Behind the South Asian Monsoons

South Asian Floods are the Deadliest Natural Disaster of 2017 — And You May Not Have Even Heard Of Them Mud sloshes thick and heavy around ankles. Sheets of rain pound relentlessly against crumbling buildings. Villagers frantically scramble to save their friends and family, let alone what meager belongings they have left. As the water […]

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GO Abroad: South Africa

As an international student at the University of Illinois, every semester for me is a semester I have studied abroad. As such, I was always indifferent to the various study abroad opportunities available at the University. 1 semester (roughly four months of the year) in a third country seemed too much of a commitment especially […]

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Fresh Press, an Agri-Fiber Paper Research Lab on Campus, Uses Creativity to Promote Sustainability

Fresh Press, an Agri-Fiber Paper Research Lab on Campus, Uses Creativity to Promote Sustainability Sustainable living is defined as meeting the needs of today while ensuring that future generations can also thrive. This is a concept well-known to Graphic Design Professor Eric Benson and his team. Eric Benson is an Associate Professor and Chair of […]

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How cool was the eclipse, really?

Flashback to August 21, 2017, around 1:15pm. Places like Goreville, Illinois, are filled to the brim with enthusiastic hopefuls looking at the sky, waiting for darkness to drown it out. The “Great American Eclipse” stirred a whole buzz of excitement, but it also had some interesting scientific and societal impacts. Let’s start with a little […]

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Dump and Run

Every year, the fall semester brings a mass of students ready to set themselves up for nine months in the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana.  They bring with them all of the temporary items that come standard in the dormitory sections of Ikea and Target.  At the end of May, they pack up as much as […]

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