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Students congregate without masks during the Welcome celebration in Lot 31 after new student convocation on Aug. 20. Covid-19 cases have begun to decrease after the initial surge at the start of the semester.

COVID-19 update: Campus cases decrease from initial surge

By George Phelan, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

This week, the recent surge of COVID-19 cases on campus has declined from the initial surge at the start of the semester. Five positive cases were reported on Sept. 14. This number peaked on Aug. 30...

A protestor speaks in front of a group of people standing in solidarity against racism at the Black August protest on Aug. 28 outside the Sheriffs office in Champaign. The Party for Socialism and Liberation have been protesting the removal of the eviction moratorium.

Champaign community protests strike down of eviction moratorium

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor September 6, 2021

The Black August protest took place on Aug. 28 outside the Sheriff’s office hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation to protest the removal of the eviction moratorium. The rally took place...

The MTD bus drives around on campus. MTD is resuming fares during Covid-19.

CUMTD plans to resume fare enforcement while pandemic drags on

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer August 4, 2021

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will resume fare enforcement and require front door boarding on Aug. 15. Both operators and passengers riding the buses or entering the Illinois Terminal are still...

A student at the University poses in Illini gear after the Big Ten Championship. Masks will be required on campus until further notice since the University follows CDC protocol.

CDC issues new masking guidance, UI requires face coverings on campus for all individuals

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief July 30, 2021

Following new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University is requiring face coverings inside all campus facilities beginning Friday, regardless of vaccination status.  On...

A sign set-up in front of the YMCA shows people the Dump & Run is open. The Dump & Run will be take place from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19.

YMCA announces return of Dump & Run

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief July 23, 2021

The YMCA of the University of Illinois announced Wednesday that the Dump & Run will return this August after a one-year hiatus. The Dump & Run, which was canceled last year due to a COVID-19...

Seth Patterson checks Anirudh Nandella into the ARC Covid-19 testing center on Feb. 1. Shield CU is expanding their testing program to Parkland Community College on Wednesday.

SHIELD CU expands to Parkland Community College

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief July 14, 2021

The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program is expanding to Parkland College this Wednesday. Additionally, testing will be available to Parkland’s students, faculty, and staff.  SHIELD CU will be available...

Students board the 9B Brown MTD bus at a stop on Wright St on Oct. 4, 2019. CUMTD is offering a vaccine lottery to all employees in which they could potentially win 5,000 dollars on the first Friday of each month.

CUMTD kicks off vaccine lottery

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief July 2, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is beginning a vaccine lottery for employees, with a $5,000 drawing on the first Friday of each month.  The lottery is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief...

HUD awards Champaign County emergency housing vouchers

HUD awards Champaign County emergency housing vouchers

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer June 25, 2021

The Housing Authority of Champaign County has received 113 vouchers and been awarded $1,299,780. As per a press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Marcia L. Fudge...

Merry Anns stands permanently closed at Gregory Place, 701 S Gregory Street in Urbana. Businesses continue to struggle in Illinois despite the phase 5 reopening.

Businesses continue to struggle as Illinois reopens with Phase 5

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer June 24, 2021

For Justin Taylor, owner of JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery in Mahomet, Illinois, the pandemic meant facing numerous challenges to his business before ultimately closing it down after 12 years of...

Lizzie Cocoa Duckworth Carter sings Lift Every Voice and Sing to start off the Juneteenth celebration at West Side Park in Champaign on Saturday. The Champaign-Urbana community came together in-person and virtually to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in the United States were notified about their freedom.

Champaign-Urbana celebrates Juneteenth

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor June 22, 2021

Juneteenth has been celebrated by the Black community for years as it marks the date the last enslaved African Americans were notified about their freedom in Texas in 1865. The celebration has been established...

The Community Closet stands next to the Independent Media Center in Urbana on June 6. The closet is intended to help others who cant afford clothing in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Local activist creates community closet

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor June 16, 2021

Ayan Harris, 18-year old activist, has been taking care of a “community closet” in the Champaign-Urbana area for those struggling to afford clothing.  “Take what you need, leave what you can,”...

Student Ryan Reeder takes a Covid spit test on Feb. 1. Illinois is moving into phase 5 of the covid plan with everything being fully open.

Illinois transitions into Phase 5, fully reopens

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief June 11, 2021

The State of Illinois transitioned into a full reopening on Friday, eliminating all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events and other venues.  This transition marks the final phase of the...

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