What used to be a 131-spot parking lot just a year ago is now a hotel, apartment complex, 175-car parking garage, and 11,000 square feet of retail space. Construction on CampusCenter began in 2014. With the opening of the Marriott TownPlace Suites hotel and CampusTown Apartments this August, many surrounding businesses have benefitted.
FlatTop Bar and Grill is one of the many businesses who has seen an increase of business because of the hotel guests and more available parking.
Follow the link to hear FlatTop Manager Jenn Riddle and servers on what it’s been like working since the opening of the hotel.
The official Battle for Zendikar logo (Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast)
A Local gaming store, Armored Gopher Games, is preparing for one of its busiest weekends of the year.
On October 2-3, they will be holding an event for the release of the newest Magic: The Gathering card game set: Battle for Zendikar. Reporter Lucas Wright got the scoop from the storeowner and local players.
The event will consist of each player competing head-to-head with other players in his or her pool until a champion has been crowned in a “March Madness” style bracket.
Throughout the night prizes will be awarded through a raffle, and players will also be able to keep the cards that they receive upon entry to the event.
Buy-in is $25 dollars, and the money will cover six packs of 15 cards that the players will use to build their 40 card decks and it will also include a ticket for the raffle.
The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra October Concert Recap
For many, traveling to large cities, such as Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, are the only places one can find highly talented musicians. What most people don’t know is that there is also great talent found in smaller places, like Champaign, Illinois, home to the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra is composed of 60 undergraduate and graduate students at the University. They play a large array of pieces, including the Piano Concerto in A minor, the Mother Goose suite and Bloéro at their last concert in October.
Islam Awareness Week has come and gone once again, but the celebration of different groups, encouragement of civil debate and the acceptance of differences, may just be here to stay at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
October 13 through the 20th was Islam Awareness Week on the campus of the University of Illinois Champaign. Events were held every day throughout the week that encouraged people of different genders, ethnicity and faith to come out a participate. Group prayers were held almost every day on the quad with a special trip to the Central Illinois Mosque on Friday afternoon.
The best thing in college is that there are so many choices of things we can decide on our own. One of the most important for everyone’s college life is a student organization or sometimes called a club! Most of these student organizations need their members making contributions to the organization and most of the activities are during daytime, which means we have to deal with the conflict between school work and our personal interests. But here is a different one — Inline Insomniacs!
Coming into multimedia class, I had prior knowledge of using Final Cut Express from working at the Daily Illini, but it proved to be one of my weaknesses, hopefully by the end of the semester I can make that weakness become a strength. Before we dive into my journey this semester, let’s a hear a few words from the man who made this final project possible.