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RACES searches for hope amid Illinois budget crisis

RACES searches for hope amid Illinois budget crisis

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
December 27, 2016
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Semester-in-Review, Top Stories

Illinois has gone eighteen months without a long-term budget. A stopgap funding measure gave some reprieve, but the state-centered money runs out on Dec. 31, leaving local social services scrambling to find additional funding. The Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services, RACES, located in ...

Grueling 2016 brought big picture frustrations

Grueling 2016 brought big picture frustrations

Shankari Sureshbabu, Columnist
December 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Semester-in-Review

Let’s begin with the expected and obvious: This last semester really was the worst. If 2016 is blacked out in history as the year that logic and reasoning went out the window, I won’t be surprised. There will be books about this year. In 50 years, people at a party are going to shoot out h...

Editorial: Looking back on a bumpy 2016

Editorial: Looking back on a bumpy 2016

The Daily Illini Editorial Board
December 12, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Semester-in-Review

Much of the past year, and the fall semester in particular, was weird, frustrating, sad, scary and, in some cases,  completely unprecedented. We could gripe about ways we wish our campus, nation and world could do better, so on and so on. Or we could look back on all of the positive events of the...

Campus still shaken after September shooting

Campus still shaken after September shooting

Daily Illini Staff Report
December 12, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, News, Semester-in-Review, Top Stories

When shots rang out on Green St. on the night of Sept. 25, the campus reacted quickly and the effects were long-lasting. One student walking home, Camille Baer, an Illini Media Company employee, turned around to see what looked like 70 people running and screaming. Then, the sound of six or seven gun...

Taking a look back at administration throughout the semester

Taking a look back at administration throughout the semester

Megan Jones and Angelica LaVito
December 12, 2016
Filed under Administration, News, Semester-in-Review

First dean of College of Medicine announced — Aug. 30 Dr. King Li was appointed to serve as the inaugural dean for the College of Medicine and began on Oct. 1. His main goals included starting to hire faculty for the college, ensuring accreditation applications were submitted and finishing curriculum plans. ...

Illini Republicans president resigns after internal backlash

Illini Republicans president resigns after internal backlash

Adam Kaz, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Campus, News, Semester-in-Review

Former president of the Illini Republicans, Chris Piper, had a controversial semester. While in Marion, Illinois, working for a political campaign, members of his club doubted his leadership and asked for the resignation of himself and the current president and junior in LAS Stephanie Menezes. Me...

Student Senate implements new constitution

Student Senate implements new constitution

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under ISS, News, Opinions, Semester-in-Review

From approving Indigenous People’s Day to the advocating for sexual assault awareness, the Illinois Student Senate made some big changes this semester. Perhaps one of the biggest changes the senate will enact next semester is the implementation of its new constitution. “The (new) constituti...

University police and administration meet to combat crime

University police and administration meet to combat crime

Megan Jones and Lilly Mashayek
December 12, 2016
Filed under News, Semester-in-Review

  Chancellor Robert Jones settled into his first official week at the University after a shooting on Green Street. A month later, there was another shooting on Green Street. Two months later, he watched his peers handle a shooting at Ohio State University. Safety is a big issue for any administrator....

Campus activism highlights political diversity

Campus activism highlights political diversity

Ashni Gandhi, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, News, Semester-in-Review

As the nation faced protests and a divisive election, the University community mirrored the sentiments. For Muhammad Yousef, senior in LAS and president of Students for Justice in Palestine, the increased activism on campus post-election did not make campus more bipartisan. Citing bigotry from Donald Tru...

Semester of crime bursts campus safety bubble

Semester of crime bursts campus safety bubble

Lilly Mashayek, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Semester-in-Review

Throughout the semester, students have been confronted with the difficult truth that the University campus is not a safety bubble. “You’re not getting away from urban situations here, they’re just on a smaller scale,” said Michael La Due, Champaign City Council member. It’s important for...

Top 10 moments of the semester

Top 10 moments of the semester

Jessica Berbey, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, News, Semester-in-Review, Showcase

As the semester dwindles and winter break approaches, have a look back at some of the key events that occurred at the University this fall. Below is a compiled list of some of the most impactful or ground-breaking occurrences on campus. 1. Cubs win the World Series On Nov. 2, the Cubs made histo...

Appreciating the University from an outsider’s perspective

Appreciating the University from an outsider’s perspective

Brandon Zegiel, Columnist
December 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Semester-in-Review, Top Stories

Change happens constantly. It can be something simple, such as a new menu item at our favorite restaurant. Or, it can send rippling effects through our entire lives, such as changing schools. Throughout my life, I’ve become accustomed to that particular change because I’ve had many doses of ...