Illinois is often regarded as the most accessible campus in the nation. But, how exactly did we deserve this title? For our project, we explored the various levels of how and why we have repeatedly been called the most accessible university in the country, and how far we still have to go in order to really be fully accessible. We were able to speak with students with varying levels of disabilities, as well as professors, assistants, and other experts on the subject that were able to give us a lot of great information on how much further we really have to go. Throughout the different levels of our project, we hope that you can see how advanced we already are, and where we may be heading in the near future.
On an off the field, student athletes serve as role models. Athletes, as public figures, have a platform that can be used to publicly voice opinions. Historically, athletes have been using this platform to stand up for social issues. One of the most historic athlete protests took place at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics when two runners held up a “black power” fist. Since then, athletes have been taking a stand.
Recently, football player Colin Kaepernick took a kneel during the national anthem at a game. He kneeled in solidarity of the country’s racial injustice. His protest has lead many more teams and athletes to do the same.
When student athletes are brought into the public light, the question is posted, are athletes role models? We focused on the voices of student athletes and coaches to determine their views on this matter. You can view our website here.
With 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.