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Student government proposes culturally inclusive town hall meetings

Student government proposes culturally inclusive town hall meetings

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
February 23
Filed under Administration, Campus, ISS, News

The Illinois Student Government continues its pursuit to increase diversity and inclusion. So far this year, they’ve passed resolutions focusing on indigenous people, diversity training and issues of the student body. A town hall meeting was proposed as a way to encourage diversity. The meeting...

Governor Rauner switches position on MAP grant funding

Governor Rauner switches position on MAP grant funding

Angelica Lavito, Staff Writer
February 16
Filed under Administration, News, State, Top Stories

Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a significant increase in Monetary Award Program, MAP, Grant funding during his budget address to state lawmakers Wednesday. This comes after previous action by Rauner to veto bills supporting MAP grant funding. “When it comes to higher education, we understand the hards...

Proposed Illinois bill to prevent unwarranted searches of immigrants

Proposed Illinois bill to prevent unwarranted searches of immigrants

Aaron Navarro, Assistant Daytime News Editor
February 14
Filed under Administration, News, State, Top Stories

A group of Chicago area lawmakers have submitted a bill that would prevent law enforcement agencies from conducting unwarranted searches of undocumented immigrants. HB0426, or the “Immigration Safe Zones Act,” would allow schools, places of worship and medical facilities to deny any searches for undocu...

Next interim provost brings campus budget reform experience

Next interim provost brings campus budget reform experience

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Another name was added to the list of interim administration positions Monday, as the University tapped Dean of Libraries John Wilkin to serve as the next interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Wilkin joined the University in 2013. Previously, Wilkin served in various library-rel...

University library dean named interim provost

University library dean named interim provost

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Library Dean John Wilkin has been named the next interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Wilkin is set to begin Feb. 18, replacing interim provost Edward Feser who will start as the provost of Oregon State University Feb. 28. Wilkin ...

Minority students less likely to graduate despite campus programs

Minority students less likely to graduate despite campus programs

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News

More African-American and Hispanic students are graduating from the University, but these students are still less likely to finish their degree than the rest of campus, according to records from the Division of Management Information. Eighty percent of African-American students who started school in 2010 gr...

World conflicts increase interest in Arabic minor

World conflicts increase interest in Arabic minor

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News

William Velez enrolled in an Arabic class the summer after his sophomore year. Having grown up speaking Spanish and English, he wanted to dabble in a new language. He thought he would take the class and be done with it. However, it turned into much more. Velez picked up an Arabic Studies minor...

A conversation with the next chairman of the Board of Trustees

A conversation with the next chairman of the Board of Trustees

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
February 9
Filed under Administration, News

Trustee Tim Koritz was recently elected to serve as the next chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. The Daily Illini spoke with Koritz about some of his goals and stances. Koritz works for the Rockford Memorial Hospital as a staff anesthesiologist. He previously served as the chair of the bo...

Kennedy, former Board of Trustees chairman, to run for Illinois governorship

Kennedy, former Board of Trustees chairman, to run for Illinois governorship

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
February 8
Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

  Former University Board of Trustees chairman Chris Kennedy announced he is running for governor on Wednesday under the Democratic ticket for 2018. Kennedy, 53,  is the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. He did not seek reappointment to serve on the Board of Trustees on Jan. 19, 2015, endin...

New majors, minors proposed at Academic Senate

New majors, minors proposed at Academic Senate

Samantha Jones Toal, Assistant News Editor
February 7
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

A few new majors and minors were proposed at the Academic Senate meeting Monday, including an undergraduate minor in journalism as well as one to modify the Arabic studies minor. According to the journalism minor proposal, the College of Media expects the minor to be fully effective as of fall 2017...

University appoints new vice chancellor for advancement

University appoints new vice chancellor for advancement

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
January 31
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University has appointed Barry Benson as the Urbana campus’s vice chancellor for advancement and the senior vice president of the University of Illinois foundation. Pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Benson will begin work in the spring and is succeeding Dan ...

Protests heard, discussed at Senate Executive Committee meeting

Protests heard, discussed at Senate Executive Committee meeting

Samantha Jones Toal, Assistant News Editor
January 31
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chants could be heard through the window of the English Building. The shouts were muffled, but audible enough for members of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) to turn their heads. “I believe you can hear the rally outside right now,” said Rahul Raju, undergraduate student representative. ...

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