Girls Don’t Need Balls

Glamour Clamor Last Tuesday, WCIA-3 did a story about “purity balls.” At a purity ball, a father brings his daughter as his date to a dance where both pledge to preserve the virginity of the girl, who is often...
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Editors’ Notes

Tatyana Safronova Editor in Chief Since my brother and I escaped the Chicago burbs for the greener pastures of Seattle and Champaign, respectively, it’s been difficult to get the whole family together. ...

Bueller? Bueller?

For college students, Ben Stein may be most famous for those two monotone lines in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But Stein has done much more beyond his role as a boring economics professor at Bueller’s high school...
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Donating food, clothes and love

Marie Brown stands next to a mountainous, multicolored pile of shirts, sweaters and pants. As she chats with the people around her, she meticulously folds the pair of light-wash jeans she holds in her hands. Ex...
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Editor’s Note

It’s November 15th. One week and one day until Black Friday. One week and one day until every meal you eat will contain turkey: turkey omelets, turkey sandwhiches, turkey soup, turkey-stuffed turkey, turkey-col...

Holding out for some heroes

Heroes I know dozens of people that love this show. They tell me Heroes is great and, like a character from Grey’s Anatomy, I’m left asking “seriously?” over and over again. The basic premise is a world whe...
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Violating the Ten Commandments

They’ve given us plenty of fodder for some wonderful books, movies and TV shows, far more than I could begin to name. They also make for fine documentaries and news reports. They’ve changed over the years and h...

Turtleneck or Crew?

Recently, several people have asked us about our thoughts on male circumcision. Male circumcision is a practice that removes the top portion of the foreskin (the outer sheath) of the penis. Although sometimes p...
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Laura Rouse, MTD bus driver

o many students on campus, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is like a good friend. Their buses are always there to take students to class, to the bars, to the mall — anywhere they need to go. When it ...
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The mystery of dorm recycling

If you live in an apartment in Champaign it is difficult to find a way to recycle all of the beer cans you and your friends used to make a beer pyramid last weekend. Unlike Urbana, Champaign does not offer curb...

A new recycling initiative, part two

“It’s really happening right now. It’s kind of unbelievable that in a semester we’ve gone so far,” says Cassie Carroll, co-leader of Community Organized Recycling Efforts (CORE). She’s sitting in the first floo...
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The Green-House Competition

They are sitting in the corner, three blue plastic bins. A confetti of garbage is scattered around on the floor, some of it paper, plastic and aluminum – recyclables. Within the bins, things are a bit confuse...