The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

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May Berenbaum, head of the entomology department and director for the CAS, speaks about a year-long initiative on misinformation the Center for Advanced Study has recently begun working on.

[Photo] Center for Advanced Study begins year-long initiative on misinformation

May Berenbaum, head of the entomology department and...

Two drag queens ride atop a white convertible during the CU Pride Parade on Saturday. The community rallied together in support of pride while honoring AIDS history.

[Photo] CU celebrates annual Pride Parade, honors 40th anniversary of AIDS

Two drag queens ride atop a white convertible during...

Students wait for the bus at the Illini Union on Oct. 7. Embracing everything that college has to offer will prepare you for a better college transition.

[Photo] Do not be afraid of transition to college!

Students wait for the bus at the Illini Union on Oct....

COVID-19 Wellness Ambassadors walk along the Main Quad on Oct. 7. The Daily Illini reviews influential COVID-19 moments throughout the past year.

[Photo] Looking back at a year of COVID-19 at UI

COVID-19 Wellness Ambassadors walk along the Main Quad...

Two University police cars and multiple police officers survey campus streets on Sept. 29.

[Photo] Top police reports from 2020-2021

Two University police cars and multiple police officers...

Local children receive candy at a drive-thru trick-or-treating event in Champaign on Oct. 30.

[Photo] Gallery | 2020 Year in Review

Local children receive candy at a drive-thru trick-or-treating...

Zoe Hannon’s Shine Acai bowl rests on the ground.

[Photo] UI Business student opens Shine Açaí

Zoe Hannon’s Shine Acai bowl rests on the ground.

Children attending a drive-thru trick-or-treating event at the Champaign County Fairgrounds receive candy on Saturday. Many Champaign-Urbana residents celebrated Halloween with COVID-19 precautions this year.

[Photo] Masked up: County, campus celebrate a COVID-19 Halloween

Children attending a drive-thru trick-or-treating event...

Voters enter the early voting location located in the ARC on Friday. Students share their views on the importance of the 2020 Presidential Election.

[Photo] University students weigh in on importance of election

Voters enter the early voting location located in the...

Student voters check in at tables in Multi-Purpose Room 7 at the ARC on Friday.

[Photo] Opinion | One must accept election outcome

Student voters check in at tables in Multi-Purpose...

A student enters an early voting site in the Illini Union on Friday afternoon. Americans between the ages of 23 and 38 are now the most represented generation in the United States.

[Photo] Understand the political ideology generational gap

A student enters an early voting site in the Illini...

A student enters the early voting site located at the Illini Union on Friday afternoon.

[Photo] First-time voters opt for in-person polling locations

A student enters the early voting site located at the...

A student voter checks in to cast his ballot at the table in Multi-Purpose Room 7 at the ARC on Friday. There are multiple early voting locations on campus.

[Photo] Election judges guide voting smoothly through pandemic

A student voter checks in to cast his ballot at the...

 A student enters the early voting site located at the Illini Union on Friday afternoon. Many first-time voters on campus opted for in-person locations.

[Photo] First-time voters opt for in-person polling locations

A student enters the early voting site located at...

University of Illinois police respond to a call at the corner of South Third and East John streets on Sept. 29. A suspect has now been arrested by the Champaign Police Department for a murder committed in February.

[Photo] Suspect arrested in February homicide that left one dead

University of Illinois police respond to a call at...

Students wait for the elevator at Oglesby Hall on Nov. 11. It is important to practice proper elevator etiquette at your dorm or apartment.

[Photo] Follow elevator etiquette in times of COVID-19

Students wait for the elevator at Oglesby Hall on Nov....

Anika Nims, assistant manager of the Espresso Royale on Oregon Street, prepares a coffee order on Tuesday. Champaign-Urbana’s Espresso Royale locations reopened under the name Espresso Royale C-U.

[Photo] Historic campus coffee shop, Espresso Royale, weathers the storm

Anika Nims, assistant manager of the Espresso Royale...

People wait in line to order at the Cracked the Egg Came First food truck at Lincoln Square Farmers Market in Urbana on Saturday.

[Photo] Cracked food truck says ‘goodbye’ to CU

People wait in line to order at the Cracked the Egg...

Students enrolled in a Statistics class listen attentively during a lecture at Lincoln Hall Theater on Dec. 3, 2019.

[Photo] Student ambassadors offer unique spin on RSO experience

Students enrolled in a Statistics class listen attentively...

Members of the Illinois Student Government sit together after being interviewed at the ISG Complex on Oct. 12, 2019.

[Photo] RSOs offer leadership opportunities on campus

Members of the Illinois Student Government sit together...

Yuanrui Chen, a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering stands in his single dorm room located at Busey-Evans Residence Hall on March 11.

[Photo] Make friends in your dorm

Yuanrui Chen, a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering...

A student takes notes during his statistics lecture in Lincoln Hall Theater on Dec. 3, 2019.

[Photo] University introduces credit/no-credit option for classes

A student takes notes during his statistics lecture...

Yuanrui Chen, sophomore in Engineering, stands in his single dorm room located at Busey-Evans Residence Hall. Some dorms and dining halls will remain open through Continued Housing despite the Universitys transition to online classes. 

[Photo] Coronavirus prevents students from returning home

Yuanrui Chen, sophomore in Engineering, stands in his...

Andy Fung, a sophomore in DGS looks up the exact address for his residence hall so his ballot may be printed at the Illini Union on March 5.

[Photo] Champaign County primary results

Andy Fung, a sophomore in DGS looks up the exact address...

A student checks in to an early voting polling place at the Union on Thursday.

[Photo] Organizations work to boost student voting turnout

A student checks in to an early voting polling place...

Unofficial participants walk down Green Street past the Pizza Hut on Friday.

[Photo] Unofficial 2020: Live updates throughout the day

Unofficial participants walk down Green Street past...

Members of the Hive Society perform at the Illini Union on Friday. The Hive Society is an improv group on campus that allows comedy fans to express themselves and entertain the community.

[Photo] Improv groups on campus find life lessons in comedy

Members of the Hive Society perform at the Illini Union...

Student volunteers help Champaign locals file their taxes at Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth St., on Thursday.

[Photo] University provides free tax assistance for community

Student volunteers help Champaign locals file their...

A student volunteer pours syrup on a persons plate at the University Place Christian Church on the evening of February 19, 2020.

[Photo] Unseen, unfed: Addressing the stigma

A student volunteer pours syrup on a person's plate...

Nataly Esparza, junior in LAS and assistant to the director of governmental affairs, answers some inquiries about the resolution she wrote on Friday. The resolution is titled “At Risk of Losing the House.”

[Photo] Illinois Student Government takes interest in U.S. census

Nataly Esparza, junior in LAS and assistant to the...

Laurie Johnson, professor in LAS, poses with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Tuesday. She is currently teaching GER 199/CWL 199: Harry Potter and Western Culture.

[Photo] ‘Harry Potter’ class asks students to analyze western perspective

Laurie Johnson, professor in LAS, poses with “Harry...

Champaign County Sheriff Dustin D. Heuerman explains the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association scholarships in his office Friday. These scholarships are open and available for Illinois residents.

[Photo] Annual scholarship lacks applicants in Illinois

Champaign County Sheriff Dustin D. Heuerman explains...

The front doors of the College of Medicine stand on 506 S. Mathews Ave. on Tuesday. Pre-med students face a lot of pressure to gain experience in their undergraduate years.

[Photo] Pre-med student seeks advice from campus resources

The front doors of the College of Medicine stand on...

Magician Giancarlo Bemini performs a trick with an audience member’s friend through the phone during his performance in Lincoln Hall Thursday. The Scholar Support Programs organize similar events each month to give scholars new experiences.

[Photo] Magician Giancarlo Bernini enchants student scholars

Magician Giancarlo Bemini performs a trick with an...

People make a Kirby snow sculpture on the Main Quad. Although holiday traditions can be fun, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from cheery carols to do an alternate activity.

[Photo] Spread holiday cheer without sacrificing your sanity

People make a Kirby snow sculpture on the Main Quad....

A child uses a party popper at midnight on New Year’s Day 2019. As a college student, there are many options for a New Year’s resolution to make the most of your college experience.

[Photo] Tune your New Year’s resolutions to college life

A child uses a party popper at midnight on New Year’s...

Students in a statistics class learn in a lecture at the Lincoln Hall Theater on Tuesday afternoon. Multiple advanced level statistics classes have been filled.

[Photo] Students are frustrated over filled statistic classes

Students in a statistics class learn in a lecture at...

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A bike rides along a sidewalk in Champaign on Oct. 31. The Urbana City Council has made efforts to increase the areas where they enforce snow plowing; however, the group has been criticized by the community for not making the operation mandatory citywide.

[Photo] Urbana expands snow removal, still not accessible citywide

Brigida dockus The Daily Illini A bike rides along...

David Northern (left), chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, discusses the new student voucher program that was passed recently with Executive Assistant, Lily Walton (right) on Nov. 14.

[Photo] Housing approves student voucher programs to fund payments

David Northern (left), chief executive officer of the...

Students wait for the elevator at Oglesby Hall in FAR on Monday. Elevators in many campus residence halls have been malfunctioning, inconveniencing students since they use elevators on a daily basis.

[Photo] Malfunctioning elevators pose problems to students

Students wait for the elevator at Oglesby Hall in FAR...

Jennifer Misuzu Gunji-Ballsrud, director and professor at the Japan House, speaks about a course called Chado (The Way of Tea) that she teaches on October 23.

[Photo] Professor examines ‘The Way of Tea’

Jennifer Misuzu Gunji-Ballsrud, director and professor...

Printed tweets with messages and distinct script images made with a printer connected to Twitter in a dorm room at Carr Hall on Oct. 31. Two University students created this printer out of curiosity and desire for a challenge.

[Photo] Students build Twitter-connected printer

Printed tweets with messages and distinct script images...

Nancy Torres, junior in Business, explores the capabilities of the virtual reality headset as she plays one of the interactive games on the computer in the Virtual Reality Lab at the Armory on Oct. 2. It is being debated whether VR technology assists in learning and should be implemented in classrooms.

[Photo] Virtual reality remains inaccessible for students with disabilities

Nancy Torres, junior in Business, explores the capabilities...

Members of Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) stand together in their office on Monday.

[Photo] GEO shows solidarity for Chicago Teachers Union

Members of Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) stand...

Members of Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) speak about their attempts to maintain equality among graduate employees on Monday.

[Photo] GEO files Unfair Labor Practice against University

Members of Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) speak...

Students crowd inside the ARC attempting to enter the Illinois Student Government meeting on Wednesday. A resolution was passed dealing with anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

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Students crowd inside the ARC attempting to enter the...

Members of the Students for Justice in Palestine organization (SJP) protest during the ISG meeting at the ARC multi-purpose room on Oct. 23.

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Members of the Students for Justice in Palestine organization...

Bruce Rosenstock, professor in LAS, speaks at the meeting. Rosenstock recently raised concerns to Chancellor Jones over his Massmail concerning anti-Semitism at the annual faculty meeting on Oct. 14.

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Bruce Rosenstock, professor in LAS, speaks at the meeting....

Students rush in after the doors to the meeting open. The room reached maximum capacity in the early stages and doors were initially locked out of safety concerns.

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Students rush in after the doors to the meeting open....

Protestors celebrate after the passing of the resolution.

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Protestors celebrate after the passing of the resolution.

Dunia Ghanimah, senior in LAS, speaks on behalf of SJP.

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Dunia Ghanimah, senior in LAS, speaks on behalf of...

Bruce Rosenstock, professor in LAS, speaks at the annual faculty meeting in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on Oct. 14. The University does not have a plan for anti-Semitism training.

[Photo] UI lacks plan for anti-Semitism training

Bruce Rosenstock, professor in LAS, speaks at the annual...

A dorm room in FAR is pictured on Sunday. Hunting for a roommate can be a source of stress.

[Photo] Simplify your hunt for next year’s roommate

A dorm room in FAR is pictured on Sunday. Hunting for...

A DoorDash driver picks up an order from the McDonald’s on Green Street on Oct. 5. Columnist Dylan claims food delivery businesses contribute to mental and physical unhealthiness.

[Photo] Opinion | Food delivery: unhealthy physically and mentally

A DoorDash driver picks up an order from the McDonald’s...

Student Body President Connor Josellis sits in his office in the Illini Union on Saturday. The Illini Student Government is working to lower textbook prices along with pushing for more use of open-source textbooks.

[Photo] ISG sets out to make textbooks more affordable

Student Body President Connor Josellis sits in his...

Illinois Student Government members (left to right) Jimmy Song, Conner Josellis and Mariama Mwilambwe sit together for an interview.

[Photo] Menstrual hygiene dispenser products become free on campus

Illinois Student Government members (left to right)...

Nancy Torres, a junior in Business, explores to capabilities of the VR headset as she plays one of the interactive games on the computer in the Virtual Reality Lab at the Armory on Thursday. The workshops provide an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to learn about VR and use the technology.

[Photo] VR technology initiatives seek further support to provide more experiences in academia

Nancy Torres, a junior in Business, explores to capabilities...

A Drag queen mannequin stands tall at the Spurlock Museum for the drag queen exhibit on Sept. 26. The exhibition, In Her Closet: How To Make a Drag Queen, puts up various of drag queens’ costumes and materials used by drag queens who are connected to the Champaign area, and gives deeper insight into why queens get involved with drag in the first place and what influences their style.

[Photo] Spurlock Museum showcases drag glamour

A Drag queen mannequin stands tall at the Spurlock...

Champaign-Urbana “townie” James Kosmopoulos soaks in the afternoon sun. He stands in front of his favorite building on the quad, the Natural History Building, on Thursday.

[Photo] Townies stick with their home base while attending University

Champaign-Urbana “townie” James Kosmopoulos soaks...

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