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College Student Holiday Gift List
Rebecca Sweeney

It’s the most wonderful time of year! The holidays are quickly approaching and everyone is making their wish lists for gifts, along with their lists of people to get gifts for. Do you have friends that you don’t know what to get? Do you yourself not know what you even want on your list? Here are some items that every college student will appreciate this holiday season. 


1. A New Planner

This is number 1 for me on my wish list! Not everyone has Pinterest-worthy planners, but I know most students prefer writing down their assignments and to-do’s, and the best place to write them down is in a planner. There are many options out there, depending on your style. It doesn’t need to be expensive, either! The last planner I used and loved I got at Target for $10 – see for yourself!

2. A College Student Recipe Book

Yes, there are specific recipe books for college students. When you’re super busy and tempted to just buy McDonalds for dinner instead of cooking but know you shouldn’t be spending money, a recipe book comes in handy. One of the coolest recipe books I’ve stumbled upon is for meals with only 5 ingredients! Check it out here.





3. Wireless Portable Speaker

Since nobody really has a radio anymore and Spotify Premium + Hulu is only $5 for students, you’ll want something to play your streaming music on. Sony makes many different styles of wireless portable speakers, and some models are under $30. Check out my pick here.


4. Table Lamp with Wireless Charging

This one’s a bit more expensive, but really awesome. It’s a table lamp that doubles as a wireless

charger for your phone! You can leave your phone on the base of this lamp and let it juice up while you’re studying. Ikea makes a few different models, and you can check them out here.



5. An Instant Camera

Instant cameras are coming back! There are many different colors and models of the new Fujifilm Instax instant camera, but they all do the same thing. If you ever had a Polaroid camera when you were younger, this is the next generation of it. For vintage and camera lovers alike, and instant camera is a great gift option for the average college student. 

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2017 Homecoming Week Festivities!
Camille Garcia

What better way to celebrate the halfway point of the semester than with some Illini spirit?! October means two things on the UIUC campus: an inability to walk the main quad without seeing someone in a flannel and HOMECOMING WEEK! Stay tuned and find out what amazing Illini sponsored events are available to students this weekend only!

Friday, Oct. 27 @ 5pm - Illini Block Party
Sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors and located along the parade route -- come out and enjoy some fun and games before heading over to watch the Homecoming Parade! 
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 6pm - Homecoming Parade
Located in the heart of Campustown and sponsored by the Panhellenic system -- be sure to stop by and collect some giveaways as the magic of Homecoming Week only begins!
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 7pm - Homecoming Pep Rally
Sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors and located on the Main Quad (rain location: Foellinger) -- bring some friends, some blankets, and kick back while watching the Homecoming slide show and listening to the UIUC marching band play. Maybe even see some cool baton twirling tricks! 
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 8pm - Campus Observatory Open House
Sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and located at the Campus Observatory at the South end of the Quad -- be sure to stop by anytime between 8pm-10pm to check out the beautiful autumn sky through the Observatory’s historic 12-inch Brashear telescope!
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 11am - Illinois vs. Wisconsin Football Game
Although the game starts at 11am, grab some friends, family, and cornhole and head out to Grange Grove to begin the tailgating at a fresh 8am! To purchase tickets, visit fightingillini.com.
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 7pm - Illinois vs. Penn State Women’s Volleyball
Sponsored by the Homecoming Committee, come out to Huff Hall at 7pm for an amazing game between two leading conference teams! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit fightingillini.com.


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