Disability on and around the University of Illinois campus

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A quote in the Illinois wheelchair track practice facility.

From the wheelchair athletics at the University of Illinois, to a local prosthetics and orthotics business in Urbana, our team of Jessa Corso, Abraham Koshy, Lauren Mroz and Lucas Wright takes a look at the usually overlooked area of disability in the Champaign county area. Continue reading Disability on and around the University of Illinois campus

All Things Bikes

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 9.42.33 PMWith bike lanes on almost every street around campus, it’s evident that biking is a very important mode of transportation for students and faculty on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. With so many bike laws, violations, and organizations around campus,  the four of us, Alexis Casati, Emma Pool, Megan Vasiliadis, and Sam Welch decided to take a look at some of the bigger issues surrounding bicycles and other ways they can be used other than for transportation. We explore frustrations with biking on campus, exercising with cycling, and the different types of bikes that can be found at any bike locking station around campus. Check out the website we created for All Things Bikes that contains all of our multimedia elements including a final video project in a special segment here.

Dive into Diversity on the UIUC Campus

International Students Reflect on Integration Tools 

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UIUC quad on a quiet day.

 

There are over 30,000 undergraduate students that attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Suddenly a small world seems a little bigger. It becomes even larger when noted that, of these students, over 4,000 travel from over 110 foreign countries to unify themselves with a campus full of multiple majors and opportunities. The university prides itself on having the largest international student population of any public institution in the country. Continue reading Dive into Diversity on the UIUC Campus

Exploring Diversity and Inclusivity at UIUC: Behind the Numbers

Prospective students tour the Quad
Prospective students tour the Quad

In terms of diversity, the University of Illinois isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

While Illinois claims to be the “the most diverse public university in the Big Ten” on its admissions website, according to statistics found on Forbes.com, the university’s student population, while quite diverse, isn’t as varied as a prospective student would be led to believe. Continue reading Exploring Diversity and Inclusivity at UIUC: Behind the Numbers

Addressing Greek diversity, racism at UIUC

The Greek community at the University of Illinois struggles with inclusion

On a campus that emphasizes diversity, the Greek community at Illinois struggles to remain inclusive.
On a campus that emphasizes diversity, the Greek community at Illinois struggles to remain inclusive.

Produced By: Miranda Holloway, Sarah Nolan, Jordan Wilson & Sean Neumann 

On Sunday, March 8, a video from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma went viral in which a bus full of brothers chanted, “There will never be a n—— SAE/There will never be a n—– SAE/You can hang ‘em from a tree, but it will never start with me/There will never be a n—– SAE.”

The chapter was suspended, the two students pictured in the video expelled from the university, and a nationwide debate was sparked once again: do fraternities and sororities breed a culture of racism, or was this an isolated occurrence?

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The Inclusive Illini

The Inclusive Illini

University of Illinois hosts week
of healthy living and learning

By Klaudia Dukala, Brett Lerner, Jeff Ohmer and Jacqui Ogrodnik

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Recreation teamed up to present the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s first Illini Wellness Week. Thirteen events were featured throughout the week of April 6 to 10 that not only focused on the different dimensions of wellness, but emphasized campus diversity as well.

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Face Domestic Abuse in Academia

When domestic abuse happens on campus

By Haoyuan Gao

Domestic abuse is always a private topic at present society. However, when it takes place on campus, it is no longer just a violent crime, but as well as an academic issue.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In a common sense, domestic abuse takes place within a family. College education is the first time for those young adults live on their own and deal with relationships each other.

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Technology : Benefit and Distraction.


Shaq Lanhorne

 

366002_0Technology has become second- nature to my generation. We are consumed by digital devices with internet capability and social media websites. Our infatuation with  these ‘free’ applications is altering the way we live our lives. We no longer eat, dress, speak, exercise, interact, share information, form relationships, attend meetings, or even learn the same. We are crippled by the thought of not having our mobile devices surgically attached to our bodies. In fact the feeling of panic that one experiences when reaching for their phone and being unable to find it is unreasonable.  We’ve all felt our heart drop because of the thought of losing a disposable item that keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Sounds familiar right?

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A Transformation through Education

The Education Justice Project

Prisoners can often be given the stigma of indispensable by our society’s standards today. While the United States is #1 in number of incarcerations, where do we stand on actually reforming these individuals? On making them valuable members of society and changing them for the better?

The mission of the The Education Justice Project, also know as EJP, is build a model for in-prison education system that exemplifies the beneficial impacts of higher learning education.

When an individual’s given access to educational programming they really begin to see how valuable they are as a human being and begin to see how valuable their intellectual contributions are so that kind of when you’re granted access into that notion, they will typically want to continue to see themselves grow in that way. EJP allows these students the opportunity to TRANSFORM not only themselves but most everyone who is involved with the program. 

EJP instead of focusing on that past prides itself on focusing on the potential and not enough of that kind of focus within our criminal justice system- a lot of times because we don’t find they’re deserving of having that kind of system.

EJP Students engaging in a class assignment.
EJP Students engaging in a class assignment.

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The Lessons I’ve Learned Through Multimedia Journalism

It is really hard to believe that the end of the semester is upon us. It feels like just yesterday we were receiving our cameras and equipment, clueless as to what we were all in for. Going into this class, I had minimal knowledge of video editing, and even less knowledge on how to operate a camera properly. At first, I thought I might be in a little over my head. Over the course of the semester, I came across many conflicts, but learned to overcome them. Because by now everybody knows Professor Collins’ #1 rule, DON’T MISS DEADLINE!

Looking back on it now, I can honestly say this class has taught me a lot, and it goes well beyond learning how to take pictures and edit them together. With the help of Professor Collins and my fellow classmates, I was able to improve my conflict resolution skills immensely. That actually seemed to be the theme of the semester. Whether it was a memory card gone missing, film recording without working audio, I seemed to always find myself facing an issue. I think the best thing I will take away from this class is my newfound knack for resolving conflicts. This class allowed me to take my schoolwork, and bring it anywhere I wanted. The fact that I was able to do some of my favorite things like play baseball and basketball, AND get my work done at the same time, it was a dream come true. Let’s take a closer look at the semester.

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