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Massmail confirms no coronavirus in CU

Massmail confirms no coronavirus in CU

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

January 29, 2020

A Massmail sent out Wednesday answered some questions people on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community may have about the rapid spread of coronavirus. As of Wednesday morning, there is still one confirmed case of coronavirus in Illinois, but there no confirmed cases in C-U. Additionally,...

Illinois Commitment raises income level requirement

Illinois Commitment raises income level requirement

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

The Illinois Commitment Program plans to raise the income level for qualification from $61,000 to $67,100 for the 2020-2021 academic year. This program covers some, but not all, of a student’s costs at the University using both federal and state grant funds. The guidelines for qualifying for the progra...

Leaders address accomplishments, challenges in State of University address

Leaders address accomplishments, challenges in State of University address

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime Editor

January 24, 2020

Chancellor Robert Jones and other prominent University leaders held their annual State of the University Address Friday to update the public on the University’s new goals, achievements and challenges. To begin his presentation, Chancellor Jones said after years of budget cuts and uncertainty from ...

Marijuana use, possession remains strictly prohibited on-campus

Marijuana use, possession remains strictly prohibited on-campus

By YooJin Son, Assistant News Editor

January 23, 2020

The questions following the new year’s welcome of marijuana’s legalization about how it translates to campus have been clarified by the University of Illinois Police Department. Supporting the University’s Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus policy and federal restrictions effective to all federally...

UIPD selects deputy as new interim chief

UIPD selects deputy as new interim chief

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

A new interim chief of the University of Illinois Police Department has accepted the position after Craig Stone stepped down Jan. 15. “I feel comfortable taking over and steering the ship for a while we go through this interim period,” said Matthew Myrick, the interim chief. “We’re blessed to...

State of the University address to take place on Friday

State of the University address to take place on Friday

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

January 22, 2020

The annual State of the University address is scheduled to take place Friday from noon-1 p.m., according to an email sent out to University staff, faculty and students. Chancellor Robert Jones will address some highlights of the past year and updates on future initiatives. He will also address some...

Law professor Jay Kesan will not return to teach in 2020

Law professor Jay Kesan will not return to teach in 2020

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

January 8, 2020

Originally scheduled to come back to teach starting Jan. 1, Law professor Jay Kesan will instead go on "University-sanctioned leave." Kesan was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 and students called for his resignation in 2018. Kesan then took a year-long unpaid leave in 2019. According to WILL Ill...

City of Champaign refinances bonds to save millions

City of Champaign refinances bonds to save millions

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 19, 2019

The City of Champaign announced on Wednesday that they completed the refinancing of its bonds from 2010, which will save the city a total of $2,070,105 in interest over the next ten years. With the City’s triple-A bond rating — and the only downstate municipality to have this classification —...

University offers solutions for students with conflicting final exams

University offers solutions for students with conflicting final exams

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

As finals week approaches, some students may be frustrated to find their final exams are scheduled at conflicting times. For the most part, students should not have any conflicting finals. However, for students like Timothy Jun, sophomore in AHS, this is not the case. Jun’s biology and organic chem...

University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

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

December 11, 2019

Renewable energy company Sol Systems announced Tuesday the finalization of a 20-year power purchase agreement with University-connected Prairieland Energy, Inc. for the development and operation of a campus solar farm. The solar farm is projected to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours of solar power annu...

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...

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