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Committee for mental health focuses on CS community

Current senior Ananya Cleetus sits in Lincoln Hall on Jan. 22. Cleetus is one of the three members of the CS Mental Health Committee.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

September 17, 2020

During the month of September, individuals and organizations whose lives and work revolve around mental health draw attention to Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Every year, thousands die by suicide. This month provides an opportunity to share resources and stories, destigmatizing the conversation ...

Modelers “cautiously optimistic” about new campus COVID-19 data

Rebecca Lee Smith, professor in AHS at the University, explains the recent peaks in COVID-19 cases. She shared the data during a Senate Executive Committee meeting on Monday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 17, 2020

New data displayed at Monday’s University Senate meeting revealed two trends about the on-campus spread of COVID-19: spikes in cases correlate to weekend exposure, and most of the spread is taking place in off-campus housing.  Rebecca Lee Smith, professor in AHS at the University, showed how the peaks of n...

Illini softball use transfer portal to enhance roster

Junior Addy Jarvis winds up a pitch during the game against Louisville on March 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jarvis is one of two recent pitching transfers at Illinois.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The transfer portal is popping. It’s only been around for a couple of years, but the Illinois softball team has added several transfer players to its roster in recent memory. Assistant coach Laura Trout, who has been at Illinois since 2015, has seen a variety of changes in relation to recruiting in h...

Safer Illinois provides digital support for COVID-positive students

Students wait at the testing site at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Aug. 30. A helpful feature of the Safer Illinois app is the OSF OnCall Connect program, which puts COVID-positive people in contact with OSF OnCall team members.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

The Safer Illinois app is mainly used by the on-campus University community to track COVID-19 test results and gain access to buildings.  One overlooked feature allows COVID-positive users to get medical advice without leaving their isolation spaces. The OSF OnCall Connect program allows students,...

Hutcherson prepared for lofty expectations at Illinois after year off

Illini redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional picture for Illini Athletics on Oct. 11, 2019. Hutcherson is  expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out a year.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Shooting the three-pointer was anything but easy for Illinois in the 2019-2020 season. As a team, they shot 30.3% from behind the arc, finishing dead last in the Big Ten and 311th in the country. Improving on shooting is a must for Illinois this season. Enter redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson. Hutcherson sat out l...

University student moderates coronavirus subreddit

University student moderates coronavirus subreddit

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 14, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started earlier this year, many people found different ways to get their information or to cope with the idea that a virus was taking over their lives. People took on new hobbies, such as baking bread or watching “Tiger King. For one University doctoral student, that new int...

University finds nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases in one week

A group of students walk down Green Street without masks on Aug. 21. More than 1,200 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of school.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 10, 2020

With another 104 cases last Friday, University saliva tests identified 1,242 cases of COVID-19 on campus during the first two weeks of classes. Testing during Labor Day weekend was also relatively light: 2,609 tests on Saturday was the lowest count since Aug. 16. Weekend testing 37 new cases on both...

Champaign’s rap wizard releases ‘Hold This L’ EP

Local artist Black Mage performs at the Canopy Club on Dec. 8, 2017. He recently released his new EP, “Hold This L.”

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

Deangelo Brown wears many hats — most notably, his wizard hat. As Voldrega the Black Mage, the 32-year-old has emerged as a unique voice in Champaign-Urbana hip-hop. His latest offering, “Hold this L,” features beats by Lamont “The Letter L Beats” Holden, collaborations with a few local fav...

Ten former Illini currently reside on NFL rosters

Alum Nick Allegretti listens to coaches during a time out during a game in the 2018-2019 season. Allegretti was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and will serve as a backup center.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

The NFL begins its 2020 season today with reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. While the league has been pretty quiet about players testing positive for COVID-19, the season looks to be in good shape. The college football season can’t...

Editorial | Be logical with COVID-19 vaccine

Editorial | Be logical with COVID-19 vaccine

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

September 10, 2020

There has been a lot of speculation on when and how a vaccine might roll-out to the general public. Estimates on the release of a vaccine span from two months to over two years, emphasizing the uncertainty regarding the details of a vaccine timeline. Optimistic estimates have many worried about the possi...

Over 1,100 new cases since classes began. What’s next?

Students wearing masks walk through the Main Quad on Aug. 21. Since classes began, there have been over 1,100 new coronavirus cases on campus.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 8, 2020

Since University students began classes on Aug. 24, a whopping 1,138 students, faculty and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 through campus’s saliva tests. For the most recent five days of testing where University data is available — Aug. 30 to Sep. 3 — 741 people tested positive on cam...

Opinion | 19th amendment signifies milestone, not end

Opinion | 19th amendment signifies milestone, not end

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist

September 8, 2020

For a country still considered relatively young compared to the long-established identities of other nations, celebrating the 100th anniversary of any event marks a rather significant moment in American history.  As a year that has seen too much death and anguish, 2020 is also the year that may hold one ...

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