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Otter Chaos: mascot referendum fails amidst online havoc

Otter Chaos: mascot referendum fails amidst online havoc

By Ethan Simmons, Staff writer

March 11, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Student Government, News, Top Stories

The Alma Otter mascot campaign hit a roadblock Friday; 52 percent of participating student voters voted “no” to adopting the otter as a symbol of the University. The question, “Do you approve of making Alma Otter an official symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?” on the Spri...

DGS offers new pathway tool

DGS offers new pathway tool

By Sara Pietrzak, Contributing writer

March 7, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

With over 150 majors offered at the University, the process of narrowing one option can seem daunting. To help make the process easier for students, a team of academic advisers in the Department of General Studies have created a new tool called the exploration pathways. These pathways divide all majors into seven ...

Students receive Fulbright Scholarship

Students receive Fulbright Scholarship

By Jade Morganfield, Contributing Writer

March 7, 2019


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, News

Eleven students from the University were selected as U.S. ambassadors to participate in a year-long project for their fields of study in the countries of their choice through the Fulbright Scholarship funded by the government.  “The purpose is to set up mutual exchanges between other countries and our ow...

Unofficial sees over 50 percent drop in citations

Unofficial sees over 50 percent drop in citations

By The Daily Illini staff report

March 7, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The campus received 28 citations for Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day this year, which is over a 50 percent drop from last year’s 57. Jeff Hamilton, communications manager for the City of Champaign, said in an email a total of 28 city Notices to Appear were issued during Unofficial. Only one arrest...

Siblings come to campus

Siblings come to campus

By David Ruvinkskiy, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News

For many students, being away from their siblings is part of the challenge of leaving home for college. However, they might have an opportunity to enjoy some family fun this weekend at the first Sibs Saturday at the University, hosted by the Parent and Family Programs Office. Zuri White, parent and family programs manag...

Alumni preserve Peruvian penguins

Alumni preserve Peruvian penguins

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

During a trip to Punta San Juan, Peru, in 2007, two University Veterinary Medicine graduates were immediately charmed by the resilient, unabashed nature of the Humboldt penguins. In the last 11 years, they continue to return to the cliff-side habitat to help preserve these flightless birds. Mike Adkess...

VeoRide introduces electric bikes to campus

VeoRide introduces electric bikes to campus

By The Daily Illini staff report

March 5, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

VeoRide announced its plans to replace 150 of its 500 bicycles in Champaign-Urbana with electric models after students return from spring break. This arrives after Champaign City Council members decided to renew the dockless bike sharing program for another year.  Bruce Knight, planning and deve...

New app displays bar cover

New app displays bar cover

By Grace Maloney, Staff writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

The weekend has arrived. You get dressed up, call your friends and start making your way toward your favorite campus bars, only to find out the cover charge is $20 when you were expecting $10. Many students at the University have undoubtedly encountered similar issues, and it’s quite the inconvenien...

Drainage system could pave way for longer-lasting roads

Drainage system could pave way for longer-lasting roads

By Kimberly Belser, Contributing Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

While the cold winter in Illinois is on its way out, the lasting negative effect could stay with us for a while. The frigid temperatures this winter have brought hazardous driving conditions, caused by damages such as potholes and cracks to the roads of Champaign-Urbana. These determinants can caus...

Study aims to reduce fall injuries

Study aims to reduce fall injuries

By Clare Budin, Senior Reporter

March 4, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

As people age, certain physical activities become more challenging, and there is a greater risk of exertion which can lead to serious injury. A University professor is seeking to reduce these injuries among older populations with a study published in the “Journal of Biomechanics,” focusing on strategies for safer falls. Jacob Sosnoff, professor in AHS and di...

Same-sex marriage legalization boosts satisfaction

Same-sex marriage legalization boosts satisfaction

By Clare Budin, Senior Reporter

March 4, 2019


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News

After the 2015 United States Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the LGBTQ community was given a freedom which increased life satisfaction, emotional well-being and family support, according to a study published by University professors. Professors Brian Ogolsky, Ramona Faith Oswald and TeKisha Rice surveyed 279 individuals in committed same-sex relationships and 266 individuals in heterosexual relationships four mon...

Day of the Drum celebrates 10-year anniversary

Day of the Drum celebrates 10-year anniversary

By The Daily Illini staff report

March 3, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News

In celebration of global legacies of percussion, eight engaging performances will be showcased at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Since 2009, the University has upheld the rhythm of percussions celebrating the Day of the Drum by presenting a day-long lineup for the surrounding community...

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