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KAM’s and Legends lead campus bar reopenings

A sea of green fills the line at KAM's during Unofficial  on March 6, 2020.

By Heather Robinson

May 29, 2020

On Friday, bars and restaurants in Champaign will be able to reopen for outdoor seating. This announcement comes with the implementation of phase 3 in Illinois’ state reopening plan.  Restaurants and bars that are able to accommodate for outdoor seating coordinated with the City of Champaign to allow th...

Rollin’ Illini recognized in Midwest competition

Urbana Public Television Producer Andrew Scolari edits video at his workstation.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 20, 2020

The upcoming Best of the Midwest Media Fest and Awards Banquet will honor the video production of Rollin’ Illini, a student-run radio show focused on athletes with impairments. This annual festival recognizes the best community access television programs in the Midwest. Urbana Public Television Producer Andrew Sco...

Virtual commencement celebrates 2020 graduates

A person holds a graduation cap in the air at Memorial Stadium.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya

May 16, 2020

The University’s online commencement ceremony celebrated this year’s 149th graduating class on Saturday.  Family and graduates tuned in to watch the pre-recorded program on social media platforms YouTube and Facebook.  The celebration kicked off with Chancellor Robert Jones congratulating students for...

KAM’s sells Blue Guys to-go

Students take advantage of KAM's special Blue Guy and vodka deal on Friday.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 15, 2020

KAM's opened up its doors on Friday for the first time since the shelter-in-place order was put into effect. From noon to 3 p.m. only, the bar served its most popular drink, the Blue Guy, to go.  The drink deal offered was a $20 package which included enough ingredients for 16 of the blue drinks. ...

University Board of Trustees to vote on new intimate relations policy

University Board of Trustees to vote on new intimate relations policy

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will vote on an expanded intimate relations policy on May 21. The proposal follows recommendations to prohibit University staff from having romantic or sexual relationships with undergraduate students.  The resolution is being passed at a time when few students are o...

Virtual commencement kicks off Saturday, University still “committed” to in-person graduation

Virtual commencement kicks off Saturday, University still

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

The University will host an online commencement celebration on May 16 to celebrate this year's graduates.  The digital experience will include a message from Chancellor Robert Jones, alumni messages and a short conferral of degrees by UI President Tim Killeen.  There will also be an online program...

University student interns develop new Moodle app for campus use

The official logo for the app Muppy, a moodle app for university students.

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

A new version of the Moodle mobile app, created specifically for the University of Illinois, will be released to the public early next fall. The app is being created by a group of student interns within the Applied Technology for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) internships. The project ...

University postpones in-person commencement, schedules virtual celebration

Crowds overlook the commencement stage at Memorial Stadium. The University held a University-wide commencement ceremony on May 11, 2019.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 28, 2020

The University recently announced a virtual commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16 at noon CDT. Students will be able to attend the virtual ceremony at  In mid-March, plans for an in-person commencement were postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. The University co...

Professor fundraises by live streaming marketing course

Professor Mark Wolters stands in front of his streaming set up

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Mark Wolters, professor in Business, streamed the entirety of his marketing course in one sitting to raise money for the University’s Emergency Dean Fund. “I was like, ‘I’m not a doctor, so I can’t save lives and I can’t stock shelves to help people out.’ So, I thought I could teach my...

MTD responds to COVID-19 with reduced ridership, increased sanitation

People step on an MTD bus at the Illinois terminal on Oct. 19, 2019.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 and the University campus shutting down, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is in reduced-service mode, running fewer trips per day and practicing new sanitation policies. Prior to the stay-at-home order, MTD had an average of 58,000 trips per weekday, according to Am...

University cancels study abroad for fall semester

An overview of Paris as seen from Saint-Jacques Tower on Aug. 11, 2013. France is a country many University of Illinois students choose to study abroad in.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 23, 2020

The University announced on Wednesday that all study abroad programs for the fall semester will be suspended through Jan. 15. The suspension applies to exchange, study abroad, faculty-led, direct enroll, and provider programs. In addition, all fall semester inbound exchange student programs from partner...

CampusTown Urgent Care offers drive-up COVID-19 testing

A sign outside CampusTown Urgent Care tells patrons how to use their new drive-thru Coronavirus testing services on Tuesday.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

April 7, 2020

Right outside of CampusTown Urgent Care, 631 East Green St., patients can drive up to the site and get tested for COVID-19, an urgent care staff member told the News-Gazette. Drive-up testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CampusTown Urgent care has already been offering COVID-19 inside the clinic, but just started to offer the drive-up option. Patients wanting...

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