Dust settles on a row of sun-kissed guitars sitting next to the windowsill. A detached string hangs on the end of his acoustic guitar – his prized possession that has seen both triumph and tribulation throughout the years.
There is no experience quite like witnessing a live Broadway performance. The scenery, the excitement and the energy create a feeling unlike any other.
The time has come to celebrate arguably one of the world's sweetest holidays. It is March 14 better known as Pi day. The day dedicated to enjoying a nice slice of pie in celebration for the mathematical constant Pi.
The campus erupts with color as the once dry, brittle blades of grass perk back into life, having endured the harsh temperatures of a brutal winter. A soft cool breeze travels through the air, replacing the piercing winds that forced students into face-down submission while walking to class.
Seniors in the Art Education and Photography programs at Illinois State University will be showcasing their work in the Center for Visual Arts' Transpace gallery.
Everyone loves to laugh, and nothing invokes a good belly laugh better than a good old fashioned comedy show. However, with no designated comedy club in the town of Normal, it is not always easy for Illinois State University students to indulge in the intimate experience of stand-up comedy.
The McLean County Arts Center's Amateur Art Exhibition is now in its 92nd year, making it the oldest exhibition in Illinois and one year older than the Oscars.
The college life can get hectic. Trying to balance social life and school work can become overwhelming for some and result in poor academic outcomes.
Whether bacon is enjoyed crispy and crunchy or a little chewy, washing it down with a nice, cold brew is the classic American way to do it.
As the famous Walt Disney once said, “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” One of Illinois State University’s very own has found that courage and is putting it into action.
While recent productions, such as “Avengers: Infinity War” and the most recent “How to Train Your Dragon” film, seem to appeal to the broadest audience, the importance of studying the deeper roots of film production remain increasingly significant to one Illinois State University professor.
With no sun in sight, a melancholy grayness sweeps the sky as students are left cooped up in their dorms or apartments to escape the cold.
Just as the celebration of Black History month comes to a conclusion, one artist uses themes of race and identity to drive her inspiration and keep the conversation going beyond this observance.
Exercise is medicine. It is the start, or continuation, of a wondrous journey. It’s the superpower of healing, warding off the demons of stress, anxiety and depression.
“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying ‘As you wish’ what he meant was ‘I love you.’ And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”
The “how we met story” is a sacred tradition among couples. It is the go-to story when meeting new people. It is the story couples hope to share at their wedding.
Female Illinois State University students have the opportunity to engage in a positive body image experience with the Body Project, made possible by a collaboration between Student Counseling Services and Heath Promotion and Wellness.
It is not uncommon for one to meet several happily married couples who began their love story while in college. In fact, a 2013 data study released by Facebook showed that nearly 30 percent of the recorded marriages were of those who had met in college.
Internships are a crucial step in any college student’s future career path and there are many options out there in the professional world.
Imagine sitting at home and watching the popular TV show “Shark Tank” and thinking, if only there was a way to be a part of those great ideas. Well, with the new and revolutionary app The Crowd, that dream can become a reality.
While many seek shelter from the cold in the warmth and safety of their homes, homeless people often do not have this option. Most of the time, the best they can get is a night in a car.
As record breaking low temperatures approach Illinois State University, the students and faculty are preparing for the extreme conditions as best as they can.
In Guatemala, there are over 62 dialects, making it nearly impossible for Vida volunteers to communicate with their patients on their medical mission trip. Despite these limitations, the one thing that remained universal was the smiles on the faces of grateful patients under the care of one …
Time seems to move faster as the infamous 11:59 p.m. online deadline approaches. The heart rate speeds up, beating in time with the seconds on the clock as pressure mounts. Sweat begins to drip and tears pierce the eyes, physical responses triggered by overwhelming anxiety and frustration.
Waking up in the morning can be a pain, especially knowing there is a long day of class and work ahead. It can be tempting to reach for sweats and a hoodie, but it may be beneficial to stop and think about how what one wears could affect success in the long-run.
If you are a girl you have probably had a pair of yoga pants from PINK at some point in your life, but that is not all the brand has to offer. PINK is creating clothing and lingerie lines as well as targeting young girls to be the best, most confident versions of themselves.
Nothing compares to checking the calendar and realizing a three-day weekend is approaching. It is one extra day to sleep in, put off homework and avoid responsibilities before snapping back to reality and starting another busy week full of school and work.
Since the holiday season has arrived and in a few short days students are out for Winter Break, they may be thinking all about Christmas. Around this time of year, many family members are constantly asking these college students what they want.
If given the opportunity to go to college in Colorado where one’s typical day consists of hiking, kayaking and rock climbing, many would not be quick to turn it down.
Everyone knows the financial struggles of being a college student, so being frugal is important when buying things that are not necessities. When it comes to inexpensive self-made Christmas decorations, a little ingenuity goes a long way.
Finals: the true “F-word” of the college student lexicon. Stress over finals causes plenty of hair and grades to fall out. Fortunately, Illinois State University has numerous suggestions to stay sane as Monday approaches.
Many freshmen enter college searching for who they are. Specializing in learning and behavior special education, freshman special education major Samantha Miller, 18, has known what she wanted to be ever since she was little.“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was very young, but when I w…
Neglect. Abuse. Homelessness. Rape.All are risk factors some kids face at early stages in life. Clinical psychologist and now Illinois State University psychology professor Sara Harris, Ph.D., hoped to change that by working with students in high-poverty schools.From preschool until college,…
Holiday season is here and the most original Christmas story is coming alive at Illinois State University.
Illinois State University’s Planetarium presented “The Farthest: Voyager in Space,” a story of the people behind NASA’s Voyager mission on Thursday.
As Thanksgiving Break approaches, many are already planning the week’s activities. After eating all of that food, what is left to do? Many will skip the football game to curl up on the couch and watch some classic movies.
Thanksgiving Break is next week, and with that comes all the great homemade food, time with family and fall activities. Here is what students at Illinois State University have to say on their favorite things about Thanksgiving.
College is a difficult adjustment for anyone. The difficulties everyone experiences are greatly augmented when international students must adjust to not only a new environment, but a new culture.
Those who have been a student of School of Communication professor John McHale are familiar with his authentic style of teaching. Not only will his students leave his class with the ability to re-sight the four “C’s” of good writing in their sleep, but also with a feeling of excitement and i…
While some may not admit it, daydreaming about becoming the next Jordan Belfort or Carrie Bradshaw is something college students all find themselves doing at times. Although Hollywood has done a great job at glamourizing adulthood, many Illinois State University students are beginning to see…
It is no secret that the transition from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for many college freshmen. Though the transition takes time, some students find it easy to adapt to their new life at college. For others, finding a way to settle into college life seems impossible.
Though the tricks and treats are finished, there are plenty of opportunities to kick off November in a fun way this weekend. Whether at Illinois State University or elsewhere, there is plenty to do in the Bloomington-Normal area. Students, Faculty, and Staff can join on a spooky night hike…
Illinois State University's School of Music will host two jazz performances from 8 to 9:30pm Friday at Concert Hall located inside the Center for Performing Arts.
Illinois State University's School of Music will host two jazz performances from 8 to 9:30pm Friday at Concert Hall located inside the Center for Performing Arts.
With December right around the corner, it is the time of year when students start planning the school schedule for spring. This can be quite a stressful time for students, while it can be a relief for others. Illinois State University students weigh in.
As Halloween approaches, nostalgia flies with the ghosts. Students have lots of great memories from when they were children, such as favorite costumes, trick or treating and spending time with friends.
Halloween brings out gargoyles, ghouls, goblins and other fearsome fictional creatures. However, real-life situations often create the biggest scares. Illinois State University is not exempt from scary situations.Students and professors share their fears.Sophomore cybersecurity major Natalie…
As Family Weekend begins at Illinois State University, there will be numerous events on campus to attend. But if you want to take a turn in the spooky department, there will be multiple tricks as well as treats for families to enjoy. ISU Family FeudStudents from the University Program Board…
The Heartland Festival Orchestra invites Illinois State University students to submit photography work for an opportunity to be featured in a piece of unique live performance art in 2019.The performance is a concert titled “Heartland Portraits.” This is a concert that celebrates the Orchestr…
At Illinois State University, there are over 400 registered student organizations. The student body largely makes up all these organizations and has many unique stories to share. One story is junior public relations major and Spanish and theatre major Katie Helander, 20, of Chicago.Helander …
From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alumni Center, McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis will deliver a special presentation titled “Opioid Epidemic: How Did It Start and What Can Be Done?” Admission ranges from $15 to $45.
This semester, social work professor Amy Wright voyaged from the bayou to the ’Bird’s nest, bringing her passion for LGBTQ rights into the classroom.
Illinois State University takes pride in hosting outstanding faculty and staff members. One shining example is sociology, family and consumer sciences professor Jennifer Woodruff of Decatur.
Lil Wayne, also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is known for his word play, as well as his vulgar language. Despite being an acquired taste, Lil Wayne is quite popular, with a $150 million net worth and multiple albums released. His latest album,"Tha Carter V," has 23 tracks that “speak …
Diversifying is important for Illinois State University. ISU features students from 67 countries. In fact, 1 in 5 students are from traditionally underrepresented groups, according to ISU’s diversity webpage.
Professors teaching at Illinois State University for more than four years have the opportunity to attend the Small Teaching, Big Thinking reading group from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday all at CTLT’s facility at 301 S Main St.
The journey to Illinois State University is different for all students. While some break ground as a first-generation student, others continue a family tradition of becoming Redbirds.
Everyone has bad habits that need to be broken when it comes to school. Whether it be time management skills or taking good notes, there is always room for improvement.
College can be stressful. What people do not realize is that many parts of their daily routine can be the root of that stress. Students may also not realize that there are ways to overcome these sources of stress right on campus.
With over 21,000 current students and many more alumni, some students make a very large impression on professors’ lives. Realizing that fact, ISU professors share the actions of memorable students.
Addiction is a demon that drags too many people through hell on Earth. Fortunately, those who are recovering from substance abuse at Illinois State University do not have to fight alone.
Taking care of yourself in college is a lot to handle. The thought of caring for another person can send some students running for the hills.
Recently, universities across the country have been accused of limiting and attacking the First Amendment. In 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Pierce College in California due the creation of free speech zones.
At Illinois State University, many college students have jam-packed schedules with barely any time for themselves. They have to balance going to class and getting their homework done along with any other activities they are involved in. This does not give them any time to think about staying…
Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. The Student Fitness Center is a great campus resource to help students get the exercise they need.
Senior exercise science major Sara Morales, of Hoffman Estates, has a variety of plans for her future after graduation in May 2019.
The negative body image many people possess poses a myriad of risks to the health of those affected. According to The Minnesota Association For Children’s Mental Health, over 50 percent of Americans aren’t happy with their current weight.
Living in Illinois certainly has its pros and cons. When thinking of your ideal place to live, it may or may not be surrounded by cornfields, livestock, and farming in central Illinois. Here is what some students at ISU have to say about their favorite and least favorite aspects of living in…
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hewett-Manchester Hall Escalante Room (VRO 103), University of Calgary research professor Shirley Steinberg will be speaking on supporting today’s youth as part of Illinois State University’s Speaker Series.
Whether students are new to the Bloomington-Normal area,or are tired of doing the same things in their limited free time there are many cool things to do in this town aside from eating at one of the many chain restaurants.
Every Illinois State University student has their favorite place on campus, whether it’s a place to hang out with friends, shop, or even just relax alone. A Ride through the Quad “The Quad is my favorite place on campus because I love biking, and it’s a good place to avoid cars. I also rea…
While many college students spend their summer cycling through the same routine, junior middle-level education major Allie Brennan’s summer altered her life.
A popular quote from musician Ceecily Morgan states, “Music is life, that is why our hearts have beats."This quote can have meaning in everyone's life, but particularly rings true to 2018 music therapy graduate Kalin Huston, 22, of Blytheville, Arkansas.Huston was involved in Belle Voix, Ci…
Black Student Union is a predominantly African-American organization that helps promote cultural and political awareness It also helps with assisting in developing skills necessary to become a professionally organized body of students that address issues pertinent to African-Americans.
Just 20 minutes northeast of Normal is a small town called Lexington. In this small town full of corn fields and livestock is a mere population of 2000 people.
Adjusting to a new school can be overwhelming. However, Illinois State University puts transfer students at ease with all they do to help you feel right at home with the rest of the Redbirds, ranging from Welcome Week socials to a Transfer Redbirds registered student organization with 478 fe…
Sophomore middle-level education major Allison Isom, of Oak Forest, sits on the floor of her Watterson dorm. She is sorting a pile of art supplies, tissues and other elementary school essentials.
Returning to school after a long, perhaps lethargic summer break is quite the adjustment. Going back to basics when preparing to return to school is a must.
Illinois State University announced that Chicago’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, E’Mon Lauren, 21, will headline Café’ Soul at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. Her performance is part of Welcome Week festivities.
Whether in a gym, car or doctor's office, music permeates everyday life. Though most songs are do not resonate, some tunes become the soul's personal playlist. Illinois State University students share music that changed life forever.
Illinois State University music and entertainment can’t be mentioned without Barb Dallinger, Associate Director for Event Services and Catering, at the center of the conversation.
History professor Andrew Hartman has received his second Fulbright Scholarship, one of the highest honors in academia. The honor allows Hartman to study at the British Library in London for six months.
Imagine being surrounded by palm trees, with sand in toes. Or if enjoying that sexy city life, how about standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and tasting Paris’s exquisite cuisines?