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Students prioritize safety for upcoming fall semester

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 22, 2020

After finishing the remainder of the semester online, many students still question whether or not they will be able to return for the fall semester. California State University has already announced their classes will remain online in the fall. On the other hand, Northern Illinois University (NIU)...

Cara Finnegan sees life in photographs

Professor Cara Finnegan poses for a photo in her office

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Cara Finnegan, professor in LAS, looks at how visual media can sometimes speak to people more than words can. Her courses within the communications department on rhetoric and visual communication are for both undergraduates and graduates. The main focus of her work is exploring how photographs infor...

Illini stay creative amid quarantine

Kathleen Noren, a freshman in Graphic Design, created these Illinois-themed coloring pages to raise money for United Way.

By Tianbin Chen, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

It has been almost two months since the government has advised the public to stay at home. “How should I spend my day today?” has become a frequent question for people stuck inside during the pandemic. Time seems to be the cheapest asset people have right now, and some people decided to spend it ar...

Orientation leader program for Fall 2020 remains uncertain

Freshmen and orientation leaders gather outside of Foellinger Auditorium  on Aug. 22, 2019. Current University students discuss what they hope to achieve by graduation while alumni reminisce on what they most enjoyed during their time on campus.

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor

May 11, 2020

Being a freshman during welcome week at the University is remembered fondly by almost every student. The fall welcome days are designed to help incoming students get to know campus better and introduce them to the various opportunities with events, like skating at the Ice Arena, floor meetings, a tour...

Instructors bring wine, food to classroom

FSHN 175 Teaching Assitsant Max Holle (right) takes an on-site tour of Riggs Beer Company with Darin Riggs (left) for a video for his class.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

May 6, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic sent University students home, Max Holle, teaching assistant for FSHN 175: Science of Fermented Foods and doctoral candidate in ACES, has had to respond to a lot more student emails.  While all courses at the University switched to an online format, some, like Holle’s F...

CU Mask Makers respond to high mask demand during COVID-19 pandemic

A sewing station where CU Mask Makers created face masks for the coronavirus pandemic sits in a livingroom.

By Karena Tse, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

When sewist Megan Meyer first came across the CU Mask Makers on Facebook, the group totaled four members. However, after about a month, the 300-person network had produced and distributed over 7,000 masks across Champaign County. “I was completely floored by that number,” Meyer said. “I am so grate...

“Numberphile” sponsors mathematics professor

Professor Steven Bradlow discusses his work concerning the 15 puzzle in a video interview by the Youtube channel Numberphile.

By Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

May 4, 2020

Steven Bradlow, a professor in Mathematics, was recently featured on the Youtube channel Numberphile. Bradlow and his son often watched these videos, and after meeting one of the creators of the channel at an event, Bradlow and Brady Haran spontaneously sat down to film an episode.  The Daily Il...

ACES Professor addresses student, faculty difficulties amid COVID-19

Professor Toni Burkhalter narrates in a video she posted on April 24 which details what her students and children have told her about being a student during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

April 30, 2020

Toni Marie Burkhalter, senior instructor in Food Science and Human Nutrition and advisor in human nutrition, recently made a video titled “COVID-19 What Your Students Are Not Telling You.” As a single mom with a daughter in undergrad doing research at the University and a son about to graduate high...

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...

Pen-Friend brings together a quarantined community

Junior Banu Gulecyuz wrote letters to several friends and family members.

By Bridget Boisvert Curtis, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As families battle over Wi-Fi usage and data overages loom in many students’ futures, an electronic-free method of communication may seem more and more appealing. It could help connect students more personally during this time of isolation and social-distancing. The new UIUC initiative, Pen-Friend...

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...

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