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University lays out plans for fall break, spring return

Beachgoers enjoy a day in the sun on a beach in Florida during Spring Break 2019.

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

In the last two weeks before fall break, University students will be asked to restrict their movements significantly in preparation for their returns home. “Students who plan to travel during Fall Break should limit themselves to essential activities only, such as attending in-person class, testing...

Questions for the Chancellor Oct. 20

Chancellor Robert Jones prepares to give the State of the University address on Jan. 24. Jones answers the Daily Illini’s questions concerning UI’s COVID-19 response in this Staff Report.

October 22, 2020

How do alumni donations that have been made this year compare to last year’s donations?  We know this has been a difficult year for so many, and we are grateful for the generosity of our donors. Alumni and supporters of the university have given charitably to the university about 20% less than t...

Positivity surges statewide; Champaign County remains steady

A University coronavirus testing site worker hands junior Jessica Wynveen a test tube at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 9. While Illinois is experiencing a rise in positivity rate, Champaign County has seen a steady rate, with UI depressing the region’s positivity.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 22, 2020

All 11 Illinois regions are experiencing rising positivity rates for COVID-19, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker noted at this week’s press conferences. Region 5, which takes up much of southern Illinois, has moved into increased mitigation with the temporary closure of indoor dining and bar service and limi...

UI cancels spring break, postpones start of semester

Senate chair Rob Kar views the results of the vote to cancel spring break and delay the start of the semester. The resolution passed through the UI senate on Monday, Oct. 19.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 20, 2020

The UI senate has agreed on a revamped spring semester, with week-late start, three more non-instructional days and no spring break.  Campus officials passed the resolution 129-13 at Monday’s meeting, after several proposed amendments to modify the number and nature of the non-instructional da...

LSAT prep takes on different level of stress during COVID-19

Senior Mikaila Beauchamp poses for a headshot outside Foellinger Auditorium. Beauchamp’s studying process for the LSAT has been affected significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

October 19, 2020

Mikaila Beauchamp, senior in Business, has her sights firmly set on law school. As every pre-law student knows, that means she has spent the end of her junior year and beginning of senior year with her mind focused on the LSAT. For the first time since the LSAT’s creation, though, pre-law students mus...

“A tall order”: Inside UI’s COVID testing lab

A University worker unloads completed COVID-19 tests outside the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building on Friday. The Veterinary Diagnostics Lab staff is equipped to test about 10,000 saliva tests per day.

By Willie Cui, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

Every hour, vans marked “Test Delivery Vehicle” criss-cross the campus, collecting their cargo — boxes of COVID-19 test samples — from the University’s 14 testing sites. From there, they speed off toward the south of campus, where the University’s Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Buildi...

Illinois excludes UI from regional COVID data as positivity climbs

Junior Jessica Wynveen takes a COVID-19 test at State Farm Center on Oct. 8. The Illinois Department of Public Health has decided to separate University test results from regional data.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 19, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health has begun separating University tests from regional data, instead of excluding Champaign County as a whole. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state health officials have said that the high volume of campus tests — around 55,000 per week — is clouding virus trends ...

Campus COVID-19 spread continues to slow

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 19, 2020

Last week was the University of Illinois’ best week in controlling the spread of COVID-19, recording fewer than 100 new cases for the first time since the summer. In all, during the week that ended on Friday, 85 people on campus tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time, with another 54,000...

UI student heads effort to bring dictionaries to prisoners

A person deposits a dictionary into a dictionary drive box outside of the Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery on Sunday afternoon. The Books to Prisoners drive hopes to provide dictionaries to prisoners in Illinois.

By Alexandra Gergova, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difference between the amount of dictionaries requested by incarcerated people and the amount received has been exacerbated severely.  To combat this growing issue, Kate Shanks, sophomore in LAS and volunteer with UC Books to Prisoners, organized a community-w...

Campus recreation slowly expands operations

Sophomore Mary Pelzer scales the rock climbing wall in the ARC on Saturday afternoon.

By Elizabeth Lebeau, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Although the University has two recreational centers for students, CRCE and the ARC will remain closed for the rest of the fall to be used as a COVID-19 testing center.  Meanwhile, the ARC is gradually regaining operations as the semester goes on, with live facility counts, a mask requirement and ...

Travel restrictions sting CU barbershops

The interior of the G&R Hair Salon rests quietly on Monday afternoon. This business, along with other barber shops, have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Chieh Hsu, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Months after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order on March 20, the majority of barbershops and salons reopened at the beginning of June. Nonetheless, their operations are by no means the same.  Moreover, for barbershops that used to provide service primarily to international stud...

Professors highlight issues with University’s COVID-19 predictions

Professors highlight issues with University's COVID-19 predictions

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

October 15, 2020

As COVID-19 cases on campus surge past the administration’s expectations, many have called into question the transmission and prediction models used by the University to set those expectations. As of Monday, the Illinois SHIELD Team reported 2,645 positive cases on campus since Aug. 15, when student...

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