CHAMPAIGN – Tiffanie Guthrie couldn''t hold up her end of the bargain.
Charging herself with the task of avoiding tears during Sunday''s Senior Day at the Assembly Hall, the Illini senior failed.
Champaign's newest restaurant, Smokey Bones Barbecue and Grill, is set to open next week at Market Place Mall, in front of the Famous Barr store.
The first two opening days – March 8 and 9 – the restaurant will be open for dinner only from 4 to 10 p.m.
Illinois 65, Michigan 56
There were no champagne corks popping in the background when Bruce Weber answered his cellphone Sunday, no music blasting in the background.
In fact, for a man who''d just won his second consecutive outright Big Ten title, the Illinois coach was remarkably staid.
CHAMPAIGN – The past four days have provided examples 1 and 1A of what Janelle Hughes means to the Illinois women''s basketball team.
On Thursday, Hughes shot 0 for 6 and the Illini lost at Iowa. On Sunday, Hughes shot 5 for 10 and scored 13 points in a 65-56 victory against Michigan.
CHAMPAIGN – Chris Randles says Parkland College's financial outlook depends heavily on factors that could make the picture rosier – or bleaker – if they shift.
Randles, the college's controller, presented budget projections to board members last week. "We're being very conservative," Randles said of numbers showing projected income at the end of the current fiscal year exceeding expenses by $660,000, with a fund balance of about $4.8 million.
Illinois champions of earlier generations would have been impressed by Zach Glavash''s 600-meter time, 1 minute, 16.96 seconds. It was the fastest ever on an unbanked indoor track.
So it was a world record, albeit esoteric. Yet Illini greats would have been more impressed by the scene at the finish than the time on the scoreboard. Glavash leaned on teammates to support himself. He reclined on the track, utterly emptied.
RANTOUL – Testosterone and estrogen may play better on two separate courts.
Mixing boys and girls in physical education classes is causing the girls' participation level to drop, according to Rantoul Township High School officials. As a result, the district is going to work with its lawyer to review the federal law that requires coed classes and to see if a waiver is possible.
A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had his "miraculous year," in which the great scientist outlined ideas still underlying much of modern physics.
Einstein's five papers covering special relativity, which revamped our conception of space and time, and the photoelectric effect and Brownian motion, which likewise changed the way we look at the nature of light and of atoms and molecules, is the impetus for the 2005 World Year of Physics. The international event is designed to capture the attention of the public and of a new generation of potential Einsteins.
CHAMPAIGN – In their search for celestial oddballs, Parkland College planetarium officials found some really bizarre stars.
"The most bizarre are binary star systems, because they physically interact," said Waylena McCully, producer of Staerkel Planetarium's first original show, "Stellar Extremes."