Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI work crews getting ready to battle snow, ice this weekend

URBANA — The troops are ready: 125-plus employees armed with plows, shovels, snowblowers and brine.

Back-to-back weekend snowstorms and a wintry mix overnight have kept snow-removal crews at the University of Illinois busy during the first week of the semester.

Rules on faculty-student romance differ from university to university

CHAMPAIGN — American colleges and universities have had sexual-misconduct policies for decades, focused on harassment, assault and other non-consensual activity.

But until about 20 years ago, few had explicit policies governing whether students and professors could date, or more, willingly.

UI tells students returning from break to wait till Sunday

URBANA — With a winter storm brewing, the University of Illinois urged students to wait until Sunday to return to campus if they couldn't get back to Champaign-Urbana by Friday evening.

UI moving forward with overhaul of sexual-harassment policies

URBANA — The University of Illinois is assembling a group of committees to tackle complex issues surrounding sexual harassment on campus, from potential new sanctions to rules about consensual relationships between professors and students.

UI selected as recipient of ninth annual Climate Leadership Award

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois was selected for the ninth annual Climate Leadership Award from the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Campus Conversation: Rachel Switzky

After 10 years in Silicon Valley, Sycamore native RACHEL SWITZKY is back in the Midwest as the director of the new UI Siebel Center for Design.

And her plans for the center, set to open in 2020 just south of Huff Hall, involve a lot more than just creating innovative new products.

Legislators make fix to fund use limits in scholarship bill

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers have modified a new college scholarship program to give public universities more flexibility in how they spend the state's portion of the funding.

The Aim High program is providing $25 million in matching funds for merit-based scholarships at state public universities next fall to keep top students in Illinois and reduce student loan debt.

For federal researcher, government shutdown impedes office, maternity planning

How is the partial federal government shutdown affecting you as a federal employee, contractor, business or citizen? Contact us at jwurth@news-gazette.com.

CHAMPAIGN — With her first child due in March, Jess LeRoy had planned to spend her last two months at work finishing up several research projects before her maternity leave.

New 'Parent Lab' program aims to help kids by teaching their elders

CHAMPAIGN — Studies show a parent's literacy and education level are huge factors in determining a child's success.

A new "Parent Lab" set to launch in early February is designed to teach parents in north Champaign how to help their children with schoolwork and improve their own literacy in the process.

UI mostly unaffected by government shutdown — for now

URBANA — Nine U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists at the University of Illinois have been furloughed, and their research put on hold, because of the partial federal government shutdown.