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April is National Volunteer Month, and so far, the
April is National Volunteer Month, and so far, the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center has hosted and featured different volunteer opportunities for students to participate in.
However, for those who are still interested in finding something to help with or are just late to the party, there are still two more events coming up that would be wonderful to participate in with the new spring weather.
One coming up on April 25, volunteers can help distribute food with the Grace Food Pantry to help families in need. The work is mainly outdoors, and participants will be assisting volunteers who work directly for the pantry. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, April 26, the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center will be hosting an event where students will help clean up litter and trash on the streets of Springfield. The cleanup will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will meet at the Student Union in Room 103.
While these are the last volunteering opportunities that will be available via the university by the time this article is published, there are, of course, plenty of other ways to volunteer outside of Volunteer Month or UIS.
@uisvolunteercenter
📸 UIS Connection
#uisedu #foodpantry #cleanup #communityservice #volunteers #giveback #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #volunteerwork #civicengagement #philanthropy #theuisobserver


“The Power” is a TV show adapted from the 2016
“The Power” is a TV show adapted from the 2016 novel by Naomi Alderman.
The show follows a group of teen girls as they learn about their new powers with electricity. 
These young girls are powerful enough to send out a light jolt or full-on electrocution.
None of the characters know each other; they all come from different places and backgrounds. But what relates them to each other is this incredible power and a call from a voice.
It is always kind of cool to see those bonds form between unlikely people because it can be like that in real life. But it becomes boring when the storyline is bad.
This show was messy in how they set everything up. There was no flow, and there were almost zero connections between the individual stories. 
Visually, it was a great show, but the story was just boring.
It’s sad to see because the show did have a lot of potential beyond just following the book - but it just falls flat.
📷 Pixabay.com
#film #movie #cinema #dystopianfiction #speculativefiction #review #moviereview #thepower #amazonprime #thepoweronprime #primevideo #naomialderman #entertainment #theuisobserver


The 2023 issue of Violet Margin was launched as pa
The 2023 issue of Violet Margin was launched as part of the three-day STARS celebration on Thursday, April 14, via Zoom virtual event.
Students from all across the nation featured in the journal were able to read their poems and short stories in front of students, graduates, and faculty and then answer questions at the end of the presentation.
The STARS event is an annual celebration of students’ scholarly and creative works.
UIS graduates, undergraduates, and members of the community from all academic disciplines to showcase professional presentations in a symposium setting.
The virtual event was recorded and will be available soon.
The 2023 issue of Violet Margin is now available on the website: check out the daily writing prompts, the archived issues of Violet Margin, and the blog.
@Violetmargin
📷 Violet Margin
#uisedu #prose #art #poetry #lit #literature #writing #writingcommunity #literarymagazine #literaryjournal #amwriting #writing #poetry #springfieldIL #theuisobserver


On Monday, April 10, 2023, UIS students joined the
On Monday, April 10, 2023, UIS students joined the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority to design handmade cards, which will be sent to hospitalized kids across America.
It was an opportunity to get involved and help spread strength, love, and smiles to hospitalized kids.
📷 Bwayisak Tanko, Staff Contributor @muryan_arewa
#uisedu #GammaPhiOmega #volunteering #communityservice #handmadecards #strength #positivity #kindness #charity #volunteerwork #nonprofit #giving #philanthropy #illinois #springfieldillinois #springfieldIL #landoflincoln #theuisobserver


With the current record-breaking temperatures in c
With the current record-breaking temperatures in central Illinois and Earth Day coming up, it’s hard not to think about climate change.
Whether you are a climate denialist or optimist, there is a narrative surrounding climate change stating that individual action does not matter for the health of the planet.
There is a constant discourse about who is correct about climate change, what is the best course of action (or the lack thereof), and whom to blame.
This polarity breeds inaction, but more importantly, it breeds hopelessness.
At UIS, the ECCE event discussing UN Climate Negotiations (happening 4/26) is important because it brings a global issue to the local community.
Even the Earth Day Awareness fair happening at Henson Robinson Zoo this upcoming Saturday (4/22) helps to bring activism to an approachable and tangible space.
People are more likely to care about their neighbors than about people who live across the country - or across the globe - from them.
If climate activism takes a grassroots approach, individual action will have more meaning and direct implications while also encouraging healthy practices across the globe.
📸 Noah Buscher
#earthday #earthday2023 #earthdayeveryday #ecofriendly #climateaction #sustainableliving #earthdayawareness #climatechangeawareness #togetherforourplanet #greenliving #theuisobserver


On April 8, Federal Judge Thomas O’Rice of Spoka
On April 8, Federal Judge Thomas O’Rice of Spokane, Washington, issued a national injunction against the Food and Drug Administration from disturbing access to the abortion drug Mifepristone in the 17 Democrat-led states suing to expand access to it.
This order guarantees regular reception and distribution of this drug for those states, thanks to an order from the federal District Judge in Washington.
However, this is setting the issue up for a Supreme Court showdown as it is in contrasting effect with an injunction a Federal Judge ordered out of Amarillo, Texas. 
The same day, Federal Judge Matthew Kacmayrk ordered the Food and Drug Administration to suspend approval of the drug while the cases about the legality of its approval and safety played out in federal court.
This case was brought by a conservative group known as Alliance Defending Freedom.
For the 33 states not covered by the federal judge in Washington’s order, that means distribution of the drug is in jeopardy for those who may need it.
However, it is important to recognize the trend, as we currently have a 6-3 conservative majority on this Supreme Court. 
📸 Carol M. Highsmith Photography
#mifepristone #abortionmedication #abortionrights #reproductiverights #roevwade #supremecourt #judgeshopping #prochoice #prolife #womenshealth #healthcare #health #politics #theuisobserver


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