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Opinion | Validate your negative emotions

Singer Sufjan Stevens performs at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Sept. 25, 2006.

By Ellen Barczak, Senior Columnist

May 15, 2020

Sometimes, everything sucks. And sometimes, it’s OK to let yourself be sad.  Our lives have changed completely in the past two months, even if many of the changes are only temporary. Though everyone’s lives are disrupted, as college students, this pandemic is interrupting a period in our liv...

Illini stay creative amid quarantine

Kathleen Noren, a freshman in Graphic Design, created these Illinois-themed coloring pages to raise money for United Way.

By Tianbin Chen, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

It has been almost two months since the government has advised the public to stay at home. “How should I spend my day today?” has become a frequent question for people stuck inside during the pandemic. Time seems to be the cheapest asset people have right now, and some people decided to spend it ar...

Students ask for credit/no credit extension as finals loom

Students ask for credit/no credit extension as finals loom

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

On April 29, the University extended the deadline for students to drop their classes or switch them to credit/no credit to May 6. Some students are hoping for another extension, as finals week influences their grades. After the sudden transition to an online semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Opinion | Virtual concerts beat sound of silence

A mean wearing headphones uses his computer.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

May 9, 2020

Playing acoustic guitar gives me joy. Listening to recorded music moves me in ways I can’t describe. But going to live concerts makes me feel alive. Now, I can’t even do that. No one can. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all types of public events have been either cancelled or postpon...

Students receive money from emergency COVID-19 grants

Students receive money from emergency COVID-19 grants

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Undergraduate students who applied for the Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Support Program for the Spring 2020 semester have begun to receive their grants.  This fund enabled students to request up to $1,000 for financial hardships stemming from the pandemic. Requested amounts greater than $1,000 were consider...

University announces online AP exams will be accepted for admissions, college credit

University announces online AP exams will be accepted for admissions, college credit

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor

May 7, 2020

Because of social distancing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, high school students will take online advanced placement exams at their homes from May 11-22. Last month, the College Board announced on Twitter that its AP exams will have a different format compared to previous years. The onl...

CU Mask Makers respond to high mask demand during COVID-19 pandemic

A sewing station where CU Mask Makers created face masks for the coronavirus pandemic sits in a livingroom.

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

When sewist Megan Meyer first came across the CU Mask Makers on Facebook, the group totaled four members. However, after about a month, the 300-person network had produced and distributed over 7,000 masks across Champaign County. “I was completely floored by that number,” Meyer said. “I am so grate...

COVID-19 upends grad school admissions exams

COVID-19 upends grad school admissions exams

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

May 4, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduate school exams are facing cancellations, alternative testing formats and other unprecedented changes.  While some admissions exams will have the option of at-home testing for eligible students, other administrators are increasing testing dates in the upc...

UI president remains confident students will return in fall

President Timothy L. Killeen takes notes during the board of trustees meeting at the Illini Union on March 12, 2015. Killeen announced  recently that he is confident the University will return to face-to-face instruction in the fall.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 1, 2020

President Killeen announced in an interview with Illinois Public Media that he is confident the University will return to face-to-face instruction in the fall.  “We are playing close attention to the evolution of the pandemic,” Killeen said in the interview.  The University is looking into a r...

UI fund covers tuition increase for new students

UI fund covers tuition increase for new students

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

May 1, 2020

A $36 million fund has been created by the University of Illinois System to financially aid students faced with tuition increases, housing expenses and other costs. The Students FIRST (Funding Is Required to Support Tuition) financial aid will be prioritized for in-state undergraduate students.  Th...

Editorial | Diffusion of misinformation undermines COVID mitigation

Editorial | Diffusion of misinformation undermines COVID mitigation

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

April 30, 2020

Upon watching an apocalypse film, one might observe the same tropes. A natural disaster, some disease or an insurmountable evil suddenly hinders normal society. Although chaos unfolds, the main actors respond in similar manners. Imagine a disaster film where the protagonist couldn’t turn on the news to r...

ACES Professor addresses student, faculty difficulties amid COVID-19

Professor Toni Burkhalter narrates in a video she posted on April 24 which details what her students and children have told her about being a student during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

April 30, 2020

Toni Marie Burkhalter, senior instructor in Food Science and Human Nutrition and advisor in human nutrition, recently made a video titled “COVID-19 What Your Students Are Not Telling You.” As a single mom with a daughter in undergrad doing research at the University and a son about to graduate high...

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