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Updated: Over 800 UI students quarantining on and off campus

The entrance to the North East section of Weston Hall remains locked on Aug. 26. Some of the students in quarantine are currently residing in the first floor of this section of Weston Hall.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 3, 2020

Updated Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m.  About 800 students are quarantining after potential exposure to COVID-19, University officials confirmed Wednesday. This is a marked increase since Monday, when 529 students were quarantining or isolating after exposure or infection to COVID-19. The University reported...

University attributes spike in COVID-19 cases to illegal student behavior

University officials, public health officials and student government representatives gathered Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent spike in on-campus COVID-19 cases.

By Ethan Simmons and Heather Robinson

September 2, 2020

University officials and local public health experts gathered in a Zoom call on Wednesday to discuss the spike in on-campus COVID-19 cases, with 334 new cases identified from campus saliva tests on Aug. 30 and 31. Officials agreed that the recent rise in on-campus COVID-19 cases was because of illegal ...

University holds off on staff program for monitoring campus “disturbances”

A mock-up for the I Team depicts a possible design for a rain jacket and lanyard.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

September 1, 2020

Students returning to campus for the semester have been raising their voices about the current political climate by protesting racial injustice in the country, including a well-attended protest Friday night at Alma Mater.   If a University program had gone through, it’s possible these protests wo...

Frontline workers protest University reopening at UI President’s house

Protesters stand outside UI System President Timothy Killeen’s house after marching from the Main Quad. The participating University students and staff protested to demand hazard pay for frontline workers and reduced tuition among other things on Saturday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 31, 2020

Dozens of University students and staff marched from the Main Quad to UI System President Tim Killeen’s house on Saturday afternoon to protest multiple aspects of the University’s return plan.  Organizers decried the lack of hazard pay for building service workers, who clean and disinfect resi...

University recommends weekend testing for students

A student walks past the Foellinger Auditorium COVID-19 testing tent on the Main Quad on Aug. 21. According to a Massmail sent on Thursday, students will be granted building access from the time they receive a negative test result until 11:59 p.m. on the fourth day after they take the test.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

August 31, 2020

The University is encouraging students to adjust their testing schedules to include one weekend day, according to a Massmail sent Thursday.  The University recommends students select the weekend testing schedules of Wednesdays paired with Saturdays or Sundays to avoid the long queue.  The testing...

Testing update: 280 campus cases of COVID-19 identified from move-in week

A student arrives at a university coronavirus testing site located outside of Foellinger Auditorium on Aug. 21.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 30, 2020

According to University officials, 280 individual students, faculty and staff tested positive for COVID-19 using the on-campus saliva tests from Aug. 16 to 24. This is the first total of positive cases from on-campus tests confirmed by the University. Currently, the University’s COVID-19 dashboard onl...

With accessible dorm Beckwith closed, former residents call for accountability

Junior Zain Bando poses for a photo on the court at State Farm Center. Bando called for the University to be held accountable for the closing of Beckwith Residential Support Services Program, which provides support and amenities for students with physical disabilities.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

August 27, 2020

Students and their families are calling for the University to be held accountable over the closing of the Beckwith Residential Support Services Program, which provides support and amenities for students with physical disabilities.  Zain Bando, junior in Media, is one of the students leading the movement. Ear...

Eighty UI students isolate, quarantine in special rooms

The northern entryway to Weston Hall rests quietly on Wednesday morning. Some of the students in quarantine are currently residing in the northeast section of the first floor of Weston Hall.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 27, 2020

According to officials at the University and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 80 University students were staying in dedicated isolation and quarantine rooms on campus and in C-U on Tuesday. Of the 80 students, 66 were staying in University Housing rooms for students who were infected with ...

COVID-19 enforcement form receives first reports

Aisha Shekara takes a COVID-19 test at the Illini Union on Sunday. New COVID-19 rules and restrictions have been applied to the Champaign-Urbana and Campustown areas this week.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 27, 2020

Champaign-Urbana and Campustown got hit with a wave of new COVID-19 rules and restrictions this week, including a limit on party size to 10 guests, excluding hosts and legal residents, and a pause on indoor dining through Labor Day. The University isn’t short for rules either. Twice-weekly testing, mandate...

The University’s COVID-19 plan: World watches UI’s cutting-edge tests

Kushi Gowda deposits her testing sample in a receptacle after completing a COVID-19 test at the Illini Union on Sunday. Last Monday, saliva tests conducted at the University made up 1.3% of COVID-19 tests nationwide.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

August 24, 2020

After two summer months and a move-in week, the returns are in for the University’s saliva-based COVID-19 test, and they’re staggering. Over 70,000 saliva tests have been conducted since the July pilot. Over 10,000 tests were conducted in 24 hours multiple times, with the capacity for 20,000 tests...

Students speak out, share experiences of social injustice on campus

The dearillini Instagram account features testimonials from Illinois students about discrimination they've experienced.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

August 7, 2020

In the past month, students have taken to social media to amplify their voices in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement which is now believed to be the largest movement in U.S. history.  Petitions for systematic change on and around campus are circulating throughout the online student com...

University changes facilities, service employees’ shifts due to pandemic

University changes facilities, service employees' shifts due to pandemic

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

August 6, 2020

Facilities and service employees at the University will have their work shifts changed for the upcoming fall semester in order to adapt to the pandemic. “Increasing custodial activity in high-usage spaces has been prioritized throughout the pandemic and is a major aspect of F&S’s continuin...

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