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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...

University reaches 2,000 COVID-19 cases: 59 of them faculty, staff

A graph depicts amounts of positive COVID-19 tests over time at the University of Illinois. Over 10,000 tests were conducted on Monday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 17, 2020

The University of Illinois’ surpassed two COVID-19 milestones this week: over 2,000 cases identified from 300,000 saliva tests since the program’s introduction in July.  Over two-thirds of all tests have been conducted since classes began on Aug. 24, while 1,649 people have tested positive for CO...

Modelers “cautiously optimistic” about new campus COVID-19 data

Rebecca Lee Smith, professor in AHS at the University, explains the recent peaks in COVID-19 cases. She shared the data during a Senate Executive Committee meeting on Monday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 17, 2020

New data displayed at Monday’s University Senate meeting revealed two trends about the on-campus spread of COVID-19: spikes in cases correlate to weekend exposure, and most of the spread is taking place in off-campus housing.  Rebecca Lee Smith, professor in AHS at the University, showed how the peaks of n...

Eight students receive suspensions as reports of COVID-19 violations flow in

Students party in the driveway of a house located on First Street on Aug. 28. Some on campus residents received court notices due to breaking social distancing measures.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 17, 2020

Eight University students have been placed on interim suspension for violating COVID-19-related policies, while hundreds more reports are being investigated, school officials confirmed at a Senate Executive Committee meeting on Monday.  A total of 273 reports of potential COVID-19 policy violation...

University creates in-person campus events, Urbana ends temporary indoor dining ban

Three students sit at a table outside of Lundgren Hall on Sunday. Champaign County reported 136 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the county to 323.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 16, 2020

In a Massmail released Wednesday, the University introduced in-person, socially distanced campus events and urged students to continue following COVID-19 safety measures.  In a previous Massmail released on Sept. 2, the University asked students to limit in-person activities, and the on-campus CO...

People Over Profit marches to UI president’s house

Protesters gather outside of UI President Tim Killeen's on Monday.

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 14, 2020

A new organization on campus, People Over Profit, organized their first demonstration today to protest the University’s handling of the coronavirus. At noon, group members met on the Main Quad with megaphones and called  on passersby to join them as they started their protest. One of the speaker...

Greek, private housing becomes center of campus spread

An Illinois employee hands a student a leaflet on the Main Quad on Aug. 21.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 9, 2020

With one fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, already suspended for hosting a social event well over the 10-person limit, fraternities and sororities have been the center of discussion of how to contain the spread on campus.  Last week, the University announced a two-week stay-at-home-order to be implemented...

Over 1,100 new cases since classes began. What’s next?

Students wearing masks walk through the Main Quad on Aug. 21. Since classes began, there have been over 1,100 new coronavirus cases on campus.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 8, 2020

Since University students began classes on Aug. 24, a whopping 1,138 students, faculty and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 through campus’s saliva tests. For the most recent five days of testing where University data is available — Aug. 30 to Sep. 3 — 741 people tested positive on cam...

Updated: Over 800 UI students quarantining on and off campus

The entrance to the North East section of Weston Hall remains locked on Aug. 26. Some of the students in quarantine are currently residing in the first floor of this section of Weston Hall.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 3, 2020

Updated Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m.  About 800 students are quarantining after potential exposure to COVID-19, University officials confirmed Wednesday. This is a marked increase since Monday, when 529 students were quarantining or isolating after exposure or infection to COVID-19. The University reported...

University attributes spike in COVID-19 cases to illegal student behavior

University officials, public health officials and student government representatives gathered Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent spike in on-campus COVID-19 cases.

By Ethan Simmons and Heather Robinson

September 2, 2020

University officials and local public health experts gathered in a Zoom call on Wednesday to discuss the spike in on-campus COVID-19 cases, with 334 new cases identified from campus saliva tests on Aug. 30 and 31. Officials agreed that the recent rise in on-campus COVID-19 cases was because of illegal ...

University holds off on staff program for monitoring campus “disturbances”

A mock-up for the I Team depicts a possible design for a rain jacket and lanyard.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

September 1, 2020

Students returning to campus for the semester have been raising their voices about the current political climate by protesting racial injustice in the country, including a well-attended protest Friday night at Alma Mater.   If a University program had gone through, it’s possible these protests wo...

Frontline workers protest University reopening at UI President’s house

Protesters stand outside UI System President Timothy Killeen’s house after marching from the Main Quad. The participating University students and staff protested to demand hazard pay for frontline workers and reduced tuition among other things on Saturday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 31, 2020

Dozens of University students and staff marched from the Main Quad to UI System President Tim Killeen’s house on Saturday afternoon to protest multiple aspects of the University’s return plan.  Organizers decried the lack of hazard pay for building service workers, who clean and disinfect resi...

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