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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 creates student Wellness Ambassador program

The exterior of McKinley Health Center located on 1109 S Lincoln Ave on Feb. 8.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 31, 2020

The University is starting a new program this fall in which students can apply to help promote the education of COVID-19 health resources on campus.  Wellness Ambassadors will be stationed around popular areas within campus such as the Main Quad. They will be handing out materials which have preven...

Students call for Beckwith Residential Support Services to reopen

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

July 24, 2020

On July 7 the University announced that Beckwith Residential Support Services would remain closed for the Fall 2020 semester due to staff storage.  “They said that they only had 30% of the staff required to come and run the program successfully which is why they shut down. But because of the C...

University creates campus safety pledge

Illinois students study and lounge on the tables outside of the Illini Union on April 3.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 22, 2020

The University has created a voluntary pledge to encourage students to personally commit in keeping the campus safe.  The Illinois Community Pledge consists of several components, which advance public health. One such component is conducting a health self-assessment every morning to see if one ha...

International students respond to ICE regulation

Students gather on the Main Quad on April 23, 2019.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 13, 2020

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced new F1 visa regulations on July 6, impacting international students.  The new regulations revoke F-1 visas for students who take a full online course load, forcing them to leave the country.  Allen Zhang, senior in Grainger, holds a F1 visa. Be...

Campus bars closed during Greek Reunion weekend

Students wait in line at Red Lion on S 3rd Street during Unofficial on Friday, March 1, 2019.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya

July 10, 2020

As students flock back to campus to celebrate Greek Reunion, several campus bars are closed to follow social distancing.  KAM's, Joe’s Brewery and The Red Lion are all closed Friday through Sunday.  This comes after city leaders have taken steps to enforce social distancing guidelines in bars. Champai...

Anti-racism task force creates plan for Grainger College of Engineering

Students lay in the grass near the Grainger Engineering Library on March 1, 2019.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

July 10, 2020

An anti-racism task force within the Grainger College of Engineering is in the process of creating a list of actionable steps the college can implement in order to fight racism within the University. Professors in Engineering, Lynford Goddard and Tandy Warnow, took the lead on creating this task forc...

University urges against Greek Reunion attendance

Students wait in line outside of Kams during Unofficial on March 6, 2020.

By Heather Robinson

July 8, 2020

The University is asking students not to attend this weekend’s “Greek Reunion." The annual tradition is a mid-summer reunion for the Greek community that draws thousands of students to come together on campus.  The event, which is not sanctioned by the University and not affiliated with Frat...

McKinley no longer providing free Plan B for students

Photo of the McKinley Health Center on 1109 S. Lincoln Ave. on April 17, 2016.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

July 8, 2020

McKinley Health Center has decided that it will begin to charge students for Plan B in the future. “Changing the price for Plan B from no cost for the first purchase and $30 for the second purchase, to $15 for each purchase,” said Robert Woodward, the medical director at McKinley Health Center....

University makes changes to Fall 2020 class schedule

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines, the University has made modifications to the Fall 2020 class schedule to lower classroom capacities.  According to a massmail, changes may include moving certain classes fully online, having hybrid classes and new meeting times and locations.  Other modifica...

University creates saliva COVID-19 test for upcoming fall semester

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 18, 2020

The University’s researchers have created a saliva based COVID-19 test that will be used in the upcoming fall semester. Martin Burke, a professor at the University stated that they have the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day.  A recent study has shown that saliva tests could be more accurat...

Champaign Police Department investigates two overnight shootings

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

June 14, 2020

On Sunday, the Champaign Police Department responded to a reported shooting at approximately 12:29 a.m., according to the City of Champaign press release. On the scene, the 300 block of East Daniel Street, the CPD provided medical attention to a 24-year-old male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the lower bo...

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