Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

Memorial garden for UI scholar: A place of hope, peace

URBANA — A 600-square-foot section of grass near the spot Yingying Zhang was last seen will soon be transformed into a memorial garden dedicated to the missing Chinese scholar.

Work will begin Friday on the memorial designed by the Champaign County Master Gardeners at the suggestion of Ms. Zhang's friends and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Lawmakers seek more info on Discovery Partners Institute; forums set for faculty

URBANA — Legislators are demanding more details about a Chicago-based Illinois Innovation Network led by the University of Illinois, summoning UI President Tim Killeen to a hearing in Springfield later this month to discuss the project.

Ahead of UI move-in day, it's good news, bad news on road work

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CHAMPAIGN — The good news for Thursday's University of Illinois move-in day is that both Green Street and Fourth Street in Campustown have reopened after summer construction projects.

Not so much Neil Street in downtown Champaign.

UI College of Fine and Applied Arts' new dean big on outreach

CHAMPAIGN — The Krannerts — both the performing arts center and the art museum — are the public face of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts, and its new dean hopes to build on that approach with other units to fulfill a five-year strategic plan recently developed by faculty.

Campus Conversation: Mari Anne Brocker Curry

It's one of the biggest transitions for students (and parents): college move-in day, scheduled this year for Aug. 23 at the University of Illinois.

What should you bring? How do you work out those roommate issues? And what's the best way to get through the day without a meltdown?

Rauner signs bills securing MAP grants, easing credit transfers for college students

SPRINGFIELD — Two bills signed into law Monday should help Illinois colleges and universities attract in-state students, providing more secure financial aid and easier credit transfers, lawmakers say.

First UI med school class builds bridges between health, tech, engineering

URBANA — The path from college to medical school was a 10-year journey for Kenny Leung. For Kitan Akinosho, it's been five years. For Elizabeth Woodburn, a matter of months.

Kam's sold to group including Cochrane; no major remodeling planned

CHAMPAIGN — A longtime Campustown bar owner is one of four investors who have purchased Kam's, a fixture of the campus bar scene for decades.

Scott Cochrane, who owns three other Campustown bars and several others in Champaign-Urbana, is part of the group that bought out longtime Kam's owner Eric Meyer.

UI report: First weeks of semester critical in combating sexual misconduct

URBANA — Sexual assaults are most common during the first two months of the school year, especially for freshmen, according to a University of Illinois report that recommends new efforts to support students in those critical early weeks.

After 27 years, Kam's getting new owner

CHAMPAIGN — No, Illini fans, Kam's isn't closing. But it is getting a new owner.

The Campustown bar beloved by many students and alumni is being sold, longtime owner Eric Meyer told The News-Gazette.