All News Content

All News Content

UI programming team is taking on the world – again

If this keeps up, March Madness may have Illini fans thinking algorithms as well as three-pointers.

For the second year in a row, a trio of UI students will be competing in the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Marketing campaigns tout Willard

CHAMPAIGN – Local groups are preparing to mount three different marketing campaigns to get people to use Willard Airport when Delta Air Lines begins service there May 14.

At least $100,000 will be spent on the three campaigns, which make use of billboard, newspaper, radio and perhaps TV advertising.

It's your business: Shop to offer try-before-you-buy experience

A new bath and spa shop will open soon in Champaign, and it will offer customers a try-before-you-buy experience.

Customers at the new Taylor's Bath and Spas are invited to take their own bathing suits and try out a Jacuzzi for a half-hour in a private room equipped with heated tiles, showers and complimentary beverages, Sales Manager Brian Cooper said.

UI-based TeraGrid largest computer net for research in world

Weather sweeps across the globe, while water molecules take a considerably shorter path through cell walls.

They may not appear to have much to do with each other, but they do have at least one thing in common.

A truly 'stormy' relationship

DANVILLE – When severe weather hits, most people move away from the storm. Richard and Marsha Copass head straight for it.

The Danville area couple are weather-spotters for the Danville-Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

Plan to 'zero out' food, ag study funding

Stephen Long and his team of researchers at the University of Illinois are in the first year of a five-year study of a plant called Miscanthus, which could be the state's next big cash crop and provide a clean, renewable energy source when burned in power plants.

Miscanthus is already successfully grown in Europe for fuel. Long's team is testing how it would fare in Illinois' climate and how farmers here can get the most efficient yield on their investment in the crop.

Ag outlook for spring '04: It's anybody's guess

The thing about weather predictions is the farther out in time you forecast, the less accurate the forecasts, said WILL chief meteorologist Ed Kieser at the radio station's recent agriculture outlook meeting in Indiana.

But that doesn't stop farmers from speculating about spring planting conditions or meteorologists from making predictions.

Sex offender evaluation law no hit in courts

A new state law that requires convicted sex offenders to be evaluated for their propensity to reoffend before they are sentenced has a number of players in the criminal justice system worked up.

Judges are concerned with how much it may cost taxpayers, defense attorneys are worried about their clients' rights, and at least one area psychiatrist disagrees with the evaluation and treatment methodology.

Board of Trustees cancels meeting

The scheduled April 15 University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting – at which the board's student trustee had said he would call for a vote on the retirement of Chief Illiniwek – has been canceled.

Thomas Hardy, executive director of university relations for the UI, said Board Chairman Lawrence C. Eppley talked to fellow trustees and the decision was made Friday afternoon.

Cottage getting a lift

BEMENT – No, Abraham Lincoln did not sleep here.

But the future president did set foot inside Bryant Cottage in 1858 to talk to his rival, Stephen Douglas, about scheduling a series of personal debates that would start a trend that continues today, said Marilyn Ayers, overseer of the tiny Bement historical site that's about to be lifted, literally, for major foundation renovations.