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University investigates concerns of anti-Semitism in residence hall presentation

University investigates concerns of anti-Semitism in residence hall presentation

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

The University is investigating an incident surrounding a presentation held in Weston Hall about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after resident advisors raised concerns of anti-Semitic content.  Chancellor Robert Jones condemned anti-Semitism in a Massmail on Oct. 9 after a complaint was filed rega...

Heat prompts presence of minute pirate bugs

Heat prompts presence of minute pirate bugs

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

The ‘prolonged’ heat this year has caused a greater appearance of minute pirate bugs in central Illinois, which have been found at the University and in residence halls.  Chelsea Hamilton, senior assistant director of communications and marketing for University Housing, said the office received its first...

Two swastikas found on campus in one week

Two swastikas found on campus in one week

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

October 14, 2019

By Samantha Boyle News Editor A swastika was reported drawn on a bathroom stall in the Foreign Language Building Monday. In response, Chancellor Robert Jones sent out a Massmail denouncing anti-Semitism and apologizing to the University. One day later on Thursday, another swastika was found drawn o...

Suburban Express advertises refund form in provocative email

Suburban Express advertises refund form in provocative email

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

Over the next six months, former Suburban Express customers will cash out on owner Dennis Toeppen’s legal fees.  The form for customers to submit payment requests closed last week. Anyone who bought Suburban Express tickets since April 23, 2014 could apply for up to $20 of the company’s $100,0...

University works to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day

University works to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Luis Velazquez, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

On the second Monday of October each year, the United States recognizes Christopher Columbus in the form of a federal holiday. However, the University does not acknowledge it as a holiday in its academic calendar.  This national holiday contains a current controversial discussion as to why it is reco...

Urbana continues efforts to rebuild area after tornado early this year

Urbana continues efforts to rebuild area after tornado early this year

By Aliza Majid, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

Earlier this year, Champaign-Urbana was hit with a devastating tornado that affected 755 residents and damaged 153 trees in the area. For the past few months, the area has been trying to clean up and rebuild the area in attempts to return it to its former glory. The Urbana Public Works Department is still ...

Illinois celebrates 109th Homecoming week with new events

Illinois celebrates 109th Homecoming week with new events

By YooJin Son, Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2019

By YooJin Son Assistant News Editor With the University’s long-beloved tradition upon us, students and alumni will come together for the University’s 109th Homecoming Week celebrations. Homecoming Week takes place from Sunday to Saturday and begins with the University’s annual Illinois Homecoming 5K Race and the kicko...

With Illinois campaign reaches 79% of goal after fundraising report released

With Illinois campaign reaches 79% of goal after fundraising report released

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

October 12, 2019

The University of Illinois System and UI Foundation announced a total of $462.9 million was raised in fundraising for the fiscal year 2019, which ended in June. This is the third time the Foundation has reached over $400 million in fundraising; the first time was in 2013 with $434.9 million and the...

Former Altgeld Hall chimesmaster dies

Former Altgeld Hall chimesmaster dies

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime News Editor

October 12, 2019

Dr. Susanne Wood, former chimesmaster for Altgeld Chime Tower, has passed away at the age of 85. “Everyone who met Sue knew that she was tireless and engaging,” wrote former chimemaster Jonathon Smith, on a recent post on the Altgeld Chime Tower Facebook page. Wood was born Dec. 28, 1933, in ...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Oct. 11

The Daily Illini police blotter for Oct. 11

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 11, 2019

Champaign Aggravated battery and disorderly conduct was reported at Bottenfield Elementary School, 1801 S. Prospect Ave., around 5 p.m. Wednesday. According to the report, police initially responded to reports of a female offender attempting to collect a child she wasn’t supposed to be around. The off...

CUMTD seeks to improve road safety and customer experience

CUMTD seeks to improve road safety and customer experience

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

October 10, 2019

Gabriela Ramirez, sophomore in LAS, uses the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District every day to get to and from her classes. Before entering college, she had experience using public transportation back in her hometown of Chicago.  “I feel like MTD (is) just — since it’s a smaller town — quicker and ...

Tensions rise as green card bill goes through Senate

Tensions rise as green card bill goes through Senate

By Aliza Majid and Phillip Zelditch

October 10, 2019

An immigration bill that was being discussed in the Senate resurfaced when Sen. Dick Durbin posted a comment on Twitter discussing his meeting with members from the University. Comments were made from various sides urging Durbin to block or pass the bill, which would have major changes to the immigr...

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