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Kingfisher wins student vote, sparks debate

Kingfisher wins student vote, sparks debate

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 27, 2020

The belted kingfisher mascot proposal passed the student body by a vote of 4,222 to 3,597 on March 9. This is the most student support the campus has seen for a new mascot since early 2007, when Chief Illiniwek retired.  This vote is nonbinding, and students will have to wait to find out if the Universi...

Illinois Student Government resolution calls for preferred names on student diplomas

Illinois Student Government resolution calls for preferred names on student diplomas

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2020

On March 9 the Illinois Student Government passed a resolution that calls for the University to allow students to use their preferred names on their diplomas.  Aveline Bundang, senior in Engineering and contributing writer of the resolution, said the resolution was created because LGBTQ issues a...

Deadlift policy creates confusion at CRCE

Deadlift policy creates confusion at CRCE

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Students were outraged after a post on the University's subreddit claimed that deadlifting was banned at the Campus Recreation Center East. The user was told that lifters were not allowed to use equipment for deadlifting, rows and “any other exercises that could cause loud noises” at CRCE. As a result...

MCORE enters last phases of construction

MCORE enters last phases of construction

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

The last portion of project four in the five-part Multimodal Corridor Enhancement construction project began on March 8 and will likely last for the rest of 2020. It’s causing traffic and bus reroutes along Wright Street, though the worst of them happened during spring break. The project, also kno...

University introduces credit/no-credit option for classes

University introduces credit/no-credit option for classes

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

The University has implemented new academic policies for the 2020 spring semester since classes are online for the rest of the year, Provost Andreas Cangellaris announced Tuesday in a Massmail.  Students may select a “credit/no-credit” grading option for their classes. Courses chosen with the CR/NC option...

Coronavirus prevents students from returning home

Coronavirus prevents students from returning home

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

March 23, 2020

With coronavirus concerns on the rise, many international students were unable to travel home over break. Various travel bans prevented students’ returns to areas considered high-risk for the virus.  According to University Housing, about 170 students stayed in residence halls during spring br...

University increases Latinx graduation rate despite setbacks

University increases Latinx graduation rate despite setbacks

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2020

Out of the three institutions in the University of Illinois system, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the highest graduation rate for Latinx students in 2019. However, lack of financial aid and academic support can hurt Latinx students’ abilities to graduate on time.  Accordin...

University Housing move-out deadline moved to Saturday after stay-at-home order

University Housing move-out deadline moved to Saturday after stay-at-home order

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

March 20, 2020

In response to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order, which starts Saturday and will last until April 7, students in University Housing must move out by 2 p.m. Saturday. University Housing Move-Out will be available Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to help with the process and all University Housing buildings will be locked after 2 p.m. However, for stud...

Commencement canceled due to COVID-19

Commencement canceled due to COVID-19

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 17, 2020

University commencement has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UI President Tim Killeen announced Tuesday afternoon in a Massmail. Diplomas will be mailed to the Class of 2020. Killeen said University administration is "exploring possible alternatives such as rescheduling and/or hosting virtual...

Chancellor cancels in-person instruction, calls for students to return home

Chancellor cancels in-person instruction, calls for students to return home

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

March 16, 2020

With the daily escalation of the COVID-19 disease, University administration wants campus to be cleared out. The University is suspending all in-person instruction for the rest of the spring semester and is requiring all students "who can safely do so" to return to their permanent addresses, according...

Program advocates mental health for farmers

Program advocates mental health for farmers

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Researchers in ACES have found mental health for farmers and people in rural communities is a growing concern. Some ACES faculty hope to combat this problem with workshops to increase awareness and improve access to mental health resources. According to Josephine Rudolphi, assistant professor in ACES, a ...

Speech First files lawsuit against University

Speech First files lawsuit against University

By Diana Anghel, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Speech First, a national organization whose mission is to fight for free speech for college students, has filed a lawsuit against the University for its Bias Assessment and Response Team. Speech First concluded this team restricts student speech by taking disciplinary action against students who get repor...

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