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University students exit the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District 120 Teal bus outside of the PAR dorm on Saturday. CUMTD will release two hydrogen fuel buses this fall to cut down on carbon emissions.

CUMTD begins transition to hydrogen fuel buses, reducing carbon emissions

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has ordered two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, which will be in service this fall in order to curb carbon emissions. This change has been made because the...

University students protest on the steps of Foellinger auditorium on Wednesday. Unite for Uighur UIUC organized the event to raise awareness for the Uighur Muslims and the abuse they’ve been facing.

UI RSOs protest oppression of Uighur Muslims

By Ali Abdullah, Contributing Writer April 12, 2021

Last Wednesday, the Unite for Uighur UIUC student initiative organized a protest to raise awareness against the abuse of Uighur Muslims. This systemic oppression has been flagged by several human rights...

University students sit in a circle during SPAN 308 at the Foreign Language Building on April 16, 2019.  The University of Illinois plans to hold more in-person classes for the fall semester.

University plans to hold more in-person classes for fall semester

By Thomas DeMouy and Neshmia Malik April 8, 2021

While priority course registration is set to begin on April 19, the size, location and delivery method for many University courses are yet to be determined. “(The) goal is to have the semester look...

Grainger College of Engineering, Beckman Institute present virtual open houses

Grainger College of Engineering, Beckman Institute present virtual open houses

By Alex Chang , Staff Writer March 31, 2021

Last Friday and Saturday, both the Grainger College of Engineering and the Beckman Institute hosted their respective open houses, with the caveat that both events shifted from a normally in-person weekend...

Dante Basco and Jessie Flowers star in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as voice actors. Flowers sat down for a Q&A over zoom with the Illinois Union Board last Thursday.

Voice actor from Avatar: The Last Airbender hosts Q&A in light of Wellness Week

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor March 30, 2021

Last Thursday, the Illini Union Board scheduled a Zoom call with Jessie Flower, the voice actor of Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender. The event consisted of an ATLA-themed trivia session along with...

Students gather and light candles to commemorate the people whose lives were taken on Friday. Students of all different races gather to support each other.

CU community rallies together to address the increase in anti-Asian hate

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor March 29, 2021

With the recent shooting in Atlanta that occurred on March 16, an outcry arose regarding the rise in anti-Asian hate gaining attention throughout the country. The Atlanta attack has launched protests...

A crowd of students rushed the Main Quad after the Illinois men’s basketball team was named Big Ten champions on March 14. University students have been socializing more now that Champaign-Urbana has been lifting restrictions.

Students increase in-person socialization as city eases back restrictions

By Thomas DeMouy, Contributing Writer March 29, 2021

As the winter turns to spring, many students are now seeking new opportunities to break through the isolation of the past year. The celebration of the Illinois men’s basketball team winning the Big...

UI charity drive raises $1.3 million

By Thomas DeMouy, Contributing Writer March 26, 2021

The Campus Charitable Fund Drive raised $1,369,832 in donations last year from University employees. The eight-week drive, held annually by the University, aims to raise money from University faculty,...

Voting begins for Spring 2021 student elections

By George Phelan, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

Voting began on Tuesday for this spring semester’s student elections. Via a virtual ballot, the student body will elect candidates to represent them in the Illinois State Government, the University Senate...

UI launches community-based ‘SHIELD CU’ COVID-19 testing program

By Alex Chang, Contributing Writer March 23, 2021

In a massive step for combating COVID-19 in the Champaign-Urbana community, OSF HealthCare and the University has announced a new COVID-19 testing program, SHIELD CU. Under this program, the University...

The soon to be NuEra dispensary lies at the corner of First and Green on Sunday morning. Having a recreational marijuana dispensary in Campustown will help increase foot traffic.

Cannabis dispensary set to open by KAMS

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor March 15, 2021

NuEra, a cannabis dispensary in Illinois, has recently announced their new location opening in Champaign. “We’re gonna be right next to KAM’S,” Sean Alber, NuEra General Manager, said. Construction...

The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team links arms during the Big Ten Tournament matchup against Iowa on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Illini are entering the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years.

Illinois makes NCAA tournament, ending eight-year drought

By Gabby Hajduk, Former Sports Editor March 15, 2021

Two years ago, Illinois basketball posted one of its worst season records in program history. Now, for the first time in eight seasons, the Illini are headed to the Big Dance as a top seed. Behind All-Big...

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