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Student petition to postpone commencement gains momentum

Student petition to postpone commencement gains momentum

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

March 27, 2020

Daniele Klebern, a senior in AHS, graduated in the 2019 fall semester; however, she was planning to walk in the spring ceremony with all of her friends since December graduates do not get a ceremony. What she never saw coming was how big the coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China, in early December...

Experts weigh in on COVID-19 pandemic

Experts weigh in on COVID-19 pandemic

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

March 26, 2020

Dr. Sandra Darfour-Oduro teaches the CHLH 274: Introduction to Epidemiology course within the College of AHS. In this class, she talks to her students about the patterns of diseases, health services administration and health policy. With COVID-19 dramatically affecting the lives of every student at t...

COVID-19 affects students’ spring break plans

COVID-19 affects students’ spring break plans

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus continued to sweep across the nation, college students were faced with difficult decisions at the beginning of the week. Most had already booked flights and paid for their spring break trips in full, but amidst the outbreak, some decided to cancel while others opted to enjoy the...

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...

Facebook meme page connects students amid virus

Facebook meme page connects students amid virus

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

In the wake of social distancing efforts to combat COVID-19, college students are going to niche parts of the internet to connect with others. Some are opting to learn and post viral TikTok dances, others are hosting Zoom parties and many are turning to memes.  On a given week, Andy Zhou, senior in busine...

COVID-19 forces early return of students studying abroad

COVID-19 forces early return of students studying abroad

By Karena Tse, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2020

Nearing the end of 2019 fall semester, Kailey Bambula, junior in LAS, was preparing for an exciting semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Across the Pacific in Wuhan, China, a new virus causing a pneumonia-like illness began to emerge. Like most of the world, Bambula was hardly aware of the new coronav...

International students faced with uncertainty

International students faced with uncertainty

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

March 18, 2020

The rapidly-spreading COVID-19 virus has put people on the edge of their seats across the world. As the virus spreads to the United States, much of life is now coming to a slow but complete standstill; establishments ranging from restaurants to universities are closing and encouraging people to stay ...

UNICEF at UIUC aids international, local communities

UNICEF at UIUC aids international, local communities

By Tianbin Chen, Staff Reporter

March 16, 2020

Philip Song began planning the annual UNICEF gala when he was elected as gala committee head in the summer of 2019. It was held on Feb. 15 at the Illini Union and focused on South Sudanese children. Around 200 people participated in this event, and the organization raised significant funds from the entr...

New RSO helps artists of color express themselves

New RSO helps artists of color express themselves

By Karena Tse, Contributing Writer

March 12, 2020

Nneoma Ohale, sophomore in LAS, speaks about her art with the kind of conviction that sends chills through the listener. It is this unshakable passion that has driven Ohale in building the new RSO In Living Color, alongside fellow creative and Club President Alayna Hester, sophomore in FAA. Only in its...

CU Potters’ Club offers creative outlet for community

CU Potters’ Club offers creative outlet for community

By Anna Pevey, Senior Reporter

March 11, 2020

With around 50 members who share the love of pottery, the local CU Potters' Club has been in the area for nearly 51 years. Currently, the club is located at 900 S. Race St. The Daily Illini spoke with Cathy Cunningham, club historian, who has been involved with different organizational parts of the club,...

Fear, finances, faith: Being undocumented at UI

Fear, finances, faith: Being undocumented at UI

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

Ana Rodas remembered lying with her grandparents on their terrace in Guatemala City and watching the fireworks. While she did not remember the occasion, she held onto the moment. With her parents thousands of miles away, her grandparents were her everything.  Ana’s parents decided to leave Guatemala w...

Weathering the change: Illinois farmers combat droughts, yield rates

Weathering the change: Illinois farmers combat droughts, yield rates

By Erich Fisher, Contributing Writer

March 9, 2020

Illinois farmer Delmar Graham retired 14 years before he felt the effects of climate change on the land he made a living out of.  During the farming seasons, he used to go to bed wondering if tomorrow there was going to be any rain at all.  The career farmer near Hoopeston, Illinois, had plenty o...

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