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State of the University: Jones announces mental health task force, potential academic policy changes

State of the University: Jones announces mental health task force, potential academic policy changes
November 20, 2020

During Chancellor Robert J. Jones annual “State of the University” address on Thursday, Jones emphasized the unique challenges faced by the University over the past year and answered questions regarding...

UI projects $270 million in COVID-19 costs in FY 2021

A University testing site worker passes a COVID-19 test tube to a student at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 8.
November 16, 2020

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has approved a $6.74 billion budget for the fiscal year 2021, showing a $232.9 million, or 3.3%, decrease from 2020. Because of the unprecedented spendings...

University employee resigns after Islamophobic tweets draw backlash

University employee resigns after Islamophobic tweets draw backlash
November 13, 2020

A University employee has resigned after the surfacing of racist and Islamophobic tweets made from his personal Twitter account received considerable attention and criticism from the campus community. Larry...

University lays out plans for fall break, spring return

Beachgoers enjoy a day in the sun on a beach in Florida during Spring Break 2019.
October 22, 2020

In the last two weeks before fall break, University students will be asked to restrict their movements significantly in preparation for their returns home. “Students who plan to travel during Fall Break...

Kingfisher backers to “take it slow,” build alumni support

Kingfisher backers to
October 5, 2020

Following the majority endorsement of the kingfisher mascot by the University senate on Sept. 22, the proposal’s organizers are refusing to rush the process. Instead, they’re working to increase...

Student government resolution draws quick critique from UI admin, public

Robert Smith of Turning Point USA speaks at the Illinois Student Government Senate meeting on Wednesday. Smith denounced the resolution.
September 28, 2020

University administrators quickly condemned an Illinois Student Government-backed resolution 04.22, which called for the University to divest from companies that support fossil fuels, the prison-industrial...

University Senate endorses kingfisher mascot in landslide vote

Spencer Hulsey updated the design for her belted kingfisher mascot idea. Hulsey, 2020 University graduate, saw her mascot design win a nonbinding student body referendum on March 9, then it won the endorsement of University Senate on Monday.
September 22, 2020

A vast majority of the University Senate voted in favor of an orange-and-blue belted kingfisher as a new mascot for the University at Monday’s meeting.  The resolution called for Chancellor Robert...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.  The students pictured are not necessarily those that received court notices.
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...

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.
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...

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