Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 30, 2014
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This Sunday the world-renowned modern dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) showcased dance pieces that had the audience in awe. AAADT is a repertory company, meaning it performs not only dances choreographed by Ailey himself, but by other choreographers as well. According to... Read more »

Legal studies to provide ‘solid foundation’

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 30, 2014
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Campus Senate approved the legal studies department’s resolution to eliminate two concentrations within the degree program. According to Suzanna Borland, associate legal studies professor, the concentrations of legal assistant and general legal studies are no longer “cost effective,” due to... Read more »

Spencer House: Future housing option

Spencer House: Future housing option

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 23, 2014
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The former long-standing home of Sangamon State University presidents, will soon be an off-campus housing option for a select group of students. The Spencer House, located off of West Lake Shore Drive – near Lake Springfield, is minutes from UIS’ campus and will serve as an alternative to on-campus... Read more »

SGA passes Resolution 28: Preferred name policy

SGA passes Resolution 28: Preferred name policy

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 16, 2014
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The SGA voted yes on Resolution 28 – the resolution that would allow students to provide a preferred name on academic and financial records through the UIS campus. Currently there are 75 other universities across the nation, including nine ‘Big Ten’ institutions that have this preferred name... Read more »

SGA representatives share hopes and highlights for future

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 16, 2014
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The Student Government Association preamble states that SGA was established as the “representative body for the students.” Current SGA members Jamaal Hollins, Aaron Mulvey and Samia Ahmad recently spoke on their experiences with SGA and shared words of wisdom for the future leaders of SGA in hopes... Read more »

Students get involved in union focus groups

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 16, 2014
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Several UIS students, faculty and staff were chosen to take part in six design and construction focus groups for the proposed 2016 student union. The groups will give their input on topics including: Furniture and interior design Leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) Mechanical,... Read more »

Proposed name change policy

Proposed name change policy

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 9, 2014
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SGA Senator Michael Lotspeich proposed a new resolution, Resolution 28, outlining the implementation of a preferred name policy that will benefit transgender students, international students, and students who would prefer to be called by a name other than their first legal name. According to the resolution,... Read more »

Rip the Runway to break stereotypes

Rip the Runway to break stereotypes

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 9, 2014
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Rip the Runway’s (RTR) executive board spoke out on diversity in an effort to put on a runway show unlike past years. RTR Creative Director JC Brown said to “treat it (the runway show) as if you’ve never been before.” He said, “Be ready to enjoy yourselves.” This year’s RTR executive... Read more »

Supplementary pension program review

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 2, 2014
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Earlier this year, the Illinois Board of Trustees approved a resolution urging President Easter and U of I administrators to explore options on the issue of employee pension. Campus senate chair and associate professor of anthropology, Lynn Fisher, brought a proposal for a supplementary pension program... Read more »

Shopping shuttle proves successful

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
April 2, 2014
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The recent trial-shopping shuttle proposed by SGA proved to be a success and could continue into the upcoming semester. According to Van Vieregge, executive director of auxiliary services in student affairs, the shopping shuttle averages between 30 and 35 students per day. Freshmen J’Nae Agbenla,... Read more »

Springfield’s best kept secret: Downtown

Springfield’s best kept  secret: Downtown

Brittany Henderson
March 14, 2014
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Many students grumble of not having any fun or interesting places to go in Springfield. The real issue? They haven’t looked at what has been sitting right beneath their nose – downtown Springfield. Café Andiamo: ... Read more »

Springfield music scene: PopQuiz Hotshot

Springfield music scene: PopQuiz Hotshot

Brittany Henderson
March 14, 2014
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Dane Vincent, UIS student and current member of the local band PopQuiz Hotshot (PQH), shared his experiences of success, challenges and love of great music. PopQuiz Hotshot consists of band members Dane Vincent, lead vocalist, Andy Huber, vocals and lead guitar, Justin Porter, backing vocals and rhythm... Read more »

Model Illinois Government UIS yields one of the largest Illinois delegations

Model Illinois Government UIS yields one of the largest Illinois delegations

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 26, 2014
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Two-hundred thirty students from 17 Illinois colleges will debate in the Illinois General Assembly in a Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation session. MIG Governor, Zachary Sullivan, UIS graduate assistant for political science said, “2014 marks the 36th annual MIG simulation.” This year,... Read more »

OLAS attends Chicago conference

OLAS attends Chicago conference

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 26, 2014
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The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) traveled to Chicago for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) conference to meet global Hispanic leaders and celebrate Latin heritage. USHLI, according to their website is a “Chicago-based national, nonprofit, non partisan, tax-exempt... Read more »

DC transparency issues, shuttle in full effect

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 26, 2014
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SGA members on the behalf of their constituents voiced their feelings in opposition to the recent Washington D.C. trip in which fellow SGA members lobbied to state senators and house members on issues affecting Illinois college students. A few of the concerns voiced included, biases in the selection... Read more »

Students visit DC to lobby Congress

Students visit DC to lobby Congress

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 19, 2014
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Student Trustee Jamaal Hollins and a select group of students journeyed to Washington D.C. to lobby members of Congress, on behalf of UIS students. “The purpose of this trip was to lobby to members of Congress on important issues that affect college students as well as advocate some of the strengths... Read more »

Employee of the Year: Carolyn Neitzke

Employee of the Year: Carolyn Neitzke

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 19, 2014
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UIS named Carolyn Neitzke, director of conference services, the 2013 Employee of the Year for her dedication and strong work ethic. “She is passionate about the service she and her staff provide for [the campus] and is always putting in the extra effort – before, during and after the event is... Read more »

UIS gets social: #UISEDU

UIS gets social: #UISEDU

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 19, 2014
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Hashtags and photo filters are just a couple of the new ways in which UIS hopes to get students involved. Blake Wood, multimedia writer and producer for campus relations, said that UIS began using social media as a way to adjust to where students are - because more students are using it. He added... Read more »

SGA on Mary Jane’s

SGA on Mary Jane’s

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 12, 2014
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Mary Jane’s Café was first built to provide a bookstore, coffee shop vibe for students. Now, numerous students wonder what will happen to the seemingly abandoned space and if it will ever reopen. Listed as a student concern in the SGA’s ‘99 Problems’ campaign the space was brought to the... Read more »

Students allege food poisoning

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 12, 2014
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More than a few students within the Lincoln and Founders resident halls complained of what they believe to be food poisoning, as a result of undercooked food at Capitol Grille in Founders. These students turned to the SGA’s ‘99 Problems’ campaign to voice their concerns about contaminated food... Read more »

Task force to explore UIS transportation options

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 12, 2014
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A campus transportation task force is in place and will study improving mass transit opportunities from UIS to other Springfield sites. Currently, Springfield city buses come to UIS twice an hour during the day and once per hour from 6 p.m. to midnight. Costs are $1.25 one-way with free transfers. Dane... Read more »

Chancellor details student union to Campus Senate

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 12, 2014
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UIS is becoming a more global campus, according to Chancellor Susan Koch. Speaking to the Campus Senate Friday, Koch said nearly 500 international students are enrolled in the 2014 spring semester, compared to 200 last year. Overall enrollment looks “really excellent” for spring, according... Read more »

UIUC sparks attention at UIS

UIUC sparks attention at UIS

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 4, 2014
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UIS does not have a blanket policy to deal with the kind of racist and sexist tweets students at the Urbana-Champaign campus, upset about classes being in session despite frigid temperatures, sent after Chancellor Phyllis Wise announce school would be in session the following day. The students... Read more »

UIS helps California community college students earn degree

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 4, 2014
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UIS encourages students through an innovative path to degree completion, as they’ve established an online joint enrollment program with a California community college. Raymond Schroeder, associate vice chancellor of online learning says that UIS was “asked by the League for Innovation... Read more »

Two faculty chosen for China exchange

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
February 4, 2014
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Two faculty members have been chosen to represent the university during 2014 and 2015 in China through the UIS China Faculty Exchange program. Each year one UIS faculty member is selected to travel to Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China for six weeks of teaching and research.... Read more »

UIS adapts to concealed carry law

UIS adapts to concealed carry law

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
January 29, 2014
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UIS Police Chief Don Mitchell said the University will implement Illinois’ new statewide concealed carry law, with a few modifications. These modifications, according to Mitchell, include that the policy “won’t allow someone with a permit to legally carry a gun outside of their vehicle on university... Read more »

English department changes name, introduces new concentrations

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
January 29, 2014
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The English department, soon to be the Department of English and Modern Languages, has implemented changes that will impact students and faculty in years to come. The English department will soon change its name, and offer two new curriculum concentrations in its graduate program. According to... Read more »

Board of Trustees retreat

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
January 29, 2014
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The Board of Trustees Retreat, a gathering of administrative governmental leaders and U of I faculty rendered discussion deeply centered on health care and collaborative work among the campuses of the University of Illinois system. The various trustees and student representatives gathered into groups... Read more »

Semester begins with new SGA initiatives

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
January 29, 2014
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The SGA resumed for the first time this semester, Sunday, discussing issues such as new taskforces and possible accounts of food poisoning on campus. A transportation taskforce will meet this week with various student need-based issues such as transportation. The taskforce will look into alternative... Read more »

Campus Senate finds value in student input

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
January 29, 2014
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Campus senate members discussed and voted on a recent resolution that would remove student representatives from campus and college personnel committees. Nathan Steele, personnel policy committee member, came on behalf of the PCC and argued that the they believe students should no longer be allowed... Read more »

Code Blue

Code Blue

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
December 11, 2013
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Walking to and from class at night can be a scary situation for most students, especially when there doesn’t seem to be enough light to clearly illuminate your surroundings. Chief of Campus Police, Don Mitchell, advises that students should utilize the Code Blue poles around campus in cases of emergency... Read more »

Academic expansion

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
December 11, 2013
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New academic programs are under consideration and development by the Provost’s New Academic Programs Task Force. This task force, consisting of faculty and staff members, aims at determining and soliciting new suggestions and ideas for academic programs to bring to campus. Close to 80 new academic... Read more »

What’s next for the Prairie Stars?

What’s next for the Prairie Stars?

Marty Hobe and Brittany Henderson
December 11, 2013
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Over the break, UIS took strides toward changing the mascot for university athletics. Four ideas were brought to a public forum before the break: The Mammoths, Sabers, Springers (a dog resembling a cocker spaniel) and Stampede (with a buffalo as a mascot). UIS hired a consultant to look into proposing... Read more »

36 years of cultural traditions

36 years of cultural traditions

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
November 19, 2013
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International Student Services gave students a ‘Passport to the World’ as they explored and celebrated cultures through art, food and dance. The 36th annual International Festival was hosted Friday, Nov. 15 as guests were greeted in SLB. Food was one of the main aspects of the event,... Read more »

Hidden treasures, sculptures on campus

Hidden treasures, sculptures on campus

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
November 13, 2013
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  Many students around campus wonder about the mysterious sculptures and their significance to UIS and Sangamon State University. Jasmine McAllister, senior pre-med clinical psychology major said, “I wish we had more [sculptures] on campus.” She also asked, “Why are they here?” McAllister,... Read more »

UIS alumna speaks on Latino issues

UIS alumna speaks on Latino issues

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
November 6, 2013
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Only a few years ago, Christina Martinez walked the halls of UIS as a student and OLAS vice president.  Now she is the CEO and owner of her own company and blogger for the Huffington Post. Martinez shared her experiences and advice as a Latina woman and her career and social justice achievements... Read more »

Broadway comes to the Studio Theatre

Broadway comes to the Studio Theatre

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
November 6, 2013
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The award-winning Broadway play “Clybourne Park” comes to the Studio Theatre in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, the associate professor of theatre hopes that students will not be “afraid to laugh and soak up what it has to offer.”... Read more »

Campus Senate raises study abroad prospects for students

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 30, 2013
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Provost Lynn Pardie visited the University of Hull to explore various opportunities for UIS students through international exchange programs abroad. As of 2012, UIS has had exchange programs and affiliations with over 30 different nations and universities internationally through the Global Experience... Read more »

Boots on campus: Military organization provides support for students

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 23, 2013
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For many military students, coming back to school from tour can be a difficult experience and transition. The Military Veterans and Student Organization provides a place of support and community for these students on campus. MVSO established itself in 2009 as an organization aimed at supporting military... Read more »

Initiative to recruit minority faculty

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 23, 2013
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Chancellor Susan Koch is enacting a new recruiting initiative aimed at tackling the issue of racial inconsistency in the faculty recruitment and retention process. At the 2013 Convocation and Board of Trustees meeting, Koch announced that the new initiative would focus on recruiting and retaining... Read more »

The Act known as Obamacare

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 16, 2013
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Many students are confused to a difference between “Obamacare”, and the Affordable Care Act, or just simply don’t know enough about it to understand what it is about. Covered with confusion, media misconceptions and political debates, “Obamacare”, formally known as the Affordable Care Act... Read more »

Transition Services to aid transfer students

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 9, 2013
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The overall retention rate for the 2013-14 academic year increased roughly two percent at 73 percent, from last year’s 71 percent. This growth is due to a program enacted by Chancellor Koch, the office of Transition Services, aiming to help students adjust and transfer to UIS. It was put into place... Read more »

Chicago homicide rates spike at 500

Chicago homicide rates spike at 500

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
October 2, 2013
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The city of Chicago was recently titled the “Murder Capital of the U.S.”, Sept. 18, by the FBI, making it the most dangerous city in America. Chicago surpassed 500 homicides for the first time since 2008 as a result of high rates in crimes, gang violence and stolen guns, according to Chicago Police... Read more »

UIS Greeks to break racial barriers

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
September 25, 2013
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Recently, the traditionally white sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, at the University of Alabama, denied entry to two black women. UA student newspaper, the Crimson White, broke the story reporting that “fifty years after Vivian Malone and James Hood became the first black students to desegregate the... Read more »

Largest turnout election for SGA, new members seated

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
September 25, 2013
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Student Government Association congratulated new senators and introduced resolutions at its fourth meeting of the semester, held Sept. 22. Advisor Cynthia Thompson reported that 21 candidates ran, with 10 making it to the elected seats on SGA. Of those elected are, Senator for Liberal Arts and Sciences... Read more »

Moon festival celebrates Asian culture

Moon festival celebrates Asian culture

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
September 25, 2013
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Ancient Chinese legend tells the story of Chang’e, the immortal Chinese goddess of the moon.  Today, various Asian cultures continue to celebrate this legend with the Mid-Autumn Festival. UIS hosted this celebration on Sept. 21, an annual traditional holiday, sometimes referred to as the Moon Festival,... Read more »

UIS buys Mango languages, raises student technology fees

UIS buys Mango languages, raises student technology fees

Brittany Henderson, Assistant Editor for News
September 18, 2013
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Campus Senate held its second meeting of the semester, Friday, Sept. 13. Amongst topics discussed were student retention, enrollment, SMTD and future student and faculty matters. At the start of the meeting, announcements were read by Campus Senate Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology... Read more »