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University raises student insurance premiums

University raises student insurance premiums

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

On March 12, the University Board of Trustees approved an increase in insurance premiums for students enrolled in the University healthcare plan. The new premiums will be $723 per semester for undergraduates and $927 per semester for graduate students.  This marks a 33% increase in premiums for Un...

University offers online counseling to students

University offers online counseling to students

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2020

On March 16, the University Counseling Center announced it will immediately switch to a phone triage system until online counseling is launched. Students that are under the University’s United Healthcare can now access online counseling through third-party counseling services. Those that do not h...

Student workers lack certainty on jobs, payment

Student workers lack certainty on jobs, payment

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Many University student workers feel uncertain about the future of their employment and compensation.  Following the closure of a majority of University facilities due to COVID-19, many students have been temporarily left without a job.  Despite this loss of income, student workers may still hav...

University revises academic policy for remainder of semester

University revises academic policy for remainder of semester

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

On March 16, the University suspended all in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have been calling for grading scale changes after the academic alteration. The transition has been difficult for many students, and because of the overwhelming stre...

Grainger, Carle Health design emergency ventilator

Grainger, Carle Health design emergency ventilator

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

March 30, 2020

After an intense week of work, a team from Grainger and Carle Health has developed a prototype for an emergency ventilator to aid in the national crisis of ventilator shortages. Due to the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases, U.S. hospitals are facing a detrimental shortage in ventilators, machi...

COVID-19 cases, closures and cancellations: a running list by The Daily Illini

COVID-19 cases, closures and cancellations: a running list by The Daily Illini

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 28, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, the United States surpassed China as the world leader in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Here's a rundown of nationwide, statewide and localized numbers for readers of The Daily Illini, along with virus-related closures, cancellations and postponements. Confirmed cases of coronav...

Kingfisher wins student vote, sparks debate

Kingfisher wins student vote, sparks debate

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 27, 2020

The belted kingfisher mascot proposal passed the student body by a vote of 4,222 to 3,597 on March 9. This is the most student support the campus has seen for a new mascot since early 2007, when Chief Illiniwek retired.  This vote is nonbinding, and students will have to wait to find out if the Universi...

Travel bans, restrictions restrain students’ break plans

Travel bans, restrictions restrain students’ break plans

By Diana Anghel, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

University students were forced to make a decision to drop or to continue their spring break plans as the coronavirus escalated. Many students decided to stick with their plans, while others decided it was best to stay home to avoid highly infected destinations.  Jack Casey, junior in Engineering, traveled ...

Deadlift policy creates confusion at CRCE

Deadlift policy creates confusion at CRCE

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Students were outraged after a post on the University's subreddit claimed that deadlifting was banned at the Campus Recreation Center East. The user was told that lifters were not allowed to use equipment for deadlifting, rows and “any other exercises that could cause loud noises” at CRCE. As a result...

COVID-19 impacts arts community

COVID-19 impacts arts community

By Bridget Boisvert Curtis, Contributing Writer

March 24, 2020

Only a couple weeks ago, the stages and galleries at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts were filled with music playing through the large halls and crowds of people teeming to see performances. As the end of March nears, the performing arts center is eerily empty, echoing with the uncertain, str...

Coronavirus prevents students from returning home

Coronavirus prevents students from returning home

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 23, 2020

With coronavirus concerns on the rise, many international students were unable to travel home over break. Various travel bans prevented students’ returns to areas considered high-risk for the virus.  According to University Housing, about 170 students stayed in residence halls during spring br...

COVID-19 confirmed in two University employees

COVID-19 confirmed in two University employees

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 21, 2020

COVID-19 has arrived on the University campus. Two University employees have contracted COVID-19, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced Saturday. The employees are males — one in his 30s, the other in his 50s. They are Champaign County's second and third confirmed cases of the...

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