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    Model predicts gender parity in workplace – The Daily Illini

    Certain patterns regarding women in STEM fields sparked interest in research assistant professor Sara Clifton from the Department of Mathematics. “The fraction of women in these fields has generally increased over time, but as you go higher levels of leadership within STEM fields, the fraction of women proportionally was lower,” Clifton said. “I was wondering, ‘What’s going to happen eventually? Are all these fields heading (toward) gender parity, or is that not the case?’” Clifton and her research team created a mathematical model in hopes of answering these questions. They concluded gender parity in professional hierarchies may never be reached in some fields unless there are conscious efforts to address these gender…

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    Senate approves minority funding – The Daily Illini

    Funds to hire two full-time confidential advisers at the Women’s Resources Center were approved by the University to meet increased workload demand. In response, the University of Illinois Academic Senate endorsed these actions by passing a resolution supporting more funding toward resources to help students and staff affected by sexual misconduct. The resolution passed the UI Senate 111-1 on March 4. It supported the immediate allocation of the ongoing funds to the WRC, which often has long wait times for those seeking help. The UI Senate also supported funding to provide more resources to underrepresented student populations, graduate students and nontenured faculty members facing sexual misconduct.  Siobhan Somerville, associate professor and chair…

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    Study aims to feed world by 2050 – The Daily Illini

    The United Nations predicts the world population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and to meet the demand, food production must double. Sustainably feeding a growing population with fewer resources in a changing climate will prove a challenge. University researchers may have brought the world closer to a solution, with a 40 percent boost in plant growth through increased photosynthetic efficiency. The study is a part of Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency, an international research project that partners with universities to make photosynthesis more efficient in order to sustainably increase worldwide food production. Donald Ort, RIPE deputy director and professor in ACES, led the study. “To double productivity in the next…

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    Leaders explore effects of legalizing marijuana – The Daily Illini

    While medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2013, the proposed bills for legalizing recreational marijuana use has been in discussion in the state government. Illinois State Rep. Carol Ammons and State Sen. Scott Bennett held a town hall meeting in Champaign to discuss the proposals on Feb. 18. The meeting included an education and legislative panel to present information and address the concerns of the local community regarding specific bill proposals and their potential economic and societal impact. The meeting was held against the backdrop of increased talks of legalizing recreational cannabis through a proposal introduced to the Illinois General Assembly by State Sen. Heather Steans and Rep.…

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    Patricia’s reduces stigma, taboos around sex – buzz Magazine

    I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into my first sex shop visit to Patricia’s. It wasn’t long before that sentiment was completely thrown out the window once I came face-to-face with a DIY glow-in-the-dark penis molding kit “Clone-a-Willy” and a 19-inch dildo. Patricia’s, located on 2208 S Neil St. in Champaign, is an adult entertainment store that sells a wide variety of lingerie, sex toys, novelty items, lubricants and sexual health products. There’s often a stigma that comes with going to sex shops. After being light-heartedly questioned by my Uber driver once he realized where he was dropping me off, I felt my…

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    Black artists to share their experiences at the Black Herstory Slam – buzz Magazine

    To deal with her feelings of anxiety as a child, Ashanti Files was given a memo pad notebook and a pen by her mother. “Ashanti, you must write,” her mother said. “You can call it your diary, it’s yours, it’s private, but you need to write what you’re feeling.” It wasn’t long until Files found herself doing her first poetry slam in third grade after her best friend, with whom Files attended school in the inner city of Chicago, encouraged her to join. In preparation, Files’ aunt helped her create a routine to perform along with a piece of advice. “You don’t just read the poem,” her aunt said. “You make people…

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    Jupiter Styles’ Sean Neumann on the importance of local scenes and returning to CU – buzz Magazine

    Whenever Sean Neumann, of the solo-project Jupiter Styles, would tour through Pennsylvania with his other band Ratboys, Carly Comando of indie punk band Slingshot Dakota would have longs talks with him in the morning. “She always said this every single time about, ‘Don’t work with people who aren’t stoked on whatever you’re doing,”’ Neumann said. “I really took that to heart recently and just kind of realized that’s the way to go about it.” Her words took on a greater meaning in Neumann’s decision to release Jupiter Styles’s debut album “Be Good” independently this past summer after spending nearly a year trying to find a record label to back him. “That has really…

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    Local record label Heirship Records says farewell after seven years in CU – buzz Magazine

    The idea of a farewell show for local record label Heirship Records was still in the works as owner Isaac Arms was in the midst of moving out of state with their partner, heading towards unemployment and trying to figure out how to sell their possessions in order to afford rent while looking for work. “I had a lot of very stressful things on my mind,” Arms said. “I had to go with what my gut told me and not second guess it which is kind of my M.O.” Arms announced the end of Heirship Records this past September after a seven-year-long run serving the local music scene in Champaign-Urbana.…

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    Show Review: Deafheaven + DIIV @ Canopy Club – buzz Magazine

    Deafheaven’s abrasive vocals, underlying feverish guitars and DIIV’s washed out vocals and melancholic guitar riffs seemingly come from two different worlds. But their co-headlining performance at the Canopy Club Friday night melded into a memorable and impactful experience that showcased their distinct personalities. Chastity opened up for the bands, making clear where they were from as its members walked onto the stage with an instrumental of the Canadian anthem playing in the background. The band’s energetic, yet short set was filled with fun moments. The performance for their closing song, “Chains,” stood out for its heavy bass and catchy guitar riff which lead singer of DIIV Zachary Cole Smith even…

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    New Art Film Festival highlights local film – buzz Magazine

    For its ninth year in a row, local filmmakers and film fanatics will be gathering at the Art Theater to attend the New Art Film Festival (NAFF). The festival showcases narrative and documentary short films created by local film producers in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond. The program director of NAFF, Jason Pankoke, describes the festival as a grassroots event that is not governed by trends, commercialism or major sponsorships. “It is primarily interested in giving its audience a snapshot of the media storytelling being done by creatives in their own neighborhoods,” Pankoke said. “NAFF gives shape to what a ‘local film scene’ can look like in Champaign-Urbana and provides…