Retiring English teacher Stephen Rayburn reflects on his 16 years at Uni

Anika Kimme, Editor

May 15, 2019

English teacher Stephen Rayburn has been at Uni for 16 years and is retiring this May. He shared his reflections about his time at Uni: How he knew he wanted to be a teacher “Wow. How did I know? I don’t know that I can a...

The sad truth behind the freshman stress letters (Nanopinions)

The Gargoyle Staff

May 2, 2019

Part of the series Nanopinions: Bite-sized Hot Takes Recently the freshman class wrote anonymous stress letters as an assignment for their English class and sent them to parents. Faculty also had a chance to read the letters...

Liberate Uni’s Thermostats (Nanopinions)

Annette Lee, Editor

May 1, 2019

Part of the series Nanopinions: Bite-sized Hot Takes In many of the rooms, the thermostats are covered with a plastic case that can only be removed with the aid of a key. This is useless. First of all, some teachers don...

Should the ACT/SAT be optional?

Anika Kimme, Editor

February 12, 2019

As Spring rolls around, Juniors are beginning to prepare for and take standardized tests. Almost all colleges require students to submit a SAT or ACT score and more selective colleges usually require or strongly encourage students ...

Seniors comment on Uni’s harsh grade culture

Anika Kimme, Editor

December 21, 2018

As finals approach many students at Uni become stressed over grades and exams. However, this is not a phenomenon only related to finals. Many seniors noted that grades are an overwhelming part of Uni culture. As Sam Li said, th...

Uni students react to the midterm elections

Charlotte Ebel, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018

The midterm elections last Tuesday were arguably the most important midterm elections ever. According to NPR News, the elections had the highest percentage of voter turnout since 1966. The House of Representatives and the Senate wer...

Obama encourages University of Illinois students to vote

Anika Kimme, Editor

October 9, 2018

Former president Barack Obama stressed the importance of voting to University of Illinois students on September 7th at Foellinger Auditorium. Obama also received an award for ethics in government while he was at the U of I. ...

Girl’s swim team ready to make a splash

Anika Kimme, Editor

September 5, 2018

The girl’s swim team had a great season last year and is hoping to build on that momentum. Senior and captain Emma Loewenstein said the team has lots of new swimmers this year, notably freshman Sally Ma who has previous swi...

TREE club plants pollinator garden

Anika Kimme, Editor

May 22, 2018

Photos courtesy of  Kihwal Lee When Uni said goodbye to the math house and the Hue house, everyone wondered the same thing: what would go in the empty space? For months, the lot remained abandoned, but now students are finally ...

Students walk out to protest gun violence

Anika Kimme, Emma Loewenstein, and Saahithi Maturi

April 29, 2018

Students from Urbana, Uni, Central, and Centennial marched out of school on April 20 at 10 a.m. to attend a teach-in at the Urbana Independent Media Center. The teach-in was organized by the Student Activist Organization, a group ...