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UI System donations achieve all-time high

UI System donations achieve all-time high

By Therese Pokorney and Samantha Boyle

September 24, 2018


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

The University System reached a record high in fundraising in the 2018 fiscal year from gifts, grants and pledges totaling $498.5 million, the University of Illinois Foundation announced Friday. “We are excited about the investment our donors and friends have chosen to make in the University of Illinois. We are thrilled with an all-time high for ...

University professor receives $250,000 award

University professor receives $250,000 award

By Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Frances "Ming" Kuo, associate professor in ACES, was awarded $250,000 as a recipient of the 23rd annual Heinz Family Foundation grants on Wednesday. The Heinz Awards, as the grants are called, were established to honor the late Sen. John Heinz and those who have contributed to the five areas that ...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 20

The Daily Illini police blotter for Sept. 20

By The Daily Illini staff report

September 21, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Police Blotter

Champaign Theft under $500, credit card fraud and burglary were reported on the 2000 block of North Neil Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to the report, an unknown offender stole the victim’s wallet and used the credit card inside. Aggravated assault was reported on the 2500 block o...

New dean announced for College of Media

New dean announced for College of Media

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


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

The College of Media announced Tracy Sulkin as the new dean starting Sunday. Sulkin previously served as a professor in LAS and was then the interim executive associate dean of the College.  Sulkin was nominated for the position by Andreas C. Cangellaris, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and...

Community Cat Day helps feral cats

Community Cat Day helps feral cats

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant News Editor

September 20, 2018


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

The University's Shelter Medicine Program launched an initiative that provides opportunities for Veterinary Medicine students to gain hands-on experience while improving the health of feral cats. The program, called Community Cat Day, was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Best Friends Animal S...

VR technology aids food safety training

VR technology aids food safety training

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News

Many people who do not think twice when ordering food from a concession stand at a local fair might be unaware that food handlers from temporary food establishments do not have to go through educational training on food safety risks in Champaign-Urbana. Jim Roberts, environmental health director of the Champaign-U...

HexNest designs safer, cheaper sports mats

HexNest designs safer, cheaper sports mats

By Eric Rzeszutko, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News

When Mark Van den Avont recovered from breaking two spinal vertebrae during gymnastics his senior year in high school, he was inspired to create a new sports mat that would be safer and cheaper for athletes. Now a sophomore in Engineering, Van den Avont is about to celebrate the one year anniversar...

Counseling center works to combat suicide rate

Counseling center works to combat suicide rate

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


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

Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently published a study revealing 20 percent of college students have contemplated suicide at one point in their lives, but this came as no surprise to the University Counseling Center. “Given what I know about college students and mental health and other things I...

Movement creator of “me too.” shares journey behind campaign against sexual violence

Movement creator of “me too.”  shares journey behind campaign against sexual violence

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 19, 2018


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

Although most people have learned about the “me too.” movement in the past year when #MeToo gained popularity on the Internet, the campaign was created a decade ago by civil rights activist Tarana Burke. On Tuesday, Burke shared her revolutionary journey behind the rallying cry for survivors...

Rep. Davis protested over lack of open meetings

Rep. Davis protested over lack of open meetings

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Uncategorized

Diana Dudzienski, Champaign resident, said she waited outside in the sun for nearly two hours for a chance to speak with Rep. Rodney Davis the last time the congressman held open office hours in Champaign in May 2017. She never got to speak with him. After explaining she had medical issues and was awaiting a ki...

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Senior Reporter

September 17, 2018


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

Former leaders of the pharmaceutical company H.D. Smith Co., behind the University’s latest million-dollar donation, were asked to testify in front of Congress earlier this year to discuss their company’s alleged role in flooding West Virginia with millions of opioid pills. Chris and Dale Smith, now of th...

Chinese student enrollment declines

Chinese student enrollment declines

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News

The population of Chinese students coming to the University has been growing exponentially for the past decade. This year, however, there has been a decline in enrollment for these international students, according to University Division Management Information. Kevin Pitts, vice provost for undergraduate educat...

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