CHAMPAIGN – Israel may conjure images of suicide bombers and security checkpoints.
But Jewish students on campus are getting to know about aspects of the country they don't see on TV through an Israeli woman spending a year at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN – It was Senior Night at Huff Hall, and the prematch spotlight shone on a trio of Illinois volleyball players.
Then Lisa Argabright, Shelly O''Bryan and Melissa Vandrey took it from there, collectively lighting up Michigan State''s defense with an incandescent hitting performance.
PHILADELPHIA – Everything was going Illinois'' way, and yet Bruce Weber wanted more.
So during a first-half timeout in Saturday''s 75-60 Illini win against Temple, Weber told his hot-shooting team it needed a putback, of all things.
CHAMPAIGN – Before the days of the big supermarkets, with their precut, prewrapped packages of meat, it was the neighborhood butcher shops that supplied the Sunday pot roast and the Thanksgiving turkey.
Those shops are gone in many communities, but the owners of Old Time Meat & Deli say they're bringing one back to Champaign that will combine a slice of nostalgia with today's modern conveniences.
PHILADELPHIA – Maybe those NBA scouts Saturday at the Palestra were assigned to check out the skills of Temple''s David Hawkins.
And before it was finished, the muscular senior made an impression with powerful moves and 28 points.
SPRINGFIELD – At a time when budget crises have led states such as Texas, Wisconsin and Missouri to pare down or eliminate state-owned aircraft, Illinois is hanging onto a fleet that includes four executive Beechcraft King Air 350 airplanes that on average are flying half-empty and two Sikorsky passenger helicopters that are rarely used.
And the rates that the state charges the passengers on these roomy flights are not sufficient to recover the costs of owning and operating the fleet, even if the plane is full.
URBANA – The University of Illinois budget appropriation from the state has been cut the last two years, a result of a sour economy and a state budget deficit of several billion dollars.
UI administrators have been struggling to cut budgets while still providing the classes students need to graduate and without affecting the quality of those classes. They have made larger cuts to administrative units than academic ones. Even so, colleges and departments across campus have been forced to lay off employees and cut classes and course sections.
Illinois 75, Temple 60
PHILADELPHIA – At times, he was his old aggressive self. At other times, he seemed a little out of place.
But when Illinois needed him to make a shot, Luther Head did it, just like his teammates expected him to.
URBANA – It wasn't the brochure that attracted sophomore Diana Rodriguez to the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
In fact, after looking at the brochure featuring white faces, Rodriguez, a daughter of Mexican immigrants who grew up in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, wondered if she would be the only minority in the college.