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University summer courses to be conducted remotely

University summer courses to be conducted remotely

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

April 2, 2020

All University summer courses will be conducted remotely this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, administration announced Thursday in a Massmail. The announcement comes three weeks after the University began transitioning spring semester courses to online formats. "We know that this...

University introduces credit/no-credit option for classes

University introduces credit/no-credit option for classes

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

The University has implemented new academic policies for the 2020 spring semester since classes are online for the rest of the year, Provost Andreas Cangellaris announced Tuesday in a Massmail.  Students may select a “credit/no-credit” grading option for their classes. Courses chosen with the CR/NC option...

Commencement canceled due to COVID-19

Commencement canceled due to COVID-19

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 17, 2020

University commencement has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UI President Tim Killeen announced Tuesday afternoon in a Massmail. Diplomas will be mailed to the Class of 2020. Killeen said University administration is "exploring possible alternatives such as rescheduling and/or hosting virtual...

Chancellor cancels in-person instruction, calls for students to return home

Chancellor cancels in-person instruction, calls for students to return home

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 16, 2020

With the daily escalation of the COVID-19 disease, University administration wants campus to be cleared out. The University is suspending all in-person instruction for the rest of the spring semester and is requiring all students "who can safely do so" to return to their permanent addresses, according...

All University study abroad programs canceled

All University study abroad programs canceled

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

March 12, 2020

An email sent out to all study abroad students stated that all international programs will be canceled beginning Saturday. The University is requiring all students to leave their programs immediately. "The continuing response by nations and governments including border closures, entry restrictions,...

Election complaints hang over contested executive race

Election complaints hang over contested executive race

By Ethan Simmons and Salem Isaf

March 12, 2020

According to preliminary vote counts, Alexis Perezchica, sophomore in LAS, and Chris Ackerman-Avila, senior in FAA, are the new president and vice president of the Illinois student body for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The pair prevailed in a hotly contested four-way race for the executive positions...

Attorney General releases alert on coronavirus scams

Attorney General releases alert on coronavirus scams

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 11, 2020

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul released a statement Tuesday urging Illinois residents to practice caution and be aware of possible online scams for coronavirus “cures” or  “miracle” products. According to the statement, the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and concerns over case...

International, domestic University spring break trips canceled

International, domestic University spring break trips canceled

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 7, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the University has decided to cancel all international and domestic spring break trips, according to a Massmail sent to students, faculty and staff Thursday. The email also stated that the University is figuring out how to continue courses online in case the...

University alumnus, former CEO Jack Welch dies at 84

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 2, 2020

John Francis “Jack” Welch Jr., University alumnus and the former CEO and chairman of General Electric, died at age 84 earlier this week, according to the Illinois News Bureau. Welch earned a Ph.D  in chemical engineering in 1960, taking a position in GE as a chemical engineer shortly after, t...

Kingfisher mascot set for student vote

Kingfisher mascot set for student vote

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

March 2, 2020

Spencer Hulsey, senior in LAS, is serious about her kingfisher. Starting Wednesday, students at the University can determine if her mascot idea has any air beneath its wings.  On Wednesday and Thursday, students will vote their preference on the belted kingfisher as a school mascot through the Illin...

Vetoed resolution faces divided reactions, potential nullification

Vetoed resolution faces divided reactions, potential nullification

By Ethan Simmons and YooJin Son

February 27, 2020

The executive branch veto of senate-backed Illinois Student Government Resolution 03.61: “Violations of Human Rights in University Investments,” sparked divided reactions on either side of the issue. To opponents of the resolution, it was validation. To authors and supporters, it meant betrayal....

College of Education expands special education doctoral programs

College of Education expands special education doctoral programs

By Paige Leden

February 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Special Education Programs recently awarded funding for several different grants to the College of Education here at the University, according to the Illinois News Bureau. This extra funding will now allow the special education department to train an addit...

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