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International students respond to ICE regulation

Students gather on the Main Quad on April 23, 2019.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 13, 2020

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced new F1 visa regulations on July 6, impacting international students.  The new regulations revoke F-1 visas for students who take a full online course load, forcing them to leave the country.  Allen Zhang, senior in Grainger, holds a F1 visa. Be...

University opposes new ICE rules

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Mom's Weekend on April 6, 2019.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

July 11, 2020

The University system released a Massmail on Friday declaring that they will be taking legal action against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) new rules for international students. They plan on filing amicus curiae briefs to support the Harvard University and Massachusetts Inst...

Anti-racism task force creates plan for Grainger College of Engineering

Students lay in the grass near the Grainger Engineering Library on March 1, 2019.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

July 10, 2020

An anti-racism task force within the Grainger College of Engineering is in the process of creating a list of actionable steps the college can implement in order to fight racism within the University. Professors in Engineering, Lynford Goddard and Tandy Warnow, took the lead on creating this task forc...

University provides students with COVID-19 summer grants

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 9, 2020

The University awarded a second round of emergency grant funds to undergraduate students over the summer who had previously applied for funds during the spring semester.  Students who received a summer grant must have been enrolled in a summer class, eligible for Title IV aid and have financial need....

Free COVID-19 testing offered on campus to students, staff, faculty

Chancellor Robert Jones submits his COVID-19 test Tuesday morning.

July 8, 2020

Free testing sites for COVID-19 opened on campus Wednesday morning. Sites are available to all students, staff and faculty for free at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center and State Farm Center.  The testing sites were developed by the University’s COVID-19 SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell team. Martin Bur...

University hires new chief of police

Alice Cary. the newly appointed Illinois Chief of Police, poses for a portrait.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

July 7, 2020

The University named Alice Cary to stand as the new chief of police and director of public safety. Cary was previously the chief of police at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for two years.  Before UMB, Cary was the operations commander at the University of Oregon. She also served as a criminal i...

University waves ACT/SAT requirement for Class of 2025 applicants

A student bubbles in answers on a standardized test.

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

July 3, 2020

As universities around the country continue to react and respond to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the University has made a decision that it never has before: to waive the SAT/ACT test requirement for applicants. The decision was released by the Board of Trustees Executive Committee in an approv...

Former professor seeks $7.9 million in lawsuit against University

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Mom's Weekend on April 6, 2019.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

June 24, 2020

On June 11, former professor Joseph Petry filed a 7.9 million dollar lawsuit against the University. The lawsuit aims to compensate Petry on damage following a breach-of-contract of his resignation agreement with the University back in 2019. In the fall semester of 2018, allegations of sexual harassment w...

University makes changes to Fall 2020 class schedule

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines, the University has made modifications to the Fall 2020 class schedule to lower classroom capacities.  According to a massmail, changes may include moving certain classes fully online, having hybrid classes and new meeting times and locations.  Other modifica...

University plans to resume on-campus activities, hybrid classes for fall semester

Professor Mitch Fisher lectures to his ACCY 201 class at Lincoln Hall Theater on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

June 18, 2020

The University announced their official plans on how the upcoming semester will function during the COVID-19 crisis. The decision was to resume on-campus activities in the fall with a hybrid mixture of online and in-person classes. Classes that remain on campus will be taking extra precautions such as adjusti...

University creates saliva COVID-19 test for upcoming fall semester

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 18, 2020

The University’s researchers have created a saliva based COVID-19 test that will be used in the upcoming fall semester. Martin Burke, a professor at the University stated that they have the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day.  A recent study has shown that saliva tests could be more accurat...

Call for University to defund local police departments gains attention

Call for University to defund local police departments gains attention

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

June 17, 2020

Due to the increased support for the Black Lives Matter movement and push for police reforms, the Champaign-Urbana community has demanded that the University divest from local police. There is currently a petition and an open letter addressed to the University to support the defunding initiatives. “We've noticed a lot of massive organizations — University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools and a couple of others — are also beginning to address this journey of defunding the police,” said Madlen Anderson, junior in FAA as well as the creator of the petition. ...

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