination ALICE SMELYANSKY Assistant features editor


pon realizing that the deadline for your 10-page paper is fast approaching, you open a Word document to get started on it. After about a minute of staring at the blank screen, you remember that last night may or may not have been cause for never leaving your dorm again, so you absolutely have to look through photos from the night’s shenanigans. And after reading through a few Facebook posts, you’re now horrifyingly aware that you missed out on last week’s episode of Game of Thrones, so you have to catch up — no exceptions. When you finish the episode, you look up at the time only to discover it’s a few minutes past the start of the hour, and let’s be real, you can’t start an assignment unless it’s the start of the hour. It’s bad luck, right? Or at least you tell yourself it is, grab a snack and start browsing through Buzzfeed for “inspiration.” Procrastination happens to the best of us. But if you let it conquer your life, you might find yourself in a dark and terrifying place that involves a sad excuse for a GPA and less than pleased parents. So how do you avoid the traps of the Internet, food and everything in between? Here are some tips



to ensure you won’t fall down the slippery slopes of procrastination:

Don’t study in your room I get it. Your bed is soft, cushiony and just the perfect combination of comforting and relaxing. And if you view your room as a place of Zen and solace, with the exception of a crazy-eyed roommate or two, it can’t simultaneously serve as the perfect study spot. If you want your brain to absorb information and fully concentrate on a task, you’ll need to ditch the TV and the chatter from your floormates, and embrace the quiet surroundings of a study room or a library. The lower level of the Undergraduate Library may seem scary at first. It can be unearthly quiet on a good day, but that’s exactly what you need. Start the habit earlier rather than later, and make sure to study for your first big assignment in a space designed for doing so. Then, come back to your room, turn on your favorite show of the moment and find your happy place again.

Create a to-do list If you’re a true procrastinator, you’ll take up a lot of time writing a list of priorities so that you don’t actually have to start them. Don’t do that. Look at what needs to get done, put it in order of most to least important, and then actually do it. Whether you

need a big wall calendar to help you stay organized, sticky notes on your laptop or a weekly planner, don’t make the mistake of remembering all of your deadlines in your head. You’ll forget something at some point, and believe me, in some classes, that tiny assignment will be the difference between an A- and a B+ at the end of the semester.

Take breaks Have you ever set aside an entire day to study one subject only to realize that after 20 minutes you’re already bored and desperate to stop? According to a study led by Alejandro Lleras, University psychology professor, prolonged attention to a single task deters performance. If you want to be successful, taking small breaks, rather than consistently studying, is the way to go. After an hour and a half, get coffee with a friend, watch silly cat videos or anything else that allows your brain some rest for about 15 minutes. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and more ready than before to tackle a daunting homework assignment or a tedious essay.

Make yourself accountable I’m not saying you need to live tweet the hardships of studying, but if it helps you stay on track, you might want to consider sharing your plans with others. Whether it’s through social media or in-person, letting

others know could cause for future embarrassment if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to. By studying with a friend, you can promise to keep each other focused, and will have the ability to lean over and see what’s actually going on behind that computer screen. However, be weary, and don’t make your study session a four-hour long chat about so-and-so’s selfies and finding oneself in college. Make a pact to stay concentrated, and stick to it.

Motivate yourself What are your goals? If you can’t think of the answer right away, that’s okay, but have some idea of what you want out of the classes you’re taking, your major and ultimately, your life. Is it an A you’re going for? If so, you may want to invest more time. If you’re just trying to pass, figure out what it will take to do so, and put your efforts into a class in that you can still achieve the grade you want. The hours you devote to studying won’t seem nearly as dreadful if you know that it’ll be worth it in the end. And, of course, realize that your social life, hobbies and pretty much anything more entertaining than staring at a textbook for hours won’t disappear in a day, or even in the week that you devote to working hard.

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Reach out, let professors be an invaluable resource to you LAURAN ROHR Managing editor


eing a student on a Big Ten campus can seem intimidating, especially on a campus as big as the University of Illinois where class sizes can range from five to more than 600 students. Every once in a while, someone will ask me if I feel like just a number among the more than 32,000 other undergraduates on campus. And every time, my answer is the same: never. I can thank my professors for that. The University of Illinois has some of the most amazing professors in the world — professors who have real-world experience in their fields, professors who are more than willing to go out of their way to help you if you ask for it, professors who devote their lives to giving students the education they need to be successful after they graduate. One of the biggest mistakes students make in college is not getting to know their professors. Most professors and teaching assistants make themselves extremely available to students. They typically hold weekly office hours, and they give out their email addresses on the syllabus. Many are more than willing to schedule special meetings with students who reach out to them for help, and some even go as far as giving out their phone numbers in case of an emergency. Taking advantage of those opportunities will only help students better understand the class material. But students who reach out to their professors from the beginning, either by introducing themselves in class or during office hours or by sending an email, are already ahead of the game. In a large class, introducing yourself to your professor will help you stand out among the crowd. In a small class, getting to know

your professor right off the bat will only enrich your learning experience. Oftentimes, the better a professor knows a student, the more inclined they are to help when that student asks. And, in turn, the students who demonstrate to professors that they are hardworking and willing to go the extra mile often do fairly well in their courses. What’s even better is that many professor-student relationships extend beyond help in the classroom. In my three years at the University, I have turned to some of my favorite professors — especially those who teach classes in my major — with questions about projects, other classes, internships and potential job opportunities. I have listed many of them as references on internship applications. I have asked for letters of recommendation. I have asked for their harshest critiques and their honest opinions. I have sat in their offices for hours picking their brains about my future career field. I have asked them to share their experiences, their wisdom and their advice, and they have never let me down. Because of them, I have become a better student and a better journalist. About to enter my senior year, I feel more confident in my career choice than ever before because I have had professors who have helped me more than I could have ever imagined. The same goes for professors in departments across campus. Most of our professors at the University know more than we do and are willing to share their knowledge with whoever cares to ask for it. We, as students, need to take advantage of that opportunity while we still can. The more you reach out to your professors, the more they get to know you. The more you ask them for help, the more they are willing to teach you. And the more you learn from them, the better equipped you are for the real world.

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Dos and Don’ts of a successful visit from your parents Know the limits of what you should or should not share, where you should or should not go CHRISTINE OLIVO Staff writer


ide your bottles, hide your grades and hide your new tattoo, because you parents are coming to Champaign for the weekend. Parent visits at school are bittersweet — it is exciting to see them for the first time in months, but sometimes the college life isn’t as appropriate as parents would like to think it is. It can be hard to think of places to go and things to do when they visit when you are on edge of what crazy shenanigans could happen next on campus. There is a very fine line between the dos and don’ts when it comes to parents visiting the University for the weekend. Here are a few that are important to remember.

DO: Clean your room before your parents come. It is almost inevitable that they will enter your room at some point. Whether you live in the dorms, in your sorority or fraternity house or an apartment, try to spiff up your living space for just a few days. They don’t want to see your empty bottles, fast food wrappers and dirty laundry covering every inch of your floor. Having a clean room will make your parents feel that you are more responsible and put together than you might actually be. Plus, your mom will probably just nag

your ear off until you clean it anyway, so you might as well just do it before she arrives.

go to one of the bars, neither you nor your parents get too crazy.

DO: Bring your parents to the Quad.

DO: Make your parents take you shopping.

The Quad is arguably the most beautiful part of campus. You can show them all the buildings you attend class in, the Illini Union, and all the fun students have playing frisbee and other activities on the grass.

Food, clothes and other college necessities can be expensive, and taking the bus to Target or the Market Place Mall takes way too long. Have your parents drive you to your favorite store so you can get everything you need. If you’re lucky, they’ll pay for your stuff too.

DO: Introduce your parents to your closest DON’T: Bring your parents down frat row. friends. At this time in our lives, the people we are best friends with now will most likely be a part of our lives for a long time, if not forever. It is important to introduce your parents to the people who take care of you when you’re sick, keep you in control on crazy nights out, pick you up when you’re feeling down and will continue to keep doing these things far into your future. You may want to warn your friends in advance though, so they are dressed and behaving in a manner that your parents will approve of.

Although some Greek houses keep their houses and properties clean, some of them look like they have not been cleaned in years. Most chapter houses on campus are scattered, but you know which ones look well kept and which look like no one has lived in there for ten years. Try to keep your parents away from any Greek houses that show a little too much partying that goes and that catcall at every girl that walks by. Accent the ones that make our University proud to be one of the largest Greek communities in the nation.

DO: Go out.

DON’T: Bring your parents out to eat on Green Street.

Whether it is to a football game, an on-campus bar or a restaurant in downtown Champaign, make sure you take your parents out. Show them that the University has a good balance between academics and fun social events. Parents enjoy seeing a college sports game and reminiscing on college memories at a bar with their kid. Just make sure if you do

Unless they specifically ask to go somewhere on Green Street, go somewhere else. Go off campus. When parents visit, it’s not just all about them, its about you too. You’ve eaten at these restaurants a hundred times. Treat your parents and yourself to a nice dinner downtown or anywhere off campus that

you normally would never go to.

DON’T: Go to the bars too late at night. It is acceptable to bring your parents to a bar on campus. Most parents enjoy it. But as students, we do not want our parents to see what goes down at the bars late at night. Even worse, we do not want our parents doing the things we see go down at the bars late at night. A nice drink with your parents can turn into a weird, creepy experience real fast.

DON’T: Bring them to a frat party. There is absolutely no place for them there. Just no.

DON’T: Tell your parents all the party details. Don’t tell them that you blacked out at 10 p.m. and threw up on your best friend’s shoes last weekend. Don’t point out the frat that you left your shoes at because you were too much of a hot mess to walk home in your heels. There are details your parents never want to hear, and there should be stories that you never want them to learn about. Parent visits should be an exciting and enjoyable time. As long as you know the basics of what to do and what not to do when they visit campus, their stay at the University should be a great experience.

Christine is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at caolivo2

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Tastiest places to chow-down in Champaign-Urbana BRYAN BOCCELLI Assistant daytime editor

Authentic Mexican: Maize $

Maize Mexican Grill, 60 E. Green St., offers a variety of authentic Mexican dishes ranging from tacos to tostadas. Maize has been open for a few years now and has quickly become a favorite among University students. Although the restaurant is small, it counters its size with amazing food such as their fried quesadillas with mushrooms — crunchy on the outside, and cheesy and gooey on the inside. Restaurant owner Armando Sandoval is planning on opening a second location in downtown Champaign in the near future so be on the look out for it.

Lunch with friends: Black Dog Smoke & Ale House $$ Delicious. That’s the only word you need to describe this smokehouse. Located at 201 N. Broadway Ave., in downtown Urbana, it’s known across not only Champaign-Urbana, but across the United States as one of the best barbeque joints. Since it opened in 2009, Black Dog has gained recognition for its variety of beer, scrumptious cornbread, and last but not least, their burnt ends — a must try. Be warned though, there’s usually a wait ranging anywhere from fifteen minutes to over an hour.

Delicious and fast: Lai Lai Wok $ Located at 402 E. Green St., Lai Lai Wok offers a large variety of Chinese entrees and is very vegan and vegetarian friendly. They also have large tables so it’s the ideal location for large groups of people in a hurry. Their mouth-watering tofu with mixed vegetables is well-known among University students, but if tofu isn’t your cup of tea, I would also highly recommend their sesame chicken. DAILY ILLINI FILE PHOTO

Late night munchies: Cracked: the egg came first $

Pictured is a beef brisket sandwich covered in Georgia peach barbecue sauce and a side of sweet potato fries, served at the Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana. This barbeque joint is well-known by students and community members alike for its mouth-watering food.

This food truck was definitely designed with the egg as part of its DNA. Cracked has also been a big hit among University students and can bee found on the corner of Mathews and Springfield Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. I would highly recommend their buttermilk biscuit pancakes and their white cheddar bacon tots as starters, and if you’re still hungry, try “The Morning Bender” sandwich with a fried egg, hash browns, sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese.

website. Their s’mores flavored doughnut is amazing and they also have vegan options as well, such as a chai-flavored doughnut.

Pandamonium Doughnuts $

Pandamonium Doughnuts took the University by storm this past spring semester, as this pop-up doughnut shop became a craze among students. Pandamonium will post their weekly location on their Facebook page or you can place a private order through their

of pizza options, but is best known for it’s deep dish pizza. If you’re in town and want some quality pizza give Papa Del’s a try — you won’t be disappointed.

Creme & Flutter $

Upscale date night place: Radio Maria $$ Creme & Flutter, located at 114 N. Walnut

St. in downtown Champaign, is a great place to get your sweet tooth fix. They have a variety of cupcakes, brownies, cookies and ice cream that will definitely fulfill your sugar craving. And while you’re there, try their coffee and assortment of candies.

Pizza Perfection: Papa Del’s $$ This deep dish pizza joint has been a staple on campus for years now. Located at 206 E. Green St., Papa Del’s offers a large variety

Radio Maria, located in downtown Champaign at 119 N Walnut St., is well known for its delicious Spanish tapas and amazing entrees. I would highly recommend their stewed oxtail and their garlic salmon tapas, both of which are very flavorful dishes. Radio Maria bolsters an eclectic, yet relaxing atmosphere not often found in the ChampaignUrbana area.

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Students gather on the Main Quad during Quad Day to join registered student organizations, meet new students and get involved in other activities that might pique their interests.

Five things to definitely take part in while living in Champaign-Urbana Students won’t want to miss these five local events that will better acquaint them with the community Japanese Tea Ceremony at Japan House ABRAR AL-HEETI Staff writer

Champaign-Urbana is constantly brimming with activities and events. There’s hardly a dull moment on this campus. Here are just five events you won’t want to miss:

The Farmer’s Market Market at the Square is held every Saturday morning — rain or shine — from 7 a.m. to noon at the corner of Illinois and Vine streets in downtown Urbana. Shop for local produce, enjoy some cool refreshments from local ice cream vendors, treat yourself to some sweet kettle corn and browse through handmade crafts. The market is held from May 3 to November 1.

Quad Day This is a day no University of Illinois student should miss. Come to the Quad and learn about various campus organizations and clubs you can get involved in, and get some free stuff while you’re there. Have a good time relaxing with friends or meeting new people with similar — or even different — interests.

Take the opportunity to be part of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. This is an experience that will give you a taste and appreciation of the art. Bring family or friends to take part in the ceremony with you. Don’t forget to take a walk through the scenic gardens around the Japan House as well.

Culture Shock This is a great opportunity to get a taste of the diversity present at the University. Come to the Illini Union as different student organizations demonstrate aspects of their backgrounds. Enjoy watching cultural performances, listening to music and tasting unique food. All the while, you get to meet people from around the world.

Ebertfest Named after Roger Ebert, a University alumnus, this film festival plays films Ebert felt did not get enough recognition at the time of their release. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet some well-known actors and directors who helped create the films. Ebertfest is held in the historic Virginia Theater, which is in itself a building to behold. Enjoy a weekend full of watching quality films with other fellow movie fans.

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Know where to look for employment opportunities in C-U  



                SARAH SOENKE Features editor


rom housing to courses and textbooks, attending college can be expensive — and the University of Illinois is no exception. Estimated costs for instate, out of state and international students range from $30,150 to $52,628 for the 2014 to 2015 year. Although working your way through college may not be possible anymore, holding down a job while getting a degree can certainly lighten future student loans, expand your professional exploration and increase one’s personal growth. Luckily, the Campustown and Champaign-Urbana community hosts a variety of part- and full-time job positions, internships and research opportunities that pay. Students just need to know where to look. For the most convenient part-time positions, students don’t need to go beyond the University itself. The Office of Student Financial Aid’s Virtual Job Board is routinely updated with new employment opportunities in departments across campus, including the dining halls and residence halls’ front desks. These can be most accommodating to students’ schedules — employers bet-

ter understand the demands of being a student as many of the other employees are students themselves and the locations are close to and on campus. Students can even work within their own residence hall. Students can search for specific positions — including federal work study and non-University positions — while also specifying exact location region, job category, minimum hourly rate and maximum hours per week they are willing to work. Another resource for students is the The Career Center’s I-Link , an online recruiting system for University students and recent alumni. Users must set up an account and can update their profi le while searching through the database of job and internship postings. Students can then apply to the tens of thousands of positions posted annually online and schedule and manage interview appointments. I-Link also offers updates and registration for the latest upcoming recruiting activities and events across campus. Advisers can help with more than academics as well. Within colleges on campus, internship coordinators can send out emails to students with the latest job and internship opportunities. These can range from links to job boards to direct contact information from searching employers and alumni. These mass emails can help students connect through the University alumni network and fi nd job positions they may not otherwise catch word of.

Students should never underestimate the value of in-person opportunities too. The Champaign-Urbana community hosts an eclectic array of business establishments offering part- and full-time positions. From restaurants to retail stores, students can easily search for an entry level job on campus or in either city’s downtown areas. Students can check online to see if the establishments have online applications; however, walking in to fi ll out a paper copy might lead to talking to the manager who’s hiring and standing out from other applicants. While there are many online resources and opportunities to apply for employment, asking around to learn about others’ positive work experiences will increase students’ chances of fi nding one for themselves. An online application only goes so far, while a personal recommendation or connection will better ensure one will get the job. But with such a diverse campus and surrounding area, students have nearly countless employment options. Students should do their research to explore what type of job positions would benefit their professional and personal growth and not just earn a paycheck. No matter how many hours a student plans to work, it’s best to make it worth the time.

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The one street that’s got it all. From bars to restaurants to campus apparel and an Urban Outfitters, Green Street is the place to meet new people and explore what non-academic fun this campus has to offer.

Illini Union Aside from being a place to eat, sleep and study, the Illini Union is a great central location to meet up with friends for coffee at Espresso Royale or attend events such as breakdance competitions, stand up comedy and salsa nights.






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Keep off the “freshman 15� at one of the biggest college work out facilities in the country. The ARC offers group fitness classes such as zumba, activities like chair dance or yoga and intramural sports. Or just kick it back and get a tan on the deck of the outdoor pool.


The Canopy Club This is one of the few bars on campus that opens its doors to 18 year olds for a mix of dupstep, indie and rock concerts year-round as well as several artists from the Pygmalion music festival, hosted in the fall.




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Five ways to prepare your college student for apartment life       




         BRYAN BOCCELLI Assistant daytime editor


fter their freshman or sophomore years, most students opt to live in apartments rather than dorms. As a parent you’re probably thinking of all that could potentially go wrong, but apartments offer students a great opportunity to learn the ropes of adulthood (cleaning, cooking, washing, paying bills, etc.), and as an added bonus, living in an apartment can be cheaper than paying for University housing. Here are a couple tips to help you assist your college student when looking for a place to live:

Roommates Make sure your student is comfortable living with whomever he or she is signing a lease with, as they will be living with them for an entire academic year. If he or she know they could run into problems down the road, it’s better to say no than to have to deal with problems and confrontations between the students later in the school year.

Look at various apartment options

the specifics of the lease are before they sign.

Make sure your college student keeps their options open and looks at various apartments prior to signing. After looking at a couple places, they can then make a better-informed decision as to where they would be most comfortable living. There are many online resources for students to begin their search such as Google, or The Daily Illini’s apartment search.

Dates matter

Look up the landlord’s record online

Let your college student know that rent is always due by a certain date, and if it is not in by then, there will more likely than not be a late fee. Calling to ensure your student has paid monthly rent is a great way to avoid late fees and gives you an excuse to call and check up on them as well.

There are many websites and resources available to students who want to check a landlord’s track record before signing. This should definitely be done before signing or even looking at potential housing because it’s a great way for students to cross off potential living arrangements. Not all landlords have the same records and leases tend to vary from one landlord to the next — so make sure to lookup what other students have said after having signed with a specific company or landlord.

Bryan is a senior in LAS. He can be reached Follow her on Twitter @bryanboccelli.

Understanding your lease

Calling to ensure your student has paid monthly rent is a great way to avoid late fees and gives you an excuse to call and check up on them as well.

Make sure your college student understands the terms of their apartment lease. They cannot be broken and students are liable for paying the full amount by a specified date (usually the first of each month). If students need help understanding the terms of their lease, the University’s Tenant Union in the Illini Union offers free help and is able to explain to students what






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Think ahead by looking into internships










here’s a lot to worry about as a freshman. Inevitably your first few months on campus will be spent managing your course load, adjusting to the dorms and rebuilding your social life. You should be focusing on the “now� and making the transition from high school to college as easy — and as fun — as possible. But you shouldn’t forget to focus on the future as well. If you think high school passed in the blink of an eye, these next four years will go by ten times quicker. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and forget to plan ahead to make sure you are fully prepared for the job market by the time you graduate. These days, no college degree is complete without having had an internship. Yes, it’s important to do well in your classes. But employers want to make sure that you have relevant work experience. By the time you receive your diploma, you should have at least one professional internship on your resume. If you work hard now, you may even be able to land one by the summer of your freshman year. Here are some tips to help you get started on your internship search right away:

Do some research If you already have a list of career goals or even just a general area of interest, think about what companies or organizations are the best in that field. I recommend creating a list of five to ten of your “dream companies� to intern for. Do some research on their website to see what internships they offer. Often websites have a career or job section that can

be found at the bottom of the page. Be sure to write down the qualifications the company is looking for and think about how you can start gaining those skills now. For example, many of the internships I wanted required knowledge of editing software, so I joined the video department at The Daily Illini to learn that skill.

Build up your resume My adviser once told me that she had a student who never accomplished anything outside of his classes. He didn’t join any clubs, never bothered to get an internship or even join a fraternity. When he was ready to graduate and get a job, she was very worried about his ability to compete with his peers in the job market or to even get an internship after college. Going to class and getting good grades is not good enough. In every internship interview I have ever had, I’m asked about my relevant experiences. Rarely do I get asked about schoolwork. You should get involved in organizations on your campus that are related to your major or field as well as other clubs or volunteer opportunities that interest you. I recommend finding one Registered Student Organization to join your first semester and then adding on a second activity during the spring semester. If you can obtain a leadership position by the end of your freshman year or the beginning of sophomore year, this will definitely stand out on your resume. Not only will joining organizations build up your resume, it will help you meet new people and make the most of your college experience.

Learn how to create your internship tools Most internships require you to submit a resume, cover letter and sometimes a letter of recommendation. These are the “tools� that are going to land you an inter-

view. Even if you don’t plan on obtaining an internship until later on in your college career, it’s important to learn how to create these now. Most colleges have an introduction course that will give you an overview of these materials and how to create them. But I recommend scheduling an appointment at the career center or attending one of their workshops for more in-depth instruction. They will go over your resume and cover letters with you to make sure it is perfect and tell you how to ask for letters of recommendation. You never know when you may need a resume and having one on hand that you can send right away is always impressive.

Start networking NOW Networking can be intimidating at first but once you get it down it’s not so nerveracking. The easiest way to network as a freshman is to build relationships with your professors. On your first day of class, introduce yourself and tell them your career goals. Your professors are professionals with many contacts who want to help you. If they like you, they can lead you to great opportunities. I wouldn’t have landed my internship at the Big Ten Network if it weren’t for my Introduction to Journalism professor. I told her that I was interested in documentary filmmaking and she put me in contact with her friend who is a producer at the network. My multimedia professor recommended me for an internship with National Geographic. Without him, it is highly unlikely that I would have even received an interview. Take it from me: Your professors are quite possibly your greatest resource on campus – for networking and otherwise.

Watch your social media presence

Now is the time to make over your social media accounts. Funny but inappropriate jokes are no longer OK to tweet out. Instagramming photos of your night out drinking isn’t going to fly with potential employers. When I got to college, I deleted my old Twitter account and created a new, more professional one. Your Facebook should be a reflection of you that you wouldn’t be ashamed to show employers. Start posting more photos of you at your extra curricular activities, doing volunteer work or your latest projects or writing samples.

Take the time to find your passion Many freshmen enter college undecided about their major. Even those who have decided on one may have their doubts. If that’s the case, don’t sweat too much about finding an internship. Focus on finding out what you are passionate about and what you really want to do. My freshman year, I wasn’t so sure about remaining a news-editorial journalism major. I had joined The Daily Illini’s features staff but quit after a month. Writing just didn’t seem to be for me anymore. I spent that year taking classes in fields I was interested in: media and cinema studies, global studies, anthropology. I even took an engineering class. I tried out different organizations until I found my niche within the video department at The Daily Illini. It turns out I was still interested in journalism, I just needed to change the medium I was using. Once I figured out what I wanted, internship and leadership opportunities were easier to come across. If you’re not quite sure yet of what path you want to follow, spend your first year or two figuring it out and great opportunities will eventually come your way.

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Notable, successful alumni from the University of Illinois

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Steve Chen and Jawed Karim

Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, Brinker graduated in 1968. During her time at the University, she studied sociology, served in the Student Senate and as president of her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. In 2009, Brinker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to a civilian. Currently, she serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control at the World Health Organization. The Susan G. Komen foundation has invested almost $2 billion into breast cancer research, advocacy, outreach and programs.

Co-founders of YouTube, along with Chad Hurley. Both have degrees in computer science from the University; Chen graduated in 2002, while Karim graduated in 2004. All three were early employees of PayPal, which was also founded in part by two University alumni, Max Levchin and Luke Nosek. YouTube is visited by more than 1 billion unique visitors each month, with more than 100 hours of video being uploaded to the site every minute.




Roger Ebert

Dave Eggers

A Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert graduated from the University with a journalism degree in 1964. While at the University, he worked at The Daily Illini, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1963-64, and WPGU. Ebert was the first film critic to receive both a Pulitzer Prize and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, he launched Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, better known as Ebertfest, which takes place every April at the Virginia Theatre in his hometown of Champaign.

A writer best known for his best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-finalist memoir, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,� Eggers graduated with a degree in journalism in 2002, although he took a break from his studies due to the death of his parents — chronicled in the aforementioned memoir. During his time at the University, he worked at The Daily Illini where he served as features editor from 1989 to 1990, directory editor from 1990 to 1991 and inprint editor from 1991 1992. Eggers is also the founder of McSweeney’s, an award-winning publishing house of books, as well as a quarterly journal and monthly magazine.



Hugh Hefner

The founder of Playboy magazine, Hefner graduated in 1949 after two-and-a-half years. He majored in psychology and double minored in art and creative writing. While at the University, Hefner drew cartoons for The Daily Illini and served as a managing editor for Shaft, a campus humor magazine, where he introduced a “Coed of the Month” feature. He currently serves as the editorin-chief of Playboy magazine and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.

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Ang Lee

Nick Offerman

An Academy Award-winning fi lm director, Lee graduated in 1980 from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, where he studied theater directing. Lee won an Academy Award for Best Director in 2005 and 2012 for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” respectively; his 2000 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has also won awards from the Venice Film Festival, the British Academy Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards, among others.

An actor best known for his role as Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” He graduated in 1993 from the College of Fine and Applied Arts with a degree in theater, where he also began to work in the Krannert Center’s scene shop. In the fall of 2013, Offerman designed and built a gazebo for the University’s Japan House in honor of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato, who he worked with during his time at the University. Offerman can also be seen in the films “21 Jump Street” and “We’re the Millers,” among others.


Suze Orman

A fi nancial advisor and motivational speaker, who previously worked for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities. Though Orman should have graduated in 1973, her foreign language requirement was unfulfilled; she graduated in 1977 with a degree in social work. She served as the Commencement speaker in 2009, and also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the graduation. Orman has won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Service Show Host, written numerous bestselling books and has frequently collaborated with Oprah.

Eleanor is a senior in Media. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @eleanor_black14.



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Six successful spots for any type of studying BY ALYSSA VOLTOLINA ASSISTANT COPY CHIEF


a campus this big, it’s not hard to fi nd a cozy corner to study in. Check out these locations, but you will probably fi nd your own favorites as the year goes on:

Caffe Paradiso The place to be for hipsters everywhere, this Urbana coffee shop is perfect for those of us who live east of the Quad. This independent shop uses Intelligentsia coffee beans for their espresso and sells baked goods from Pekara, a caffeinated combination that ensures plenty of energy for studying. Caffe Paradiso has free WiFi, plenty of tables and enough outlets to keep all of your devices charged through a long day of studying.

Undergraduate Library The UGL is a great spot for study groups. While the lowest floor is a designated quiet area, most people utilize the middle floor for both groups and low-key study sessions. There are tables in the main area with study rooms available with a reservation. With an Espresso Royale on site, a tunnel to the main library and the fact that the UGL is open 24 hours a day, there



Students study in Grainger Engineering Library. This is a favorite for many students, even outside of the College of Engineering. are few reasons to not study there. You’ll even get an arm workout trying to open the heavy doors!

Grainger Engineering Library For engineers, Grainger is the place to be. Located on the northside of the Bardeen Quad, Grainger boasts state-of-the-art technology and over 1000 seats in the Main Reading Gallery. Like the UGL, group study rooms are available. And for anyone who lives far away (or has work to do during a polar vortex), there’s

plenty of parking available on Springfield Avenue.

Main Library The best reason to study at the Main Library? It’s beautiful. The building is home to approximately 5 million books, all located in the main stacks, and is made up of over 20 subject libraries, making it the perfect place for both research and studying. The


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STUDY SPOTS campus library system is one of the largest public academic collections in the world, so if there is a book you need, the library probably has it. Conveniently located by the Main Quad, there really isn’t a reason why you should pass this library up.

Espresso Royale With four locations around the Main Quad, Espresso Royale is a great place to study if you’re looking to stay caffeinated on campus. Along with coffee and tea, Espresso has a variety of soups and sandwiches to help satiate your hunger in between classes. With locations all over Champaign and Urbana, Espresso Royale makes for a great coffee and study break in between classes.

Illini Union The Union has a computer lab, an Espresso Royale, and a food court all in one building. There are three designated study lounges, and each is located on the main floor. The CLASS (Computer Lab And Study Space) Computer Lab has over 80 individual work stations and full-time technical support staff, for those of us who still have trouble with technology.

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Noor Qaddour, freshman in LAS, Lina Al-Chaar, sophomore in LAS, Ahmad Hamdan, senior in Engineering, and Arsheen Aziz, senior in LAS, use the Media Commons in the Undergraduate Library for group research. The Media Commons was new to the UGL for spring 2013 and helps students utilize technology with their school work.

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Three things every student should know to fulfill their on-campus civic duties TYLER DAVIS Managing editor


ollege is a time for many to mature from adolescence to adulthood and a big part of that is learning to fulfill one’s civic duties. This campus of 40,000 operates like a little nation — it has its own culture, government and elections. And now you’re a citizen.

Shared governance The basis of shared governance is the idea that the faculty of a university is the institution itself. The faculty of our University, according to the University of Illinois Statutes, is responsible for the teaching, research and scholarly activities of the University. In this way, the faculty has inherent interests and rights in academic policy and governance because faculty is essentially in the best position to set academic policy. The faculty and administration share a goal in governing the University, and it should be noted that the administration is not required to act on all advice from the faculty. However, it would not be a great idea for the administration to ignore all of the faculty’s advice — faculty cooperation is a necessity for the administration to complete its own goals. Faculty and administrators throughout the University of Illinois system participate in major decisions at the University via bylaws that allow governance of their own academic units, their campus’ academic senate, the University Senates Conference and recommendations to the Board of Trustees; however, these aren’t the only routes through which faculty voices are heard.

Student government Each University of Illinois campus has its own student government — on the Urbana campus, it is the Illinois Student Senate. The Illinois Student Senate represents both graduate and undergraduate students on campus, serving as the official “voice of the student body.� The student senate aims to represent the views and needs of the student body to campus administration as well as local, state and federal governments. The organization comprises more than 100 members who represent each of the University’s colleges. The Illinois Student Senate participates in shared governance as well by making recommendations to the Urba-

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na-Champaign Senate, the Board of Trustees and other governing bodies. Illinois student senators can be involved in campus initiatives important to their college’s constituents. For example, in mid-April, the senate passed a resolution giving $7,400 to the University Police Department — half the cost of a new police dog. In early May, the senate called on the administration to provide $50,000 to fund the Campus Bike Center, which is in need of a source of long-term funding. Mitch Dickey, junior in LAS, will serve as the senate’s student body president for the 2014-2015 school year.

Student elections You kind of caught us at a strange time. Usually, the Campus Student Elections Commission runs student elections during the spring semester. During these elections, students elect other students to serve on positions such as student trustee, who serves on the Board of Trustees and shares a vote with the student trustees from the two other campuses. During these elections, representatives to the Illinois Student Senate, Student Organization Resource Fee board — which helps to fund programs and registered student organizations — and other bodies are elected as well. Additionally, the commission was responsible for approving referenda questions, which any student can pose to the student body if he or she can garner enough signatures on their petition prior to the election. These yes-or-no questions can solicit student opinion, initiate new fees and serve other purposes. However, in late March, the full membership of the CSEC withdrew its position to run student elections. The commission said they believed it would be in the best interest of all involved parties to step aside so that the Illinois Student Senate, SORF and the vice chancellor for Student Affairs could collaborate to reconstitute a body “that serves their purposes.� This withdrawal followed ISS-submitted complaints including misrepresentation of the senate’s constitution, insufficiently working with the SORF Board and failing to submit a budget as well as failing to hear a formal complaint on Student Trustee Lucas Frye’s campaign spending. Hopefully someone works that out by spring semester.

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How to pick and settle in with your random roommate Ground rules and communication will help lead to a successful year with a random roommate match BY STEFFIE DRUCKER WEB EDITOR


was, for me, one of the most anxietyinducing parts of the transition into college: fi nding a roommate. I started out wanting to live with a friend from high school, but everyone I asked said they wanted to fi nd a roommate on Facebook or just go random. They were afraid that living with someone they already knew could ruin their friendship. I figured my next best option was to fi nd a roommate on Facebook. I checked out various University of Illinois Facebook pages, constantly looking for new potential roommates. I had countless conversations with future classmates I thought would make good roommates. Despite these awkward, speed-date-esque “interviews,” I still ended up alone by the time my Housing application was due. I was terrified. For whatever reason, I was sure that I was going to get some nightmare roommate. I compulsively checked my email for weeks, waiting to fi nd out more about my random roommate. Fortunately, I was notified in late May

that I was placed in my fi rst choice — the LEADS living-learning community. I hoped that the fact my random roommate had applied and was selected for LEADS too would mean that we have a lot in common. I continued obsessively checking my email until one day when I got a Facebook message from a girl announcing herself as my roommate. We started texting and FaceTiming each other in the weeks leading up to move-in day in an attempt to get to know each other. Whether you become friendly with your roommate is completely specific to you and your roomie. Some pairs end up the best of friends while others are more distant. I was fortunate enough to become good friends with my random roommate, but I have plenty of friends who merely coexisted with theirs. Before I even submitted my Housing app, friends and family assured me that if I ended up going random it would be ok. “You just need to be able to live with each other,” they said. If you’ve been matched with your random roomie by the University Housing survey like I was, hopefully they’ve accurately matched your lifestyles! Still, it’s

good to sit down together in the beginning of the year and discuss your living habits. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you like to listen to music while studying or does that distract you? How organized are you really? Which items in your room, if any, are you okay with sharing?

Be honest. Your rommate-tionship is built on trust. Be honest. Your roommate-tionship is built on trust. You two are supposed to live together in this space for the next nine months so you really need to know what you’re getting in a living partner. Plus, if you start the year off by being dishonest with your roommate, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the year. Communication is key. You don’t need to tell your roommate every action of your day but it could be nice to let them know certain things so you’re on the same

page. My roommate always went to sleep earlier than me. We had a deal that we would let each other know when we were going to sleep or nap so that the other one knew to enter the room quietly. If your roommate is doing something that bothers you, talk to them about it. See if you can create a solution that fits both of your habits and needs. If your complaint goes unresolved, get your resident adviser involved. They’re there to help facilitate the conversation and keep the peace. If you are matched with someone with whom you have irreconcilable differences, you can always request a room change. In my experience, most people I know who went random or found a roommate on Facebook wound up okay. Some were better friends with their roommates than others, but overall everyone got along and had a great freshman year. Looking back on this year, I couldn’t have asked for a better random roommate. We not only were able to live with each other, we even ended up becoming friends.

Steffie is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at sdrucke2@dailyillini. com.


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Six hotspots on campus to make new friends and have a good time Some places to help make you feel more familiar with your new home Christine Olivo Staff writer


ampus life can seem overwhelming when coming to the University as an incoming freshman, and making close friendships like those you once had in high school may feel impossible with so many strangers passing you on a daily basis. Thankfully, the University offers a variety of places on campus for new students to hang out and meet new people. Here are a few freshman hotspots on campus that will help make this campus feel like a home in no time.

Main Quad As described on the University’s website, the Quad is an open grassy area that is the heart of campus. On nice fall and spring days, you can always fi nd students hanging out and relaxing on the Quad. It is the perfect spot for new friends to play frisbee,

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have a picnic, nap and meet other groups of people.

Illini Union The Illini Union is a great place for freshmen to go with a roommate, dorm floor friends or even alone to meet new people. The Union offers a food court featuring restaurants such as Einstein Bros Bagels, Sbarro, Wendy’s and more, where you can sit and chat with new acquaintances. The Union also gives students a place to hang out and have fun creating new memories in the Rec Room, which has billiards, a bowling alley and arcade games.

Green Street As a first semester freshman, it may seem intimidating to venture all the way towards Green Street. But it is so worth it! Grab your friends and head to one of the many restaurants Green Street has to offer, such as Panera Bread, Mia Za’s, Noodles & Company, Jimmy John’s and more. You will also find students shopping at Urban Outfitters, Apricot Lane and Ragstock on Green Street as well.

Residence Hall Floors/Lounges Hear me out on this one. You’re stuck in a building with the same people for the entire school year, so you might as well get to know your floor mates. The majority of you will be freshmen, and most will feel too shy to go around door to door on your floor introducing yourselves. Order some cookies from Insomnia Cookies, pick a funny movie and have a movie night in your room or dorm floor lounge. This is a great place for freshmen to make friends


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in the comfort of their own home.

The Canopy Club A great spot for freshmen to hang out and get some night life action at the University is The Canopy Club. According to The Canopy Club website, the club is Illinois’ “home for live music, entertainment and night life.� The Canopy Club has an event to offer to students 18-years and older almost every night of the school year. Whether you’re into rock, hip hop, jazz, EDM, country, or any other genre of music, freshmen will be able to have a good time attending music concerts and festivals. As their website states, “If you’re a fan of live music and entertainment, the Canopy Club is your home in central Illinois.�

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Your fraternity/sorority house Having one of the largest Greek communities according to the Illinois Panhellenic Council website, joining a sorority or a fraternity is a great way to make lifelong friends. If you do decide to go Greek, spending time at your sorority/fraternity house can really make the campus feel smaller by giving you a place to call home. With other freshmen joining your chapter and being initiated into your pledge class, you can all hang out at your chapter house and create instant connections with others that you will soon call your brothers or sisters.

Christine is a junior in Media. She can be reached at caolivo2



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Five must-haves for students at the University TYLER DAVIS Managing editor


his campus will provide you with most of what you need to survive the school year, but I wouldn’t forget this other stuff if I were you:

Warm coat/warm clothes Oh, does it get cold here! And it stays cold for what seems to be a good 75 percent of spring and fall semesters. If you don’t have warm winter clothes — including a cozy, thick, stupid-looking coat — you might as well start writing up your transfer application right now. Just wait until you’re trekking across campus to class in the dead of winter combatting frostbite and batting shards of icy snow from blowing into your eyes. It’s great. Fun fact: The average low January temperature in Champaign is 16.7 degrees Fahrenheit with an average 6.8 inches of snowfall. Yes, yes, welcome to Central Illinois.

Winter boots That reminds me — you had better invest in winter boots. My parents made me bring my winter boots to school my freshman year, and I told them, “No, no, I definitely will not wear these.� Yeah, I found myself thanking them in January. Boots are excellent! I’ve never felt so powerful as when I’m tromping through all that snow while my feet remain completely dry and warm. I’ve even worn those boots on cold winter nights that I’ve gone out. Don’t forget warm socks, either. Maybe people judge, but those people probably have cold feet.

Umbrella and galoshes So it snows a lot, and it gets really cold and when it rains here — it seriously pours. On at least one occasion this year, the street outside my apartment has looked like a shallow stream during a storm. When it rains, you do not want to be caught outside here without an umbrella — you will get drenched.

Bike This is a pretty bike-friendly campus. You can get just about everywhere on a bike and usually, there’s a bike lane on the sidewalk or the street. There are a couple of areas on campus that are in desperate need of bike lanes or bike lane repairs however — I suggest biking on Green Street at your own peril, for example.

Tyler is a junior in Media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TylerAllynDavis.

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The history, foundations of the University How the University grew out of a small grassland community AUSTIN KEATING Interim editor-in-chief


ou’re stepping foot on unfamiliar land — land that you know close to nothing about. That never happened to me, I grew up in Central Illinois. I’m comfortable here. The corn, the history, the people — I’ve known it all and loved it all for my whole life. I know close to everything there is to know about these quirky little towns, and now, I’m going to share that knowledge with you. I mean, hey, maybe knowing a little bit about this area’s rich history will ease your transition to your new home. The information in this story comes mostly from a book titled “Urbana (Images of America)” by Ilona Matkovszki and Dennis Roberts, as well as “John Milton Gregory and the University of Illinois” by Harry Kersey and the “Dictionary of American


University Hall was constructed in 1870 where the Illini Union is now. To the left is Harker Hall, the only remaining building from that time.


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HISTORY Biography — Supplement 7.” Originally, this land was one of the seasonal stomping grounds of the Pottawatomie Native Americans, but in 1822, the first Euro-American settlers came after the United States government had acquired the land years earlier. This was a hard area to settle. Primitive plows couldn’t till the soil under the tall prairie grasses, so settlers opted to build their homes and farms at the edges of a huge, majestic forest — Big Grove. Big Grove — which has a restaurant, located at 1 E. Main St., Champaign, named after it – was 12 miles long and an average of three miles wide. But by 1830, the area didn’t even have a town — just a collection of cabins huddled around this massive forest. That changed in 1833 when the state senator for Vermilion County, which the Big Grove community was part of, passed a bill to make Big Grove a separate county — his condition was that the resident’s name the new county seat Urbana, after his former home in Ohio.

Champaign and Urbana The land that made this new county seat was donated by two families — the Buseys and the Webbers, powerful names that you’ll see around this area to

47 this day. Between 1850 and 1860, Champaign County saw a population boom, rising 553 percent. This is because the Illinois Central Railroad was constructed to the west of the town, breathing new life in the region with new types of residents: not just farmers, but also intellectuals, investors and laborers. However, they didn’t all land in Urbana. Most settled in West Urbana — which grew so large by 1860 that it was made into a new town — Champaign. Since it was on the railroad tracks, Champaign grew much faster and surpassed Urbana in population and development. This is the root of a morethan-century long division between these two cities. To this day, you can see it for yourself. Urbana has no high rises, but by this time next year, Champaign will have several, and a Hyatt to boot. Champaign has a research park and huge corporate development north of town, and Urbana doesn’t really have that. That’s not to say Urbana stagnated. During the 1850s it received a new industrial area, a newspaper, new county offices, and of course, a new courthouse. This courthouse was frequented by a young lawyer from Springfield. His name: Abraham Lincoln. Years later, Lincoln would sign a federal law that, after the Civil War ended, would change Champaign County forever.

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to enable states to receive federal land to establish universities — particularly universities with a focus on agriculture and mechanics. An Urbana politician, Clark Griggs, went to Springfield during 1867 with $40,000 from the Champaign and Urbana townships. He bought legislators oyster and quail dinners, cigars and theatre tickets. Because of this, and “a little bit of horse trading” and manipulation, Griggs won the university, according to Daniel McCollum’s “Remembering Champaign County.” It was named the “Illinois Industrial University” and was placed in a stretch of land between the two townships in a building that’s no longer around — “the Elephant.” It stood five stories above the vast prairie, and over the years, those prairies were cut and drained, and following this, an array of buildings were constructed. Where the Illini Union stands now, a building called University Hall was constructed in the 1870s with Harker Hall to the east, the only building remaining from those early days. I won’t get into all of the buildings and histories hidden in this great University, I’m afraid I don’t have enough room on this page to give you that. But know that in those early years, the University fulfilled its goal of focusing on blue collar education. But it did more than that, thanks to the efforts of our first president, John Milton Gregory.

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The legacy of Gregory As I said earlier, the Morrill Act stipulated a focus on blue collar education, but the exact wording included “without excluding other scientific and classical studies,” according to Kersey’s book. Gregory latched on to that wording and fought for a well-rounded education, and the state latched on to the practical side. He was forced to resign in 1880 due to this difference, but in his time here, he planted the seed for something great — he may very well be the reason why we’re not solely a trade school. “Let us educate for life, as well as for art, leaving genius free to follow its natural attractions,” he implored, according to Kersey’s book. “If some of our graduates shall quit, for a time, the harvest field for the forum, or prefer medicine to mechanic art, we shall hope they will demonstrate that, even in professional life, the education we give is neither inferior nor inadequate.” Gregory is buried between Altgeld Hall and the Henry Administration Building in a grave nestled in a grove of trees. On the rock above this grave, there’s a plaque that reads “If you seek his monument, look about you.” So as you begin your time here at the University, look about you. This is an institution that’s been 200 years in the making. The history is rich, and I’ve only scratched the surface.

Austin is a junior in Media. He can be reached at and @austinkeating3.

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