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UI System requests 2021 budget increase

UI System requests 2021 budget increase

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The University Board of Trustees has requested a budget of $697.3 million for the 2021 Fiscal Year. This marks an increase of $75.3 million, or 12.1%, compared to the 2020 fiscal year budget, according to a press release from the University Board.  “This is the first step in the budgeting process. The reque...

Students are frustrated over filled statistic classes

Students are frustrated over filled statistic classes

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Many advanced level statistics classes have been filled, proving inconvenient for students unable to register for the courses they wish to take. These concerns have come to head on internet sites such as Reddit, where students have vented their frustrations. However, despite these concerns, virtua...

Students for Environmental Concerns plan second climate strike

Students for Environmental Concerns plan second climate strike

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 4, 2019

The University’s environmental activist group Students for Environmental Concerns is planning a climate strike on Friday to push for greater action by the University and the governor in addressing climate change. Students and local activists had previously organized a climate strike on Sept. 20 ...

Conference Center groundbreaking scheduled for Monday

Conference Center groundbreaking scheduled for Monday

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 24, 2019

A $13 million project that almost doubled its size, the Illinois Conference Center will now have 140 more parking spaces and a 12,500 square foot exhibit hall. Representatives from the University will celebrate the center's groundbreaking on Monday at 3 p.m. at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, located...

University professor receives NASA grant for space research

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 20, 2019

A University researcher was selected to receive up to $550,000 in Early Stage Innovations grant funding from NASA's Space Technology Research Grants program. Laura Villafane, professor in Engineering, is the principal investigator for a University research project on how to minimize or remove entirely the disruption of...

Forum addresses NPR Illinois’ reporting on campus sexual misconduct  

Forum addresses NPR Illinois’ reporting on campus sexual misconduct  

By Elizabeth Sayasane and Sidney Madden

November 20, 2019

NPR Illinois, ProPublica and Illinois Student Government hosted a forum to discuss faculty sexual misconduct reforms on Tuesday night. This fall, students returned to campus to learn several professors and faculty members had been facing sexual harassment allegations, according to a ProPublica–NPR ...

National Public Radio hosts forum for sexual misconduct reform

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

November 19, 2019

Students and staff of the University and reporters from National Public Radio and ProPublica are partaking in an event Tuesday evening called, “Faculty Sexual Misconduct Reforms: A Way Forward.” “The aim of the evening is to explore ideas related to the issue of sexual harassment at the U of...

University bottler Coca-Cola leads in plastic pollution

University bottler Coca-Cola leads in plastic pollution

By Ethan Simmons, Senior reporter

November 18, 2019

The Coca-Cola Company was named the world’s leading plastic polluter for the second year in a row. Non-governmental organization Break Free from Plastic held 848 plastic cleanup events in 51 countries around the world. Participants collected 11,732 pieces of plastic from Coke products, over 6,000 more than runner-up Nestle.  The University has a com...

Resolution passes amid ongoing academic freedom issue

Resolution passes amid ongoing academic freedom issue

By Julie Kang, Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2019

After years of ongoing attempts from University committees to revise the language of the Statues on academic freedom for faculty and staff, several resolutions were made at the Oct. 14 Senate meeting. However, not everyone is completely happy with what has been accomplished. “It’s sort of a three-quarters step towa...

FAA announces new director of architecture

FAA announces new director of architecture

By Samuel Pisciotta, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2019

On Nov. 1, the College of Fine and Applied Arts announced the School of Architecture is receiving its first permanent director since 2017. Up until now, FAA professors like Jeff Poss and Mohamed Boubekri have accepted the challenge of maintaining the position as interim director, but in 2020 Francisco...

University requires journalists to release information on sexual assault sources

University requires journalists to release information on sexual assault sources

By Diana Anghel, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

In the ongoing battle against sexual assault on campus, a University policy that requires Illinois NPR journalists to disclose information about sources who share sexual assault allegations to the University for further investigation is gaining attention. Under Title IX, journalists are bound to release information on sexua...

Illinois requests extra $35 million for Altgeld and Illini Hall renovations

Illinois requests extra $35 million for Altgeld and Illini Hall renovations

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 8, 2019

The state of Illinois is requesting the University commit up to $35 million for the renovations of Altgeld and Illini halls, according to a News-Gazette article.  The bulk of prospective state funding would go to Altgeld Hall, with the remaining $40 million being used to construct a Digital Sciences Center where Illini Hall currently sits.  The state budget is part of the Dis...

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