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Housing to suspend, review Multicultural Advocate position

A trio of biology students discuss a homework assignment in the main lounge of Allen Hall on March 9, 2019. University Housing plans to suspend and review the Multicultural Advocate position for the 2021-2022 school year.

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2020

University Housing’s Multicultural Advocate position expresses awareness of social issues within the residence halls through community and staff involvement. However, University Housing will suspend this position for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  The MA student position was created 19 years...

New early voting sites open on campus

A map of new early voting locations on campus.

By Chieh Hsu, Staff Writer

October 20, 2020

As the election day approaches, early voting sites have opened at the Activities and Recreation Center, Illini Union and University YMCA from Monday, Oct. 19 to Monday, Nov. 2. Their hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.  “The st...

Campus pantries serve students with food insecurity

Senior Cindy Alcala grabs a food item from the ARC Food Assistance and Well-Being Program on Oct. 10. Pantries like the one at the ARC provide food for students and community members facing food insecurity.

By Royal Shrestha, Contributing Writer

October 19, 2020

Amartya Shah, sophomore in Engineering and Allen Hall resident, didn’t think he’d need to make use of a local food pantry this semester, until his appetite led him to the food pantry at the ARC. “Having a meal plan doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t have food insecurities; it is in fact quite t...

UI police chief unveils programs to involve campus community 

Pictured is University of Illinois Police Department Police Chief Alice Cary in a Zoom call on Oct. 12. During the call, Cary discussed a potential community outreach and support team as well as the behavioral health unit she plans on implementing.

By Mona Alrazzaq, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

University of Illinois Police Department’s Police Chief Alice Cary has plans to implement a community outreach and support team, or COST, a behavioral unit and a victim service program in response to calls for increased community involvement in policing. COST is a specialized unit of community poli...

Repurposed ice arena leaves ice sports in the cold

The entrance to the University of Illinois Ice Arena rests closed on Saturday morning. University COVID-19 testing is now being conducted inside the building.

By Vivian La, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

The closure of the University Ice Arena due to COVID-19 safety concerns at the start of the semester left many ice teams and clubs, including four University-affiliated teams, without a primary facility to practice at, prompting many to come up with alternative solutions to their seasons. Sports affected by t...

“A tall order”: Inside UI’s COVID testing lab

A University worker unloads completed COVID-19 tests outside the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building on Friday. The Veterinary Diagnostics Lab staff is equipped to test about 10,000 saliva tests per day.

By Willie Cui, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

Every hour, vans marked “Test Delivery Vehicle” criss-cross the campus, collecting their cargo — boxes of COVID-19 test samples — from the University’s 14 testing sites. From there, they speed off toward the south of campus, where the University’s Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Buildi...

Campus COVID-19 spread continues to slow

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 19, 2020

Last week was the University of Illinois’ best week in controlling the spread of COVID-19, recording fewer than 100 new cases for the first time since the summer. In all, during the week that ended on Friday, 85 people on campus tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time, with another 54,000...

Campus recreation slowly expands operations

Sophomore Mary Pelzer scales the rock climbing wall in the ARC on Saturday afternoon.

By Elizabeth Lebeau, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Although the University has two recreational centers for students, CRCE and the ARC will remain closed for the rest of the fall to be used as a COVID-19 testing center.  Meanwhile, the ARC is gradually regaining operations as the semester goes on, with live facility counts, a mask requirement and ...

Travel restrictions sting CU barbershops

The interior of the G&R Hair Salon rests quietly on Monday afternoon. This business, along with other barber shops, have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Chieh Hsu, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Months after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order on March 20, the majority of barbershops and salons reopened at the beginning of June. Nonetheless, their operations are by no means the same.  Moreover, for barbershops that used to provide service primarily to international stud...

University discusses plans to adjust spring semester calendar

College students lie on Miramar Beach near Destin, FL on March 16 during spring break. The University of Illinois is considering canceling spring break this year.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 14, 2020

The University is potentially planning to cancel the originally planned spring break and push back the semester by one week, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The semester's original end date and finals week would stay the same and commencement will still be scheduled for May 15. Spring break...

University alums donate $7.5 million to college of media

Richard and Leslie Frank pose for a photo at their vineyard. The Franks have recently donated $7.5 million to the College of Media

By Heather Robinson

October 12, 2020

The University College of Media will soon be home to the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation after a large donation by two generous alums. The $7.5 million donation from Rich and Leslie Frank is the largest monetary gift the college has ever received.  The University of Illinois Foundation announ...

Testing sites move indoors for colder weather

A University coronavirus testing site worker pulls empty vials out of a plastic bag on Thursday. All but one COVID-19 testing site will be moving inside starting Monday.

By Vivian La, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2020

All but one COVID-19 testing site moved to indoor locations on Monday, Oct. 12, in preparation for colder weather. One of the University’s concerns with the cooler weather is the flu. “We are encouraging all members of the community to get their flu shot to maximize the health and safety of eve...

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