Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI's expanded background-check program nets fewer job withdrawals

URBANA — Background checks prompted the University of Illinois to withdraw 25 job offers across its three campuses in 2018, just 0.2 percent of more than 13,000 checks conducted and 10 fewer than the previous year.

UI earns $5 million federal grant to expand project combining ag, tech

URBANA — Computer scientists and plant biologists combined their talents to create an elaborate computer model showing how soybean plants respond to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

UI to hire hundreds more faculty over next 5 years to handle rise in enrollment

URBANA — The University of Illinois plans to hire hundreds of new faculty members across its three campuses over the next five years to accommodate rising enrollment and invest in strategic areas.

That would mean 168 new positions for the Urbana campus, in addition to faculty hired to replace professors who leave or retire.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

UI doesn't appear linked to latest college-admissions scandal

URBANA — News of an admissions bribery scandal targeting some of the nation's top universities contained no mention of the University of Illinois, much to the relief of administrators who remember all too well the 2009 "Category I" controversy.

On UI trustees' agenda: Student health-insurance rate increase, mascot ideas

URBANA — Higher student health-insurance rates, a new international travel policy for students and public comments on proposed Illini mascots are on today's agenda for University of Illinois trustees.

The board meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Illini Union, though the public portion of the meeting doesn't start until around 9:30 a.m.

Chief critic calls for UI to stop joint Illini-Blackhawks promotion

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Tonight's Chicago Blackhawks game against the Arizona Coyotes will feature a promotion for University of Illinois fans, and that isn't sitting well with a longtime critic of Chief Illiniwek.

UI students unveil dog-human 'translator' at Engineering Open House

URBANA — Dug the Dog has nothing on Alma.

Inspired by the adorable character from the movie "Up," a team of University of Illinois engineering students created their own talking dog for this year's Engineering Open House.

UI students vote down resolution to make 'Alma Otter' next mascot

URBANA — "Alma Otter" may have brought out the voters, but it didn't win quite enough of their votes.

In a nonbinding referendum this week, University of Illinois students voted down a proposal to make it the official symbol of the Illini by just 300 votes. The unofficial tally was 3,510 in support to 3,807 against.

Stratton fifth-graders making a splash at UI's Beckman Open House

URBANA — Alongside the mock MRI machine, biobots and brain obstacle course at today's Beckman Open House are several aquariums supervised by budding scientists at Champaign's Stratton Elementary School.

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