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Students rest in La Casa Cultural Latina on  March 7, 2016. The University has established a program to increase Mexican enrollment.

UI system establishes program to increase Mexican enrollment

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor March 3, 2021

The University of Illinois system seeks to expand and create connections with Mexico. New connections expect to increase enrollment of Mexican students and different partnerships for the University.  The...

Prospective students and their parents take a tour of campus on March 6, 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the admissions process at the University.

Waived tests, new deadlines: pandemic alters UI admissions process for prospective students

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

Prospective students received their admission letter from the University on Feb. 19 with new process alterations because of the pandemic. Catherin La, an incoming freshman, is one of the many students...

An aerial view of the Main Quad is pictured above. The University will be adding funds to support up to 15 new Targets of Opportunity Program-eligible hires through the 2022-2023 academic year.

University invests in hiring diverse faculty

By Mia Ginocchi, Contributing Writer February 24, 2021

The University will be adding funds to support up to 15 new Targets of Opportunity Program-eligible hires through the 2022-2023 academic year. The focus of the program is to build a multi-dimensional University...

Members of the Students for Justice in Palestine organization protest during the Illinois Student Government Meeting at the ARC Multi-Purpose Room on October 23, 2019. A lawsuit between Speech First and the University was settled on Feb. 2.

University settles lawsuit with free speech group

By Matt Troher, Staff Writer February 15, 2021

The University of Illinois and free speech organization Speech First settled an ongoing lawsuit regarding a number of the University’s policies regarding bias and speech. This settlement came days before...

Students walk on the Main Quad through the snow. The

UI lifts essential activities guidance, promotes safe interactions

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

The University released a Massmail addressing the implementation of the COVID-19 testing program for the spring 2021 semester that has allowed for the "essential activities only" guidance to be lifted...

With internet cuts, UI aims for

With internet cuts, UI aims for “less disciplinary” approach to testing noncompliance

By Vivian La, Staff Writer February 1, 2021

University students in non-compliance with regular COVID-19 testing and minor infractions can face short-term loss of access to University Wi-Fi, Zoom and learning management systems this semester. The...

A nurse meets with a Champaign County resident to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the I-Hotel on Jan. 12.

Vaccines appointments begin for University staff

By Chieh Hsu, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available for selected in-person education employees.  The first round of eligible education personnel...

The UI Women's Resource Center is located at 616 East Green Street. The center was recently awarded a grant for $300,000.

UI’s Women’s Resources Center awarded $300,000 grant for reducing violence, stalking

By Mona Alrazzaq, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

A grant awarded to the University’s Women’s Resources Center will be used to create a campus response team for sexual misconduct and to focus on cyberstalking, a growing concern of the COVID-19 pandemic. This...

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen poses for a professional headshot. Killeen gave his annual address on Monday via Zoom, where he addressed varying topics including COVID-19.

UI president expects 300 to 500 new cases to start semester

By Matt Troher, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

The University of Illinois Senate’s Executive Committee met over Zoom on Monday for University President Tim Killeen’s annual address. During his address, Killeen discussed his hopes for the spring...

Pharmacist Katie Lampman fills doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the I-Hotel on Jan. 12.

UI expects UK COVID-19 variant to enter campus community

By Royal Shrestha, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

Over the last few months, vaccines have completed phase three of trials, and over 30.6 million doses have been distributed across the U.S.. However, just a few weeks ago, it was reported that new variants...

A student deposits saliva into a University COVID-19 test tube while taking a COVID-19 test at State Farm Center on Oct. 9.

UI announces spring return testing requirements for students

By Matt Troher, Staff Writer January 13, 2021

On Jan. 11, Chancellor Robert J. Jones sent a Massmail detailing the University’s requirements and expectations regarding the return to campus for the spring semester. All students must submit two...

A student protester sits in on the Illinois Student Government meeting in the Illini Union Pine Room on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Chief Illiniwek made an appearance in the Homecoming Parade that year, so Illinois Student Government boycotted the parade in support of Native American students.

UI releases new plan for relationship with Indigenous peoples

By Willie Cui, Staff Writer December 5, 2020

On Friday, the University announced a new plan that it intends to implement regarding the institution’s relationship with Native and Indigenous peoples in the U.S. Among the changes announced, the...

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