August 2003

August 2003

Dishonesty breeds more dishonesty

   Many decades ago, when cheating wasn''t nearly as sophisticated as today, the exact UI Rhetoric 101 final exam was pulled from a secret fraternity file and presented to our pledge class.

   On test day, some elected to miss a couple questions so as not to raise suspicion.

Shedding light on outage

This month's massive electrical blackout was a wake-up call heralding the need for improvements, including federal oversight, in the nation's power transmission system, a University of Illinois professor says.

The good news: Transmission is a relatively small part of electricity bills, about 10 percent, said UI Professor George Gross. Capacity – new power-generating facilities – is the big cost and there was a healthy 25 percent margin left in the Northeast region hit by the blackout.

Survey says

We''ve asked Illinois football players for some of their favorites. Today''s panelists are tight end Anthony McClellan and safety Marc Jackson.

Illinois football practice report

   The Illini finished the preparations in Champaign with a short practice Thursday.


Missouri quarterback quick to pass the buck on his successes

   COLUMBIA, Mo.  Brad Smith seems like a nice enough guy, so you don''t get the idea he''s pulling your leg when he says his life isn''t much different than a year ago.

   It''s just hard to believe.

Peer Court catches eye of other communities

DANVILLE – Liya Hussmann Rogers gets excited when someone from another community calls with questions about Vermilion County's Peer Court program.

"That means they're considering a program in their area," said Hussmann Rogers, executive director of the youth court program. "I think that the program can benefit kids everywhere, not just here."

A few minutes with...

   A few minutes with ... legendary Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart, who''s retired from coaching but still works in the university''s development office and lives in Columbia, Mo.

Chanute cleanup director leaves for new position

RANTOUL – The man who has been in charge of environmental cleanup efforts on the former Chanute Air Force Base has left for a different job.

Tim Brecheen, environmental coordinator for the Chanute Air Force Real Property Agency, left Rantoul last week to take another position within the federal government in the Northeast, according to Carl Sahre, public affairs spokesman for the agency.

Cities weigh options on power

CHAMPAIGN – Upset with Illinois Power's quality of service and reliability, top city officials with Champaign and Urbana have met several times with University of Illinois officials to explore what options they have, including the possibility of creating a municipal electric system.

Champaign City Manager Steve Carter said four or five such meetings have taken place in recent weeks and that, while the talks have not centered exclusively on the municipal power issue, that topic has been discussed extensively.

Preseason All-Big Ten

   Preseason All-Big Ten

   For the eighth consecutive year, The News-Gazette has ranked the Big Ten''s best football players heading into the season: