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FILE-Students from Chicago Student Pandemic Response,GoodKidsMadCity and other groups toured Wabash Avenue in Bronzeville to advocate against reopening schools in the coming weeks. Chicago Public Schools is expected to welcome K-8 students on February.

CPS high school students return to classrooms after more than a year of virtual learning

Erika Pérez, La DePaulia Managing Editor May 2, 2021

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted on April 18 to approve a plan to reopen high schools for in-person instruction. The CTU Rules and Elections committee certified the ballot results of the addendum...

Fans attend the UFC 261 mixed martial arts event Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. The sold-out event touted as the first full-capacity sporting event held indoors in more than a year drew a star-studded crowd. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

UFC holds controversial indoor event at full capacity

Erik Uebelacker, Contributing Writer May 2, 2021

Over 15,000 fans packed into the sold-out VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on April 24. The entertainment that Saturday night was UFC 261, a highly touted mixed martial arts event...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the country dropped below 100,000 on Friday, Feb. 12 for the first time since November 4. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

OPINION: DePaul’s vaccination mandate prioritizes safety over personal liberties

Jason Grapenthin, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

DePaul’s President’s Office announced last Tuesday that the university will require any student, regardless of academic standing, who chooses to return to campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated...

Patrons sit in a modified outdoor seating area at Lake Street Kitchen + Bar in Oak Park.

COLUMN: There’s no ‘turn video off’ option in public and we have to get used to that again

Rebecca Meluch, News Editor May 2, 2021

After an entire year of online classes, working and meeting remotely, the pandemic has given people the normalcy to hide behind a screen and sometimes turn the camera off.  Whenever I felt overwhelmed,...

A Michigan Avenue Immediate Care employee holding a box of Moderna vaccines at DePaul's vaccine clinic April 29.

DePaul requires Covid-19 vaccine for fall, hosts clinic in Lincoln Park

Rebecca Meluch, News Editor May 2, 2021

On April 8, DePaul University announced during a virtual town hall meeting that it would not be requiring students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine prior to returning to campus in the fall. Less than two...

FILE-The crowd endures the rain during Lollapalooza 2014. (Courtney Jacquin / The DePaulia)

Chicago festivals return, restrictions lifted as Covid-19 cases decline and vaccinations increase

Sonal Soni, Assistant News Editor April 29, 2021

According to Chicago’s Phase Four guidelines, the city loosened its Covid-19 regulations, effective immediately, permitting events like festivals, reopening the United Center and more. The city’s new...

FILE - In this April 5, 2021, file photo, Leanne Montenegro, 21, covers her eyes as she doesn't like the sight of needles, while she receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College in Miami. In the U.S, meanwhile, more than one-fourth of the population — nearly 90 million people — has been fully vaccinated and supplies are so robust that some states are turning down planned shipments from the federal government. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

‘By not slaying the beast, we’re letting it grow stronger’: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy complicates attempts at herd immunity

Jackson Healy , Contributing Writer April 25, 2021

For most Americans, the possibility of contributing to the more-than 565,000 Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is more than enough to instill fear of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. For many others though,...

FILE- A parade participant preforms stunts with giant rings at the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade.

Traditional parades and street festivals face challenges as pandemic persists

Josephine Stratman, Staff Writer April 25, 2021

A staple of Chicago’s summer season — outdoor celebrations — are facing hurdles despite rising Covid-19 vaccinations and warming temperatures.  After the city’s summer planning came to an abrupt...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the country dropped below 100,000 on Friday, Feb. 12 for the first time since November 4. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

OPINION: Mandating vaccines disrupts personal responsibility

Dace Potas, Contributing Writer April 25, 2021

DePaul announced Tuesday it will require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to attend in-person classes for the upcoming fall quarter.  Let me start with a disclaimer: This article...

The statue of John J. Egan, located outside of the Lincoln Park Student Center, wearing a mask.

DePaul among first Illinois colleges to mandate Covid-19 vaccine for returning students

Sonal Soni, Assistant News Editor April 21, 2021

DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban announced Wednesday in a campus-wide email that Covid-19 vaccines will be required for students returning to campus this fall term. Prior to this announcement, DePaul...

Students walk around a mostly empty campus during the pandemic.

DePaul student employees claim unsafe work environments as pandemic persists

Sonal Soni, Assistant News Editor April 18, 2021

DePaul student employees in various departments across campus told The DePaulia they witnessed many community members failing to wear masks and adhere to the school’s health and safety guidelines. Kyle...

The author, second from the right, at her high school graduation.

COLUMN: I don’t see the thrill of college graduation

Jessica Rish, Social Media Editor April 18, 2021

Last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the class of 2020 was hopeful that their graduation ceremony would still be a possibility. As time went on, that sliver of hope vanished, and the class of 2020...

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