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New Web site aims to diversify higher-ed faculty

A new Web site designed to help diversify higher-education faculty is now online.

The Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Higher Education program information can be found at www.ibhe.org/DFI/default.htm. The program is administered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to provide opportunities for minorities to complete graduate education that could lead to faculty positions at Illinois universities.

Urbana council members to discuss broadband options

URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing is interested in the possibility of a city-operated broadband Internet service in Urbana.

Council members will discuss the issue, but take no action, at their meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday at the council chambers, 400 S. Vine St., U.

Reflections from PAX: Sony

From Sept. 4-6, I was in Seattle at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), a gaming event open to the public that celebrates multiple facets of the gaming world, including video games, tabletop games using miniatures, card games and old-school role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons.

During the convention, I got my hands on a lot of new and upcoming games, and I'm sharing details about them, as well as my personal impressions, here with you.

 

Reflections from PAX: Microsoft, Electronic Arts

From Sept. 4-6, I was in Seattle at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), a gaming event open to the public that celebrates multiple facets of the gaming world, including video games, tabletop games using miniatures, card games and old-school role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons.

During the convention, I got my hands on a lot of new and upcoming games, and I'm sharing details about them, as well as my personal impressions, here with you.

Fiber-optic Internet project wins state-grant approval

It's one step, with an even bigger hurdle yet to come, but local officials are pleased that approval has been given by Illinois for a state grant of $3.5 million for a broadband Internet network project.

"As they say, every million counts," said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing. "It's great news. We appreciate it."

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity notified Mike Smeltzer, project leader and director of networking at the University of Illinois, by e-mail Wednesday of state approval of the local grant application, which can be used toward matching fund requirements for a larger federal stimulus grant.

Man's site offers musicians money-making options

CHAMPAIGN – Andrew Moffat thinks he's devised a solution to the piracy issue the music industry faces.

Trouble is, he hasn't persuaded any bands to try it out.

Champaign library sets Twitter workshop for Aug. 11

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Public Library is hosting a workshop to explain Twitter to people interested in learning more about the social networking service.

It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Robeson Pavilion Room A & B at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Committee to discuss community fiber-optic network

CHAMPAIGN – A proposal to install a community-owned fiber-optic network throughout Champaign-Urbana would cost at least $30 million – possibly as much as $35 million.

But with the federal government possibly providing up to 80 percent of that cost through its stimulus program, the cities and the University of Illinois can't afford to miss what amounts to "an amazing opportunity," said Michael Smeltzer, director of networking for the UI, who is leading a public effort locally to apply for the federal funding.

UI graduate's commercial a semifinalist in competition

Mark James, an alumnus of Mahomet-Seymour High School and the University of Illinois, directed a commercial that is one of five semifinalists in the Jim Beam "The Remake" Video Contest.

Through May 7, Internet users can help choose the winning commercial by voting up to once a day at www.jimbeam.com/thefinalists.aspx or www.topthistv.com/.

For predators, nothing posted on the Internet is private

Drunken driving accidents. Drugs. Theft. Traffic tickets. When it comes to the teen mind, many think they are invincible. But even teens who do not drink, smoke, steal or speed take risks every day when they log on to MySpace or Facebook.

"You have no idea who is looking for (your personal) information, or how it can be used," Champaign police detective Patrick Kelly said. "Stalkers, predators, identity thieves, fraud artists, etc., all frequent these sites, looking for information from anybody that they can use for criminal purposes."