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UI gets funds to improve farmers’ mental health

A truck drives between two cornfields on E. Country Rd 1000 N.

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

In an effort to increase resources targeted toward improving the mental health of agricultural producers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded funding to the University of Illinois, one of four regional entities that received funding from a $28.7 million pot.  UI got $7.2 million, which it’s giving to ...

Chancellor Jones signs newest version of Illinois Climate Action Plan

Chancellor Robert Jones speaks about the Illinois Climate Action Plan on Tuesday.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 21, 2020

The newest version of the Illinois Climate Action Plan was signed and approved at the Campus Sustainability Celebration during a Zoom call on Tuesday by Chancellor Robert Jones. This plan is developed in order to commit the University “to divest from fossil fuels, switch to clean energy sources,...

“A tall order”: Inside UI’s COVID testing lab

A University worker unloads completed COVID-19 tests outside the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building on Friday. The Veterinary Diagnostics Lab staff is equipped to test about 10,000 saliva tests per day.

By Willie Cui, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

Every hour, vans marked “Test Delivery Vehicle” criss-cross the campus, collecting their cargo — boxes of COVID-19 test samples — from the University’s 14 testing sites. From there, they speed off toward the south of campus, where the University’s Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Buildi...

Students petition to ban Proctorio amid privacy concerns

Students petition to ban Proctorio amid privacy concerns

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

October 12, 2020

A petition with over 700 signatures is circulating to call upon the University to stop using Proctorio, an AI-based online proctoring system that analyzes trends to prevent students from cheating during tests. Downloaded through Google Chrome, Proctorio requires the webcam and microphone to be turned...

Previously infected students receive false positives

A coronavirus test site worker organizes vials at the Illini Union on Sept. 30. Some students who have previously been infected by COVID-19 are now getting false positives from their tests.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

Students who have previously contracted the coronavirus are facing issues when getting retested due to virus remnants in their system.  Delaney Phelan, junior in AHS, contracted the virus earlier this summer in her hometown and recovered before returning to campus only to test positive once again a ...

Overflow of online exams leaves University searching for proctors

Overflow of online exams leaves University searching for proctors

By Payal Rathore, Contributing Writer

October 8, 2020

As many courses have shifted online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sudden emphasis on virtual proctoring.  As such, the Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) has been forced into the limelight, as it handles all traffic that goes into the auto-grader and now proctors nearly 6,000...

Hearing impaired community struggles with life under COVID-19

Professor Sadie Braun poses for a professional headshot for the College of AHS. Braun calls on her 10 years of clinical experience and her knowledge of audiology to elucidate the struggles that the hearing-impaired community faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

September 28, 2020

While COVID-19 has completely up-ended every area of life, the pandemic has brought additional challenges for the hearing-impaired, including those on campus. Sadie Braun is a clinical assistant professor in the Speech and Hearing Science Department, specifically in audiology. She had 10 years of c...

Health officials stress flu shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals

Students line up on the Main Quad to get flu shots at McKinley Health Center’s Flu Shot Clinic on Oct. 1, 2018. Health officials encourage flu shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals this winter.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 28, 2020

As flu season approaches, Champaign-Urbana health officials are urging community members to get their flu shots this year, especially with COVID-19 in tow.  Although health officials encourage people to get vaccinated every year, this flu season is especially important because of the pandemic, said Ju...

Daily Illini exclusive: SHIELD team leader talks testing, new case decline

Martin Burke, professor in LAS and member of the University’s SHIELD team, poses for a professional headshot. Burke was encouraged by last week’s results for on-campus COVID-19 tests, which yielded far fewer new cases than weeks previous.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

September 21, 2020

The Daily Illini met with Professor Martin Burke of the University’s SHIELD team on Friday to discuss recent COVID-19 numbers and testing.  After the two-week lockdown where students were only allowed to participate in essential activities, Chancellor Robert Jones sent a Massmail on Sept. 16 allowing...

University reaches 2,000 COVID-19 cases: 59 of them faculty, staff

A graph depicts amounts of positive COVID-19 tests over time at the University of Illinois. Over 10,000 tests were conducted on Monday.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

September 17, 2020

The University of Illinois’ surpassed two COVID-19 milestones this week: over 2,000 cases identified from 300,000 saliva tests since the program’s introduction in July.  Over two-thirds of all tests have been conducted since classes began on Aug. 24, while 1,649 people have tested positive for CO...

Safer Illinois provides digital support for COVID-positive students

Students wait at the testing site at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Aug. 30. A helpful feature of the Safer Illinois app is the OSF OnCall Connect program, which puts COVID-positive people in contact with OSF OnCall team members.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

The Safer Illinois app is mainly used by the on-campus University community to track COVID-19 test results and gain access to buildings.  One overlooked feature allows COVID-positive users to get medical advice without leaving their isolation spaces. The OSF OnCall Connect program allows students,...

University awaits approval for on-campus micro-nuclear reactor

Madhu Khanna hosted a Zoom webinar on Sept. 10. The meeting proposed bringing a nuclear reactor to campus.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 14, 2020

The University may soon be home to a new micro-nuclear reactor, which would provide campus with clean energy, as well as opportunities in research and education on campus.  The project is pending approval and funding by the U.S. Department of Energy. If awarded, work will begin in 2021, with projecte...

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