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COVID-19 influences students' decisions to major in health industry

COVID-19 influences students’ decisions to major in health industry

By Liz Gremer, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

During the summer going into her senior year of high school, Vama Naik, freshman in ACES, decided that she wanted to go into nutrition. At this time, the effects of COVID-19 were increasingly apparent...

A Zoom meeting is held while Jainism received a donation for the study of Jainism on July 5. The religion Jainism will be studied under the Religious Department.

Religion department gifted $1 million for Jainism studies

By Liz Gremer, Staff Writer September 7, 2021

In May, the Department of Religion received $1 million to establish a program to further research of Jainism. The gift comes from a group of Jain donors throughout Illinois and the United States who want...

Julia Arciola, junior in LAS, holds her baton on Quad Day while performing with the Marching Illini on Aug. 22. Arciola reflects on her past successes and experience as a baton twirler at the University.

Marching Illini baton twirler reflects on success, experience

By Matt Troher, Investigative News & Longform Editor September 5, 2021

Julia Arciola, junior in LAS, marched into Memorial Stadium on Aug. 28, along with the 400 members of the Marching Illini. She’s not carrying an instrument, however — nor a flag or a conductor’s...

Students at the Ikenberry Commons walk around getting to know the campus. There have been several different events held around campus welcoming new and old students to campus.

Students host first r/UIUC meetup

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer August 26, 2021

With the start of the school year, the University has made efforts to welcome students to campus after what most say was a year ridden with anxiety and boredom. At Illinois Sights & Sounds, students...

The landing page of the Chambana Pride community facebook page is shown above. The lack in UI pride events prompted students to organize themselves.

Lack of UI Pride month events prompts students to community organizations

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News & Longform Editor June 25, 2021

When Cory Simpson moved to Champaign-Urbana eight years ago, he said he was trying to get out of his hometown — a small town in Coles County, Illinois. Simpson said he grew up in a conservative household...

Students bask in the sun on the grounds of Ikenberry Commons on Aug. 21. Many students have chosen to stay on campus over the summer.

Students spend summer on campus post COVID-19

By Olivia Orlandi, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Summers on the University campus look a lot different than fall and spring semesters. Many students go home, bars are closed during the week and campus overall feels a bit empty. Some students, however,...

People gather in protest around Alma Mater on Saturday. Supporters held signs up to support Cyrus Arnieri.

Transgender students say UI failed to address concerns about deadnaming all year, not just during graduation

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News and Longform Editor May 25, 2021

Donning a blue and orange cap and gown, a University graduate had been warned by his mother not to get upset if his deadname was called at the ceremony. ‘Deadnaming’ is the use of a transgender or...

UI seeks to gain support for kingfisher with merchandise

UI seeks to gain support for kingfisher with merchandise

By Olivia Orlandi, Staff Writer May 23, 2021

Student government is campaigning for the University’s potential new mascot, the kingfisher, by creating and distributing merchandise. The University Senate endorsed the mascot back in September,...

Illinois graduates line up in front of Alma Mater in commencement attire for a photo on Thursday. Students who graduated this past week have overcome one of the hardest years in all of their academic endeavors.

UI gives pomp to graduates during COVID-19 circumstances

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor May 19, 2021

After what many said was the hardest year of their academic history, graduates walked triumphantly across the stage and received their diploma. The celebration meant the world to Flavia Batista da Silva,...

Foellinger Auditorium stands tall on the Main Quad. Students get ready to say goodbye to campus as finals come around.

Prioritize health, do not sweat burnout

By Rohit Jammu, Assistant Features Editor May 6, 2021

It’s May once again and that means you’ve made it through yet another begrudging, infuriating and yet, what I hope was a complicated and fun semester. It’s been over a year since all of us have...

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers prepares students for college

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers prepares students for college

By Olivia Orlandi, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and their high school outreach program have helped open doors for young Latinx students looking to attend the University and participate in the engineering...

A frozen boneless beef chuck roast sits on a wooden cutting board in the Universities Meat Science Lab. The lab supplies local residents with different kinds of products that are harvested from the University farms south of campus.

Meat Science Laboratory sells products from UI farms

By Alex Lazaro, Contributing Writer May 1, 2021

The Meat Science Laboratory has been referred to as a hidden gem of the Champaign-Urbana community for some time now, supplying the local residents with different kinds of products that are harvested from...

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