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University waves ACT/SAT requirement for Class of 2025 applicants

A student bubbles in answers on a standardized test.

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

July 3, 2020

As universities around the country continue to react and respond to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the University has made a decision that it never has before: to waive the SAT/ACT test requirement for applicants. The decision was released by the Board of Trustees Executive Committee in an approv...

Homicide investigation on State Street

The intersection of University Avenue and State Street sits quietly on Thursday.

By Salem Isaf, Interim Editor in Chief

July 2, 2020

On July 1, around 11:50 p.m., Champaign Police responded to a robbery report at the 100 block of North State Street. As they arrived at the scene, the officers found an unresponsive 56-year-old white male who had been physically battered and didn’t have a pulse.  The officers began lifesaving measures until...

Profile: A political punk’s path to a PhD and tenure

Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen poses for a professional photo.

By Chantal Vaca, Longform Reporter

June 29, 2020

Fueled by the righteous rage of punk, then 16-year-old Mimi Thi Nguyen organized her first protest against the first Gulf War in 1991 outside of her high school’s administration building in the northeastern San Diego suburb Rancho Peñasquitos with seven or eight students during a lunch period while wit...

CU libraries scheduled to open buildings Friday

Stacks and shelves of books line the edges of a narrow corridor.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

June 23, 2020

The Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library are scheduled to open their buildings Friday as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. The Urbana library will start a “Grab and Go” meaning that patrons should enter the building, get what they need and go in order to minimize...

CU community takes collaborative approach to police reform

Green Street in Champaign, IL winds down at sunset on April 14.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 19, 2020

The Champaign County Community Coalition met on June 10, bringing together various community leaders to discuss racism and police reform.  “We’ve had two weeks of anger, frustration, sadness, and the time is right for us to look at this issue as a key moment in time for all of us and our natio...

CU community cleans up looting aftermath, prepares for more protests

Green Street in Champaign, IL winds down at sunset on April 14.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

June 1, 2020

On Sunday evening, Champaign, Urbana and Savoy issued a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. due to “civil disturbances” following the protests over the death of George Floyd.  Earlier that day, businesses in Champaign such as the Market Place Mall, Meijer, Target and other stores were looted. Vid...

Illini softball stays together while social distancing

Junior Catcher Bella Loya waits for the pitch during the match against Baylor on Feb. 21.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The last time an Illinois team competed in a sporting event this school year was on March 12: the Illinois softball team’s win at Missouri. The team has been at home, communicating through apps like GroupMe and Snapchat while social distancing. “Our group chat stays definitely hot during this...

Roundtree finds purpose, is determined to walk again

Junior Bobby Roundtree attends the final home football game of the season against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 23, 2020

Under blue skies and immense pressure, junior kicker James McCourt lines up for a 39-yard field goal down by two. A successful attempt results in a program-saving upset over the undefeated and No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers while cooling down Lovie Smith's hot seat talk. The ball is snapped, and McCourt drills the ...

Whitman, Illinois plan for return of men’s basketball, football student-athletes June 3

Illinois wide reveiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the game against Wisconsin.  The Illini won 24-23.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

For the first time in months, Josh Whitman was able to give his staff, his student-athletes and Illinois fans positive information when it comes to the return of sports. On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its preparing to return Illini football and m...

Students prioritize safety for upcoming fall semester

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 22, 2020

After finishing the remainder of the semester online, many students still question whether or not they will be able to return for the fall semester. California State University has already announced their classes will remain online in the fall. On the other hand, Northern Illinois University (NIU)...

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