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I-Connect meeting “Zoombombed” by swastika-bearing hijackers

A student's Snapchat video depicts a man wearing a headband with a swastika drawn on it disrupting an online Zoom class.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 4, 2020

On Monday night, during three prescheduled I-Connect meetings held over the Zoom teleconferencing software, multiple individuals bombarded the groups in a seemingly coordinated virtual hijack, bearing swastikas and shouting racial slurs.  It’s the first high-profile instance of “Zoombombing” the ...

University Housing provides alternate care facilities for Carle

University Housing provides alternate care facilities for Carle

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

The University has entered an agreement with the Carle Health System to provide alternate care facilities at the Activities and Recreation Center, Bousfield Hall and Wassaja Hall in preparation for a predicted spike in COVID-19 cases.  Bousfield Hall will be used to house medical personnel and Wassa...

University summer courses to be conducted remotely

A section of SPAN 308: Spanish in the United States is held at the Foreign Languages Building on Apr. 16, 2019.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

April 2, 2020

All University summer courses will be conducted remotely this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, administration announced Thursday in a Massmail. The announcement comes three weeks after the University began transitioning spring semester courses to online formats. "We know that this...

University revises academic policy for remainder of semester

University revises academic policy for remainder of semester

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

On March 16, the University suspended all in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have been calling for grading scale changes after the academic alteration. The transition has been difficult for many students, and because of the overwhelming stre...

Kingfisher wins student vote, sparks debate

Spencer Hulsey's updated design for her belted kingfisher mascot idea. Hulsey, a senior in LAS, saw her mascot design win a nonbinding student body referendum on March 9.

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

Patrons of CRCE use the workout machines located on the workout floor on Feb. 19.

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

The intersection of Green St and Wright St on March 16.  The construction is scheduled to be complete by Dec. 2020.

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

A student takes notes during his statistics lecture in Lincoln Hall Theater on Dec. 3, 2019.

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

Yuanrui Chen, sophomore in Engineering, stands in his single dorm room located at Busey-Evans Residence Hall. Some dorms and dining halls will remain open through Continued Housing despite the University's transition to online classes. 

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

A student dorm room in Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall.

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...

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