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Handprint-shaped bloodstains found in Christensen’s apartment

Handprint-shaped bloodstains found in Christensen’s apartment

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 8, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

New evidence of handprint-shaped bloodstains was found in the apartment of Brendt Christensen, alleged kidnapper and murderer of Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. Recent investigations discovered possible presence of blood in the form of handprints on Christensen’s mattress, bathroom sink...

Professors develop new cryptocurrency

Professors develop new cryptocurrency

By Sana Khadilkar, Staff writer

February 7, 2019


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

Distributed Technologies Research, a foundation including University professors Pramod Viswanath and Andrew Miller of electrical and computer engineering,  is developing a new cryptocurrency called Unit-E. Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that is not regulated by a central institution, such as a bank. Cry...

App boosts peer assistance

App boosts peer assistance

By David Ruvinskiy, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


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

Although many students choose to seek help for their classes by going to office hours, a University student is aiming to provide an alternative by developing a new app called Subawu, which connects STEM students with their peers. Oluwabusayo Adebayo, sophomore in ACES, had the idea for the app about a year ago af...

In-state tuition freezes for fall

In-state tuition freezes for fall

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 7, 2019


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

The University will freeze tuition for in-state freshmen for the fifth straight year next fall. The last time the University experienced a tuition freeze of this length was from 1962 to 1968. However, non residents will have increased tuition along with student fees and housing costs, which will keep up wi...

Willard airport executive director takes off from CU area

Willard airport executive director takes off from CU area

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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

With over 30 years in the airport operations business, Executive Director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport Gene Cossey is on to the next chapter of his aviation career at the Tri-Cities Airport in Bristol, TN. Cossey has been the executive director of Willard since December 2015 and has...

Scammers target students on campus

Scammers target students on campus

By Daniel Renteria, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


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

Scammers posing to be employees of local energy company Ameren have been seen around the campus for years now attempting to take advantage of students, many of whom are living unsupervised for the first time in their lives. Brian Bretsch, Ameren Illinois spokesman, said the company will call before sh...

Champaign crawls onto list of top 50 bed bug cities in US

Champaign crawls onto list of top 50 bed bug cities in US

By David Ruvinsky, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019


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

Although insects aren’t usually seen in the winter, Champaign might not be immune to bed bugs in the cold weather; it is ranked 24th on the top 50 bed bug cities in America by Orkin, a company that provides pest control services. According to an article by FOX 55/27 Illinois, Champaign moved up tw...

UI reveals timeline for Illini Hall, Altgeld project

UI reveals timeline for Illini Hall, Altgeld project

By Olivia Welshans, Staff writer

January 31, 2019


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

The University is proceeding with plans to amplify its scholarship and leadership in mathematics by constructing a new building on the site of Illini Hall by 2022 and renovating Altgeld Hall by 2024. The University is negotiating an architect contract for the almost $100 million project, which will ho...

Musician shares experience of exploring social issues through music in Allen Hall

Musician shares experience of exploring social issues through music in Allen Hall

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

January 30, 2019


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

Cultural ambassador and internationally acclaimed musician, LaFrae Sci, is visiting the University to host a series of events at Allen Hall discussing numerous topics, ranging from music to social justice. Sci will hold 11 events at the University as part of Allen Hall’s Guest-in-Residence program...

Champaign Police report increase in delivery robberies

Champaign Police report increase in delivery robberies

By The Daily Illini staff report

January 30, 2019


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

Due to the recent increase in delivery robberies, the Champaign Police Department is reminding delivery drivers and the public to be cautious of any suspicious activity. Since Nov. 1, 2018,  the Champaign Police Department has received nine reports of delivery robberies where the suspects have mo...

Chancellor cancels classes due to dangerous weather conditions

Chancellor cancels classes due to dangerous weather conditions

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

January 29, 2019


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

All University classes will be canceled Tuesday after 6 p.m. through Wednesday due to dangerous weather conditions. Chancellor Robert Jones made the announcement through a Massmail to students and faculty Tuesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be minus 5 degrees without wind chill and less...

Lincoln welcomes pedestrian signs

Lincoln welcomes pedestrian signs

By Julie Kang, Staff writer

January 28, 2019


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

Over winter break, two flashing pedestrian crossing signs were installed on the north and south ends of Lincoln Avenue to increase safety in the area. Craig Shonkwiler, assistant city engineer in the Public Works Department in Urbana, said the flashing signs were installed to warn motorists the cor...

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