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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...

Student makes a Boneyard Creek jarrarium

An ecosphere made  by student Sarah Kemp using water taken from Boneyard Creek sits near a window.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Features Editor

April 22, 2020

Sarah Kemp, a graduate student studying animal sciences, wanted to find a way to occupy her time while in quarantine. After watching a YouTube video of someone creating an ecosphere from a creek nearby, she was inspired. She walked to Boneyard Creek and collected some water and life in a jar. She po...

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...

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...

COVID-19 demands response different from past pandemics

COVID-19 demands response different from past pandemics

By Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

April 10, 2020

The first email sent out to students regarding COVID-19 was on Jan. 23 as many returned to campus after winter break. The Massmail acknowledged that the University was monitoring the situation, listed protection methods and told students to call McKinley Health Center if they experienced the standar...

Students navigate job market during pandemic

Students navigate job market during pandemic

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

Kelli Smith, junior in AHS, was disappointed but not surprised when her summer internship at Marriott International was canceled. The hotel chain had furloughed thousands of workers in response to losing business due to the coronavirus.  Smith and college students across the country are figuring out their next steps as internships are ca...

Life in the lab lives on for graduate students

Graduate student Karthik Pattaje  explains the results of a lab he ran for a lecture video he and other TA’s are responsible for filming for online undergraduate classes.

By Jared Ebanks, Assistant Features Editor

April 8, 2020

As COVID-19 sent home a majority of the University’s student body, some students elected to stay in the Champaign-Urbana area during quarantine for a multitude of reasons. Some of these students include graduate and doctoral candidates working towards the completion of their advanced education while...

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