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University Senate endorses kingfisher mascot in landslide vote

Spencer Hulsey's updated design for her belted kingfisher mascot idea. Hulsey, 2020 University graduate, saw her mascot design win a nonbinding student body referendum on March 9, then win the endorsement of University Senate on Sept. 22.

By Aliza Majid

September 22, 2020

A vast majority of the University Senate voted in favor of an orange-and-blue belted kingfisher as a new mascot for the University at Monday’s meeting.  The resolution called for Chancellor Robert Jones to adopt a new mascot, condemn public displays of Chief Illiniwek and consider the kingfisher...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 21

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 22, 2020

Champaign Criminal damage to property was reported on the 1900 block of Southwood Drive around 7:14 p.m. on Sunday. According to the report, an unknown offender damaged the victim’s vehicle.  Aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault, and criminal damage to property were reported on the...

Senate designates Election Day as newest UI holiday

Students vote at the ARC on Nov. 6, 2018. The University Senate has made Election Day the University's newest holdiay.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

On Election Day this year, University students won’t have to worry about class conflicts when they go out to vote. At Monday’s meeting, the University Senate announced that Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, will be the University’s newest official holiday. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a ...

Delta Tau Delta suspended after hosting large party

The Delta Tau Delta fraternity house sits on the corner of Fourth and East John streets on Sunday morning. The fraternity was suspended after hosting a large party on Thursday.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 21, 2020

The University suspended campus fraternity Delta Tau Delta after its members hosted a large party at the house on Thursday. Police responded to the scene at 9:17 p.m. after they were notified of the party. The large gathering violated University and city COVID-19 safety orders, which limit social gathe...

New cases continue to decline in fourth week of class; 2,000 cases since move-in

New cases continue to decline in fourth week of class; 2,000 cases since move-in

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 21, 2020

UI’s fourth week of classes, yielded the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since move-in week. From Sept. 12-18, 181 more people tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time from over 58,000 on-campus saliva tests. From Aug. 15-21, when most students moved back to campus, 192 new cases were ide...

Daily Illini exclusive: SHIELD team leader talks testing, new case decline

Martin Burke, professor in LAS and member of the University’s SHIELD team, poses for a professional headshot. Burke was encouraged by last week’s results for on-campus COVID-19 tests, which yielded far fewer new cases than weeks previous.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

September 21, 2020

The Daily Illini met with Professor Martin Burke of the University’s SHIELD team on Friday to discuss recent COVID-19 numbers and testing.  After the two-week lockdown where students were only allowed to participate in essential activities, Chancellor Robert Jones sent a Massmail on Sept. 16 allowing...

University student dismissed for COVID violation

Employees work at their computers in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s operations center. CUPHD is responsible for all contact tracing in Champaign County.

By Aliza Majid and Amrita Bhattacharyya

September 21, 2020

One student has been dismissed from the University for a COVID-related violation, student conduct officials confirmed on Thursday.  The dismissal was issued by the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct. The University has not disclosed which policy the student violated.  Like all Univers...

Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 69 new cases confirmed Sunday, 111 more recovered

Students fill the sidewalk outside of Joe’s Brewery waiting to enter on Thursday afternoon. The line stretched from the front gate to Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Fourth street.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 21, 2020

On Sunday, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District confirmed another 69 cases of COVID-19 from 10,279 new tests.  Another 111 people were reported recovered by CUPHD, bringing the county total to 382 active cases. CUPHD reported 8 hospitalizations, the same as Friday and Saturday.  ZIP code 61820 ...

Three vehicles reported stolen in three weeks

Three vehicles reported stolen in three weeks

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 21, 2020

Three vehicles were reported stolen in Champaign over the past three weeks, according to a Campus Safety Notice sent to the campus community on Sunday. All three vehicles were reported stolen near Green and Sixth streets in Champaign. In at least one of the reports, the vehicle was left running and unattended, the safet...

Around 100 Barton-Lundgren residents move out to create isolation spaces

Lundgren Hall stands on the corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street on Sunday Morning. Around 100 students living in the dorm were asked to move out to create new isolation spaces.

By Mona Alrazzaq, Contributing Writer

September 21, 2020

Around 100 Barton-Lundgren residents were granted a week-long extension to completely move out of their rooms before the University converted both dorms into student quarantine and isolation spaces.  On Sept. 4, University Housing gave Barton-Lundgren residents until Sept. 13 to move out of the dorms entir...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 18

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 19, 2020

Champaign Nothing to report. University Nothing to report. Urbana Theft $500 and under was reported on the 900 block of Stoughton Street around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. According to the report, an unknown offender stole a package that was delivered to the victim.  Theft $500 and under was reported o...

Protesters return to The Red Lion, KAM’s

Organizer Drake Materre, a graduating senior in the college of AHS, speaks to protestors outside of Red Lion during the Dead Lion protest on Thursday, Sep. 17.

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 18, 2020

Late Thursday night, demonstrators gathered around Alma Mater before protesting campus bars The Red Lion and KAM’s, along with their owner, Scott Cochrane. The protesters congregated around the statue beginning at 8 p.m., where they drew with chalk on much of the surrounding sidewalk. There, Taliah Ray, se...

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