August 30, 2017

Why do old people get cranky

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

I hear you already. All old people aren't cranky.

I have a friend who is 96 years old and is the delight of all who know her. She is independent. She works in her garden every summer. She drives herself to church and the grocery store. She exercises a couple of times a day. She lives in a very small, humble house but it's her place and she takes care of her home.

Too often my wife and I are out and "hear" crotchety old people. Often they are battering the waitress about the service or the food. Often we get out of their way at the grocery store in fear of being maimed for life by a grocery cart. When visiting in Florida, we look both ways when crossing the road more than once because on several occasions we've almost been run over by a senior.

Let me move quickly here and say most of my friends are senior adults. I guess I have become one chronologically speaking, but mentally I don't want to really embrace reality.

However the other day at McDonald's I was expecting to get the senior adult coffee rate and the cute young lady at the register said, "I'm sorry sir but you don't look like a senior."

I paused a moment and almost smiling replied, "Uh, well, just how old am I," I asked.

"I guess about 42," she said. I handed her the full $1.06 gladly for the coffee. "Well sir, am I right?" I replied, "Honey, you are good. You nailed it," I said as I happily walked back out to my car to tell my wife about my pleasant coffee buying experience.

Oh, and by the way, my wife just shook her head when I relayed the conversation to her.

I don't know for sure why some old people get cranky but I can just imagine.

Lots of things change. Hearing changes, eyesight changes, hair grows in weird places, the body is simply no longer 18. For some reason Alice Cooper's song, "I'm 18 and I don't know What I Want," just does not relate any longer. Cooper should come out with a new song, "I'm a senior adult and I don't know what I want." Now, that would be another platinum record for Cooper because many seniors are still a lot like they used to be growing up - trying to figure it all out.

Seniors face reality that their longevity is running out. Often, money is tight because many haven't saved much if any money for their golden years and Social Security isn't enough to cover the modest of living standards in a country with rising health care costs. The aches and pains are often only calmed by prescriptions and retirement quickly becomes something they had not envisioned decades earlier.

Adult children factor into senior's attitudes as well. Adult kids who still need the financial help of their old parents are a drag for everybody. Or, the adult children who simply still use mom and dad for merely babysitting or solving life's crises take a bit of the spark out of the senior years as well.

Now let's go back to my 96 year old friend.

Recently her family invited her to go on a vacation with them for a couple of weeks. They said, "Mom, we are going to rent a condo for vacation and we want you to go with us on vacation and cook for us."

She smiled. She thanked them but said, "I don't want to do that."

There, in that one sentence could be the secret to happy senior adult living - longevity with the independence to still make choices.

Good luck!

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


Rapid Rundown: Uni wins shootout, Colvin huge in first half effort

Uni-High Sweeps Annual Shootout
August 26 - The Illineks tallied three victories in their annual soccer shootout on Saturday. Uni battled past Blue Ridge 2-0 in the opening match of the day. Later in the mid-day contest against Fisher, the University Lab School soccer team ground out a win in a 3-1 finish.

Uni-High's Paul D'Angelo fires a shot on the Oakwood goal past Comet defender Caleb Lashuay during the final game of the University High Boys Soccer Shootout. See more photos from Saturday's match on the PhotoNews Instagram feed. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

In the shootout finale with two wins under their belt, Uni cruised to a 6-0 win over Oakwood/Salt Fork Coop. Paul D'Angelo scored the opening goal of the match with an assist from fellow Illinek senior Albert Lee. The pair found the net again reversing roles with Lee putting the ball between the post on a feed from D'Angelo.

Rahi Miraftab-Salo slalomed and slashed his way through the Comet defensive effort to then give a Uni a 4-0 lead going into the half with assist from Isandro Malik and later his brother Omeed Miraftab-Salo.

The scoring effort continued with Omeed crashing the box on a tap from Lee. Junior Alex Higgs closed out the Illinek scoring effort with goal on a pass from Will Hechler.

Colvin gallops through STM defense for a big night
August 25 - St. Joseph-Ogden rolled to a 54-7 win over St. Thomas More in their season and new conference opener on Friday night. Dwight Colvin, who collected 103 yards on his first three touches, ran for 312 yards in the first half and retired to life of leisure on the sidelines the remainder of the game. The junior found the end zone four times on runs of 7, 4, 67 and 18 yards.

Not to be outdone, Adam Frerichs, like Colvin a junior, scored three times on just five calls finding the end zone on two 7-yard dives and 9-yard scamper. Senior Jason Bowman (3 carries, 10 yards) chipped in a TD from four yards out.

In a five-way tie for first after the opening week, the Spartans travel to Rantoul for the Week 2 conference game against Rantoul.

Unity's Migut Put Up Impressive Numbers
West Point commit Steven Migut made sure his Unity team made a huge splash in their debut game in the Illini Prairie Conference on Friday. The senior led the Unity Rocket football team to a season opening 41-8 drubbing on the Grey Ghost from Illinois Valley Central.

Migut, who had a hand in all six Unity TDs, rushed for 92 yards on 10 carries scoring on two of them. He completed 14 of 25 pass attempts for 235 yards connecting with Jake Reno (5 catches, 92 yards) and Cale Shonkwiler (4 catches, 90 yards) for two scores.

The Rockets will host Pontiac on Friday at Hicks Field to continue their pursuit of the first IPC football title.

Unity Blasts Georgetown
August 29 - Kenny Mantell scored three first half goals to lift the Unity soccer team over Georgetown-Ridge Farm, but it was a balanced scoring effort in the period that sealed the W for Rockets. Evan Bachert put two shots between the posts and was instrumental in two other scores in the 8-0 win over the Buffaloes.

Unity also benefited from solo offensive strikes from Woolcott (Mantell assist) and Micah Freeman (Alex Stahl) in the first half and Andrew Cook put the ball away on a feed from Bachert in the final half of the shutout.

Keeper Nate Reitmeier performed just four saves thanks to the Rockets' ability to control the ball.

Uni Knocks Fisher Off
August 29 - Uni-High's Kristin Wang tallied 5 blocks in her team's 2-1 volleyball win over Fisher. After dropping the first game to the Bunnies, 21-25, the Illineks recovered and came back swinging to finish off the match with two wins, 25-10 and 25-22. Maya Greer lead the team with 5 kills while Kathryn Dullerud posted 12 assists on Tuesday.

St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Cissna Park 0
August 29 - Abbi Burnett and Emory Erickson delivered six kills each in SJO's first home volleyball game of the season. Bree Trimble added five more and Hannah Lewis chipped four in the Spartans' 25-21, 25-20 win. Last year's Class 2A runner-up improved to 3-0 on the season.

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August 25, 2017

Illini say happy trails to war chant

The drum cadence used football games and other sports during critical game situations has been officially retired at University of Illinois athletic events. Kent Brown, Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations, told radio station WDWS "It been brought up by each administration, at least the last three if not further back than that, concerns about the War Chant at our events."

According to news reports and several posts on Facebook,a representative of the athletic department asked to stop playing the Native-American inspired drumming at Thursday evening's women's home soccer game against Washington University. The Illini fell 2-1 to the visiting Huskies.

The move has many loyal Illini fans ready to hit the warpath. Many of the responses and reactions in the comment section of a post on the story published by The News-Gazette feared that Three-In-One, the traditional halftime show music, may also be on the chopping block.

Brink Grismer wrote in one of the post, "I will STOP my financial support of Illinois athletics as of today." Dave Holzner shared the same sentiment writing, "Stop attending games, I know I won't be spending any more money on U of I athletics, make a stand."

Brown said the move was made to make Illinois sporting events more inclusive however the new video board did a much better job at getting fans on their feet and making noise during games when the Illini needed the boost from their fans. Prior to yesterday's announcement the sports department had been diminishing the use of the War Chant for its eventual retirement.

Despite the University distancing athletics use of Native American imagery, which students and faculty for the last two decades fought rid from campus, Brenda Ponton-Spaulding wrote: "I'm part Native American and I am in NO way offended by any of this STUPID BS! I'm honored that the school had picked my heritage to use as their mascot!"

Today, we live in an amazing time in American history where the freedom to interpret and display cultural values is taboo. Words like cultural appropriation, racism, and stereotypical cliches roll off the tongues of academics, the well-educated and liberal left like noodling, NASCAR and Natty Light of those who see their grasp over traditions viewed as cultural appreciation slip away.

If diehard Illinois fans truly appreciated Indian culture and the education they earned on campus, you would think they would put equal if not more effort (and monetary contribution) in building a world class Native American Studies program at the University of Illinois. The pride of these proud Illini extends about 10 to 15 yards outside the doors of Memorial Stadium and the State Farm Center, and nowhere close to the American Indian Studies Program or their staff of 12.

It probably doesn't seem the least bit awkward that the University does not offer an undergraduate degree in Indian or Native American studies yet has fans and alumni who are still seething about the loss of a halftime display that bears no resemblance to a traditional dance from any First Nation tribe; attracted to feathered headdresses; and athletic wear embolden with various illustrations central to the culture only a handful of people can minor in on campus.

It is 2017 and not one of the many indigenous languages of the America is taught at the University or in any Illinois high school. With a nickname like Illini, you would think the University would require every freshman to take just one discovery or pass/fail course on Native American culture and history.

While it was sad to see Chief Illiniwek retired years, the direction the University of Illinois is one of least resistance and sensible as we become a more modern, civilized society in the poorest state in the country. The cost of building a strong Indian studies program, as well as offering scholarships to bring bright, talented Native American high school students to campus and increasing the number of students whose ancestors once owned the land would be too high. Although, that could easily be rectified with a statewide sugary drink tax.

As for the War Chant, why let it die? The athletic department should simply rebrand it as Irish Battle Drums or Roman War Chant. After all, we do live in a wonderfully inclusive world.

Will our war in Afghanistan ever end

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

October will mark the 16th year since President George W. Bush announced the first strikes against Afghanistan. In June of 2010 we surpassed Vietnam as the longest conflict in U.S. history. President Obama tried to end the combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but the U.S. and Afghanistan governments reached an agreement to keep some American troops in country even after the combat mission ended. Various contingents of coalition troops remain in the country as well.

Three Presidents now have their hands tied to Afghanistan. President Bush addressed the nation from the White House to announce the first airstrikes in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Obama made major prime-time addresses to announce both troop build-ups and withdrawals. And now President Donald Trump used his first prime-time address from the White House to announce the number of troops serving in Afghanistan, approximately 8,400 prior to the televised speech, would be extended a little more than 12,000.

Then United States has lost 2,403 soldiers in Afghanistan. 2010 was the deadliest year with 499 U.S. soldiers and 711 members of coalition forces were killed in action. By comparison 4,523 U.S. troops have been killed since the Iraq war began in 2003.

The citizens of Afghanistan have paid a heavy price. Tens of thousands are thought to have died since 2001. The United Nations recently reported that 3,498 Afghan civilians were killed in 2016 alone and 7,920 were injured, making it the deadliest year for civilian casualties since he U.N. began counting in 2009. At the half year mark of 2017 in July there had been 1,662 deaths and 3,581 injured.

Brown University has a Cost of War Project. The group estimates the total cost of the war to be $783 billion through fiscal year 2016. That numbers swells to 1.8 trillion when factoring in long-term spending like veterans' care interest on debt, researchers found. One Congressional Research Service Report estimated the operational cost of the war in Afghanistan was $686 billion through 2014.

When will it end?

President Trump said he does not want to stay in Afghanistan to build a Nation. He wants to stay only to eliminate the terrorists. If this is the plan then I don't think we will ever leave Afghanistan. There are always new terrorists raised thanks to our presence in their country. We may kill more and have more control in the nation of Afghanistan but there seems to be a root of evil that will never be eliminated. Children are being taught by ISIS and the Taliban to hate; especially America, Christian nations, and countries were women and people are treated equally.

Sadly people in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern nations have fought among themselves for centuries. While we don't want Afghanistan to be wide open for terror cells to once again topple and control towns, just how long will we stay to fight this enemy?

While I like President Trump's vision to eliminate all the bad guys and then we will get out of the country, I personally don't see it happening. Because as soon as we leave the terrorists who have been hiding out somewhere else will return and we will back in Afghanistan again. This means for the rest of our lives we will work in America to pay taxes to maintain military bases in Afghanistan so we can keep several thousand troops present and ship more soldiers there quickly as the tide of violence returns.

By the way, just a medium size military base costs about $1.553 billion to operate a year. A Small base costs about $828 million more or less to operate each year. One spokesman for the U.S. led International Security Assistance Force says there are nearly 400 U.S. and coalition bases in Afghanistan including camps, forward operating bases, and combat outposts. In addition, there are at least 300 Afghan National Army and Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police bases, most of them built, maintained or supported by the United States. So do the math and you can see why somebody in America has to work just to keep these mega money drainers operating.

Now you know why you can't have your full Social Security retirement check at 65. Your money is going elsewhere and will be for a long time - probably forever.

Will our war in Afghanistan ever end? The end is not in sight.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


August 22, 2017

Rapid Rundown: Unity, St. Joe win season openers

Unity 7, Schlarman 0
Evan Bachert led Unity to a 7-0 victory over visiting Schlarman Academy with two unassisted first half goals in the Rockets' home season opener on Monday.

Unity notched four additional solo strikes from midfielder Alex Stahl, Andrew Cook and junior Micah Freeman in the first half. Freshman Andrew Miller later notched another UA and the first goal of his prep career in the second half after senior Wyatt Bailey put one between the posts on an assist from Stahl.

"Dominating possession of the ball and working together as a team," head coach Michel Stringer said, was the key to his squad's prolific scoring and starting the season with a 1-0 record.

The Rockets host former Okaw Valley Conference rival St. Teresa this afternoon and travel to Oakwood to take on the Comets on Thursday.

Spartans Open With A Win
St. Joseph-Ogden's Chase Stiner was credited with both goals in his team's 2-0 road win over the Oakwood Comets on Monday. Stiner scored in the first half giving the Spartans 1-0 lead at the break. SJO picked up a second goal when a Comet inadvertently put the ball inside the goal in the final half. Keeper Joel Branson rejected six attempts on the Spartan goal.

SJO plays another road match today starting at 5pm when they will face the Cornjerkers of Hoopeston Area. Thursday, the team will play their first home match of the season hosting University High School in their annual non-conference rivalry contest.

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August 17, 2017

More than 420 local students earn spot on Illinois' Dean List

More than 400 of the 6,208 students on this spring's University of Illinois Dean’s List call Champaign-Urbana home. Dean’s List eligibility is limited to the top 20 percent of a student’s college class or curriculum. To be eligible, students must complete at least 14 academic semester hours taken for a letter grade. Courses graded credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, and test-based credit that is graded pass/fail is not considered for this academic recognition.

Below are the student honorees for the Spring 2017 semester listed in alphabetical order by last name. Click here to see the complete list of names released by the University earlier today.


Michael Abir, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Emily Ade, Junior, Savoy, (ACES - Agricultural Leadership & Science Education & Sci Educ)

Nuraini Aguse, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Kareem Al-Qadi, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Emily Alameda, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - General Curriculum)

Christy Allen, Sophomore, Arthur, (Media - Agricultural Communications)

Mary Anastasia, Senior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Irene Andsager, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Physics)

Mariam Arif, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Bethany Ash, Senior, Mansfield, (ACES - Agricultural Leadership & Science Education & Sci Educ)

Connor Aubry, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Adam Auten, Senior, Monticello, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Jee Won Bae, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Thomas Bane, Senior, Mahomet, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Adam Bengtson, Senior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Architectural Studies)

Debora Bernal, Senior, Urbana, (AHS - Community Health)

Joseph Bernard, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Blake Berry, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Yuan Bian, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Hannah Bodine, Senior, Monticello, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Vance Bollinger, Senior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Music Education)

Chandler Bollman, Junior, Philo, (Engineering - Industrial Engineering)

Jillian Borukhovich, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Creative Writing)

Lillian Bost, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Political Science)

Bailey Branch, Junior, Monticello, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

John Brighton, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Speech Communication)

Logan Brodhead, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Aleyna Brunner, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Vivian Bui, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Mason Bushell, Sophomore, Mahomet, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Nora Buss, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Robert Butler, Senior, Mahomet, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Matthew Campbell, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Brian Campbell-Deem, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Engineering Physics)

Katherine Carroll, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Madeleine Chalifoux, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Chemical Engineering)

Matthew Chang, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Roberto Chapa, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Benjamin Chapman, Junior, Mahomet, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Nathaniel Chapman, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - Statistics & Computer Science)

Chuhan Chen, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Mu Chen, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Royce Chen, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Chemical Engineering)

Shuang Chen, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Shulei Chen, Sophomore, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Xuenan Chen, Sophomore, Urbana, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Yanjun Chen, Sophomore, Urbana, (Engineering - Engineering Physics)

Yi Tang Chen, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Statistics)

Yinuo Chen, Junior, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design)

Chin-Yu Cheng, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Yilan Cheng, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Mykola Chernyashevskyy, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Engineering Physics)

Eunyeong Choi, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Communication)

Useok Choi, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Janice Choo, Senior, Savoy, (LAS - Chemistry)

Emily Chou, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Yajie Chu, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Da Chun, Junior, Savoy, (LAS - Communication)

Hae Woo Chung, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Ruth Chung, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - English)

Ruby Clark, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Artemis Comet, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Kenneth Cooley, Senior, St. Joseph, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Daniel Crowley, Senior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Andrea Cunningham, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Jerrol Davis, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Anthropology)

Tyler Dean, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

David Del Toro, Freshman, Steger, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Courtney Delaney, Junior, Fisher, (ACES - ACE )

Abagail Demlow, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Haowen Deng, Freshman, Urbana, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Cassidy DeSantis, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Wyatt Dillman, Senior, Ogden, (ACES - Agricultural & Consumer Economics )

Adrian DiMelis, Senior, Champaign, (Media - News-Editorial)

Tianli Ding, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Anna Dmitrieva, Sophomore, Savoy, (LAS - Biology)

Dawson Dodds, Sophomore, Tolono, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Dawson Dodds, 2, Tolono, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Emily Doehring, Senior, Savoy, (LAS - Linguistics)

Makayla Dorsey, Freshman, Urbana, (LAS - History)

Katherine Douglas, Sophomore, Monticello, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Joseph Edwards, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Caitlin Elliott, Sophomore, Urbana, (Media - Media and Cinema Studies)

Tsengel Enkhamgalan, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Global Studies)

Tate Estes, Senior, Fisher, (ACES - Technical Systems Management)

Lyndon Fabi, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Zaki Fakhouri, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Xinying Fang, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Economics)

Ruby Fernandez Rivera, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Gregory Fields, Junior, Savoy, (Engineering - Engineering Physics)

Shannon Finet, Senior, Monticello, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Ryan Finley, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Kelly Flanigan, Senior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Emily Foley, Senior, Monticello, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Annalea Forrest, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Carly Frerichs, Freshman, Ogden, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Jefferson Fu, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Kailang Fu, Sophomore, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Marie-Rose Fuchs, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Lauren Gable, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Abby Gaffner, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Maanav Ganjoo, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Chemical Engineering)

Yangwei Gao, Junior, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Architectural Studies)

Jacob Garwin, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Alexander Gatten, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Andreas Giakas, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering)

Trevor Giannetti, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Chase Gladish, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Pascale Grant, Freshman, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design)

Gabrielle Greaser, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Speech & Hearing Science)

Cory Green, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Nicholas Griffith, Sophomore, Fisher, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Tianqi Gu, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Physics)

Mingming Gui, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Sudeep Gummadi, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Yuehe Guo, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Isaak Haberman, Junior, Mahomet, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Krista Habing, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Cole Hagan, Freshman, Champaign, (Business - Curriculum Unassigned)

Avni Hajela, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Dylan Hamilton, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Qiaochu Han, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Sara Haney, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Earth, Society & Environment)

Aidan Healy, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Alyssa Heiser, Junior, Mahomet, (ACES - ACE )

Landon Hess, Sophomore, Mahomet, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Ansel Higgs, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Sawyer Hoffman, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Systems Engineering and Design)

Mohammad Hosseini-Joujili, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Anne Hou, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Kelsey Howard, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Zihan Huang, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Finance)

Mary Hummel, Senior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design)

Tara Ibrahim, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Saym Imtiaz, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Aerospace Engineering)

Melanie Iverson, Senior, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design)

Sahana Jain, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Brandon Jarot, Senior, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Music Education)

Yuyao Jia, Sophomore, Urbana, (ACES - Agricultural & Biological Engineering)

Xinyu Jiang, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Yancheng Jiang, Junior, Champaign, (ACES - ACE )

Joy Jin, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Peng Jin, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Actuarial Science)

Andrew Johnson, Sophomore, Champaign, (ACES - ACE )

Kathryn Johnson-Monfort, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - English)

Alyssa Jones, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Sangyun Joung, Senior, Savoy, (LAS - Psychology)

Joshua Justus, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Communication)

Clarissa Kamajaya, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

August Kasten, Freshman, Champaign, (Engineering - Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering)

Utsav Kawrani, Freshman, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Jacob Keller, Freshman, Mahomet, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Regan Kelley, Senior, Philo, (AHS - Speech & Hearing Science)

Aamir Khan, Senior, Urbana, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Elizabeth Kim, Sophomore, Savoy, (Fine & Applied Arts - Instrumental Music)

Jaewoo Kim, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Lauren Kirby, Sophomore, Tolono, (LAS - Communication)

Lauren Kirby, 2, Tolono, (LAS - Communication)

Julie Klein, Senior, Urbana, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Lauren Klindworth, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Alyssa Knights, Sophomore, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Photography)

Andrew Knipfer, Senior, St. Joseph, (Business - Finance)

Philip Kocheril, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Chemistry)

Colin Kolodziej, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Political Science)

Sai Sri Kondabattula, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Wesley Kramer, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Angela Kucharski, Junior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Music Education)

Husain Kurawadwala, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Technical Systems Management)

Nicholas Kyburz, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Kami Lafoon, Senior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Tilo Lamken, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Isabel Lammers, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Kayla Lampert, Junior, Monticello, (Education - Middle Grades Education)

Micah Lange, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Industrial Engineering)

Christine Lannon, 3, Sidney, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Maria Laros, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Ali Lasemi, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Biology)

Rachel Lawless, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Tam Le, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Thien Le, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Math & Computer Science)

David Lee, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Political Science)

Jong Yoon Lee, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Justin Lee, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Kevin Lee, Freshman, Champaign, (Business - Curriculum Unassigned)

Sarah Lee, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Samuel Leroy, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Marketing)

Jarrett Leuck, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Engineering Physics)

Kristen Leuck, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Haoxiang Li, Sophomore, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Philip Li, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Mathematics)

Qianqian Li, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Mathematics)

Xiahe Li, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Yucheng Liang, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Zhiming Liao, Sophomore, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Athena Lin, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Qiaoqian Lin, Sophomore, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Yunxuan Lin, Junior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Industrial Design)

Chen Liu, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Jingfei Liu, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Mathematics)

Mengxiong Liu, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Ruinan Liu, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Siyu Liu, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Xinyu Liu, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Mathematics)

Zizhen Liu, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Atrous Lollar, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

David Long, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Jiayi Lu, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Qiuchen Lu, Junior, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Yichu Lu, Junior, Champaign, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Yingyue Luan, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Actuarial Science)

Hildegard Luijten, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Global Studies)

Ly Luu, Senior, Urbana, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Didrick Manahan, Freshman, Urbana, (Engineering - Industrial Engineering)

Naif Mansury, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Xiudong Mao, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Darrian March, Freshman, Monticello, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Keeley Martell, Junior, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

McKenzie Martin, Senior, Tolono, (ACES - HDFS)

McKenzie Martin, 4, Tolono, (ACES - HDFS)

Raymond Martin, Senior, Savoy, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Miles Mbo Masaka, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Michelle McGrew, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Earth, Society & Environment)

Abby McNutt, 3, Gibson City, (Business - Marketing)

Yuriy McPheron, Senior, Urbana, (Media - Advertising)

Ruoyu Meng, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Mathematics)

Dyna Miandabu Mulunda, Junior, Urbana, (AHS - Community Health)

Andrew Miller, Junior, Champaign, (ACES - ACE )

Emilee Miller, Sophomore, Mahomet, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Cristie Mills, Junior, Savoy, (LAS - Communication)

Yuhao Min, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Chemistry)

Patrick Minsker, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Krishna Mittal, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Casey Modglin, Freshman, St. Joseph, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Konrad Mogielnicki, Sophomore, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Jessica Mondello, Senior, Monticello, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Kelsey Moore, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Safia Motan, Senior, Champaign, (Education - Elementary Education)

Nicole Murray, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Michael Neal, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Jacob Neethling, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Biochemistry)

Lily Newton, Junior, Mahomet, (Fine & Applied Arts - Theatre)

Xueting Nie, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Julia Nikolaeva, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Elizabeth O'Brien, Freshman, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Instrumental Music)

Margaret O'Mahoney, Sophomore, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - New Media)

Elise Olmstead, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - Animal Sciences)

Annabel Olson, Freshman, Monticello, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Savannah Ortiz, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Eric Pahre, Senior, Champaign, (Media - Media and Cinema Studies)

Pranav Pamidighantam, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Halim Park, Freshman, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Woo Young Park, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Jonathan Parrott, Sophomore, Urbana, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Benjamin Parsons, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Biology)

Kaidong Peng, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Alaina Peterson, Senior, Champaign, (Education - Elementary Education)

Amber Phillips, Junior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Melissa Pietrowicz, Junior, Mahomet, (AHS - Speech & Hearing Science)

Christopher Piper, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Political Science)

Travis Pittman, Sophomore, Monticello, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Haley Plattner, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Chemistry)

Margaret Potter, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Raebekkah Pratt-Clarke, Junior, Urbana, (AHS - Recreation, Sport & Tourism)

Lacy Pruitt, 4, Sidney, (ACES - Agricultural Leadership & Science Education & Sci Educ)

Yujia Qiu, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Zachary Quarton, Freshman, Urbana, (Business - Information Systems & Information Technology)

Anil Radhakrishnan, Freshman, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Mohamed Radwan, Sophomore, Urbana, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Carmen Rast, Senior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Mohit Rawat, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Eric Ray, Senior, Savoy, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Suzanne Reardanz, Junior, Champaign, (Education - Middle Grades Education)

Jacob Reed, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Sociology)

Lyle Regenwetter, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Xinrui Ren, Junior, Savoy, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Olivia Reynen, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Industrial Engineering)

Thomas Roadcap, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Audrey Rodawig, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Speech & Hearing Science)

Yang Rong, Sophomore, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

George Ruan, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Avalon Ruby, Freshman, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Industrial Design)

Michael Ruby, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - History)

Jacob Rudisill, Senior, Tolono, (ACES - HDFS)

Bara Saadah, Senior, Savoy, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Mariam Saadah, Senior, Savoy, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Siti Nur Jelita Sabran, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Dong Jae Sagong, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Chemistry)

Tian Sang, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Eric Schaefer, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - ACE )

Fernanda Schaefer, Senior, Champaign, (Media - Advertising)

Mariah Schaefer, Senior, Champaign, (Media - Journalism)

Mary Schiavone, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - English)

Aaron Schluter, Freshman, Urbana, (Business - Curriculum Unassigned)

Brent Schluter, Junior, Urbana, (Business - Accountancy)

Jennifer Schmitt, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Benjamin Schreiber, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Sarah Schuh, Senior, Mahomet, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Cameron Schwing, Senior, Fisher, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Raimi Shah, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Humna Shahid, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Hua Shao, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Nicholas Shapland, 2, Sidney, (LAS - Political Science)

Heather Sheahan, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Gender and Women's Studies)

Alec Shedelbower, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Yen-Ching Shih, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Marshall Shriner, Sophomore, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Leah Siegel, Sophomore, Champaign, (ACES - HDFS)

Luie Siegel, Freshman, Champaign, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Madeline Sievers, Sophomore, Fisher, (Media - Advertising)

Averi Simpson, Junior, Savoy, (Media - Advertising)

Barghav Sivaguru, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - Political Science)

Vignesh Sivaguru, Junior, Mahomet, (LAS - Political Science)

Adeline Snagel, Junior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Theatre)

Thomas Song, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Susan Spencer, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Cameron Stahl, Sophomore, Monticello, (ACES - Crop Sciences)

Morgan Standley, Senior, Champaign, (Education - Early Childhood Education)

Clarissa Stanhope, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Robert Stavins, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Daniel Stelzer, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Austin Stilger, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Katelyn Stoker, Junior, Philo, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Aneta Strama, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Community Health)

Mariya Sturdyvin, Junior, Champaign, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Kewei Sui, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Kathleen Sullivan, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Chemistry)

Brian Summers, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Andrew Sun, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Rongyi Sun, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Xiaoyi Sun, Sophomore, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Morgan Sutherland, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Omar Taha, Sophomore, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Ziwei Tan, Sophomore, Champaign, (Business - Marketing)

Edward Tang, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Reagan Tapley, Junior, Savoy, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Peter Tatkowski, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Lincoln Taylor, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Stephanie Teeling, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Krishna Thaker, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Nikhil Thope, Sophomore, Savoy, (LAS - Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Zikang Tong, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Ayberk Tosun, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Computer Sci & Linguistics)

Ashley Travis, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - English)

Breonna Urich, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Hannah Varner, Junior, Fisher, (LAS - Integrative Biology)

Maria Velasco Delgado, Senior, Champaign, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Seth Waibel, Senior, Mahomet, (ACES - Technical Systems Management)

Alexis Walker, Sophomore, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Theatre)

Devin Walker, Senior, Tolono, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Devin Walker, 4, Tolono, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Hannah Walker, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Delaney Walsh, Junior, Champaign, (ACES - HDFS)

Jackrin Walsh, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Civil Engineering)

Chun Wang, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Haoxiang Wang, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Haoyu Wang, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Jingwen Wang, Freshman, Urbana, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Lijun Wang, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Qiaochu Wang, Freshman, Urbana, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Selena Wang, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Sibo Wang, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Computer Sci & Astronomy)

Sunyu Wang, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Mechanical Engineering)

Xiantong Wang, Freshman, Savoy, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Xue Wang, Senior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Urban Planning)

Yongqing Wang, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Yu Wang, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Yuqiong Wang, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Finance)

Yuxuan Wang, Sophomore, Champaign, (ACES - ACE )

Zihan Wang, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Math & Computer Science)

Haley Ware, Sophomore, Mahomet, (ACES - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences)

Garret Waterstradt, Senior, Savoy, (AHS - Kinesiology)

Jossemia Webster, Sophomore, Champaign, (AHS - Speech & Hearing Science)

Taylor Wegner, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - English)

Shoham Weiss, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Physics)

Adrian Wells, Sophomore, Mahomet, (Engineering - Engineering Undeclared)

Danielle Williams, Senior, Urbana, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Evan Wojciechowski, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Gabrielle Wolter, Senior, Monticello, (Engineering - Bioengineering)

Katelyn Wonderlin, Senior, Mahomet, (LAS - Spanish)

Henry Woo, Senior, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Logan Woodward, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Crop Sciences)

Shannon Woolcott, Junior, Champaign, (School of Social Work - Social Work)

Andrea Worthington, Freshman, Champaign, (Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design)

Huiyu Wu, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Zixuan Wu, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

Tana Wuren, Senior, Urbana, (LAS - Statistics)

Linyin Xiao, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Finance)

Junyao Xie, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Yanyi Xie, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Ying Xie, Freshman, Champaign, (Media - Advertising)

Yifan Xing, Junior, Urbana, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Haichuan Xu, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Ke Xu, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Yue Xu, Freshman, Champaign, (ACES - Food Science & Human Nutrition)

Zhe Xu, Sophomore, Urbana, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Tianshu Yang, Freshman, Urbana, (LAS - Psychology)

Xinyuan Yang, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Statistics)

Xizi Yang, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Ziqian Yang, Senior, Urbana, (Business - Accountancy)

Bethany Yao, Senior, Urbana, (Engineering - Computer Science)

Minyang Ye, Freshman, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Jinglei Yin, Freshman, Champaign, (General Studies - Undeclared)

Hwanjun Yoo, Senior, Champaign, (Business - Marketing)

Megan York, Senior, Tolono, (Media - Media and Cinema Studies)

Megan York, 4, Tolono, (Media - Media and Cinema Studies)

Rana Youssef, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Biology)

Sara Youssef, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Biology)

Yixiang Yu, Junior, Urbana, (LAS - Statistics & Computer Science)

Coltrane Zerai-Che, Freshman, Champaign, (Media - Journalism)

Chi Zhang, Junior, Urbana, (Engineering - Engineering Mechanics)

Mingxi Zhang, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Physics)

Peiwen Zhang, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Mathematics)

Ruiling Zhang, Senior, Champaign, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Ruisi Zhang, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Siqiong Zhang, Freshman, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

Zhekun Zhang, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Math & Computer Science)

Zijian Zhang, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Economics)

An Zhao, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Electrical Engineering)

Shuoran Zhao, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Junyi Zhou, Senior, Urbana, (Business - Accountancy)

Minyue Zhou, Sophomore, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Qingyuan Zhou, Junior, Urbana, (Fine & Applied Arts - Architectural Studies)

Shun Zhou, Junior, Champaign, (LAS - Psychology)

Quanyin Zhu, Junior, Champaign, (Media - Advertising)

Weikun Zhu, Senior, Champaign, (LAS - Chemical Engineering)

Xiyu Zhu, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Zeran Zhu, Junior, Champaign, (Engineering - Computer Engineering)

Zheshu Zhu, Sophomore, Urbana, (LAS - Anthropology)

Nicole Zimmer, Sophomore, Urbana, (AHS - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)

Peiyun Zou, Sophomore, Champaign, (LAS - Mathematics)

Tianyu Zou, Junior, Champaign, (Business - Accountancy)

Julia Zuo, Senior, Champaign, (Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering)

*** Note: The city listed for each honoree was provided to the university by the students and may appear on this list because they submitted a campus address as their home address.

Everyone should protect the Freedom of Speech

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Does anybody in America truly want to repeat another horrific Charlottesville? I hope the answer is no, but it seems there are different groups lusting for more protests like it.

Three people were killed and many others injured in a display of civil warfare reminiscent of what I used to watch on the evening news back in the sixties.

Are there hate groups in America? The answer is yes. Is there racism in America? The answer is yes. Is the solution to hate and racism violence? No. Hurting one another, cursing each other, violating each other and trying to kill each other comes from the basest and most depraved human beings.

Where is the common sense of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia? There was no common sense.

How do we avoid another Charlottesville?

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of violence. Every group that protests in any community in the United States should first gain a permit from the local county or city government for a day and length of time with an exact location to hold the march or protest. The protest must be civil. There is no need for guns at a march or at rally to speak. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to start shooting off guns.

Next, the group should be required to put up a deposit of cash. It takes money to clean up a town after hundreds or thousands of people have dropped their cigarette butts and pop cans everywhere. Part of the cash deposit should be refundable if the group marches orderly and leaves the community orderly.

Tell all the local people that the protestors are coming and to leave town or find something else to do. In other words ignore them. The best way to kill anything is indifference. Indifference has been killing churches and marriages for many years now.

Forbid another group to protest at the same time. Civil freedom of speech should mean I get a turn and then you get a turn. However national cable television news and Presidential debates have proven that there is little civility and manners in our nation anymore. People start talking and then opponents begin yelling trying to drown them out. Any group that has a permit to march and speak about their cause should have a chance to say what they want to say. When they are finished the opposing group should pay their fee to march and have their say about the issue.

Yelling at each other and throwing things and driving cars into crowds gains nothing but death, more hatred and more violence.

A date and time set by the city and county gives local and state police the opportunity to organize in such a way to save lives. An event such as Charlottesville requires hundreds of state police people and maybe even the National Guard. Yes, this is tragic.

When a group marched in Pikeville, Kentucky, on April 29 no one was killed. Lots of words were hurled by the opposing groups but the community and the police kept the order. The groups came, the police made convincing barricades and lives were sparred. The Pikeville commissioners notably disallowed either of the groups to wear hoods or masks in their protesting. This is another good move that all city and county governments need to enforce in the future.

When groups interrupt and act violently toward those speaking they should be hauled off to jail until somebody pays their fine to get them out.

I was in the St. Louis airport the other day and there is a Freedom of Speech stand in the airport. People can stand at that location and give a speech. Nobody was giving one while I was there.

Every community should protect freedom of speech. No one speaking and conducting him or herself in a civil manner should have to fear being assaulted or run over by a car. Those speaking should never be threatening to anyone physically nor should listeners be allowed to threaten the speaker.

Where or how does violence resolve any issue?

Unless of course people want another Civil War where hundreds of thousands of people were killed in order to get the point across. Is this what we want in America? Surely we do not want to go backwards to such a brutal and archaic time in our history?

Violence will only provoke more violence and more hatred. We are a multicultural society. All colors and backgrounds live in America. The solution to our success is to quit biting and fighting each other and work together.

Or, have we become just too barbaric?

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


High school sports bonds communities

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.

The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that, regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.

Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve. They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.

This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.

Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!

Bob Gardner
Executive Director of the NFSHA

Craig Anderson
Executive Director of the IHSA

August 16, 2017

From the first bite to the last, Hopscotch is a welcome site in the neighborhood

I was heading downtown to spend the morning writing questionnaires for two projects I have in the works at a coffee shop when I remembered a new bakery at opened near my house in Champaign. Craving a cinnamon roll or fruit croissant for breakfast, I turned the car around and headed to the new Hopscotch Bakery and Market on 802 W. John Street.

It was close to 10a by the time I got parked and the place was still packed, mostly young mothers with a child in tow and a small group of women in the center of the space deep in discussion. The cozy setting seats about 30. There are only four parking spaces and one handicap spot next to the store but plenty of space nearby on the street to accommodate customers.

The two signs behind the counter list the standard cafe offerings on one and fancy drinks on the other for those who shy away from caffeine like Spiced Ginger Cold Brew, Blackberry Basil Lemonade and Coconut Vanilla Bean Fizz. In a nearby cooler there was bottled water and a various craft sodas available.

However it was the stacks of pastries and baked goods that caught my eye. One thing to note is the store uses local ingredients to create their delights made up of bagels, cookies and cupcakes, but what caught my eye was the Blackberry Pear Lavender cake. The scones looked okay and large, nearly inch fruity crumb bars were tempting, but I wanted cake and to eat it there, too.

Meanwhile, a steady stream of customers came in empty handed left clutching an item in each. The conversations of the more than 20 patrons, including that of Leslie Barr and her friend Karen McCarthy sitting at a round table next to the large plate glass windows that allows the casual passerby peer inside, bounced off the white walls. It was Barr's fourth trip to Hopscotch, McCarthy's first.

"I love that it's not just a coffee shop that has pastries," Barr said. "It has lots local artists wares to look at. It's a great place to meet friends and hang out."

Speaking of art, the cupcake and cakes were decorated with a creative, colorful flair making them hard to overlook. It was the pastel tone (and the generous amount of frosting) on the Blueberry Pear Lavender cake that I had to try.

From the first bite to the last, no two were the same thanks to the marriage of pear and blackberry bits baked into the bottom of a yellow batter. The cake itself was course and dry, just the way I like it. On my next trip I'll have an Espresso and skip the black cherry soda to savor the more subtle flavors.

Don't expect Wal-Mart prices at Hopscotch, which opens at 7:30 every morning. This is a gourmet bakery with prices appropriate for an upscale neighborhood boutique. There was a two-layer, 10-inch cake in the cooler I so wanted to take home for $60. A medium size scone will run you around $2.95 and the variety of crumb cakes behind the counter are about a dollar more.

Champaign-Urbana needs more small neighborhood corner businesses, a place you can stop in on a morning walk or enjoy a warm beverage and good conversation, like this all over town. Here's hoping that this is a hop, skip and jump for more places like Hopscotch to grow in the community.

By Clark Brooks, Editor

July 20, 2017

Champaign electronics recycling registration opens early September

If you are like hundreds of other people in Champaign County you probably have an old television or computer monitor laying around that you need to get out of the basement or garage and into the trash. Saturday, October 14, 2017, is your next opportunity to chuck it and other unwanted electronic devices at the Electronics Collection and Recycling event at Parkland College in Champaign.

Advance registration, which must be completed online (recycling registration event site) and required prior to dropping off items, opens on September 5 at 8am. A resident can only register once, however additional residents from the same address may also submit a registration requests through the site. Once the online form is successfully completed, residents should receive confirmation email or text and a postcard by mail a week prior to the drop off on Saturday.

There is a two TV limit per card and a ten item limit per trip. Other allowable items include video game consoles; desktop and laptops computers; computer networking cables, switches and hubs; telephones; microwaves; and office machines. A complete list of acceptable items can be found here.

Light bulbs, air conditioning units and other Freon based units like refrigerators and freezer will not be accepted at the event.

The event will run rain, lightning, snow - heavens forbid - or shine. Volunteers and staff will help remove items from vehicles to help keep traffic moving as quickly as possible.

For more information visit the Champaign Public Works web page here.

July 14, 2017

We need to learn to use the right door

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

For years now, I have witnessed the average American's issue with doors. Honestly, I don't think we will never figure out health care, Medicaid and most of our country's issues until we learn how to enter and exit buildings. Almost every day I will encounter someone who doesn't understand how to open a door.

For example if I am entering a building that has a double door, one to enter and one to exit, someone inevitably will always exit the door I am entering while I am trying to enter the door. Instead of opening their door which would be the door on their right or my left, they stand staring at me as if I am supposed to stop and not enter through my door but hold my door open so they can exit from my door.

I believe in being courteous but I can't figure out why so many people want to be discourteous toward me. I have a door to enter and they have a door to exit. I am opening my door and they simply have to open their door to exit. Instead, time and again they stand as if they are incapable or just too lazy to open their own door and expect me to hold my door open for them to exit instead of me entering through my door.

I see this on the flip side. Often when exiting a building someone who should be entering from the door on the left will see me opening my door on the right and instead of entering through their door will stand as if they are incapable of opening their door and will just barge on through the the door I have opened to exit.

This is all terribly uncouth. People simply need to learn to open their own door. Usually, if someone is entering a building and they are right behind me I open the door and motion for them to go ahead in front of me. I feel that is the polite thing to do. If I am exiting a building I am happy to step aside and let someone who is right behind me go first or even the door for him or her. If someone opens the door for me I am grateful and thank him or her for the courtesy.

I just can't understand people who barge through a door that someone else may have opened to enter or exit. They act as if it is their American right to be rude and crude and come on through the door someone else has opened and that the person should just stand and hold it open for them.

Maybe you haven't experienced this. I hope you aren't one of these door offenders because it's really inconsiderate of you if you are.

Some Americans have been taught that this is acceptable and is the American way to get ahead.

Simply barge, push ahead, break line and do whatever is necessary. Manners, courtesy and politeness are out of fashion. Often I find myself standing watching someone as they dart through the door I am entering or exiting because they simply did not want to open the other door. Usually I stand there and think, "Another idiot who doesn't know how to open a door," as they dart through mine without even a thank you but with the obvious expectation that someone is simply expected to hold the door open for them.

This kind of mindset may get you in the door or through the door but it's as far as it will get you. It won't get you invited to the dinner table and I wouldn't want to hire anybody like this who conducts themselves this way.

Don't barge through the door when other people are coming through the door. Use your own door to enter or exit. This is why these doors are installed.

One of the first steps to solving many of America's problems is learning how to enter and exit. After this, it will all be downhill.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


July 5, 2017

Letters: Illinois families will pay more for state to squander away

While Illinois families were celebrating Independence Day, Springfield lawmakers dug deeper into their wallets rather than address decades of irresponsible spending and mismanagement. The massive income tax increase that they approved is unfair to the citizens they are supposedly serving. It is egregious that so many politicians chose to place an even heavier burden on those families and businesses that have not yet left the state.

In approving these new taxes, lawmakers ignored the “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households” issued just two months ago. This alarming report suggests that 62 percent of Americans can’t cover unexpected expenses and almost a quarter cannot pay all their monthly bills. Taking more resources away from citizens to feed the reckless spending habits of government will only exacerbate these problems.

We’ve been here before. From 2011-2014, Illinois politicians raised the income tax while promising to pay down the backlog of bills and stabilize the pension crisis. But that didn’t happen. Unpaid bills and pension debt are even more out of control. Instead of using those extra tax dollars in an effective and efficient manner, government leaders squandered it.

We have no reason to believe they will do better this time.

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
Tinley Park, IL

July 4, 2017

Leavell elected chairman of the NNPA

Dorothy R. Leavell, publisher of the Chicago Crusader and sister publication the Gary Cursader, was re-elected to serve as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The Pine Bluff, AR, native last served as chairman in back-to-back terms from 1995-1999. In addition to serving as the organization's treasure for 11 years, she has also held posts as a regional board member and was president of their association's nonprofit spinoff, the NNPA Foundation.

Founded in 1940, the NNPA represents African-American newspapers from around 29 states with a combined readership of more than 15 million readers according a press release announcing the appointment. The Baltimore Times (MD), Daytona Times (FL), The Charleston Chronicle (SC) and Omaha Star (NE) are just some of the 200 member publications.

The NPPA also operates an electronic news service called Black Press USA highlighting news, faith-based commentaries and other content supplied by members of interest to the African-American community.

June 30, 2017

Spewing hateful words solves nothing

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Hate speech doesn't work for any person or group in America. The result is always hurt. The shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise at a baseball practice is further proof.

Here are some of the comments and other rhetoric that Sean Hannity recently remarked about on an evening broadcast and his website:

  • Hollywood Actor Mark Ruffalo calls on NBC News to "cease hiring white conservatives."
  • "Knights for Socialism" group at a Florida University teaches students how to "fight the fascists."
  • Anti-Trump "resistance" leaders say they want to "Make America Ungovernable," call for "direct action" tactics against Republicans.
  • Kathy Griffin's photo shoot depicting President Trump's severed head.
  • Charlie Sheen wishes death on Donald Trump, tweeting, "Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please!" following the death of actress Carrie Fisher.
  • President Trump murdered in musician Marilyn Manson's music video.
  • Katie Tur insinuates Donald Trump will begin killing journalists on MSNBC, saying "Donald Trump has made no secret about going after journalists"
  • Unhinged NYU professor calls on students to attack conservative speaker Gavin McInnes, calls his supporters "Nazis."
  • Rachel Maddow says Donald Trump wants to murder journalists.
  • Comedian Jim Carrey supports Kathy Griffin's photo shoot, says he dreams of killing President Trump.
  • Madonna says she wants to "blow up the White House" during a speech.
  • Black Lives Matter say they want to "fry cops like bacon" during a rally in Minnesota.
  • President Obama urges liberal activists to, "Get in their faces."
  • Actor Mickey Rourke goes on anti-Trump rant, says "F*** him, F*** the horse he rode in on, his wife's one of the biggest gold-diggers I know."
  • Rapper Big Sean raps about murdering Donald Trump with an ice pick.
  • Late-Night host Stephen Colbert goes on anti-Trump tirade, calls him "Vladimir Putin's c***-holster."
  • Comedian Bill Maher jokes about Trump family incest.
  • Rapper Snoop Dogg stages phony execution of 'clown' Donald Trump.
  • NBC and New York Times contributor Malcolm Nance calls on ISIS to suicide-bomb Trump-owned properties.
  • NYC Theater group stages performance of 'Julius Caesar,' showing the savage stabbing-death of 'Donald Trump'.
  • Protesters in Philadelphia chant "Kill Trump - Kill Pence" during May Day demonstrations.

Thanks To Sean Hannity and for providing this startling information.

We've heard many times that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Words are painful but often lead to very cruel actions. While some of these American personalities hopefully would never act out their speech, their speech influences America. Millions read social media, watch television and they follow America's celebrities. Speech is influential when it comes from so many people who are in the public eye.

President Donald Trump is not a perfect man. I believe we all should chip in to help him accomplish something.

We should build that wall. We also need our roads, bridges and water systems in America fixed or replaced.

We need to take some of the tax burden off businesses and the average American taxpayer. We need to work together to help our kids receive good educations without costing the price of a new house.

We should stop wasting Americans' money that is paid into Social Security so that seniors will have something to count on in their senior years. We need to fix the high cost of medical care and prescription drugs.

We need to continue to build strong energy sources such as wind, solar, natural gas and clean coal.

Some of America's neighborhoods are out of hand with reported murders every night. We need law and order brought to these communities to protect innocent residents from the senseless mortal danger.

Spewing hate filled venomous words at each other solves nothing. All political sides need to tone it down. Calling for hurt or even death to the President or any law abiding citizen is evil. We need to all become human beings again, stop being stupid, go to work and resolve our problems.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


June 27, 2017

Letters: Supreme Court defends religious liberty

Religious liberty won at the Supreme Court!

The case involved a church-run Missouri preschool that was denied a state grant for rubberized playground surface material.

In a 7-2 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts summed things up by saying: "The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution… It cannot stand."

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment right to freely exercise religious faith in the public square.

The Court also announced they will take up the Masterpiece Cakes case out of Colorado. This case is about whether the government can punish people of faith for not participating in religious ceremonies with which they disagree.

This is the first time the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that will decide the conflict between protected class status for same-sex attraction, sexual behavior and religious freedom. Pray for wisdom for the Justices.

David E. Smith
Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute

June 12, 2017

Pretty Boy Blue: Coming of age story by Monika Pickett

Last week, Monika Pickett's debut title, PRETTY BOY BLUE, hit the digital bookshelf. Pickett, an Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and went on to earn both a MBA and a Masters of Human Services degree, penned the book "... to create understanding, communication and compassion between LGBTQ young adults and their families. Although the country is moving towards equality, there are many individuals who suffer in silence," she said in a prepared release.

The story, some of which is based on the author's own life, focuses on the main character Nikki Blue, who intrinsically knows she is different from other girls but dreams of a white picket fence and a wife. While she looks like a debutante, she is as presumptuous and arrogant as any wealthy college boy — a dichotomy that makes her both mystifying and alluring. According to the press release, Pickett's tale doesn’t shy away from describing Nikki Blue’s moments pain and passion. Despite being abandoned by her biological father and her mother’s denial of her life's choices, a stepfather convinces her to join the military to further her journey of self-discovery.

PRETTY BOY BLUE released by Next Level Publishing is available on and on the book's website

May 24, 2017

Overcome evil with good

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

President Donald Trump has renamed terrorists from monsters to losers. I agree.

People such as 22 year old Salmon Abedi who contrive to inflict such a heinous act as the carnage he recently inflicted in Manchester, England, is the worst of pathetic world losers. Abedi joins now a long list of scum who are so disconnected from rational thinking and healthy emotions that they are filled with hatred resentment of normal life loving people who simply want a night out on the town such as an Ariana Grande concert.

In the case of Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, it was just a fun walk in New York City. She was heinously killed in Times Square most recently by Richard Rojas who also injured 21 other pedestrians in a killing spree that he hoped would end in his death by the police. He is another sad loser who took a vibrant girl's life.

These losers of the world spend too much of their lives locked away in their private rooms staring at a computer contriving and discovering how to completely waste their lives by gaining world recognition by killing innocent people. Instead of getting a real life by mowing grass, building a real career, serving in the military or serving humanity they internally seethe inside to destroy or maim a few human beings.

I understand that all human beings have struggles and issues but there is a depravity that some hideous, crazy losers unfortunately stoop to in trying to make them feel momentarily better.

The list of losers has sadly grown to the point we can no longer find the space to write about or identify all the names. From around the world now there are people young and old who maniacally and successfully brought about school killings, theater shootings, church murders and concert massacres.

While the national news informs us well of the bad news and the hideous people who are making it happen we must not forget that most of the world is still filled with good people.

As we face Memorial Day weekend in America we remember all the good people serving in our military. We remember the many, many men and women who fought valiantly for our country because they were decent, strong and good moral people. Many of us go to the cemetery this time of year and remember not only our military heroes but moms and dads, grandparents, children and siblings and friends who have preceded us in death. We remember them and we miss them.

I often have the pleasure of attending the Hinkle reunion during Memorial weekend. My mother was a Hinkle. Last year I was taking pictures of my sister's daughter who smiled into the camera. She appeared to be feeling good and doing well. Since that occasion she has passed on. We will miss her at this reunion. We will miss her and a lot of other people who have passed on over the years. They were all good people. Looking back they were part of group that must be classified as winners. They lived good lives. They were good neighbors. They worked hard and contributed to society. They made America great.

Last weekend a taxi driver from South Africa gave me a ride and was so thrilled to be working in America. He was a nice guy. A college student working weekends at a hotel helped me with my bags. He's from Sudan and was an articulate hard working kind young man happy to be working in America. They are winners.

I don't understand the radical evil hatred that permeates a person to end his or her life and the lives of others. They dramatically need a changed way of thinking - a different mind and a different heart. So many are so immersed in such hatred, radicalized we call it, there is no turning back for them.

What can we do? Try to impact the world around us with good. Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. Be alert. There are poisonous vipers in the world and they intend to hurt somebody. You aren't going to change them.

I've always believed in hope. However, I do believe a person can reach a mental/emotional state where they are beyond the help and influences of sane reasonable people. These people are lost. President Trump called them losers.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.