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Illini prepare for unprecedented season

Illinois Head Football Coach Lovie Smith watches from the sideline during the Redbox Bowl match against California  on Dec. 30, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 17, 2020

Coming off of its first bowl since 2014, the Illini expect to build off its foundation for a breakout season. With the twelfth most production coming back in the entire country, it appears Illinois has a chance to secure its first New Year’s Day bowl since 2008. But, like every other college footba...

Future alumni must continue to bleed orange, blue

Graduating students wait to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas during commencement in 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

By Shalini Atluri, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

With graduation fast approaching, the next class of graduates will soon be alumni. Once college ends, friends are often separated by job offers or graduate schools in different locations. Despite this, being a part of this University does not have to be a distant memory of the past. College friendship...

Yes, you heard right: Let go of all hope, learn to adapt this finals week

Yes, you heard right: Let go of all hope, learn to adapt this finals week

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 7, 2020

It’s finals week. At this point, you know what to expect.  Finals week is kind of like riding a bike on a bumpy path — except this year, the bike you’re riding is on fire. Everything is also on fire around you, including yourself and everyone you love. Instead of riding home, you are pedaling...

Campus faith groups go digital to build community

Campus faith groups go digital to build community

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

Because of social distancing precautions and stay-at-home orders, campus faith groups and religious organizations have turned to social media and Zoom to stay connected to students.  Tyeese Braslavsky, a sophomore in LAS, has been interning at Illini Hillel since the beginning of the academic ye...

High school seniors head into uncertain future

High School senior Sophia Lowery poses for a senior photo.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

April 28, 2020

On April 17, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that all schools in Illinois will be closed for the remainder of the school year. With this announcement, thousands of high school seniors lost the last few months they had with their classmates. Several schools are working on plans to celebrate t...

Local grocers respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Customers shop at the County Market in Champaign, IL on Feb. 16.

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

On March 15, Governor Pritzker ordered all restaurant and bar owners to immediately close for two weeks. Panicked customers across Illinois headed straight to the one place they could think of: the grocery store. County Market Store Director, Shawn Beckett, remembers this moment clearly. “I think t...

Potential new cystic fibrosis treatment uses ‘molecular prosthetic’ for missing lung protein

Martin Burke works in the Roger Adams Laboratory in Urbana, IL. Burke is the co-author of the new treatment being developed to treat all types of cystic fibrosis.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

University of Illinois and University of Iowa have developed a new treatment that can potentially help all types of cystic fibrosis, regardless of genetic mutation. The potential treatment uses a drug originally used to treat fungal infection to help individuals with the lifelong disease.  The cyst...

Housing clear out prepares for pandemic’s ‘worst-case scenario’

Carle Foundation Hospital on March 2, 2019. Carle has made new screening tools available for patients concerned about coronavirus.

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 18, 2020

Carle Health System recently struck a deal with the University to allow the Activities and Recreation Center, Bousfield Hall and Wassaja Hall to be used as Carle’s alternative care facilities, should a local spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelm their regular areas of operation. Jennifer Kaufmann, director of Enterprise Co...

Canopy Club open mic night moves online

Lead singer of Beach Bunny, Lili Trafilio, smiles out at the audience while performing at the Canopy Club on Sept. 27, 2019.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

April 16, 2020

The Canopy Club opened its doors to the public in 1998 and has been home to some of the most entertaining nightlife and live performances ever since. Hosting a wide variety of performers including up-and-coming artists to well-established rockstars to local budding musicians, The Canopy Club has had...

Students increase social media use over stay-at-home order

Students increase social media use over stay-at-home order

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

April 16, 2020

As the stay-at-home order forces students to find use of their time during quarantine, more time is being spent on social media platforms, including Snapchat, Instagram and the growing app Tiktok.  Based on a new report released by App Annie, a global provider of mobile market data, phone usage worldwide has gone up by 20% during the COVID pandemic. Nathan Chung, freshman in Engineering, said he has doubled his time spent on h...

Campus advocate shares experiences during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Senior Sudasharna Rao poses for a photo on the University of Illinois campus on May 4, 2019.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

April 15, 2020

Sudarshana Rao, senior in Social Work, found a passion during her freshman year: advocating on behalf of sexual assault survivors. Her second semester on campus, she joined the Students Against Sexual Assault — involved with the Sexual Assault Prevention Department with Illinois Student Government —...

Resident advisers readjust to empty residence halls

The interior of UIUC's newewst dorm, Wassaja Hall, on August 17, 2016.

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

With COVID-19 impacting the daily habits of people around the world, the lives of college students has dramatically shifted. Many students have gone home to complete the semester online. While the dorm rooms emptied quickly, the students in charge of University housing have had their lives changed as...

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