Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI commission gathering more public input on moving past Chief

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is asking for more public input as it weighs the future of the campus post-Chief Illiniwek.

The Chancellor's Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation is asking the public to take a short online survey to "help the campus move forward on the matter of the permanently retired symbol Chief Illiniwek," the UI announced Monday.

Shutdown provides unfortunate lesson for UI 'Politics of National Parks' class trip

Caves inside national parks, it turns out, are classified as federal buildings.

So when University of Illinois students in Poli Sci 224 arrived at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico for their long-awaited field experience earlier this month, the caves were closed, thanks to the federal government shutdown.

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.