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Monarch butterflies migrate through Illinois

Monarch butterflies migrate through Illinois

By Marium Kureishy, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2018


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

Observant students walking around campus lately may have noticed an abundance of black-and-orange monarch butterflies, which are passing through Champaign-Urbana on their annual fall migration to Mexico. Sara Verma, sophomore in Education, said although she’s seen many butterflies in the garden o...

Coal ash pollution persists in Vermilion River

Coal ash pollution persists in Vermilion River

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

Annamae Dziallo has fond memories of the Vermilion River. She remembers taking trips to Kickapoo State Park, skipping rocks on the river and bonding with members of Students for Environmental Concerns. However, she can’t help but think about the three coal ash pits located just upstream, leaking to...

Corn disease threatens farmers’ yield

Corn disease threatens farmers’ yield

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology, State

Nathan Kleczewski has been fielding phone calls and Twitter mentions, sometimes more than a dozen a day, from farmers asking him if the black flecks and lesions on their corn plants are symptoms of a new disease: tar spot. Kleczewski, professor in ACES, has been trying to unravel the causes of tar spot, wh...

Locals send aid, relief to Hurricane Florence victims

Locals send aid, relief to Hurricane Florence victims

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State

                                                                                                                    As the East Coast recovers from the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, local organizations and volunteers have been provi...

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 ...

University professor receives $250,000 award

University professor receives $250,000 award

By Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Frances "Ming" Kuo, associate professor in ACES, was awarded $250,000 as a recipient of the 23rd annual Heinz Family Foundation grants on Wednesday. The Heinz Awards, as the grants are called, were established to honor the late Sen. John Heinz and those who have contributed to the five areas that ...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 20

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 20

By The Daily Illini staff report

September 21, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Police Blotter

Champaign Theft under $500, credit card fraud and burglary were reported on the 2000 block of North Neil Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to the report, an unknown offender stole the victim’s wallet and used the credit card inside. Aggravated assault was reported on the 2500 block o...

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...

Community Cat Day helps feral cats

Community Cat Day helps feral cats

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant News Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The University's Shelter Medicine Program launched an initiative that provides opportunities for Veterinary Medicine students to gain hands-on experience while improving the health of feral cats. The program, called Community Cat Day, was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Best Friends Animal S...

VR technology aids food safety training

VR technology aids food safety training

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News

Many people who do not think twice when ordering food from a concession stand at a local fair might be unaware that food handlers from temporary food establishments do not have to go through educational training on food safety risks in Champaign-Urbana. Jim Roberts, environmental health director of the Champaign-U...

HexNest designs safer, cheaper sports mats

HexNest designs safer, cheaper sports mats

By Eric Rzeszutko, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News

When Mark Van den Avont recovered from breaking two spinal vertebrae during gymnastics his senior year in high school, he was inspired to create a new sports mat that would be safer and cheaper for athletes. Now a sophomore in Engineering, Van den Avont is about to celebrate the one year anniversar...

Counseling center works to combat suicide rate

Counseling center works to combat suicide rate

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


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

Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently published a study revealing 20 percent of college students have contemplated suicide at one point in their lives, but this came as no surprise to the University Counseling Center. “Given what I know about college students and mental health and other things I...

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