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University food service, building service workers ratify new contracts, avoid a strike 

University food service, building service workers ratify new contracts, avoid a strike 

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

August 20, 2019

University food service and building service workers recently voted to ratify new contracts and thus avoid a strike authorized to start on Thursday.  Food service and building service workers, who are represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 73, held a week-long vote after the union’s ...

Don’t underestimate value in University libraries

Don’t underestimate value in University libraries

By Hannah Preston, Copy chief

August 20, 2019

While many of the attractions when you arrive on campus come in the form of a place, activity or food, one underestimated asset to your student tool belt is you have access to University libraries — wait, don’t stop reading. I promise there’s more than dusty old books in those old buildings that...

Yingying’s Fund officially established to help international students, families

Yingying’s Fund officially established to help international students, families

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

August 19, 2019

Yingying Zhang was smart, beautiful and kind. She was also always willing to help when she saw others were in need. That is what her family said about her Monday at the official establishment of Yingying’s Fund. It has been two years since Yingying went missing, and now to honor her memory, a permanent...

White supremacist propaganda surges at University during 2018-2019 school year

White supremacist propaganda surges at University during 2018-2019 school year

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

August 8, 2019

A recent Anti-Defamation League report found white supremacist propaganda on college campuses increased 57% across six Midwest states during the 2018-2019 school year. The ADL reported 36 cases of white supremacist propaganda on campuses across Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakot...

Recovery of Yingying Zhang’s remains ‘has no certainty of success’

Recovery of Yingying Zhang’s remains ‘has no certainty of success’

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 7, 2019

Yingying Zhang's family and their attorneys gathered Wednesday morning for a press conference at Beckett Law Office in Urbana to discuss what they learned about the conditions of their daughter's death following discussions between prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office and Brendt Christensen's...

Here’s four days of Lollapalooza summarized by a dude who’s never been to it before

Here’s four days of Lollapalooza summarized by a dude who’s never been to it before

By Tyler Panlilio, Managing Editor for Online

August 6, 2019

OK, OK, wait — before anyone asks: No, I never went to any music festivals prior to this summer. Yes, I’d somehow lived 21 long years and never once considered going to Lollapalooza.  It never appealed to me. Thousands of teenagers in a pit, every single one dripping with sweat. I’d always...

Corbin fuels Illini offense in first days of training camp

Corbin fuels Illini offense in first days of training camp

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

August 5, 2019

Although Illinois’ offense heads into the 2019 season without any past production from its quarterbacks, senior running back Reggie Corbin is coming off a breakthrough season and is expected to continue to build on his success from 2018. Early on in camp, the tailback has not taken as many reps as the ot...

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

University financial aid scandal underlines modern selfishness

By Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

August 4, 2019

The Illinois Promise is the University's pledge to make college affordable for all of its students. It was instituted in 2005 and has since provided thousands of students with the financial aid needed to complete their degrees.  To qualify for I-Promise status, students must demonstrate need: The expect...

Yingying Zhang’s family given lead to where her remains lie

Yingying Zhang’s family given lead to where her remains lie

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 2, 2019

On Friday, Yingying Zhang’s family announced they have been told her remains may lie in a landfill in Vermilion County. They were given this lead on July 25 when they met with prosecutors following Brendt Christensen’s sentence to life in prison for Zhang’s kidnapping and murder. Vermilion County...

University begins work with state, federal governments to close financial aid loopholes

University begins work with state, federal governments to close financial aid loopholes

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 1, 2019

After a financial aid scandal involving families from wealthy counties in Illinois giving up custody of their children to qualify for higher amounts of aid was reported on Monday by ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal, both the state and federal governments addressed the issue at hand and have spoke...

Illinois families accused of using loophole to qualify for need-based financial aid

Illinois families accused of using loophole to qualify for need-based financial aid

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

July 31, 2019

Families from the Chicagoland area have been taking advantage of a loophole to receive need-based scholarships and financial aid, ProPublica Illinois and The Wall Street Journal each reported Monday. Andrew Borst, director of undergraduate admissions, said the University began investigating this case...

Juror recounts day in the life of a juror in a capital punishment case

Juror recounts day in the life of a juror in a capital punishment case

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 27, 2019

It has now been just over a week since the jury could not unanimously decide what the punishment of the kidnapper and killer of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang’s should be. It’s a life or death decision not many people think about having to make in their lifetime. However, for 12 people this decision...

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