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Illinois universities pledge to end racial, income graduation gaps by 2025

Illinois universities pledge to end racial, income graduation gaps by 2025

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 16, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

The University has joined 24 other colleges and universities across Illinois to help more working-class students receive college degrees by 2025. The project, named Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative and launched by nonprofit organization Partnership for College Completion, aims to eliminate...

Bashir named College of Engineering dean

Bashir named College of Engineering dean

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 16, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, Top Stories

Bioengineering professor Rashid Bashir has been named the next dean of the College of Engineering, the University announced Wednesday. Bashir will succeed Andreas Cangellaris, who has been the Engineering dean since August 2013. Bashir will officially take over November 1, pending approval by the U...

Faculty lacks diversity despite University efforts

Faculty lacks diversity despite University efforts

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, News, Showcase, Top Stories

As the University was lauded for admitting a record number of freshmen from underrepresented groups this year, the ranks of faculty and administrators in the eight largest colleges on campus continue to be dominated by men and white people. Though the Office for Access and Equity has implemented myri...

Urbana scholar awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Urbana scholar awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 9, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, Top Stories

Rebecca Sandefur, University sociologist and legal scholar, is one of the 25 people to received the $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship this year. The Fellowship awards people with interests in a wide array of fields, including writers, teachers, entrepreneurs and similar fields, for their creativity an...

New rule bans all tobacco

New rule bans all tobacco

By The Daily Illini staff report

October 5, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Uncategorized

All tobacco products will be regulated under the 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy starting next August, Chancellor Robert Jones announced in an email Wednesday.   Building on the Smoke-Free Campus policy implemented in 2014, the policy will now prohibit all forms of tobacco, including snuff and c...

Budget cuts rock future of UI literary magazine

Budget cuts rock future of UI literary magazine

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Senior Reporter

October 4, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

University employees involved with the publication of Ninth Letter — the University’s literary magazine — are preparing for funding to be cut in the next budget cycle, leaving the journal’s future vulnerable. Since 2008, funding for the publication has decreased by almost 61 percent, going fr...

UI takes firmer online security measures

UI takes firmer online security measures

By Avirup Kundu, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Knowing only a username and password pairing might soon be insufficient for logging into University accounts and services due to the school’s decision to phase in two-factor authentication, otherwise known as 2FA, in Fall 2018. While undergraduate students can continue to opt in for 2FA, graduate students...

University continues discussion for new mascot

University continues discussion for new mascot

By Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

The University is continuing its effort to move forward from Chief Illiniwek, and a recently released report on the Chancellor’s Critical Conversations on the topic shows participants felt strongly about the process being transparent and collaborative. “We’re not trying to hide the fact or whit...

UI System donations achieve all-time high

UI System donations achieve all-time high

By Therese Pokorney and Samantha Boyle

September 24, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The University System reached a record high in fundraising in the 2018 fiscal year from gifts, grants and pledges totaling $498.5 million, the University of Illinois Foundation announced Friday. “We are excited about the investment our donors and friends have chosen to make in the University of Illinois. We are thrilled with an all-time high for ...

Campus sets new record for diversity

Campus sets new record for diversity

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

The University class of 2022 has topped past years’ number of students from underrepresented backgrounds, but efforts to make the University more diverse are still ongoing. Nancy ‘Rusty’ Barcelo, visiting special assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity, said the University has made collective...

New dean announced for College of Media

New dean announced for College of Media

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

The College of Media announced Tracy Sulkin as the new dean starting Sunday. Sulkin previously served as a professor in LAS and was then the interim executive associate dean of the College.  Sulkin was nominated for the position by Andreas C. Cangellaris, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and...

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Senior Reporter

September 17, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Former leaders of the pharmaceutical company H.D. Smith Co., behind the University’s latest million-dollar donation, were asked to testify in front of Congress earlier this year to discuss their company’s alleged role in flooding West Virginia with millions of opioid pills. Chris and Dale Smith, now of th...

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