Full Interview with Chancellor Jones

By Jose Zepeda

Last week I had the opportunity to interview University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones and discuss COVID-19 on campus.

We addressed the two-week lockdown the university implemented to curb the high positivity rating among undergraduate students and the next steps the university was taking now that the two-week period had ended.

I also asked him if he had a comment on the recent protest that occurred on the main quad, conducted by “People Over Profit Champaign-Urbana.” They were protesting that the University give a 30% tuition refund, a contingency plan if the University were to shut down, hazard pay, more transparent from the University regarding COVID-19 and a meeting with University administration.

I also asked him how testing was going, as the University saw a rocky start to the testing situation, including long wait times and delayed test results. I also asked him how the testing sites are preparing for the cooler months as fall and winter quickly approach.

Please note, the information presented in the interview is accurate as of Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.